I don’t blog much about my vegetable patch, although I have a third of an acre that I work on. But earlier this year, despite the bad weather, we had a disaster… No chilies. Although that is a bit of a lie, we had one.
Sweet peppers we have masses of them but the hot chilies were a failure. Now, normally I know that this wouldn’t be an issue but we use them in every meal. And I mean every meal.
My dad is Indian and we like spicy food, but we don’t eat currys all the time. I mean I love a good curry but I also like other foods. We have a wide diet of a lot of different foods. Most of which we rear or grow ourselves (yes we eat our own animals). But the spices are very important.
In our house if you sit down to soup there will be chili in there. Not a massive amount but enough to give it depth. So when we got only the one plant I started to panic. Normally we grow three different types and yet here was just the jalapeno, and a single plant.
So I decided to buy some more. Except something niggled in the back of my mind. I was sure that a friend had got me an odd Christmas present. Something to do with chocolate…
But it hadn’t been chocolate. Instead it was chocolate plants; daisies, sweet peppers, tomatoes and (thank goodness) chilies. So three weeks ago I put them in. All of them.
I have just checked and there they are – ten tiny plants. Chocolate chilies… Not sure what they will taste like but the brown fruits will be hot and that makes them fine in my book.
If you do have a lot of chilies and you need to store them then just freeze them in a pot. Don’t wash them, or if you do make sure they are 100% dry before you pop them in the freezer. Then just remove the one you want and chop it up from frozen. Easy. If they go into the freezer dry then they don’t stick together and you can use them as you want. We always have a large ice-cream tub of them by the end of the growing season which we use through out the winter. This year though they will mostly be brown – and I don’t mind that at all. (Although they are very very hot so we may be only using a little of them in a soup…)
This post was inspired by the daily prompt – ring of fire.