I’m not going to lie: I’ve barely cooked anything interesting in the last week worthy of a mention. I’ve been having way too much fun watching the Olympics and cheering on Team GB to gold medal glory. I’ve been amazed by these superhero athletes smashing records like it’s a walk in the park. We even managed to see some these superheros in action, okay it was only Table Tennis, but their skills were worthy of superhero status.
Everyone has their own foodie superhero. I’m sure when I was younger it was giant bowls of my Mum’s spaghetti, but most recently it’s hot sauce. I just can’t get enough of the stuff and meals are a little mundane without it. I got the inspiration for this recipe from two things. Firstly, I just got a fancy new BBQ, plus I found an awesome looking bottle of ginger beer with a moustache on it. So I decided on a ginger based hot sauce worthy of a superhero.
Ingredients (makes around 750ml)
120g assortment of your favourite chillies, stalks removed and roughly chopped
30g dried chilli flakes, more if you like it super hot
130g brown sugar
500ml white wine vinegar
4 cloves chopped garlic
150ml olive oil
330ml ginger beer
Handful of fresh mint leaves
Half a lemon
In a large saucepan, add the chillies, sugar, lemon and vinegar. Get it up to boiling point, then leave it to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and keep a couple of tablespoons of the liquid. Toss the lemon in the bin and add the chilli and leftover liquid to the blender. Blitz until you get a thick pulp, if you like it chunkier then just blend slightly less.
Bring your saucepan back to the hob and gently heat the olive oil. Add the pulped chilli and gently fry for about thirty seconds, before adding the remaining ingredients. Leave to simmer until it’s thickened to the consistency of a sauce. Once it gets to that stage, take it off the hob and add the chopped mint to infuse. There you have it. Chilli sauce worthy of getting onto a superhero’s dinner table.