I met Angela of Spinach Tiger a few years back and I immediately liked her spunk and beautiful smile. Angela lost her brother and cousin to AIDS. She started “cooking red to remember” for AIDS awareness which is the month of December.
When she asked to cook something red, I had to participate. I also lost two close friends when this epidemic started many years ago.
This is my post: Two Tapas for Two Friends
The baked tomatoes are easy. For every tomato you need two cloves of garlic. Cut tomatoes in half and arrange in a baking dish tuck in the cloves and fresh thyme leaves. Pour a generous amount of olive oil, about 1/4 cup and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until the tomatoes are softened. Remove and serve warm as a side dish with fresh thyme sprigs, squeezing the galic cloves atop each tomato, salt and pepper to taste.
Piquillo peppers are abolutely gorgeous. Upon opening the can each and every one are uniform in size. There are so many ways of stuffing them. I decided on goat cheese, grated manchego, thinly sliced scallions, Jamon Serrano, chopped parsley, paprika sea salt flakes, served with red leaf lettuce and a red vinaigrette made with Reserva Vinagre de Jerez and olive oil.