Sriracha – Roasted Chili Sauce


I’m a fan of spontaneity and random romance and catching the eye of your crush across a room. I’m not a fan of corny cards and cheap chocolate and ridiculous expectations.

In short, while I do love love, I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day.


Don’t get me wrong, I adore a heart shaped cookie and bright red cake as much as the next person but the pressure and expectations and commercialism of February 14 bothers me.

So it is not particularly surprising that on this day I give you spice and heat instead of sugar and frills.


Now did you know that for the first four months of this blog there wasn’t a single recipe post? There was a bit of food, a few random observations, and one fashion rant that still gets hits from Google – although it’s probably not quite the encouragement people are looking for when searching ‘tanks with big arm holes‘… but no recipes.

Then two years ago on this very day my first creation appeared – Spicy Chili Sauce in honour of St Valentine.


Last year I kept with the spice theme but in the form of a Spiced Cherry Pie and a nod to Lupercalia. And now another Valentine’s Day has rolled around and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to not only tweek my Sriracha recipe slightly but post new photos.

If nothing else it is an amusing demonstration on how far my photography has come…


Then, during the preparation of this post and lets be honest, in a fit of procrastination-driven-creativity, I found myself searching for a quote about love and spice.

I wandered aimlessly through the internet before getting lost in Story People. I read and re-read the stories one by one, remembering how RJ and I would leaf through the books in the very early days of our relationship and laugh at the raw, insightful sayings and whimsical drawings. A good friend even gave us this one for a wedding gift.

But still no quote about love and spice could be found.


So I made one up myself.

A bit of spice and love, inspired by Story People, wrapped in a heart because it looked better than a chili…


…and it was there, between the sparks & spice & bright flashes of magic… the smoldering love that fed their souls.

With that, whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, I hope your life is full of heat and passion and brilliant surprises. And lots of chili sauce.


Now please excuse me while I go catch RJ’s eye across a room, I still have a crush on him after all these years.

A funny thing happened on the way to the cleanup. I was portioning this out to freeze and looked down at the jar, half empty with one of our everyday spoons sticking out.


It just worked, so back to the table it went and this is what I ended up with. I think it may be one of my favourite shots of the day. Isn’t that always the way.


  1. says

    Yeah, I can already see some girls in an office, keeping one eye on the door and waiting for a flower courier to walk through with a box of roses. Yawn. A jar of chilli sauce is so much more exciting!

  2. Eha says

    I haven’t been able to find sriracha in my neck of the woods! Yippee for the recipe, now I can make my own. Easy-peasy method and it will be fresh to boot!! Thanks heaps! Am the biggest romantic in the world, but red roses because of a date: no thanks !!!

  3. says

    I’m so torn with Valentine’s Day. I really hate how commercialised it is but at the same time I love an excuse to be extra indulgent (we’re having chocolate mud cake for dessert on a Thursday!). Really I’m a walking contradiction.
    I’d quite happily receive a jar of chili sauce!

  4. says

    Look at that intense colour! AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to make it some time. I’m on the same boat as you, I love love but don’t like the commercialism of Hallmark Day. Instead of buying cards and buying gifts, I like to make them, comes from the heart.

  5. says

    This is definitely my kind of recipe How delicious and a great gift for any chilli addict. I would love to receive something like this ;o). Great post. Best Torie

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