So I thought I'd make some (it was always gonna happen!)
Drying the chillisHere are the beauties. The first thing to do was dry them out.
They were plump when I bought them, but here they have shrunk as they have been air dried on top of a boiler for about 10 hours.
Smoking the chillisI chose a tray with holes in to allow for the smoking stage. Here is a close-up
Here's the fire. It was the same one I had been using for blacksmithing, to anneal (heat soften) the handle of a spatula.
Adding semi-green leaves to the fire created a lot of smoke. Of course, these have to be not from any sort of poisonous tree, just to be on the safe side (though probably very low risk). These are birch leaves from the lovely silver birch in the garden
The chillis were very brittle after this process. They were popped into my heaviest mortar and pounded to oblivion with the granite mortar.
A thoroughly enjoyable exercise. it takes quite a while to get all the seeds crushed to dust. Good for the arms. The smell was really good too - smokey, almost tomatoey pungency. Lovely!