So remember when I said that Costa Rican food isn’t particularily spicy?
…well they do serve some very hot stuff on the side.
The two women whose home we visited
and with whom we enjoyed a typical Costa Rican meal,
also prepared a homemade Ahi Chombo (literally ‘black pepper’)…
…a golden looking sauce,
somewhat resembling a pico de gallo (salsa) but more finely processed.
I added a bit of it with the Gallo Pinto (black beans and rice).
Yep! very spicy, but I went back for more.
The fire stayed in my mouth for a while, then was replaced with a wonderful burst of flavour.
Knowing the love that went into making it and the proud look on their faces
was reason enough for seconds but it really was that good.
The fresh pineapple juice served with the meal served to put out the fire.
12 scotch bonnets peppers
1 small onion
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp turmeric
(if I could have found fresh tumeric I would have used that – 2-3 slices)
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dry mustard
2-3 tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
Galley Kat method
(because I wasn’t exactly sure which or how much of the ingredients to use
or how long to cook
or, if indeed this was what it was supposed to taste like)
Place peppers on the grill or under a broiler and cook until they start to char.
You can grill or broil the onion too if you wish,
but I just chopped it.
*Cut the stems from the peppers (see Galley Kat Note)
Add them to a small saucepan with the chopped onions
and the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer on low for about 15 minutes until some,
but not all of the liquid has evaporated.
Cool slightly then blend until smooth.
This was ‘oh my’ firey good.
We first tried is out on some pizza…
This should come with a warning…
…maybe necessary to sign a waiver.
But if you love spice,
you will LOVE this!
Galley Kat Note
All kidding aside,
be very carefull when handling the peppers.
Gloves are advisable,
or at the very least wash your hands very well with soap and water
after touching and please don’t touch any treasured body parts until you do.