I find it very difficult to study at the library. Every body looks so serious and it's just too silent for my liking (Michael, it's a library not a night club, what do you expect... duh!). I like listening to music whilst studying. At home I can connect my ipod to the speakers and I put it on shuffle. Sometimes, when the song is good, I do my chair dance, you know, the one when you're sitting and just concentrating on upper body movements, neck, shoulder, hands. But in the moment of stress, I get up and do a proper dance. I can't really do that at the library. I tried, but my moves were not welcomed. Some said it's too raunchy. Just kidding. Maybe actually because it's horrible. I dance better after at least a couple of drinks.
But here's another problem: no food or drinks allowed at the library. This is one very strict rule and not just frowned upon I've been told. That's my biggest problem. I must have snacks... fruits, protein bars, cheesecake, jug of butter, etc. Today I thought I treat myself to this dangerously addictive jumbo chilli sauce. It's so easy, all done in a food processor. I have made this sauce several times before and though I can't handle spicy things, strangely, the dip seems to get hotter and hotter every time I make it and I cannot get enough of it! Great for dipping with tortilla crisps, but I must say it is delicious with cold chicken or prawns.
Dissertation is nearly done! Yay! Maybe I'll do a little dance now.
Jumbo Chilli Sauce
Recipe by Nigella Lawson
1 x 290 g jar roasted peppers (190 g drained weight)
3 red chillies
1 small garlic clove, peeled
zest of 1 lime, plus 1 tablespoon lime juice
80 g bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
2 - 3 teaspoons sea salt flakes or to taste
125 ml ground nut oil or any flavourless oil
Drain the jar of roasted peppers and put them into the bowl of a food processor. Take the stalks off the chillies and add to the processor (de-seed them if you don't want the sauce really hot). Tip in the garlic clove, lime zest and juice. Cut the stalks of the coriander and add these too. Blend until paste-like.
Add the coriander leaves and salt and blend again. The gradually pour the oil down the funnel of the processor as the motor is running. It will come together as a sauce, runnier than salsa but is still soft and spoonable (rather than a pouring sauce).