In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

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After getting a request for a new “Mother-In-Law” recipe via a YouTube comment , the spicy condiment we use on the side of many curry dishes in Trinidad and Tobago, I decided to do things a little different and do┬ámy interpretation of a Canadian version. I believe the name comes from the ‘spicy’ nature of one’s mother in law, mixed with different textures and flavors (complexity). Do keep in mind that you can control the amount of heat of this condiment by the number and type of hot peppers you use.

You’ll Need…

2 limes (juice)
1 lemon (juice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 medium red onion
2 scallions
1 pear
2 nectarines
2 sticks celery
1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
2 cloves garlic
4 HOT peppers
1 green apple (granny smith)
1 red apple (your choice)

Note! Feel free to use as much spicy hot peppers as you like.. do keep in mind that this is a SPICY condiment! I used a combination of Habanero, Scotch Bonnet and another pepper (don’t recall the name at the moment) from my garden. Here’s the original Caribbean version of Mother In Law I shared a while back.

The goal here is to dice everything the same size (except the garlic and peppers which I like very fine), so it’s uniform in texture when it’s served. I diced everything, but you can certainly use a food processor or grater if you like.

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Make sure you wash the fruits etc very good, since we’ll be using the skin for additional color (presentation) and texture. Remember to wear gloves when handling the hot peppers and be sure to wash your hands immediately after with soap and water. Additionally, don’t include the seeds and white membrane around the seeds if you’re concerned about the raw heat.

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I usually squeeze the lime and lemon juice in the bowl I’ll be mixing everything in, so as I dice and place it there, it will help prevent discoloration of the fruits.

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Basically all you have to do is dice (grate or food processor) everything and combine together. I used a bit of celery and green apple to give it a bit more texture and slight tartness. Usually green mangoes are used to achieve this. You may also grate in a carrot and the addition of a cucumber is always refreshing.

Taste for salt after you’ve mixed it all and adjust.

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If you find that you don’t have enough liquid from the juices to coat/cover everything, add a bit more lemon juice or vinegar. You may store this in a glass container (sealed) in the fridge for up to 5 days or so. Please allow this to marinate for about 2 hours before serving for best results. This time will be used to bring all those spicy (and sweet) flavors together.

Are you married? How spicy is your mother in law? Did you know there’s also a Daughter-in-Law? More to come.

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1 Comment

  1. Rani Wurttemberg
    December 17, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Chris, Bro, this is an interesting version using your/our local fruits. I will use the Granny Smith apples. Here in GA in the Atlanta area, I grow something called Multiplying onions. Here I can grow and harvest these all year round, they taste and look just like the ‘Green onions”. You though will have to harvest, chop and freeze for your Canadian winters. When it freezes here I can still pull them up unless we have a bit of snow. Plant once and it is there forever. It will multiply and you can share with friends.
    Your Trini Sister

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