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This Secret Chili Sauce is Pure Gold in your Fridge

This Secret Chili Sauce is Pure Gold in your Fridge

Chili lovers, you are going to fall in love with this sauce. Non-chili lovers, prepared to be converted!

This is a very simple recipe for a home-made chili sauce. The recipe was given to me by my friend’s father in law many years ago. He lives in Guillin, China, a place famous not only for its natural beauty but also for its cuisine and most of all – its chili sauces! It is an absolutely fantastic sauce to keep in the fridge. The real secret of this sauce is that its taste deepens and improves over time because of some of its ingredients slowly fermenting and infusing their rich aroma in the sauce. I guarantee you that you will be tempted to open the jar and smell it every time you open the fridge.

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The sauce can be used for different purposes. It can be used in stir-fries, noodle dishes, as a base for other sauces, in stews and of course served as a dipping sauce for basically anything hot or cold.

The Ingredients:

Note: Some of these ingredients like the Chinese rice wine and the preserved black beans can be found in Asian Food stores.

Chilli Sauce Ingredients3

    Step 1:  Soak the Dried Chilies in warm water for 30 minutes

    This will soften them and make them easier to be crushed or blended in a sauce. You might be asking “why not use fresh chilies instead of re-hydrating dried chilies?” The reason is that dried chilies have a deeper, smokey taste. Fresh chilies are perfectly fine for other sauces but for this one we need to use the dried ones.

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      Step 2:  Chop the Garlic and Shallot

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        Step 3: Put All Ingredients in a Pestle & Mortar or a blender

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          Step 4:  Grind or Blend until it becomes a Homogenous Paste

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            Step 5: Jar it, Top it with Oil and put in your Fridge

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              Featured photo credit: Steven Depolo via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on December 13, 2018

              12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

              12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

              Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

              A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

              1. Eat Before Heading Out

              First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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              2. Select The Treats

              Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

              3. Avoid Skipping Meals

              Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

              4. Drink With Moderation

              It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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              5. Be Active

              You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

              6. Get Out Of The House

              Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

              7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

              Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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              8. Set Realistic Goals

              You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

              9. Enjoy Yourself

              Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

              10. Drink A Lot Of Water

              This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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              11. Eat Less And More Often

              Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

              12. Prioritize Your Workouts

              Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

              So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

              Happy Holidays everyone!

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