Aunt May’s Hot Bajan Pepper Sauce

I first discovered Aunt May’s hot sauce at Turtle Bay (a Caribbean eating and drinking chain in the UK). I must say that I didn’t think twice picking up the 12oz bottle and poured a good 2 oz in my vegan rundown (which was absolutely delicious by the way). My mistake for assuming it would be another mildly spicy, maybe even a sweet chilli type of sauce, judging by the huge pocket whiskey bottle size and (what I thought was) an over the top commercial on point design of a Caribbean auntie on the label. My mistake. This sauce was just so authentically very very satisfyingly spicy.

Aunt May’s hot sauce is definitely one of my all time favourite chillli sauce (top 3) with it’s fiery and zesty taste and perfectly thick texture. It’s made in the Caribbean (love products originated from the source!) and it has no preservatives! It’s also one of those sauce that has just the right balance between acid and sweet, which really goes well with curries and creamy sauce rice dishes.

List of ingredients: mustard, vinegar, water, onions, pepper, salt, sugar, corn starch, turmeric.

It fairly easy to find it online, and most resellers ship worldwide. The price for a 12oz bottle is around USD8 (excluding possible custom taxes). You can find it on Amazon or Caribbean distributors like Anjo’s.

Let me know how you find this chilli sauce and what are your favourite recipes!

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Cayenne Pepper Lemon Detox – Get Your Beachbody Ready!

It’s March ladies, Beachbody season is coming fast! If you’re like me and have been holding on to the little Christmas and New Years party weight until spring, then this lighter version of the Master Cleanse is perfect to kick-start your healthy lifestyle again!

I’m quite familiar with the Master Cleanse and have done it a number of times over the past years, and it works. There are a few reasons why I’ve come up with a lighter version of this formula, that I do on a seasonal basis. I like this modified detox regime because:

  • I don’t have to worry about losing muscle mass;
  • I Can maintain my daily activity without feeling a lack of energy;
  • It can be easily incorporated into my busy work schedule.

*Note that the above are things I have personally experienced when I was on the Master Cleanse. Everyone might experience slightly different experiences based on your existing health conditions and how one eased in the Cleanse.

The recipe (for 1 unit intake)

  • Half a lemon’s juice (freshly squeezed), ~ 2 tablespoons +
  • 2 tablespoons of Grade A maple syrup +
  • A dash of Cayenne pepper powder ~ 1/5 of a teaspoon +
  • 120 ml of purified spring water.

The detox lasts in total 7 days.

Day 1 & 2: Easing In

This is very very, did I say very? important to the detox! Before starting the cayenne pepper lemon detox, the body needs to be prepared. 2 days prior to the detox, remove all processed food intake. On the first day, I replace my meals with fresh juices (with no added sugars), soups, congee and cooked vegetables. The second day I try to limit my intake to only lighter soups (broth and fresh fruit juices).

Day 3 & 4: Detox

For those 2 days (you can increase this up to 10 days but from personal experience I wouldn’t recommend more than 7 days) , stick to only drinking the above recipe, you can have up to 12 unit intakes per day. I like to schedule those 2 days on weekend days so it’s easier 🙂

Day 5 & 6: Easing Out

You’re body probably feeling much freer by now, and probably pretty proud (and you should be, give yourself a little clap!), but just hold off on the sushi for another couple of days! Same as easing in, on the first day introduce fresh juices and light soups. then you can add some solid food like vegetables and fruits on the second.

You can repeat this fairly often, do give yourself at least week break in between (make sure you’re having a healthy and sensible diet). You’d be surprised at the amount of waste you’re carrying in your body. Each time I personally loose around 1 to 1.5 kilos, but some of my friends have experienced slightly more!

Would love to hear about your detox experience!

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Spicy Cocktail Recipes – Can you Handle The Heat?

Hot chilli sauces are not only good for adding intensity to dishes, but also great to spice your favorite drinks! Here are 3 cocktail recipes to spice up your weekend!

Spicy Carrot Sunrise Mimosa

For this spiced version of the classic brunch cocktail, you’ll need:

  • 4 ounces of sparkling wine or champagne of your choice
  • 1-ounce carrot juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • Dash of cayenne pepper powder

Mix the carrot juice and orange juice together with the dash of cayenne pepper, then add the sparkling wine and slightly stir (if needed) with a mixing spoon. serve in a highball glass or champagne glass with fine orange slices!

Habanero Mojito

A mojito is always refreshing and to add a kick to it (classic recipe here) all you need is to replace the tsp of brown sugar with:

  • Habanero simple syrup

Habanero syrup can be easily found ready to use in a bottle, or you can make your own. Take 1 or 2 (depending on taste) chopped habaneros, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water, boil for 1 min, cool and strain (details steps on all recipes here).

Chilli Martini

Who doesn’t love a good martini, and with its endless variants, there’s definitely a martini for every taste! For this spiced up chilli martini you’ll need:

  • 2 ounce of vodka
  • 1/2 of passionfruit puree
  • 1/4 of lime juice
  • 1/4 of simple syrup
  • 1 fresh Thai chilli

Split the chilli in the middle and remove all the seeds, then shake all ingredient. Some chilli can be quite spicy, make sure to taste the drink before serving it (if too spicy, you can take out the chilli add 1/4 of simple syrup).

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Tabasco, Every Hot Sauce Fan’s Classic

I gave it a lot of thoughts, there are a number of chilli sauces that I love, Tabasco has and always be one of my classics! Here are 3 reasons why this little bottle of red spicy juice has its place next to my favorite lip balm in my handbag!

If you are a chilli sauce lover you must know like me that the same sauce from the same brand does vary in taste from a bottle to another, and this is normal. Chillis like grapes are natural produces that each has their own unique flavors and depending on the batch it’s hard to get the exact taste every time. And that’s fine. Tabasco, however, was able to achieve its same original taste every time, with only 3 ingredients: peppers, vinegar & salt. This brings me to my next reason why I love Tabasco so much.

I started paying attention to where my food came from and the ingredients in what I eat a couple of years back (one of my best friends is a foodie, so credits to her, and Netflix, with all their concerning documentaries on health) and you’d surprised in the number of preservatives and “E” numbers like I like to call them (referring to all the additions added to processed food: flip a bottle of pretty much any sauce and you’ll be amazed even with some of the organic and natural products out there). With Tabasco, you know what you’re getting and this also brings me to the thirds reason why this pepper sauce is a classic: you can find it pretty much everywhere – in most part of the world, from supermarkets to fancy restaurants, Tabasco, like Coca-Cola has become the universal language for hot sauce lovers who want to spice up their dish!

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Let’s Talk About Extra Chilli Please!

Note: By chilli here I refer to chilli peppers you can find fresh or often dried or in for of powder at your local markets. 

Growing up, my dad was a big fan of spicy food – it’s an Asian heritage thing. It’s not until when I was a college student and had to learn how to cook that I really grow fond of spices, a variety of hot chilli peppers and of course chilli sauces. Now, fresh, dried chillies and hot sauces have become part of my daily diets, this extra little kick I just can’t go without!

Although my entourage already knows me for carrying a little bottle of chilli sauce in my bag – just in case the restaurant runs out, I guess – I still do get a lot of comments regularly. I do admit that I tend to get too enthusiastic with Tabasco when it comes to tomato sauce based pasta meals, but there are quite a number of health benefits from chilli peppers! Here are the reasons why you should spice it up!

  • Anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory: Chilli peppers contain capsaicin, what’s responsible for the “spicy” sensation. Many studies found capsaicin to have a number of benefits such as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and reduced cholesterol levels. The spicier the chilli pepper, the more capsaicin it contains – reasons to sprinkle some extra chillies on your dish!
  • Fresh chilli peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, and they also contain a good source vitamin A, B6, and B1. We all know those are powerful anti-oxidants!
  • Chilli peppers are also full of mineral likes potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, who are important components to help your body function.

Chilli peppers are so easy to find all year long, and a little goes a long way. This blog reflects my take on life from my love for spicy foods – it’s so easy to spice up you every day, all it takes is a little extra humor & creativity!

Stay tuned for weekly posts, on hot sauce reviews, fashion, beauty, travel and other stuff to spice your day up!

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