My friend Leah is a true Southern Belle. Her beautiful mama, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting, was clearly a great cook. I know this from tidbits that Leah drops, “Oh…. mama used to add some ginger to her fig preserves” What a difference! I will forever add ginger to the figs.
Today she gave me a recipe for a ‘ Chili Sauce’ her mother used to make. This is not a ‘ Hot Sauce’ rather it is sweet and tangy but the heat can be adjusted to taste. Since I had all the ingredients from the Potager I gave it a go.
LEAH’S MAMA’S CHILI SAUCE
18 ripe tomatoes peeled & chopped
3 green peppers chopped
6 onions chopped
Cook the above ingredients till tender.
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg
Dash or two of cayenne pepper or to taste
Cook till a medium thick consistency, this will take several hours so plan ahead.