Beginning Friday November 9th, the Bench Artisan Food Market at 368 Vancouver Avenue, Penticton will be selling farmersdotter artisan wood fired sour-dough breads to folks in lovely North Penticton.
They will also stock farmersdotter’s Habanero Brittle! A little sweet heat for the chilly days ahead.
Garlic is in, mulched and being irrigated as we speak… write… whatever. We lost a few bales of straw because of windy conditions the past couple of days. Hard stuff to control. Straw in the wind. So we are irrigating to keep what straw remains in its place and well behaved. Good straw.
We only have two more weeks before the end of the Penticton Farmers Market and farmersdotter is busy preparing bread, brittle and late season preserves. I love helping with the Habanero Brittle. My job is to assist pouring the brittle just as it reaches hard crack stage. That is a candy term: hard crack stage. It gives me a grin and a giggle to yell out ‘hard crack stage a comin’ just as we pour the molten goo. farmersdotter is rethinking my usefulness in the kitchen.
So yeah. farmersdotter has been playing in the kitchen. Experimenting with heat. You know the saying: ‘If you can’t handle the heat’. Well, she won’t get out of the kitchen. She is in there; eyes watering, tongue burning, and pots bubbling brewing up some artery clearing concoctions all containing habanero chilis. To put things into perspective the habanero chili is rated 200,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale. That is somewhere between frickin’ hot and OMG!
From a blackened couldron farmersdotter decants a caramelized peach and habanero slurry. We think it may be a jam. Or a meat rub. Whatever. Its heat is remarkably suited as a cheese cake topping or an ice cream melt kind of thing. Very versatile but hot. Truth be told the ‘jam’ was made without the seeds. Inside the seed is where the real heat resides.
“Can you imagine the heat if you left the seeds in” I exclaimed, wiping the sweat from my bald pate. farmersdotter’s grin assumes an evil posture. “Oh, just you wait” she says as she reveals a confection she innocently calls Habanero and Pepita Seed Brittle. “Try this my pretty…”