So should I make harrissa myself or buy some. If I do opt for purchase, where is my best bet??
If you're in the GTA you can name a specific store.
I like the effect of the one I buy (Le Phare du Cap Bon) and wouldnt consider making. It's readily available where I am in "ethnic" shops and , from time to time, supermarkets (although they more usually stock Belazu).
I often made it myself before I had a kid, but now I go ahead and buy it. Every little minute saved counts, and I can't say I've noticed a huge difference in the quality of the things I make with it.
I am in love with the bottled Harrisa sauce put out by "Robert Rothschild Farm", which I found in one of my local supermarkets. Is uber-spicy & has chunks of tomato in it. I find myself reaching for it for all sorts of seasoning applications. Latest was when I bathed half a batch of grilled chicken wings in half a bottle of it. FABULOUS!!