- Food and Cooking
Peri Peri - Hot Stuff!
A Culinary Delight!
Spelt Piri Piri or Peri Peri as is the case, this spice is – HOT!
Peri Peri is the spice of all spices and a well loved South African food seasoning.
Plants growing this ‘pepper’, are usually very bushy and grow to 45-120cm long. The fruits are tapered to a blunt point measuring approximately 10cm long. The fruit is green before maturing changing to a bright red color upon maturing.
The plants like full sun so grows well in a hot climate.
MY INTRODUCTION TO PERI PERI
Mozambique was a Portuguese colony prior to the civil war. Having to flee swiftly, the Portuguese packed all the personal possessions they could fit into their vehicles and crossed the border into South Africa, and a lot relocated to the town of Nelspruit. This happened to be where we were living at that time and my neighbor became one of those who had fled.
It was my neighbor who introduced me to peri peri spice and kindly taught me how to turn many dishes into a culinary delight.
My favorite was peri peri prawns grilled or bar-b-qued. Some thirty seven years later and having tried many other recipes I can’t beat the Portuguese method.
Simply combine lemon or lime juice, chopped garlic, olive oil and peri peri. Pour the mixture over cleaned prawns, shells in tact, and marinade for 30minutes before cooking.
As a tip, pour the mixture left over after grilling, over boiled rice and what a side dish!
PERI PERI MARINADE
Peri peri, lemon juice, oil, cayenne peper, garlic, paprika, salt and oregano.
Quantities are at your discretion. It all depends on how hot is hot to the cook!
Use on any meat you grill such as chicken, beef, pork, etc. Marinade for two hours before cooking.
Even the boring Pork Chop is yummy when seasoned with peri peri! So don’t be shy to try the spice on a variety of meats.
Bottled peri peri sauces available in supermarkets suffice for cooking.
The Portuguese can certainly hold claim to cooking the best chicken in the world!
It is always Par Excellence!
They have all the best peri peri recipes, hot and delicious!
Little wonder Nandos Portuguese chicken is a winner!
Now that I have introduced you to the best hot spice for seasoning, you will not be at a loss for a yummy meal!