... the Queen’s sauce – now that’s an interesting thought ... yet that bravura of exports is a favourite of the British Royal Family, so much so that it has been given a royal warrant by the Queen.
|Tabasco - the Queen's hot favourite ...|
It’s an incongruous thought, a bottle of Tabasco on the sideboards at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham and Balmoral ... and now probably Highgrove et al ...
It is a definingly definite American sauce – but one that reaches the cockles of many a Britisher’s heart ... be it in the family, or as slyly dropped into a dish to spice it up a little by the chef - that secret ingredient, not admitted to.
The word sauce is a French word taken from the Latin ‘salsa’, meaning salted ... this is appropriate for Tabasco sauce – as an ancestral McIlhenny living on Avery Island in the deep bayous of Louisiana mashed those early peppers.
Avery Island sits on one of the biggest salt mines in America – so what better way to flavour this mish-mashed potpourri of Tabasco peppers than a pinch of salt, natural vinegar – said pulp left to mature in old white oak whisky barrels for up to three years.
In 1868 find some discarded cologne bottles – fill with McIlhenny sauce – on successful approval of peppery sauce by family and friends, order more cologne bottles – expand business for next 140+ years ... McIlhenny’s name will live on as the royal Tabasco producer.
That is Q for Queen’s hot favourite our Tabasco sauce – part of the ABC series on Aspects of British Cookery.
On Avery Island – studio album by American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel (cover see left)
Susan Scheid from Prufrock's Dilemma - an intellectual take on music, poetry and literary thoughts - a great informative blog to learn from ... Susan and a friend used to post at a now inactive blog called Raining Acorns (love the name!) where she mentioned she'd visited the bird sanctuary at Avery Island ... an added resource for us.
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