The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón

November 17, 2014

The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón

Fried Padrón peppers are the inspiration behind my latest read ‘The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón’. 

They’re mostly mild in taste but around one in every five peppers is extremely hot - luckily the ones I fried up were mild. 

Author Katherine Anne Lee was holidaying in Spain with her husband when she became hooked on the little green peppers. 

The book charts the journey of six peppers. Starting from when they’re first sown in a Spanish field to being transported to exciting vibrant cities and ending their life on a table thousands of miles away. 

The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón

It's a vivid and inspiring book, full of lush landscapes and magic - a must read for those wishing to escape the glum British weather. 

To make the peppers yourself, simply fry them in olive oil (we charred ours further with the help of a kitchen blowtorch) and season well - we topped ours with Maldon smoked sea salt.