Thursday, 9 February 2012

Spitfire Sauce


With a name like that, how could I resist?  (Recipe from 'How to Store Your Garden Produce' by Piers Warren.)


I roughly chopped an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, about 10-20 chillis and a pepper. I didn't have quite enough chilli so topped up with some dried chillis. Obediently I left the seeds out of the mix... (I'll dry them & try sowing them instead)


Then I put everything into a small saucepan with a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of salt & 150ml of vinegar.


I brought it all to the boil & simmered for 30 mins. In order to save my eyes & my nose, I kept the lid firmly on! (Except to take a photo...)

The Aztecs used to punish their children by holding them over cooking chillis...

I left it to cool, then blitzed in the food processed.

Finally bottled...(2 small bottles were filled but I only photographed one)

It lives up to it's name!

In anticipation of another batch I've started sowing seeds for this year's chilli crop...


Fascinated by the UK/USA spelling variation of chilli/chili...I sought the answer here.

16 comments:

Sue said...

I was expecting a wartime recipe. I lie the sound of your chilli sauce though.

Toffeeapple said...

I had often wondered about the difference in spelling, thank you for leading me to clarification.

Your sauce looks pretty lethal, does it last long in your house?

Down by the sea said...

My son would love this, will have to make him some for next time he comes home!
Sarah

Penelope said...

Oh my goodness, seriously hot stuff! I can feel my eyes watering and lips burning just at the thought of this sauce :0) i was just about addicted to chilli's many years ago, they produce endorphines which make you happy :0) Thanks for sharing xox

just Gai said...

I'm tempted to try this recipe out but wonder how long it will keep. Does it require refrigeration?

charlottesplot.com said...

I know I wouldn't be able to cope with this, but my dad would LOVE it. So that's a birthday present sorted - seven months ahead of schedule. Like Gai, I'd love to know how long this keeps.

Thrifty Household said...

Both bottles will be consumed fairly quickly...but I guess if they're kept somewhere cool & dark they could keep for a good few months (maybe even up to a year??) I'd play safe & eat asap & pop them in the fridge once open. If you want to keep them longer make sure that you bottle them whilst still hot & put the lid on so that they develop a seal. (If the bottles 'pop' when you open them that's a good sign)

silverpebble said...

It sounds amazing. I bet it would be ace on fried eggs.

lizzie said...

Wonderful - I have a bag of frozen chilli I grew last year I never use them up; this is a perfect solution.
I would add a teaspoon to veggie soup.

I once stole a tiny chili from the gardens of the Alhambra and grew two whole flats out of it.

Annie said...

Ooh, sounds delicious, and hot, hot, hot!!!

Mrs. Micawber said...

I wondered about the spelling too.

This would be great on eggs with cheese, or dribbled into soup to give it a kick.

If you want to live dangerously, try leaving the seeds in. :)

Anne at Great Slamseys Farm said...

Now I know what to do if I have a chilli glut. Looks good.

backlanenotebook said...

I recently decided that I'm slightly addicted to chilli and the hotter the better. But there always needs to be a bowl of Greek yoghurt on the table too.

The Coffee Lady said...

This looks great. My husband, visiting relatives in Jamaica a good few years back, came home with a massive kilner jar of chilli something, which was so strong we used about about a millilitre and nearly killed ourselves. And Mr Coffee is used to very hot food.

Calico Kate said...

Looks amazing think I will need to add this to my recipe book too :) My mouth is watering at the thought of adding a dollop to a home made bolognaise (sp?!) mince type sauce, oh yum!
CKx

Paula said...

My parents came from New Mexico, and they taught me that the correct spelling is "chile".

I just found your blog, and it is wonderful! I am enjoying reading all of your hints and ideas!

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