It's been almost a year since I've lived in my own place. At the start I had great intentions to fill my window sills with happy herbs and flowers. But within the first fortnight I'd managed to kill off most of my plants, even those that didn't need much care. After an emergency visit to Mum's Plant Hospital for some much needed TLC they soon started to thrive.
Almost a year on, I've got to the stage of being able to keep things alive, just. After purchasing a chilli plant I've struggled to keep up with the amount it produces. There's only so much chilli a girl can have!
This recipe is easier than others I've tried and only needs 4 ingredients. It's a good way to keep up with my windowsill crops. Not to mention the boys in my family, they love this chilli jam!
(Makes around 4 large jars)
150g fresh chillies, cut into 4
150g fresh red peppers, cored, deseeded and cut into chunks
1kg jam sugar
600ml cider vinegar
To sterilize your jars, wash them well in hot soapy water and rinse well. Place them on a baking sheet and leave in the oven on 140 degrees to dry.
Put the chopped chillies and peppers into a food processor and blitz. You may want to deseed the chillies depending on your heat preference or even so the jam looks smooth.
In a large wide pan, heat the sugar and vinegar on a low temperature until the sugar has melted, without stirring.
Scrape the chilli mix out of the processor and into the pan. Stir and bring to the boil. Leave boiling away at a high temperature for a further 10 minutes.
By now, the jam will be syrupy. Leave to cool for around 40 minutes. By this point the jam will have started to thicken.
Ladle into the prepared jam jars, seal tightly and leave to cool fully.