I can get through a bottle of Blue Dragon fairly quickly, and with the help of my boyfriend (who introduced me to it!) we really do go for it.
I was browsing through Frugal Feeding, one of my favourite foodie blogs, and I found a recipe for homemade sweet chilli sauce. It had never really occurred to me to make my own before, I don't know why but it seemed like a lot of faff. But when Nick said that his simple recipe would taste just as good for 1/4 of the cost of a bought bottle, I had to try making my own, with a few very minor adjustments.
This recipe takes 20 mins to make, and it makes one small jar of sauce, but it can easily be doubled.
2 red chillies, I like to keep the seeds in but they can be taken out if you prefer
2 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp corn flour
1. Roughly chop the chillies and peel the garlic. Blend the water, chillies, garlic and sugar together in a food processor, or I used a hand blender. Transfer this mixture, which should be a bit chunky, in to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then reduce and simmer for 5 mins.
2. Next, add the corn flour which should be mixed with a little bit of water to make a roux. Stir through the mixture and cook for a further 5 minutes before taking off the hob and allowing to cool.
3. Once cool, transfer the sauce to a jar and refrigerate. On the off chance that the sauce gets a bit too thick and jelly-like, just add a tiny bit more water without reheating.
And there you have your own lovely jar of homemade sweet chilli sauce! You can thank me later.