Shortly after we moved to Portugal we discovered a gift on our doorstep – an old coffee jar containing a strange liquid.
“What on earth is it?” I asked Mr. Piglet as I opened the jar to smell its contents.
I proffered the jar to Mr. Piglet for his opinion. He sniffed, then snorted and finally echoed my comment “What on earth is it?”
I don’t “do” snails but I did tentatively taste the liquid; it was delicious, but EXTREMELY hot – leaving my lips tingling for several minutes!
Thankfully, the bearer of the gift also left us a clue – a sheet of paper with a recipe printed in both Portuguese and English (see below). It was homemade Piri Piri sauce! To this day we still have no idea who left the gift, but what a kind thought!
The piri piri sauce was gradually consumed and I carefully filed the recipe in a safe place for future reference. Needless to “filed” in such a safe place it remained undiscovered, despite several valiant attempts to find it, for several years until Friday.
Saturday morning, I was straight down the local farmers market looking for some piri piri plants. Success, I found a lovely plant already bearing many fruit! Armed with some fresh piri piri peppers I was now on a mission to make my own sauce. I returned home only to discover we had no whiskey!
We live miles from the major supermarkets so I will just have to wait until our next shopping foray.
So folks in the meantime, here is the recipe for you to try!
For more Portuguese recipes please visit my recipe page