Roasted Red Pepper Chilli Sauce

Do you ever psych yourself out about life? Like all of the sudden, you feel like you’re not doing something right – even though yesterday you felt totally on top of it? Yeah, that feeling sucks.

How do you shake it?

My food processor is a surprisingly useful tool in dealing with these situations of mental stress. If something edible, and I daresay delicious, comes about because I decided to put a bunch of things in that food processor – things suddenly feel a little better. I’m on the right track. I’ve restored some sense of control.

It might be a combination of the simplicity of preparation, the loud noise it makes, and watching pieces of food get pulverized. I’m not sure.

I was looking to use some extra coriander and limes I had when I found a chilli sauce on Nigella Kitchen that fit the bill.

It’s similar to a typical fresh salsa with a spicy punch and a citrus zing, but has a smokiness from the roasted red peppers.

I omitted most of the oil that Nigella used in her version because I thought the sauce was the right consistency without it. It clings to a chip properly, without being too thick or sludgy.

It’s perfect for bringing to a party and scoring bonus points for making something (when you barely did anything.)

Or for enjoying alone while watching old episodes of Nigella, drinking a frosty beer, and taking a moment to breathe.

Jumbo Chilli Sauce
adapted from Nigella Lawson

– 3 whole roasted red peppers (jarred, to make it easy)
– 1 clove of garlic, peeled
– 2 hot chilli peppers (I used one red and one green) with seeds in tact but top stems removed and cut in half
– 1/2 cup coriander stems roughly chopped
– Zest of one lime
– Juice of one lime
– 1/2 cup coriander leaves
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– salt

Drain the red peppers of any excess liquid.

Place roasted red peppers, garlic, chilli peppers, coriander stems, lime zest and juice in a food processor and puree until finely chopped and almost smooth. Add salt, olive oil and coriander leaves and blitz again until everything is blended and smooth.

Serve with tortilla chips.