One of my significant addictions, besides chocolate, is chili! I am not sure when I discovered the great taste of chili, but I remember enjoying the spice as a kid and I know that the tolerance comes from my father. My father has always loved eating spicy food and more importantly, cooking it. I eat almost everything with chili! I am in love with all the different cuisines that use extra chili in their dishes. Some examples include Thai, Indian, Sichuan and Mexican. One of my favorite combinations of flavors is Chili and Chocolate! I can’t believe my two addictions go so great together!
Did you know that there are two compounds found in chili peppers known as capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin? These compounds help your nervous system react to the tingling sensation you feel when peppers hit your tongue. The brain, triggered by the capsaicin, releases endorphins in response. It’s a natural high — and eventually, repeated exposure to capsaicinoids wears down those receptors so that the pain subsides and the effects of the endorphins remain. Now I understand why I can't get enough of the spiciness in hot sauces.
Contrary to popular belief, chili can be an anti-irritant to your stomach and a great way to treat stomach ulcers. And this is not the only benefit of chili. Chili can also improve digestive health and metabolism, alleviate migraines, reduce cancer risk, fight fungal infections, colds, and the flu. Chili provides joint pain relief, fights inflammation, supports cardiovascular health, may improve cognitive functions, may improve longevity, promotes red blood cell growth, improves ocular health and keeps your hair and skin healthy, and more.
Today is January 22nd - Hot Sauce Day!
Happy Birthday, Hot Sauce! I am so glad someone invented you because without you, my life would be less spicy!
Let’s celebrate this day with an easy-to-make homemade hot sauce. Homemade hot sauce is a fun and delicious project to tackle when you love spicy food. You can use a variety of hot chilies when making your hot sauce, and the combinations of peppers and seasonings you can use are endless!
My hot sauce today is a simple version with easy-to-find ingredients. You can enjoy this recipe as it is, or you can combine different types of chilies and aromatics to make your version. Remember, the primary ingredient for making any hot sauce is peppers, salt, and vinegar.
Chili Carrot Hot Sauce
Prep Time: 10min
Cook Time: 30min
Serves: 6 Servings
1 Chili pepper
1 ½ Cups (approx. 240g) Carrot - boiled or steam in advance
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Cup (approx. 20g) Parsley
2 tbsp (approx. 30ml) Apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp (approx. 15ml) Lemon juice
½ tsp Salt
1 Cup (approx. 250ml) Water or the carrot stock
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is smooth (sauce-like).
Put the blended sauce in a saucepan and bring to the boil for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Remove from the heat.
Can be served immediately.
Otherwise, transfer it to a glass jar with an airtight lid and store it in the refrigerator, which can be kept for a couple of weeks.