Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce

I don’t know about anyone out there, but this household loves all types of Asian cuisine. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, you name it and we’re there. The problem is most of our favorite dishes are loaded with garlic, onions, scallions, etc… And if you live with someone who has an intolerance to all things Allium, then eating your favorite Asian dishes isn’t an option.

However, I have a solution for you that will make cooking your favorite dishes at home absolutely delicious. It’s my version of a spicy sweet and sour sauce. It’s similar to Sambal Oelek or any other of the spice sauces you can buy in the Asian section of your supermarket, but none of the nasty garlic or onions. It’s simple to make, and best of all it keeps in the refrigerator for months.

You’ll never miss what’s missing.

1 tablespoon of Red Pepper Flakes (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)

1/4 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar

1/3 cup Honey (Please buy the good stuff, none of the crap in little plastic bears)

3/4 cup water + 2 tablespoons

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon of Cornstarch.

Add all ingredients (except cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water) to a saucepan. Boil over med-high heat for 1 minute stirring constantly.

Mix cornstarch and water and add to the sauce stirring over medium heat until thickened about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool then transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.



Upcoming Writing Projects

Upcoming Writing Projects

It’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted anything on my blog, and the only excuse I have is that sometimes life gets in the way of the creative process. I’m sure we’ve all been there. I’ve had several illnesses strike friends and loved ones in the past six weeks. I became a physical and, at times, an emotional caregiver to them all. Don’t get me wrong, I’d do anything for any of them, and I was glad I could be there for them.

Things are starting to get back to normal (or as normal as life is these days). I’m looking at the rest of the year with a renewed sense of life. It’s short, too short, and we never know how long we have. The past weeks have kicked me in the ass, and I’m back and ready to move again.

The third and final book in the Geraldine Flanders series will be released on May 15th. I have a short story a publisher asked me to write. The short story, Shuttered is mainly done but needs some editing and final touches before I’m ready to send it off.

Once those are out in the world, I have two novels written, Blood Crucible and The Demon Librarian, that I’m going to revisit, do some work on and get them out to publishers and see if I can’t get a few contracts moving.

Any publishers out there looking to sign on an author? Kidding…not really.

So that’s where things stand now. Life could, of course, decide to though many wrenches into these plans, but I’ve got a secret weapon. I’m leaving for nine days for a writing retreat. I plan on resting, recharging, and writing up a storm. I have a lot of catching up to do. It can’t get much better than that.

Until next time folks,

Keep on doing what you love.