Some of my fondest memories have to be of the three years I lived in Bejaja. I was received with open arms and accepted into there culture. There was no racial barriers or fear of rejection. Just a pure love of life and tradition. Sometimes, when I put on my traditional Kablye dress I can almost feel the air on my face and see " Khalti Haja" on her balcony making her morning bread and calling me to come turn her green peppers so they don't burn. I got just that feeling this morning when I went to the market and decided to make " Khalti Haja's traditional pepper salad"
This traditional family recipe reaches back many generations and "Khalti haja" was proud to pass it on to me. She would always tell me how she would prepare it with her mother and grandmother . Then they would climb the steep hill to visit " Yemma Gouraya " and enjoy an afternoon picnic. I also had the wonderful experience to climb to the top of Gouraya. Moaning and complaining I would die in the process but once I reached the summit the breathtaking view was worth all its effort.I hope this recipe will bring joy into your kitchen and home. Perhaps as you grill the peppers and the sweet aroma fills the air. You can just for a moment feel the love of Bejaja, Algeria and the Kabyle people.
" Khalti Haja's Roasted green and red pepper salad "
- 2 green peppers ( roasted and peeled)
- 2 red peppers ( roasted and peeled)
- 1 fresh tomato grated
- olive oil
- salt to taste