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.



Garlic and Onion Free Cooking

For those who know me or have experienced my cooking, then you’ll know that I never use any foods in the Allium family. (Onions, garlic, chives, shallots, leeks, etc…) Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, trust me. I used to be just like you. I lived on the stuff. Alas my partner of 24 years, has an intolerance to these ingredients, so I’ve had to adapt and adjust all my recipes.

After all these years you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Food is so much better without these ingredients. You can taste everything down to the herbs and salt and pepper. There is no better way to cover up the taste of food than by using onions and garlic. Trust me. I’ve never enjoyed food more, and I feel better as well.

To share my love of not living in the world of the Allium family, I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes with you. You’ll have to trust me. You’ll never miss what’s not there. I’ll provide tips and tricks to get the most flavor out of your ingredients and share some of my secret blends of rubs and spices to enjoy for yourself.

From my table to yours. Happy eating.