Thursday, 20 November 2008

Peri Peri Easy

The presenters on the radio were discussing, when do you start feeling the holiday fever? Things like Boney M, Christmas lights and peaches were mentioned. This got me thinking, what makes me start getting the feeling? The answer was relatively simple - my Dad's birthday.

Before Dad's birthday, the Christmas decorations and carols (which appear in October), really don't mean anything to me. I have however, already started thinking about presents (my wish list is at 2 pages and counting).

This year I plan to give more home made cheer than usual. So much is lost over Christmas, the meaning and the love, that giving things which have taken lots of time, rather than lots of money, seems to make more sense.

In preparation for these gifts, I have started experimenting with things which I can include as treasures for those whom I love (and like).

This fresh peri-peri sauce is better than any shop bought one I have tried (and I have tried plenty) and it lasts in the fridge for at least 2 weeks. It is great to take along as a hostess gift, especially if they braai (BBQ) often, and who doesn't in this great weather?

Peri Peri Easy Sauce

20 Red Thai Chillies (Roasted for 15 mins)
3 Garlic Cloves (poached for 5 mins)
Salt ( I used smoked salt which added a lovely smoky flavour)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Olive Oil

In the food processor place the chillies, garlic, salt and lemon juice and process.
While the machine is running, slowly start adding the olive oil, until you have the desired consistency.
Great served with chicken, fish, roasted vegetables, beef or just about anything.
It also makes a good marinade.


Kit said...

SOunds like a great gift - I'll perhaps make it for my brother in law who loves chili anything. Are the thai chillis the usual one you see in shops here or a special variety?

Rose&Thorn said...

Kit - Just the regular long red ones, not the short fat ones.

Anonymous said...


Wonderful blog - such a joy to read.

Do you mean roast the red chillies in the oven?

Rose&Thorn said...

Anon - Yes, you roast them like you would a red pepper.

Jeanne said...

If we weren't in London, my husband would drive round to your house and give yuo a big hug - he is going to LOVE this!! And what a great idea to give gifts made by hand. I have to say, all the newspaper reports of Christmas spending, especialyl this year, have left me feeling a little queasy, given what's going on in the world.

And I had to laugh at the Boney M mention. It's not Christmas till I've heard Mary's Boy Child played in the CNA ;-)

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