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 ‘Pdtnc’s Purple Tiger Hot Sauce’

My crop of Purple Tiger Chilli’s has just gone into my first ever attempt at Hot Chilli Sauce. I had a quick taste before I sealed the bottles up and it was really damn tasty, the garlic and lime really come through followed by some lovely heat! Mmmm!!! 🙂 The recipe I used is a ‘mix and match’ of 2 or 3 other recipes I read from the good people at Chillis Galore.

Ingredients:

  • 2 hands full of chillies, Purple Tiger, Cayenne, and a couple of Jalapeno’s all de-stemed.
  • 1 fresh lime to be juiced, and I put the mushy bits in too.
  • 150 ml of Cider Vinager (a little more added after blending).
  • 1 medium carrot chopped.
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic chopped.
  • 2 small shallots (little onions you use to make pickled onions from, these made my eyes sting way too much!).
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Ginger.
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Oregano.
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Coriander.
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cumin.
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Curry Powder.
  • A few grinds of Black Pepper.
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt.
  • 6 or 7 Teaspoons of Sugar.

What do to:

Wash your hands and the carrot 😉 Make sure all your bottles are sterilized by boiling them in a pan with erm Boiling water! 😉
Then roughly chop up all the ingredients and Juice the lime.
Dump the lot in the Blender and whiz it all up until smooth, transfer the brown mushy stuff to a small pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure you take a really deep breath from the blender just after liquidizing 😀 😀 😉 Ha ha ha Muahahaaaahhaaaaa!!! 😀

Here’s the photos from the process, just a shame you didn’t get to taste it 😉

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I suppose I should age this a short while before actually using it, apparently it gets hotter with age 🙂

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I started these off a little late but i’m impressed with my one lovely shinny pod 🙂
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And here’s a couple of mystery pods, a white/ light greeny yellow in colour and about 2″ long at most. I’ll post more info as soon as i can identify it.

Possibly a Tabasco, http://www.thechileman.org/results.php?submit=Search&chile=1&find=tabasco&heat=Any&origin=Any&genus=Any
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🙂
My Purple Tiger plants are pretty ripe now and I think I have enough to make some hot sauce soon, I just need to settle on a recipe and go buy some other ingredients.

Its time for another royalty free stock image update covering iStockphoto (iStock), CanStockPhoto (CSP), BigStockPhoto (BSP), Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, StockXpert (SXP), and 123RF.
I’ve been working out some very accurate averages for selling my Royalty Free Stock on the various sites, its all to do with this and this 1 year = 365.242199 days which is a pretty accurate length of a year. The amount of time I’ve spent playing with a spread sheet and figuring out how to do what i wanted to do! 😀 Its passed the time.
As you can Clearly see Shutterstock is in the lead by a long way giving almost half of my stock earnings followed by iStock and Dreamstime. I must say Dreamstime is becoming more and more consistant lately and will be giving iStock a run for its money!

Join Date Earning Days Stock Ave Earnings / Day / Month  
           
31 Oct 05 348 Istockphoto 1.78 USD 54.17 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 CanStockPhoto 0.14 USD 4.16 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 BigStockPhoto 0.17 USD 5.14 USD  
12 Mar 06 216 Fotolia 0.42 USD 12.88 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 Dreamstime 1.24 USD 37.87 USD  
15 Jun 06 121 Shutterstock 3.40 USD 103.58 USD  
25 Mar 06 203 StockXpert 0.57 USD 17.44 USD  
2 Jul 06 104 123RF 0.16 USD 4.99 USD  
           
           
Total Days 1649 Total USD 7.89 USD 240.23 USD  

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🙂

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This time I was prepared with rubber gloves! And yet I still managed to make my hands burn a little.
I tried White Wine / Cider Vinegar this time and made 3 jars of pickled chillies each with a different mix of either vinegar and pickling spices. I’ll maybe be cracking open a jar next week for a tasting 🙂
The chillies I used were a mix of Thai Bangkok Upright, Rocoto Orange, Cayenne, with some tiny little Purple Tiger’s. I find the Rocoto make a very fine pickled chilli and are rather tasty. 🙂

Ever have one of those weeks where you work non-stop all week at work? I don’t think I have ever had a week / month of my working life that has been as mad as this one!img_0201.JPG

Its mayhem at work, soooo much to do in not enough time. Yesterday evening I was just so knackered, today I actually didn’t get out of bed untill 9.15am today with is a long sleep in for me as I’m usually awake by 7am or something!
I feel the need to do nothing, just fanny about with bits and bats and not do anything that might mean using my brain, I don’t want to do anything that might require planning or has a deadline to it!
Next week is going to be just about as crazy too, maybe more so in a different way… Grrrr!
I mean! I’ve had my new camera for over a month now and hardly had time or the energy to play with it, so many fleeting photography idea’s that I want to try. I have a pile of stuff on my desk that needs setting up and shooting, even collected some conkers to take shots of but they are drying up now and have lost their shinniness 😦 (non-shinny conkers just don’t do it for me, even if they make me excited when I find them when fresh!)
Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!! (insert stressfull swear words here)

😐

*note the little red flower, nice init!*

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