As a kid I was an extremely fussy eater, I really disliked food. I rarely ate a lot and lots of my teachers thought I had an eating disorder. I was seriously underweight throughout my childhood. But as I became Oder and especially as I started on “boarding school” it turned out that I wasn’t picky and didn’t dislike food, I just hated tasteless food.
We had cooking lessons at the school and one of my teachers Ida loved spices. She introduced me to garlic and chilli but also really tasty Danish food and how I loved it.
I later realised that one of the reasons I probably didn’t like food was that my mum really can not cook (sorry mum), or at least only a few tasty dishes. Most of her dishes even today are some kind of stew, that consist of a horrible glue like sauce..
My family over here though are not always as enthusiastic about spicy food as me. Especially toddler Blip, who doesn’t appreciate it. So, I have compromised and now got my super cheap very spicy homemade chilli oil and also chilli sauce. Strangely enough toddler Blip always insist on trying my chilli oil every time we got pizza, and everytime spits it out.. lol
I never ad garlic to the oil due to the risk of boutalism when storing garlic in oil. The chilli oil is also brilliant to spice things up like tomato soup and last forever in the cupboard.
250 ml vegetable oil (or a bit less than what fits into the storage jar you have chosen)
2tbsp very hot chilli flakes
- Heat up the oil to approximately 130C. Turn off the heat and add the chilli flakes. They shouldn’t be frying so the start colouring, but oilmshoukd be warm enough so the chilli release the spiciness from them.
- Leave to cool until you can decant it into the jar.
- It’s now ready to be used.
Bon appetite – as my grandad would have said.
These has been based on Tescos prices (June 2017), the chilli flakes are much cheaper though if bought at your Asian corner stores!
Vegetable Oil (I buy 5 litres for £4.50 in Tesco every few years). 250 ml =23p
Chilli flakes = 60p
Total cost 83p