I’m always on the fence when it comes to a day as this, (Cristoforo Colombo Day). Is it a holiday? Well, as for yours truly, I’ve no break. Based on some history books, the Italian Explorer made his way to the ‘New World’ approximately four times. Christopher had his way to convince Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to finance his trips.

Anyway, I won’t get too much in history. But, based on what I’ve grasped in history books, the guy (Columbus) was rather  sly and conniving. On one of his trips to Jamaica in 1500 where he and his men were supposedly stranded he became desperate for food. The Arawaks, the island’s natives refused to feed Christopher and his men. After all, it seemed like they were always relying on them.

Nature was on Christopher’s side. You see, an astronomer had previously told him that there would be an eclipse. As a result, he used it to his advantage by telling the Arawaks that if he and his men weren’t given food his god would be upset and would send his wrath on the land.

True to his words, later that night, the night skies became darkened and the moon transformed to red. The poor and humble Arawaks asked for mercy and granted the wish of the cunning Christopher and men.

Guys, who knows? All I know, it’s not a holiday for yours truly. However, because I love Italian food, I’ve decided to make myself stuffed bell peppers. I used up four from a pack of six. I cut three of them in halves and chopped off the stem of the remaining. I removed all the veins and seeds and gave a quick three-minute boil in salty water. I then rinsed and dried and set aside.

In my skillet a couple Italian (mild flavor) sausages were browned after I removed meat from the casing and did a quick drop of the pieces. I added diced bell peppers, egg-plant, onions, garlic and fresh tomatoes. I made sure to season along with cracked black pepper, dried basil/oregano and a pinch of salt. I also drizzled a little red wine vinegar because I had it on hand (any other vinegar will do).


I removed the Italian sausages and veggies from the heat and added a cup of left-over boiled rice. I combined and stuffed the bell peppers. By the way, I reserved my clipped off stem from the red one. Great for presentation.


In a baking dish a little water was added to cover the bottom. I then placed the stuffed peppers in the dish and covered with a piece of foil. This was then placed in a heated oven at 350 degrees F. I baked them for 15 minutes and then removed the foil. I sprinkled with light bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese and finely chopped parsley. I then drizzled the top with a little olive oil and place it back in the oven to complete another 15 minutes.

Guys, when I cut into my stuffed bell peppers, they were just perfect. The peppers were sweet and still had a ‘bite’. And that’s what I like. I hate mushy. The stuffing of Italian sausages, brown rice, egg-plant, onions, a few bits of olive, garlic and melted parmesan were just a perfect union of flavors.

What do you know? Christopher Columbus would have had a fight for my stuffed peppers. By the way, was he really Italian? Some history books said he was from Spain. But, who cares? It’s all water under the bridge. Guys, thanks to Christopher Columbus, it’s his day, go have some fun.

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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