Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Raisin Stuffed Chili Pepper Pickles

It’s late…I’m tired…but I’m bursting with excitement! In a few hours we will be off to the airport to catch our flight to Zamboanga! Zamboanga is a province (and a city) in our southernmost island group called Mindanao. This is the home of the delectable curacha. It is also the place where C was born and where he took me to propose! We are going to celebrate the fiesta like we did two years ago when C popped the question over a fantastic seafood dinner by the shore. This time we are bringing a bunch of friends with us to share the festivities. Yay! :)

I’m not leaving you all empty handed though. I’ve concocted a little something to house-sit while we are away. It’s spicy and tart so hopefully no one will dare cross her (although she is also a little sweet and aromatic). And while we are off dancing and feasting and exploring, she will be lolling and mellowing in her bath of honey and vinegar…slowly reaching the point of pickle perfection.

Inspired by Johanna’s WTSIM round-up of savory preserves, I am on a preserving/pickling/chutney-ing state of mind. Each entry in this round-up looks temptingly good. I wish I could make them all right now, but unless I grow a couple of extra arms, one pickle will have to do for the moment: Raisin Stuffed Chili Pepper Pickles. Now say that five times fast! The chili peppers are stuffed with raisins and pickled in a mixture of vinegar and honey -- the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and pickly…yes, me like :)

You can find the original recipe here at Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen, another new blog I have discovered and am happily enjoying. C & I love spicy food and peppers in one form or the other are always around. Here’s a link to a chili scale which measures the “heat” of different peppers (with pictures!). I have used jalapeños for this batch. Jalapeños are used often in Mexican cuisine, which just so happens to be one of C’s favorite cuisines ever…so he too is excited about this little experiment. These peppers vary from mild to hot depending on how it is grown. I didn’t taste any of them yet so I wouldn’t know, but based on my burning face (where I must have rubbed it with jalapeño-stained hands) these guys were pretty hot!

In honor of the 2nd anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging I decided to add another dimension to the pepper pickle by adding some herbs. After consulting with Zlamushka, I decided on sage and thyme (as it would go with the honey aspect of the pickling solution – like a nice honeyed herbal infusion). The thyme, I am proud to say, came from my “garden” of five pots (kaffir lime, thyme, chili pepper, and a “money plant” for good fortune!). I wish I could tell you all how the flavors work together but this needs about three weeks resting time to be ready!

Ok, no more procrastinating…I must get packing! See you all next week and hopefully my pickled peppers with be progressing positively! ;)

Happy 2nd anniversary to WHB!!! Kalyn, from a sworn meat-lovin' gal: You have made a herb-blogger out of me! :)

Update 5/19/2010: I am submitting this post to Tried & Tasted, this round featuring Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen!


veron said...

I have never seen a chili stuffed with raisins! Have fun on your trip , Joey!

Marvin said...

what a great idea for spicy and sweet!

katrina said...

Those stuffed peppers look so cute! I'm excited to hear how they'll taste like -- I've never tasted anything quite like it.

I hope you have a marvelous time in Zamboanga, Joey! Eat lots of curacha in Alavar sauce for us! ;-)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Fantastic pickles and what fun for a trip!
Have a wonderful time Joey. You'll sure have great pickles to come home to!

kaoko said...

Looks so interesting, the combination of sweet and spicy.

And about the Jalapeno burns, hahaha! I can relate---I once rubbed my nose with jalapeno-stained hands. I thought I washed them off properly but it appears that it wasn't enough. My nose buzzed for a day or two after. Now, I make sure to wear rubber gloves before handling them.

And have a nice time on your trip :D

Jen Tan said...

Have a wonderful time in Zambaoanga!!! How sweet it is to go back to the city where you were proposed to and eatdelicious seafood to boot!!!---Life is good Joey! =) Witty, pickle while you when you get home they shall be ready for your palate!hahaha

mtan said...

Have a grand time at the fiesta! Ditto on the curacha, or bring some back and we'll use up my last bag of Alavar sauce to cook it up when you feel a bit nostalgic for Zambo.

Kalyn said...

I hope you're having such a wonderful time! Love the sound of these pickles. What an interesting combination of flavors. I'm glad to hear that you used some of your own herbs too, that's half the fun! thanks for helping us celebrate the two year anniversary!

Anh said...

Joey, a lovely combo! Very well-done!!!

zlamushka said...


I am honored to see this. You have no idea how honored I am to see you making these little thingies. I hope sage and thyme worked well, please let me know after your first, second, third bite.

Your picture looks much more prettier than mine. Do you mind if I update and link you back?

katiez said...

Cute little pickled peppers, indeed! Have a great trip and many happy memories!

christine said...

Wow I've never heard of anything like this before. Leave it up to you to be so creative. You really should be nominated for the Best Food Blog in the Philippines at the Blogger Awards next year, and you should win by a landslide. Seriously! :)

Kelly-Jane said...

I've never seen raisin chillies either! Have a great time on your trip :)

Belinda said...

Joey, wow, this looks very interesting! I've never see this combination before, but I have to say that it sure sounds good now that you've described it, and your beautiful photographs just bring the little stuffed chili pepper pickles to life. I hope you have a wonderful, romantic trip with C to Zamboanga, and we look forward to photos upon your return. :-)

Tartelette said...

I know I would be the only one eating the peppers here...not a problem. Great recipe and add-ons.
Have fun on your trip!

Patricia Scarpin said...

How unusual are there, Joey!

Rasa Malaysia said...

This is very creative...raisin and chili pepper stuffed together and pickled! Bravo! :)

sha said...

Best Food Blog in the Philippines at the Blogger Awards next year
hmm why not indeed.. sana andyan din ako sasama ng zamboanga ;-)

have not tried this combo J but somehow i can imagine the taste

ChichaJo said...

Hi Veron! I'm curious to see how it comes out...still needs a couple of weeks resting time... :)

Hi Marvin! I was so happy that I found the really sounds interesting no? :)

Hey Katrina! I'm excited to see how they turn out too! :) Had a blast in Zambo and yes had curacha and Alavar sauce!

Hi Tanna! Thanks! :) Just got back and took a peek at the pickles and they look like they are progressing well!

Hi Kaoko! I hear ya! I kept washing my hands and face but it still burned...I should use gloves too...I didn't think the jalapenos would be that hot!

Nice rhyme Jen! ;) We had a wonderful back to work!

Hi M! The curachas now were smaller than usual so we didn't bring any back...I did bring back some Alavar sauce too though! :)

Hi Kalyn! It's my pleasure...I love WHB and enjoy it a lot! Even if I don't get to participate every week, you've gotten me so excited about veggies and thanks loads to you too! :) And yes, it is much more fun when you use your own!

Thanks Anh! :)

Hi Zlamushka! I don't mind at all if you link up! :) And thank you for sharing the recipe! I will let you know how it turns out :) I'm very excited to taste them!

Thank you Katiez! :)

Hey Nens! Thanks so much for being such a sweetie...I'm blushing! :) Aside from this, Zlamushka has lots of other interesting things on her blog...check it out! :)

Hi Kelly-jane! Thanks you...I did! :)

Hi Belinda! This was the first time I've see this combination as well so I'm quite looking forward to trying it out :) We had a fantastic time in Zamboanga and I hope to have some photos up soon!

Thanks Helene! C & I both love spicy things so we will both be attacking this bottle :)

They really are Patricia! Can't wait to try them :)

Hi Bee! Isn't it? You should check out some of Zlamushka's other stuff too :)

Hi Sha! Heehee...thanks! :) Let us know if you ever make a trip here ok? :)

Christina said...

Pickling! Amazing how childishly exited one can be by putting fruits or vegetables in a jar. A real treat is waiting for you when you get home.

Happy trip!

MikeMina said...

joey, this is gorgeous! a must-try! my mouth waters by simply imagining the spicy-sweet combination . . .

ChichaJo said...

Hi Christina! It's true :) Preserving gives me a little thrill...even if I'm only making one jar! Heehee :)

Hi Mike! I can't wait to taste it myself :)

docchef said...

looks interesting

ChichaJo said...

Thanks docchef :)

zlamushka said...

Hi J,

have you tried the pickles yet? I did mine for Christmas and loved them. The whole jar disappeared in no time. I am curious to hear your experience to see whether adding any herbs would be a good idea.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Zlamushka! Yes I have and I really like them :) Love how the sweetness of the honey mellows the spiciness of the peppers! We had it with a Mexican dinner I prepared :) Thanks again for sharing the recipe!

zlamushka said...

Great. I am really excited, then. Glad to have shared something you like with you.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks again for the great recipe! :)