Helen’s XO chili minestrone soup

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Helen’s sweet chilli sauce

Sweet chilli sauce

700g long fresh red chillies, stems trimmed
60g Bird’s eye chillies, deseed
4 garlic cloves, peeled
750ml white wine vinegar
150 ml apple cider vinegar
700 g caster sugar
1 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 cm ginger, peeled skin

Use disposable gloves to cut 300 g of the chillies into halves, and place in the bowl of a food processor. Halve and deseed the remaining chillies and bird’s eye. Coarsely chop them and ginger add into the food processor. Add garlic and 300 ml white wine vinegar. Process until finely chopped.
Place the chilli mixture, remaining vinegar, apple cider vinegar and caster sugar in a large saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Add lemon juice, salt, fish sauce. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 35-40 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Pour into sterilised airtight bottles and seal.