This ended with them offering to buy me a chilli plant to take home with me, in return for me looking after their four month old puppy for the day. So I gladly accepted, and then t’dah now I have a chilli plant.
The plant cost £3.50 and I counted 20 red chillies and a few green ones. This got me thinking, that even if I now fail to get any more chillies from this plant it will still have worked out substantially cheaper than buying the chilli in a packet for home cooking.
I am now highly recommending to everyone to get them selves a chilli plant. The ones my parents have has lasted them at least a year so far with many, many chillies being produced. With their excess of chillies they have taken to just freezing them ready for use at a later date. Or when I came round me taking a few.
The plant can live on a windowsill, but if you do not have the room for that, why not buy a plant for a friend to look after and then steal some of their bounty. Such a vibrant plant it really will help brighten up the place.
Now to think of recipes requiring chillies.
1. Put sliced chilli onto pizza
2. In a pasta dish, I was recommended to have them in a bolognese
3. Curry – Quite an obvious one, but still.
4. Chilli biscuits / cookies or even a bread
5. Make chilli oil
6. Not sure about this one but perhaps chilli vodka?
7. Chilli Flakes
8. Pickle ’em.
9. Chilli jam: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chilli-jam-2692 maybe to give some as gifts.
10. Chilli chocolate
11. Throw into a soup or stew to really give it a kick.
That is all my food ideas for now. I am looking forward to using them more in general cooking, and possibly making chilli jam for myself and others as a christmas gift. The chilli plant has a lot of extra health benefits so it is a win-win situation. Can you think of any other ideas?