Guess what! Late last week marked the 4th Blogiversary of I Spy Plum Pie, so today I’m celebrating with this plum chilli sauce! Every year I like to share a plum recipe for my blogiversary, and this is the first time I’ve gone down the savoury route and I’m so glad I did, this sure is tasty!
Best of all, the sauce is made from plums grown by my mum, and chillies grown by me, so it really is a family affair! It’s easy to whip up, got a nice little kick to it and oh-so-versatile to use. Plus, there’s not much better in my mind that making your own sauces and marinades!
I slightly tweaked a recipe I found at Belly Rumbles
- 1kg plums
- 2-3 red chillies
- 250g sugar
- 500ml white vinegar
- 2tsp salt
- 2 star anise
- 1tsp ground ginger
- Chop the plums and chillies and place in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, with the plum stones
- Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved
- Increase heat and simmer for around 45 minutes, until the plums have broken down
- Strain the mixture and return to the saucepan
- Remove the stones and the star anise from the strained mixture and blitz the skins with a hand blender until smooth
- Add to the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens
- Pour into sterilised jars and store in the fridge
When I said that this plum chilli sauce is versatile I really did mean it – I’ve been using it as a marinade for baked tofu, drizzled on eggs, a dipping sauce for samosas and spring rolls, a stir-fry sauce, you name it! I love that the chilli gives it a little kick but doesn’t overpower the flavour of the delicious plums – one of my absolute favourite fruits. I also love that I now have a new way to use the copious amounts of plums that often ripen all at once at my folks place – no more just stewing them to store them in the freezer for later!
Before I go – a massive thankyou to each and every one of you that has supported this little blog over the last 4 years, you guys really are the loveliest. I love hearing from you all and seeing photos of the food you make or the changes you have made to your lives. Here’s to the next year!