Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

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Lacto-fermented Thai chili sauce and palm sugar paste make the most delightful pairing for dipping spring rolls and egg rolls alike.

Move over sweet and sour sauce, this sweet and spicy Thai chili dipping sauce takes the prize hands down.

Thai food and I are BFF’s as far as food goes. I love a bowl of steaming yellow curry over white rice (yes white), Pad Se Ew, fresh rolls, and fried spring rolls. My mouth is just drooling thinking about when my next Thai meal will be. Sadly not tonight…

I still remember my first visit to a Thai restaurant when I was about 13, a had a delicious rice noodle, chicken, and broccoli dish swimming is a sweet soy sauce gravy, (Lard Nah).

My parents ordered an appetizer which we never did but is was a special night and how can you say no to spring rolls? Delicate rolled wrappers filled with thin rice noodles and vegetables, fried to perfection. There is almost no way to say no…

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Instead of the gloppy sweet and sour sauce that is served in most American Chinese restaurants the Thai restaurant served the spring rolls with a delightful sweet and spicy dipping sauce. It was one of the most delightful moments for my young foodie heart.

I’ve been recreating it for years serving it with fresh rolls, lettuce wraps, over noodles, and with my Thai-inspired pizza.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup palm sugar paste or raw honey
1/4 cup Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.

Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  2. Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

Have you tried a sweet and spicy Thai Chili Sauce before?

Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

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Tangy with a punch of heat. This hot Thai chili sauce is just what you need for your next Asain inspired meal!

This simple chili sauce was inspired by one I had at a Thai restaurant, which I discovered is quite similar to sambala popular sauce in Asia made from chilies, vinegar, and spices such as garlic. You can find it in many grocery stores in the States as well.

This sauce adds that perfect pop of flavor and bit of heat to your favorite dishes with the added benefit of being lacto-fermented. While the commercial sauces you find in the store use vinegar for the tang, it can be achieved naturally with whey and unrefined salt. As an added bonus, it is healthy for your gut too!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get enough fermented foods in my diet. Simple little things like this lacto-fermented hot Thai chili sauce may not make all the difference in the world but every little bit helps!

For this recipe you can use a variety of red chilies depending on the flavor you want to achieve. Thai chilies pack on more heat but the recipe tastes equally good with jalapenos or serranos.

Drizzle it over Thai-inspired pizza, in a noodle soup for an added healing benefit, or to a yellow curry for an extra layer of heat!

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Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

1 lb hot red chilies (Thai, Jalapeno, or Serano)
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic
2 TBS whey
1 tsp unrefined salt

Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until almost smooth.

Pour into a glass jar and screw a lid on. Leave on the counter or in a cupboard for three days.

Store in the refrigerator for several months.

Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb hot red chilies (Thai, Jalapeno, or Serano)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBS whey
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until almost smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass jar and screw a lid on. Leave on the counter or in a cupboard for three days.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for several months.

What do you use hot chili sauce for?

London Fog Fauxccino

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Can you tell I’m a huge fan of all things tea and coffee?

Although I’ve made many fauxccinnos over the years, I hadn’t yet turned my favorite winter drink — the London Fog — into one.

Move over London Fog — there’s a new kid in town: the London Fog Fauxccino.

This winter I’ve savored many mugs of Earl Grey London Fog Lattes and Earl Grey Mocha Lattes. Now that spring is here, I’m ready for a change!

The key to this drink is the ice cubes. Often, an iced drink will include ice, milk, tea/coffee, and sweetener — but the ice makes the drink watery as it melts. Instead, I made tea ice cubes, inspired by my coffee ice cubes.

Problem solved!

Join me at Traditional Cooking School, where I am sharing the recipe. 

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London Fog Latte

London Fog Earl Grey Latte

Light, yet creamy and delicious.

Let me introduce you to the London Fog Latte, also known as an Earl Grey tea latte. Hot Earl Grey tea is blended with frothy almond milk, raw honey, and vanilla extract. It’s pretty much heaven in a cup.

I started drinking this delicious drink about a year ago when I saw it on a blog or in a shop somewhere, I can’t remember now. What I do know is that this delightful cup of goodness has found a special spot in my tea loving heart.

I have a confession to make, I went 30 years not putting milk in my tea. I could not stand the taste! That’s because I was using dairy milk, as soon as I tried almond milk I was in love. I have no idea why, I enjoy heavy cream in my morning coffee but I can not stand it in my tea. That’s okay, I’ll save my dairy for coffee and hot cocoa.

The London Fog is said to have originated in the Pacific Northwest, nowhere near the London England like I first assumed. It actually endears me to it all the more since I have so many friends “up north”.

A London Fog Latte is the perfect way to celebrate early spring, though I tend to drink it all year round. Now that I make my own Earl Grey tea, my french press has been known to hold tea leaves instead of coffee grinds. What can I say, a cup of tea and a good book like “Little Women” get me every time…

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book ling enough to suit me.”

~C.S. Lewis

I use orange blossom honey because it is simply amazing, as an added bonus it blends well with the citrus notes of the Bergamot.

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London Fog Latte

2 bags (or 2 tsp) Earl Grey Tea
1 cup hot water
1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp raw honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tea. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat the almond milk.

Remove the tea leaves (bags), stir in the raw honey and vanilla extract.

Froth the milk with a milk frother is desired and pour into the tea.

London Fog Latte
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Serves: 1 mug of tea
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags (or 2 tsp) Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ⅓ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tea. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat the almond milk.
  2. Remove the tea leaves (bags), stir in the raw honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Froth the milk with a milk frother is desired and pour into the tea.

Have you ever tried a London Fog Latte?

 

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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Rich and creamy, this dairy-free white hot chocolate transports you to the land of Narnia.

As winter melts into spring I can’t help but to think of the magical land of Narnia as it was right before Aslan returned, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a cold and bleak place, with no hope for the future, a world of never ending winter.

Edmund followed his sister Lucy through the wardrobe, unable to find her, he found himself alone and cold in the snowy woods.

To his surprise a “Queen” better known as the White Witch pulled up beside him in her sleigh. Once she realized he was a “son of Adam” she changed from harsh creature to a flattering and almost nurturing type. Despite Edmund’s trepidations he was beguiled but the promise of warmth, a hot drink, Turkish delight, and ultimately a kingdom.

Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he has never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes

~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 


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I always wished that I could be Edmond just for a few minutes so I could savor the delicious, hot drink and Turkish Delight too!  It left me wondering what that very sweet and foamy and creamy could possibly be.

It couldn’t be classic hot cocoa since that was already popular in England. It occurred to me that it very well could be a white hot chocolate, which is oh so creamy, and not commonly drank at that time.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for the recipe.

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)