A Peck of Painted Peppers
What’s the children’s tongue twister: Peter piper picked a peck of *painted* peppers? Something like that.
First, there was the GIANT bag of New Mexican dried chiles my sister gave me for my birthday. (By the way, I’m looking for recipe ideas: there’s this red chile sauce, or maybe this posole. Let me know if you have ideas!) Her birthday is TODAY (Yay Jessie!), so I wanted to paint her a card with one of her peppers.
And second, I had read about a famous haiku, below, by Basho involving a dragonfly and was eager to use it in an etegami.とうがらし 羽をつけたら 赤とんぼ
My translation is “Hot pepper / Give it wings / Red dragonfly.”
Below are three of my favorites from the peck I painted