The rather long drought in the district has taken a heavy toll on the cash crops like maize, tomato, capsicum , ginger and paddy.
When it splutters, add onions, green chillies, capsicum and groundnuts and fry till the onions become light gold.
The incursion of fruit fly in Auckland some years ago was caused by someone bringing in a capsicum with fruit fly larvae.
Decorate each square with diamond shaped pieces of capsicum and tomato.
For the main course, I had the sekuwa chatpate prawns with capsicum , chillies, lemon and chat masala.
Leave this for a bit and cut the capsicum and celery into bite-sized pieces, placing them in a lovely simple white bowl.
We began with the Cosmo chef's salad, complete with a hefty serving of beef, chicken, cheese, capsicum (bell pepper), tomato, cucumber, croutons and egg.
Cool and mix with feta, thinly sliced capsicum , red onion, pumpkin seeds, and basil.
Add the sliced capsicum and crushed garlic to wok and continue to stir fry for 2 minutes.
When it has melted add the green capsicum , onion and Chinese leaves and cook gently for 5 minutes.