Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Not for Aunty Pi

Drool Aunty Pi, drool....

Dear Aunty Pi,

I'd like to ask you a question. Why can't you eat bird chili? I think it's the most delicious, delectable, and delightful fruit on earth. Okay, let's not start an argument whether chili is a fruit or a vegetable. What I know is it can be used to add zing to any savoury dish. Of course, there are people who swear by chocolate coated chilies too.

Anyway, remember those surplus from our garden? We've harvested more chilies last weekend. The problem with the chili plants is that once one starts to fruit, the rest follow suit. And we have seven of them.

Well, blame Yummy Mummy and Andrea. They suggested that we pickle or preserve this manna from heaven. So, here's our version of pickled chili.

Pickled Bird Chilies a la Angelina

Ingredients: (to make one 1/2 liter jar)

100g fresh bird chili

Please discard the stems and wash thoroughly. Beware of cat fur...

1 cup vinegar

We tried this delightful Middle Eastern red vinegar.

2 tsp dill seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 bulb garlic, sliced

The dill seeds come from our garden too. Mustard seeds and garlic - from the shops...teeheehee...

1 cup sugar (we use brown, not white)

Bring vinegar, sugar and spices to a boil and simmer about 7 minutes to a light syrup.

The red vinegar and brown sugar combine to give a nice caramel colour to the syrup.

Put one layer of bird chilies in jar.

No need to cook the chilies. They go into the jar raw.

Add sliced garlic.

Layering chilies and garlic in jar is supposed to spread the flavours.

Cover with syrup and cover with tight lid.

Mama bought the jar at Ikea!!!

Refirigerate for at least 3 days before serving. Try it with char kuey teow or fried noodles or soup noodles. Itadakimasu! purrr...meow!


Naz in Norway said...

Looks brutally good! must try! must try!

Pi Bani said...

Am not drooling at all Angelina. I cannot eat bird chili because when I do, I'd need the toilet to myself, cannot share with anybody else... :)

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Oh my! I like! Delectable, piquant, crunchy, zingy, tangy, spicy pickled chilis would make my day! Perfect on rice or noodles or even on sandwiches or with soup! Can I use apple cider vinegar instead? It's the only one we have in my house.

Razee Salleh said...

Brilliant Recipe! Never tried ith with 'coloured' vinegars before, but I will try them now. Woohoo. I do love chillies as they do provide that welcome punch of heat to dishes and most importantly (and only chilli lovers would know of this) it does provide an indelible sweetness to everything it comes into contact with. Yummmmm.

mamasita said...

You're really clever in making pickled chillies..pakai brown sugar..thats nice..

Aunty memang pijau kalau you give this pickled chilli paas kat dia..

Anonymous said...

woooshhhh!!!! ba-ha-ya!!!!!!Can see the siren going off in your Mama's head when she eats these stuff with her fried noodles. BTW, the garlic slices - do we need to dry it in the sun for awhile?

sherry said...

And bukan juga for me!!!! NGERI !

ray said...

Komen Pak Malim, kucing ray yg alim.

Saya suka makan bird, kata Pak Malim sambil memeluk Big Bird. Lebih2 lagi, kalau dicicah dengan cili, kata Pak Malim sambil memegang ikan keli.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Naz,
It is brutal! And don't come near my Mama once she's had about 2 tablespoonfuls. You can see smoke coming out of her ears. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Eeuuuwww...bushuklah! purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

You can make it with any vinegar you like. Actually, the original recipe uses white vinegar. We like this red vinegar because it's tangy with a hint of caramel in it. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Razee,
We agree with you 500%. As we've always told Aunty Pi, the enzyme in chilies brings out the happy hormones in us. That's why we're such happy kitties. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Andrea darling,
Raw garlic is also good for our health - heart, blood pressure etc. Nope, don't have to dry them slices in the sun. Anyway, the sun is Sydney is very very shy. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Yummy Mummy,
Well, you suggested the picking. We only implement. You're happy now? purrr....meow!

Ooops...there goes Aunty Pi, off to the toilet again.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Sherry,
Scaredy Cat!!! purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Welcome back Pak Malim, kucing ray yg alim.

Kacang gajus, cili api
Masak tumis dengan daging
Minum jus, makan nasi biryani
Lepas tu kita ronggeng


Lee said...

Hi Cat, I love chili padi. Love to bite one bila makan laksa or whatever.
My wife buys them often too.
Have a nice day, Lee.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Uncle Lee,
Email us your home address. We'll send you a bottle right away. purrr...meow!

anneaziz said...

Meoooow Cat!

Choc coated chillies? Should get Anthony Bourdaine to try one...after all he eats anything under the sun right? So why not choc coated chillies?

Tapi your mummy's pickles looks really tempting. Picture it on top of Penang char kway teow, terangkat!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Anne,
Mama has yet to teach me how to make char kuey teow... Since you're into choc-making nowadays, why don't you make some choc-coated chilies for me? purrr....meow!