Okay, y’all, I’ma be real with you: I don’t know dick about Jamaican food.
I’ve never even had Jamaican food. But in my mind, I know that I would love it, namely because I fucking love me some hot peppers. Scotch bonnets, habaneros, whatever you got: Bring It. Plus, allspice and citrus?? I bet it smells like Spicy Christmas!
So imagine how horribly over-excited I was when someone I met through this show, practically a stranger, sent me some homegrown, freaky-hot peppers. From Canada. Isn’t that just rad as hell? I think it is. He sent me ghost peppers, lemon drop aji peppers, aji cristal peppers, cayenne, habanero, and bonda ma jacques. Whoa. Pepper overload! Or Pepper Overlord…?
I decided to make some kind of incredible, amazing hot sauce that I could keep in the refrigerator and prolong my pepper pleasure. I happened to have an ENORMOUS mango. I swear it weighed two pounds. Absurd. And the usual things like onions, garlic, you know. I looked up all the peppers he sent and the bonda ma jacques is from the West Indies and related to habaneros. So with all that, it seemed a Jamaican-in-my-mind sauce would be perfect. Here is what I did. This sauce is really, REALLY hot and good. And as soon as I get around to it, I’m going to figure out how to make jerk seasoning and cook myself a Jamaican chicken and put this sauce all over it.
Adapted from a recipe by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. I didn’t follow the ingredients or directions exactly, partly due to laziness, but mostly due to not reading the directions at all, which I guess also ultimately comes down to laziness. Oh well. I’m sure it will be fine in the fridge.
- ½ of an ENORMOUS mango (more like, 1½ cups of mango cubes)
- 2 cups diced onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1″ piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 bonda ma jacques peppers
- 2 red habanero peppers
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
- dash ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- Puree everything together.
- Pour into jars.
- Keep refrigerated.
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