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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tortuga Hellfire Chicken

One of the places we visited on our cruise was Grand Cayman.  Lots to do there - great sea life to explore, wonderful beaches, and of course, rum.

While The Mr. and I were snorkeling and playing with stingrays, my Sis, Dad and Katy went to Hell.

Seriously.  It turns out, Hell is a group of short, black, limestone formations located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Located in West Bay, it is roughly the size of half a soccer field. People are not allowed to be amongst the limestone formations but viewing platforms do exist for visitors.

There are numerous versions of how Hell received its name, but they are generally variations on "a local official exclaimed, 'This is what Hell must look like.'"

It is also claimed that the name "Hell" is derived from the fact that if a pebble is thrown out into the formation, it echoes amongst the limestone peaks and valleys and sounds as if the pebble is falling all the way down to "Hell."

Regardless of how it first came to be called Hell, the name stuck and the area has become a tourist attraction, featuring a fire-engine red hell-themed post office from which you can send "postcards from hell", and a gift shop with 'Satan' passing out souvenirs while greeting people with phrases like 'How the hell are you?' and 'Where the hell are you from?'

And my Sis, knowing how we revel in hot sauces (the hotter the better!) bought us some Hellfire Sauce.

The ingredients are pretty simple:

  • Water
  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Vinegar
  • other spices
Basically, a nice habanero sauce.  I used it as a sauce for my chicken the other night and it was tasty!  (Though, The. Mr. didn't think it was quite hot enough...)

First I browned the chicken in a non-stick pan.

You want to let it cook over medium heat until it is nice and gold brown - don't move it around much, just let it brown.  Then turn it.

I added a tablespoon or so of the sauce to each piece of chicken, and finished cooking.

Innocuous looking, right?  It's a "Hell" of a surprise!

Would you try Hellfire Hot Sauce?

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  1. Susan, You must have had a wonderful vacation! This chicken looks HOT! Great pictures.
    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa - Saturday Dishes. This chicken would be a great addition to the buffet. Hope you can bring it over.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  2. Never heard of this "hell" before--but I bet it was a fascinating place to visit!