|Schug and Eggs|
To make the fermented Schug, I followed Solomonov's recipe of halved serrano chiles, garlic cloves, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, fresh cilantro, parsley, and salt. I omitted the lemon juice and oil, as I was not sure how they would impact the fermenting process.
The fermenting came in when I crushed the chiles in the bottom of a mason jar and spooned over a few ladles of bacteria-rich brine from my sauerkraut fermenting pot.
Eight weeks later we have the delicious sauce pictured above (after blitzing into sauce in a food processor). I love how the floral, beguiling flavor of the cardamom is still shining through, even after fermentation. The sauce itself isn't as bright as my first batch, but this schug was made with store bought serrano chiles. Using local, fresh chiles that were not subjected to the rigors of packing and transit might be why my first batch of hot sauce was so vibrant and fresh-tasting. But this fermented schug didn't lose any of its heat! I love splashing it on eggs, burritos, and roasted chicken, savoring the exotic spice, heat, and dreaming of my next batch.