2009年9月2日水曜日

saucy!

Thanks Bastish, Slime and Lisa for reminding me of sauces. I make so much jam we can't possibly eat it all and K joke we should grow sugar cane it uses so much but for some reason I had forgotten about sauces.

Well last night rectified all that. I made sweet chili sauce, Chinese plum sauce and green tobasco sauce. I am really excited as sweet chilli sauce and tobasco sauce are things I pay import prices for but had never thought of making myself and they were so easy! And Chinese plum sauce is something I loved in Australia but had forgotten about living here.

I also dried 500grams and froze some more and...shhhh...I think.... shhhh..... I have finished the chillies!

I will lock the door and close the curtains next time I see a garbage bag of chilli wielding farmer heading my way!


I love the colours all lined up like this, too. A rainbow in my cupboard.

8 件のコメント:

Lisa さんのコメント...

They look great! I am looking forward to pickling some cucumbers from my garden soon.

I love your blog - I found you while blog hopping. My husband and I are planning our third trip to Japan for this fall. I wish we lived there!

Nay さんのコメント...

Those sauces look great!! I would never have thought about making sauces either. Was it anymore difficult than jams?

Kim さんのコメント...

Wow, those recipes look so good and so easy!!! Guess i won't run from any peppers that might make their way my way either!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Lisa- Hi. Nice to 'meet' you. Where are you headed in Japan. Autumn is a great time of year to visit, I think. I pickle cucumbers and sliced onions in sweet vinegar and spices. I went to all the trouble of sterilising and heat sealing the jars and then we finished them all in a month anyway!

Nay- it was so easy!! The tobasco sauce is done in 10 minutes tops. The sweet chilli needs to be cooked longer (fretting over my gas bill...) but the actual cooking was very easy- hardest part was chopping the chillis with plastic bags on my hands as I didn't have any gloves! The plum sauce was fiddly as I had to halve, pit and dice 3kg plums but after that was just a lot of boiling. I think it's easier than jam though as you don't have to try and get it to set!

Kim- well worth trying!

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

Yum, how good do those look.

Lisa さんのコメント...

Nice to meet you, too! We will be in Tokyo for 2 weeks in November. Our first trip was in August 2006, and we spent about 10 days in Tokyo and a few days in Kyoto; our second trip was in February/March 2008 for two weeks, and we spent the whole time in Tokyo with some excursions to Kanagawa, Yokohama, and Hakone/Mt. Fuji. This time I think we'll take a day trip to Nikko.

My husband is an artist and builds models and makes model kits, so this is a business trip for us (so we are kind of limited as to where we can go - half the trip has to be business to be a tax write-off, however the people he does business with are fun and nice so we always have a great time). The last two times we had a vendor table at WonderFestival and this time we are going for an exhibition where he can show his work. Here's the kind of stuff he does, if anyone is curious: http://www.mystery10.com/

I'm excited to visit in the fall. The weather should be gorgeous and I can't wait to eat a sweet potato from a street vendor.

I'm pretty sure we'll eat all of our pickles right away, too. Ha! I wish my neighborhood had a rent-a-kitchen. I think that is the coolest!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Lisa- wow. I bet your husband loves his job- looks like every little boy's dream!

November is pretty dull and brown around here- post frost but pre snow but I think it's nicer in Tokyo. Autumn delights- definitely those sweet potatoes, and stone cooked chestnuts (it looks like a cement mixer with black shiny stones in it and they bake chestnuts in there), I loved eating oden at a streetside tent in Tokyo. You just sit down on a stool facing the cook with a big bath of delights cooking between you. Ok, doesn't sound so good maybe but it's an experience! Hope you have a great trip!

Coffeegrl さんのコメント...

Beautiful and delicious looking too!! I'm going to have to remember these recipes. Maybe we'll grow some hot peppers one day. For now, I'll be grateful to get olives this fall!