From our Food Goddess, TaMara:
I kind of knew when I saw JeffreyW’s Fish Taco post this week that I wanted to showcase it tonight. But I wasn’t sure what else I should feature. Then it hit, JeffreyW has a plethora of sauce recipes. I went looking to see which ones I could use. There were 39 pages of sauces on the blog, most of them his. I got two pages in and I had more than enough for tonight. I did sneak two of mine in, neither of which are really mine.
The sauce I get the most requests for is Michael Nightingale’s Piri Piri sauce, recipe here.
And then I decided this would be a nice one, Chicken in Strawberry Adobo Sauce, recipe here.
All the rest are JeffreyW. Here are his homemade versions of: Chipotles in Adobo Sauce (click here), Mornay Sauce (click here), Ancho Sauce (click here) and finally he replicates a local BBQ Sauce (click here).
That’s just a taste of what he’s done over the years. We’ll probably revisit this subject at some point. What’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend? How about sauce recipes, do you have any old family favorites you’d like to share? Before it was widely available, everyone in my family had a Dorothy Lynch dressing recipe in their box. Hit the comments and get to sharing all your recipes.
Finally, tonight’s featured recipe from JeffreyW:
Belizean Style Habanero Hot Sauce
I have been wondering what to do with my habaneros, drying and grinding works but I’ve got enough to last a good while. I went in search of hot sauce recipes. I saw plenty but this one had a nice picture. I stuck fairly close to it and used peaches for the optional fruit because we had a few and I wanted to make it right now! It turned out pretty well:
You can understand why I needed something to use it on! I am sure I’ve seen recipes calling for a nice fruity sauce on fish so I set my sights on tacos. There are plenty of recipes out there and tons of pictures so I started making a shopping list. Green onions, red onions, red cabbage, white cabbage, mangoes, more garlic, tortillas, and etc etc. Too late to use the mangoes in the hot sauce but they are prime ingredients for a nice salsa for a fish taco. I made one sans cilantro, using the chopped mint from the patio, where an escaped mint planting is proving itself to be tougher than we are.
I cut the habanero sauce with sour cream, shown here, but the sauce wasn’t that hot so it really wasn’t a problem. Tasted pretty good on nachos, but the straight habanero sauce was great on them as well, just a little lip burn. The green chunks in the little bowl on the left are from an experiment I ran with fresh tomatillos, using them in a sour cream based chipotle lime mixture with garlic. It worked well, I think:
Here it is, with a drizzle of the habanero hot sauce along with thinly sliced red cabbage.
Here’s another corn tortilla based taco. This one has a lime garlic sour cream topping along with the peachy hot sauce. I used cod fillets for these, marinated for a couple hours and then quickly grilled. I used this recipe with only minor changes for the marinade and method, and it was the inspiration for the garlic lime sour cream. I used chipotle powder rather than the adobo sauce.
A closer look at the mango salsa on this one in a flour tortilla. It also has a bit of the garlic lime sour cream because I just could not stop myself from adding to it but I suspect it would have been a tad better with just the salsa and the hot sauce. The flavor of the mango salsa would have been better showcased. The mango salsa was very good, I finished it off with nacho chips for scoops. – JeffreyW