Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

I am rubbish at following goals. I didn't meet my exercise goals last week. It was terribly hot, and life and laziness happened. But I did eat moderately well. Yesterday's weigh-in was 1 lb less than last week. Not a lot, but still... Anyway - that's three weeks in a row when my weight on Monday morning has been an even 2xx.0lbs - no fractions of the pound. I am entertained by weird things. :-)

I wanted to share about this wonderful hot sauce that I recently bought.

I purchased it at an African foods store, although the sauce is from Jamaica. I saw several "scotch bonnet pepper" sauces. Apparently scotch bonnet is a really hot pepper. It looks very much like a habanero. It is grown in the Caribbean and West Africa. I asked the lady at the counter how this sauce is different from a habanero sauce. She said that the habanero sauce is "just hot" whereas the scotch bonnet sauce was hot, but also had "flavor". I took her word for it, and she was right. This is a HOT HOT HOT sauce, but also very flavorful. A little bit goes a long way. And it definitely is tasty beyond the heat that it adds to the food.

Walking around the African food store was very interesting. I saw all kinds of foodstuff that I had no idea what I would do with. It certainly gave me a feel for what it is like for someone not Indian to go to an Indian food store. What does one do with beaten rice, or puffed rice, or red lentils, or giant lumps of jaggery, or big bags of fennel seeds or mangoes pickled in sesame oil? I know what to do with those things. But I was completely lost in the African foods store. I felt very sad at the idea of an entire cuisine being locked out to me - I know nothing of what to do with cassava flour (tapioca) or dasheen leaves (taro leaves) or Nigerian garden eggs (green/white aubergines). I might know Indian things to do with tapioca, taro (although not leaves) and eggplants, but not what they might do in Africa. It made me very sad. But I did get the scotch bonnet sauce and I am using it liberally on everything!

That's all for my ramblings for today. Have a good day everyone.


Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

I love going to foreign food stores, but I always feel so lost because I have no idea what to do with most of it.

My heat tolerance has increased dramatically over the last year, but I'm not so sure I'm ready for scotch bonnet! Just thinking about it makes me sweat!

Chrysalis Fit said...

Me too. When I lived in Minneapolis, there was an ENORMOUS Asian Food store there. I used t o go and walk around - sometimes for an hour or two - it was like Disneyland for grownup foodies. :-)

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