Saturday, October 30, 2021

Singapore Red Chili Sauce

Adding to my repertoire of canned and fermented hot sauces.  This recipe is from Ball.  This sauce is canned and uses up a good amount of chili peppers from the garden.  And, most importantly, is passes the Clark family taste test!

This could be called the Asian version of the ubiquitous Tabasco sauce.  It is delicious with Asian dishes but also with roast chicken, on hot dogs and burgers.  Watch out- it is hot!

Makes about 6 (8 oz) half pints 


2 1/2 cups       white vinegar 
2 1/2 cups       granulated sugar 
4 cups             chopped hot red chili peppers, such as Holland (Dutch), Fresno or jalapeño
1 1/2 cups       sultana raisins, rinsed 
1/4 cup            chopped garlic 
1 tbsp             grated ginger root 
2 tsp                salt


COMBINE vinegar and sugar in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and boil gently for 3 minutes. Add chili peppers, raisins, garlic, ginger root and salt. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until vegetables are heated through, about 5 minutes. 

LADLE hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and re-measure headspace. If needed, add more sauce to meet recommended headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight. 

PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed. 

Braised Chicken with Tomatillos

This recipe is delicious and so easy to pull together.  Perfect for late summer when you have run out of tomatillo recipes but still have a mountain of tomatillos.  You can make extra sauce and freeze for later. 

To serve 6

Tomatillo Jalapeno Chutney

 I was desperate!  Such a big tomatillo harvest and so few recipes.  After canning a dozen delicious tomatillo salsa verdes, I turned to this recipe and what a tasty surprise it turned out to be!  Highly recommend.  

Makes 3 250 ml jars

Italian Beef Ragu

This beef ragu sauce was the hit of the neighbours dinner- pasta bar.  Served with rigatoni pasta and topped with roasted young carrots, it was a dish worth making again and again! 

To serve 6 - 8

Maple Pear Upside Down Cake

 I love Mark Bittman's recipes.  Delicious and perfect for the Fall overload of pears.  Note to self: I used a new springform pan and didn't realize the caramel had leaked out of the bottom of the pan until I removed the cake from the oven.  What to do?  Drizzled the warm cake with maple syrup.  And, the next time I bake this cake, I will use a different,"tried and true" pan- lol

To serve 8 to 10.

Caramelized Pear Gingerbread

 What to do with a surplus of pears?  Happens every Fall.  This recipe is from the LCBO's Food & Drink magazine. The recipes are well worth trying!

Classic soda gingerbread is topped with pears while caramel sauce enticingly drizzles down the sides. It is very rich in an English pudding-like manner-perfect fare as the days get shorter and pears are at peak ripeness.  This makes a dense cake with great ginger "y" notes.

Serves eight



3 tbsp        unsalted butter
½ cup        lightly packed brown sugar
2 ripe         medium-size pears, soft but not mushy


½ cup        molasses
½ cup        milk
1 egg
1 tbsp        finely grated fresh ginger
2¼ cups    all-purpose flour
¼ cup        granulated sugar
1 tsp          baking soda
¼ tsp         salt
¼ cup        butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

To make topping, put butter in a 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pan and place in preheated oven for 3 to 4 minutes or until butter is melted. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Peel pears, core and thinly slice into wedges. Arrange decoratively over brown sugar, overlapping as needed.

To make cake, whisk molasses with milk, egg and ginger until blended. Mix flour with sugar, soda and salt; add molasses mixture and melted butter. Stir until almost smooth (batter will be thick). Spread over pears. Level top.

Immediately bake in centre of preheated oven for 45 minutes or until edges of cake pull away from sides and a cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven; run a knife around cake edge.

Place a large plate with sides over cake top. Together turn upside down; cake will fall onto the plate. Replace any pears that stick to pan; run a rubber spatula around bottom to get last of caramel sauce onto cake. Serve warm with crème anglais or lightly whipped cream.

**I made this recipe using four small springform pans (3") and one six inch pan.  I adjusted the cooking times accordingly:

For the three inch cakes, first 15 minutes, then another 10 minutes to cook the middle of the cakes.

For the six inch cake, about 35 minutes.  Be sure to check for doneness when you take out of the oven.

Homemade Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Pears and Blue Cheese

I loved this recipe so much, I made twice in a week!  Easy to make and delicious.  Thank you Food and Wine Magazine... 

Makes a 9 x 13 inch focaccia


Ingredient Checklist


  • In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast and honey and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the oil; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour and the salt and knead until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic and let stand for 1 hour.

  • Scatter the onions over the dough. Arrange the pear over the onions and sprinkle with the blue cheese. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over the focaccia and bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve.

    WANNA PLAY?  The second time around, I made half the focaccia with pears and the other half with thinly sliced potatoes, and sprinkled sea salt.

    The focaccia freezes well.  Feel free to eat half and save the rest for later.

Aaliyah's Buttermilk Waffles

Thank you Williams Sonoma for this wonderful waffle recipe, expertly crafted by Aaliyah,my granddaughter.  On a lazy Sunday morning, we decided to cook waffles- two different recipes- to find the perfect one.  This was it!  Delicious!

Makes 8 four-inch waffles