This homemade sriracha harissa is such a great little sauce to be able to whip out of the fridge to elevate even the simplest of everyday meals!
When I started this food blog one of my key goals was to share tips with homecooks to allow them to elevate their everyday dinner and also to help them maybe challenge themselves and take things up a notch in the kitchen. So often when we cook we are afraid to experiment and try new things. I have to say since moving to Brisbane, Australia my repertoire of dishes has HUGELY increased. When I started dating my wife, I cooked for her about 4 times a week and for nearly 6 months I didn’t cook her the same thing twice. I was so proud of myself because of the delight it brought her, but also excited everyday while walking to work thinking of new ideas & creations. Off I would skip like a bloody ballerina to the local shops and there I would be fingering the vegetables (easy on now, not in that way!) and sniffing the herbs. I was in beast mode in the kitchen. The honeymoon soon ended and it’s been spag bol ever since!! Well, not quite that bad, but shortly after we moved to NYC the 70+ hr weeks with only 1 day off together turned into too much takeaways, eating out and the odd very average homecooked meal. Don’t get me wrong, during the time in NYC I was fortunate enough to manage a Michelin starred restaurant and to be able to dine in multiple Michelin restaurants along with the amazing little holes in the wall. Truthfully though, a part of me was missing. Since as long as I can remember I have been cooking and it has always brought me such pleasure and relaxation. Now that we have a toddler and don’t have the opportunity to get out as much, I try even harder than when we first met to produce fun and tasty meals for my wife and I.
For those of you with kids and those of you who work WAY too much you will all understand the difficulty in finding the energy to cook after doing multiple loads of washing, hoovering the same room 4 times and spending 30 minutes before you leave the house getting everything ready to soon find out you forgot the most important thing – your sanity!! So on the days that this is me, I find solitude in knowing that I have a well stocked larder and some great basic sauces in the fridge that will help me turn the most basic bitch of a meal into something semi restaurant quality. Just throw a Jackson Pollock splash on the plate and hey presto, you’re a chef! This harissa is certainly one of those sauces I always have hidden in the fridge. It’s killer with anything from some grilled chicken, pork chops, salmon or even just a smear on a sandwich when all that matters is wine and the food is purely an afterthought.
From start to finish in about 20 – 30 mins it’s super simple & packed with flavour. Lets see some creations that you guys put together with it and don’t forget to tag me @another_food_blogger or pin me on pinterest for the chance to win……….. well, nothing but a smile on AnotherFoodBlogger’s face!