A friend at work recently loaned me her copy of Annabel Langbein the Free Range Cook, and one of the first recipes that I stumbled on that I just had to try was the Chilli Jam.
As luck would have it I had all the necessary ingredients on hand - red chillies, ginger, garlic, limes, kaffir lime leaves, rice vinegar - so I was good to go.
This is an absolute doddle to make. The garlic, chillies, ginger and kaffir lime leaves are blitzed up in the food processor for a moment or two until you get a coarse paste. The paste is then added to a saucepan with water, sugar, lime zest, rice vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce. All of which is then brought up to the boil, and then allowed to boil for about 10 minutes until reduced and "jammy". Lastly the finished jam is poured into sterilised jars.
The finished "jam" carries a bit of warmth from the chillies and ginger, but being balanced out by the sugar is not excessively hot by any stretch of the imagination, and gets a good bit of "zing" from the lime.
Annabel suggests this as making a great dip for vegetable crudites, or tossing chicken pieces in the jam before baking. I think shrimp would be great bathed in this jam before cooking and serving on some rice, and I think a good dollop would also be a wonderful accompaniment to corn fritters (or any other kind of fritter, actually). It also tastes incredibly good just devoured by the spoonful straight from the jar!!
As I didn't make any changes to the recipe whatsoever, I'm not going to post it here, but direct you to Annabel's website where you can find the recipe here.
The Free Range Cook is a great book for busy cooks - simple recipes, with minimal ingredients, and with a strong emphasis on using fresh, seasonal, local produce - now that's my kind of book.
I am sharing this Chilli Jam at Cookbook Sundays, where my friends are delving into their cookbooks and sharing their recipes. Hope you'll stop by and see what they've been cooking this week - maybe you'll even feel inspired to link up a recipe from one of your own cookbooks.
I'm also sharing this at See Ya In The Gumbo hosted by my friend, Michelle, at Ms. enPlace and at Foodie Fridays hosted by Designs by Gollum.