Hot and sticky in the kitchen

The last of our homegrown chillies for the season were too few to make up a batch to be dried in the oven but too numerous to be used up in a week of cooking our meals.

So, I found a recipe for ‘chilli jam’. Turns out this is a cheffy term for sweet chilli sauce, as found at your supermarket.

The recipe worked well; we are very happy with the flavour and we have enough jam/sauce to meet our needs until at least the end of next year’s crop of chillies. In our application of the recipe, we found that 30 minutes was sufficient cooking time; of course, it will vary depending on how vigorously you simmer the mixture.

Also, the recipe specifies the juice of one lime, rather than an exact measure. I tasted our mixture after it came to the boil and decided to add a little more lime juice. But only a little – the flavour of lime juice is very intense. We also noticed that, as with jams generally, the flavour was coarse initially, and perhaps a bit too much chilli, but it came together well as it reached the ‘setting’ stage.

Now all I have to do is find a new owner for the unopened spare bottle of sweet chilli sauce in our pantry, having already ditched the open-and-close-to-empty bottle that was in the fridge door!

Chilli jam 1   Chilli jam 2

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About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our early 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. While we are young enough, our priority travel destinations are overseas, although we do spend a few weekends each year exploring south-eastern Australia. As travellers, we are most comfortable with a combination of organised and independent touring. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). All trips from 2014 onwards are documented in this blog.
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