Vin D’ Blue

Greetings, hot things. This week, I’m back for another fiery twist on a traditional recipe but, this time, the traditional recipe is my own. My vin d’ aloo. I’m returning to that recipe, and to Exban’s place, to put a newer, bluer twist on it, using this sauce:

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Bravado Spice Co’s Ghost Pepper and Blueberry.

Why? Because the two are a perfect match. A sauce that’s full of dark berry tanins and pepper but has a tad too much vinegar tang, and a curry that wants more fire and a wine-like flavour but previously wasn’t the most religiously appropriate of dishes.

The sauce gives the curry all the depth and slight fruitiness that it needs without actual alcohol, while the curry gives the sauce a highly spiced base to tone down its unpleasant acidity.

All that’s left is to swap from pork to a more halal meat in lamb.

I will mention, though, just to be completely upfront and clear with you all, that this dish will still be only debatably halal. The vinegar in our sauce comes from white wine and, while it has been fermented to a point where it no longer has any chance of affecting one’s sobriety, some muslims may still be upset by the idea of alcohol byproducts in their food.

I’m sorry to say that makers and eaters of this recipe will have to assess the situation themselves and make their own decision as to whether my recipe matches their beliefs. All I can say for sure is that making vin d’ aloo with wine vinegar, rather than wine, has a historic and religious precedent behind it and that the added berries in this sauce make for a far more accurate flavour substitution than simply using such a vinegar alone.

It’s not going to be the same as our previous dish, of course, since this vinegary sauce adds rather more heat and tang, but it’s still going to be a fiery-flavoured, garlic and ginger-heavy, goan delight full of red meat, rich berry undertones and soothing spuds. A proper vindaloo, despite the extra acid.

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Tropical Green

Hello again everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week. Mine was comparatively quiet but it’s been a good one, if a tad too heavy on the salsa near the end.

Why? Because I recently stumbled upon a discussion of certain a mexican restaurant in the states and what exactly went into their tomatillo salsa. I had no vested interest in the outcome, having never visited Abuelo’s and living roughly 6 timezones away from it, but I was curious about some of the recipes that came up.

Green chilli, herbs and pineapple have always piqued my interest as a combination and adding tomatillos only makes it more enticingly out there. But what if that were kiwi?

Well, I set to work testing out a few variations and kind of overdid things but here’s what I found out:

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Peachy Keen

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to what could almost be called a follow up to the apple tart recipe that I posted two days ago.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read that one, though. It’s not a requirement for this sauce review. Just a dish that I made to go with it.

No, if there’s one thing that you should know beforehand, it’s The Prodigy’s hit song from nineteen ninety seven. Because what we’re looking at today is Devon Chilli Man’s tribute to it: His Smack m,Peach up!

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A sauce that I’ve long been meaning to talk about, since it’s the only one that I’ve found with Jay’s famous Peach Ghost Scorpion – A chilli once thought to be a potential candidate for the world’s hottest.

But, before I dive in to talking about the product and its pepper properly, I just want to quickly clear up a misconception about the song for which it was named. Since, if the lyrics are taken literally, it sounds a lot like it’s advocating domestic abuse.

It’s not.

Smack My B🔥🔥ch Up is, as I only discovered when researching for this very post, code for getting one’s fix. Normally one’s fix of a different sort of smack but, in the case of this sauce, it’s sweet, superhot chilli instead. A subtle mention of its addictiveness, hidden within reference to the music of my youth.

Not that I was ever a fan of hard techno.

Does it live up to that meaning, though? Is it good enough to cause addiction? Will it cause the rush of endorphins often referred to as a “chilli high”? Does it even contain peaches?

Well, I can answer the last of those now – It most definitely does – but you’re going to have to read on for the rest.

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Appledrop Tart

Hey folks, today it’s tart time.

For this month’s recipe, or perhaps its bonus recipe, if you consider my mousse cake the main one, I wanted to make a spicy apple tart with a touch of my old favourite lemondrop powder. A similar combination to some of the flavours in my fruit risotto from way back but without its pear or morrocan spices, giving a very different end result.

Unfortunately, though, this one didn’t work out as planned.

I did my research, found out the science behind the perfect apple pasty and quickly realised that I didn’t have the tools to make it. I could only make a tasty second best that will, I’m afraid, have to suffice for the time being.

But I will still explain how and why, with a more professional kitchen than mine, you could go that extra mile towards perfection.

Either way, though, the ingredients are the same and they end result it highly enjoyable.

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Cornish Chipōtle

Hello again fiery food fans, do you remember the Cornish Chilli Company?

I know I do, because they produce a rather unusual favourite of mine. A super tart, grapefruit and vodka sauce that still stands as one of my top condiments for pizza and pub grub.

Today, though, we’re not here to talk about that product. We’re here to talk about another one:

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Their smoky Chipotle Chilli Sauce. One which suggests a bright taste with its label’s colour scheme, yet full on mexican flavour with its aztec imagery and its own dark colour.

There’s a great contrast between its warm yellow label and the dark red of the sauce itself but the most interesting part about the packaging is still very much the ingredients list. Which I’ll show you if you click through to the rest of this post.

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Mayan Sunshine

Speaking of finishing off things from last year, my chilli eating friends, it saddens me just a touch to tell you that today is the last we’re going to see of Opal’s range. It was, after all, a real pleasure trying her original and lime sauces.

Yet all good things must come to an end and I do, at least, have this one last bottle to try: Her Mayan Mango.

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And, despite habanero and mango being the two ingredients named on the front, it’s not going to be quite the usual blend. You’ll see what I mean in a second.

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Emerald Sunshine

Happy tuesday again, spice lovers! Today marks the return of my most recent sample-sender – Opal Sunshine.

Now, last time we looked at her sauces, Opal did prove herself to be rather heavy handed with the spices in the best of ways but will she still be so when their main focus is their fruit content? That’s what my next two reviews of her company are set to find out. Starting with her Lime-Anero blend.

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In terms of ingredients, today’s product is barely any different from her original sauce. That one had lime in it already and its placement on the list has not changed. All that’s different is the apple juice below it:

Habanero Peppers, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Fresh Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Recardo, Lime Juice, apple juice White Vinegar, Sugar, Salt.

Yet I can assure you, this is most certainly not the same sauce.

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Mano a Mango

Hello and welcome back to another Reading review. I honestly can’t believe I’m still doing these but there’re still plenty more to be uploaded.

It was a very fruitful festival and today, we have two very fruit-full sauces. If you’ll pardon the pun.

What I’m about to show you is a pair of products that share a single genre but take it in completely different directions. They’re both rather unique twists on the classic mango and habanero blend:

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Australian Import

G’day, folks, today we’re going down under to check out Matt Tangent’s other business.

Because, while he makes some fantastic Bang Bang Chilli Oil, his main passion appears to be his Aussie Hot Sauce. A company that deals exclusively in australian imports – Sauces that you couldn’t otherwise get in the UK.

On the menu for this week: Bunsters’ famously rude and to the point, twelve out of ten labelled sauce, and The Chilli Factory’s Scorpion Strike. Two serious hotties with quite the fan following.

Will they be worth the import costs? Read on to find out.

Assuming that you don’t mind the odd sweary label.

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The Jerk that Stole Christmas

Merry early christmas, everyone. It’s the end of november again and therefore time for another seasonal dessert. This time, a quick and easy take on christmas cake, with a blend of jamaican-style spices.

It’s not going to be a traditional jerk flavour, since it lacks any thyme, but it’ll still bring together the fragrant peppercorn flavour of allspice and black pepper with some christmassy dried fruit and the blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves that both influences share.

A real taste of the season but also of the caribbean.

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