Chilli Aioli Using Birds Eye Chillies

Dave and I have different tolerance levels when it comes to hot and spicy foods. I made this chilli aioli for him to dip his sweetcorn fritters into. And I used the milder garlic toum hummus instead.

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I have suffered some severe traumas in my life. The most severe being when I was electrocuted and paralysed in my right arm. Twice I have had chunks of flesh missing from my body. I was involved in a serious road traffic accident. That resulted in extreme bruising and a traumatic brain injury. One car accident I was involved in saw me hitting the windscreen. I found glass in my scalp for a month after that! But nothing compares to the trauma I went through yesterday. I decided to ask my optometrist whether I could get contact lenses. This is because my glasses keep fogging up when I wear my mask. I had my eyes tested and she ordered a pair of trial lenses for me. Yesterday I went for the fitting. My eye opening is really small and she could not get the lens onto my eye.

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I then tried and failed. Between the fact that my eye does not open widely, and my eyelashes not being long enough to get hold of, the lens kept getting caught. Eventually, Magdel managed to pop the lens onto my cornea. And it hurt. Worse than when I had a piece of aluminium on it. My eye and the lens was so dry by this time and it felt like glass scratching me. And then, neither of us could get the contact out! I wanted to be physically ill at this stage. The contact was stuck and no amount of moving our fingers over it dislodged the lens. Finally Magdel took the lens out and there was no instant relief. My eye still feels scratched and not even the eye drops I use are helping. This is one trauma I never want to repeat!

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Chilli Aioli

Adjust the spice level by adding more chillies
Recipe Category: Condiments
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  • 1 egg
  • 2 birds eye chillies, very finely chopped
  • 1.25 mls fine salt
  • 200 mls lemon infused canola oil
  • 50 mls olive oil


  • Carefully crack the egg into a stick blender jug, making sure not to break the yolk
  • Add the chilli, salt and oil
  • Using a stick blender, place the blade over the yolk
  • Start blending and slowly lift the blender up, as the ingredients thicken
  • Blend until all the oil has been blended


If you don't have lemon infused oil then use ordinary canola oil and 15mls lemon juice.
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18 thoughts on “Chilli Aioli Using Birds Eye Chillies

  1. Tandy, your contact lens experience sounds dreadful. I think your glasses fogging up would be preferable. Both Neil and I also had some painful contact lens experiences many years ago. I hope it heals quickly for you. Your aioli looks delicious. Take care, Pauline.

  2. What a lovely aioli with such a nice color.
    Eye pain is incredibly severe, at least it is for me. I tried contacts twice and was never able to wear them. Last year I had to have cataract surgery. They explained to me that it was a simple procedure and that only 1 in 100 have problems. Well, I was that one in a hundred, as my eye felt like it had gravel under the lid for weeks. So, I can relate to your misery. I hope the pain has now subsided…

  3. you have had a lot of trauma in your life, but the eye thing sounds terrible. That’s one of the reasons I have never gotten contacts. I’ve won glasses for over 50 years. I can’t imagine getting my finger that close to my eye. I don’t even like giving myself eye drops! I hope your eye starts to feel better soon…

    1. funnily enough, I also though getting my finger that close to my eye would be an issue. That was the only thing about the whole experience I could cope with.

  4. I am so sorry about your eye! That must have been awful. And I know what you mean about masks fogging up when wearing glasses~ same here! I can wear contacts so if I’m grocery shopping I have the option of popping them in. But ugh. No fun Tandy!

    1. I have done that once – and lesson learnt. And no, she didn’t as I already have special eye drops from her that I could use.

  5. Thanks for this lovely recipe. I must say that I have been wearing lenses for many years, and they immediately suited me, the world became brighter and more interesting. Good luck, take care of yourself!

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