Who would have thought that pepper boiled up with a little sugar, water and lemon juice could be so delicious or so useful? 20 minutes to make my latest larder must-have. And that's including time to find a jar for it.
This concoction has 101 uses: lunch was a slice of gorgonzola drizzled with this peppery nectar; the pork I'm cooking for dinner will be glazed with it. Kate Hill, whose recipe this was, says it's good stirred into mint tea - so that's this afternoon sorted.
Put two handsful of peppercorns into a pan with 200cl of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Strain and set aside the peppers. Add 500g sugar to the water, also the juice and zest of a lemon. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Add the peppercorns and simmer for a further five minutes. Taste and bottle.
Valvona and Crolla's gorgonzola with honey
Nigella's sticky pears with gorgonzola
Other larder recipes to make now
Spiced apricot and orange chutney
Chilli jam - I'm afraid this is such a staple in this house that I make it at any time of year if I've used up the summer batches
Home-made vanilla extract
Sticky sloe vodka - there's just time, if you can find sloes before the birds
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