Chilli with a Cause

Hello again, everyone. For this week’s review, I have another collaborative product on my hands, courtesy of Brighton Hot Stuff. A second free sample that they’ve sent me, made in conjunction with another organisation.

Unlike their Cauldron, however, this bird’s eye sauce is entirely their own creation. They aren’t working with another producer and they’re not using someone else’s fermented base but they are still making a big deal out of who supplies the product’s namesake peppers.

Because those peppers aren’t your average, supermarket sort. They’re a native african bird’s eye strain, grown in uganda by a charity called “Chilli Children”.

This sauce has been made, in conjunction with that charity, to highlight both their cause and the fierce heat and flavour of the peppers which they export. And it gives back two pounds fifty to them, with every bottle.

So let’s see what it – And they – are about, shall we?

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My Fourth Season

Hot Ones

Happy thursday, everybody. As I mentioned in tuesday’s review, it’s now september and that means that we’re overdue for round four of my Hot Ones-style line-up. That set of ten sauces, that I update annually, designed to give you the best UK-centric replica of the show’s experience that I can.

I am, after all, a UK chilli reviewer. Which puts me in the perfect position to craft such a collection.

This year, however, I’ve been somewhat disappointed by the products showcased on First We Feast. They haven’t interested me nearly as much as those in past seasons.

So, instead of looking at what the real show does and trying to mimic it, I’m going to try and whip up the wildest collection of wing-friendly, ascending heat sauces that I can, this time.

But, if you are after a more traditional line-up, there’s always the Chilli Shop and Mojo’s Bar’s monthly 📽️Hot Ones challenge night📽️, here in leeds.

Hopefully, between that and today’s post, I’ve got all of the bases covered.

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Jock Sauce

So, between Chilli of the Valley and A Bit of a Pickle, we’ve been seeing a lot of products from wales lately. That hasn’t been an intended theme but, at the same time, it’s not going to change today.

Why? Because I want to follow up last week’s sweet marmalades with something extra savoury and it just so happens to come from Jock’s Hot Sauce, across the border.

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This is their only product – Their smoked habanero and garlic – and it doesn’t look like anything special but that four word description was enough to sell me on it. As well as countless others, I’m sure, since they’ve been going strong for at least half a decade.

Smoke, richness and a habanero heat sounds like a fantastic combination. So let’s see if their sauce can deliver!

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Grim Marmalades

Hey folks, happy tuesday!

As I mentioned in 📽️a recent video📽️, there was a bit of a mix-up with my last shipment from Grim Reaper Foods. Everything that I’d ordered arrived on time, intact and of the high quality that I’ve come to expect from Russell but the free challenge chocolate that he’d promised me mysteriously morphed into something else:

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A lemon and yellow habanero marmalade, infused with gin and tonic.

A product which has only just made it onto his website and was, at the time it arrived, just as unreleased as his upcoming “Chocolate by Death”. Yet it’s not nearly of the same challenge calibre.

Russell’s spiced-up gin marmalade is a flavour-focussed preserve, not an extreme heat item, so it’s far more suited to a serious, written review. One which I intend to give it, today, alongside its blood orange brother.

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Red Rival Jams

Happy tuesday again, everyone!

Today marks the first of my july reviews and, with it, the end of my unexpectedly hectic birth month. This week, I get to relax a little and try out two simple chilli jams, from A Bit of a Pickle and The Smokey Carter.

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Each using a different, named chilli – One habanero and the other scotch bonnet – but both relying on a base of sugar and red bells to carry them.

Obviously, these aren’t going to be the same sort of breakfast jam that we saw in South Devon Chilli Farm’s elderflower. They’re going to be a pepper forward, somewhat savoury pair that’s better suited to spreading over cheeses and meats. But how much of that pepper flavour is actually going to come from their namesake varieties? And how different will these two be?

I’m very curious to find out.

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Pineapples and Pain

It’s monday, dear readers, and, while it might not be my usual blogging day, it is, in fact, my birthday. The day where I turn a year older and I mark the occasion with something stupidly hot. An extract-based sauce or two to make me suffer for your entertainment, as well as the entertainment of those who craft such fearsome concoctions.

As I mentioned, last week, this year’s post is dedicated to Dan Reed and his company, Chilli of the Valley. A company who kindly supplied me with one of their hottest natural products as an appetiser.

Yet I kind of suspect that that’s all that Dan meant for his Black Death to be. Because it may have been hot and tasty but it sure didn’t pack the unnatural punch of a sauce like this:

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His Phwoar Koff and Dai.

Not that it’s actually meant to be read as “Phwoar Koff and Dai” but, well, I do try to keep things family friendly on my front page. And I’m sure that we’ll all understand what it really means once we’ve tried it.

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Can I Try Some Mangoes?

So, now that we’re back onto sweet sauces, what do you lot say we take another look at one of my favourite fruit?

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This, here, is Can I Play with Mangos – A product that I promised to talk about back when I tried Rock A Doodle Do’s other, more mythology-themed sauces. Because, while that pair highlighted their irish heritage, the company’s origins lie elsewhere. In classic rock and metal puns.

But, truth be told, I’ve felt no urgency in getting to their Iron Maiden-inspired mango and habanero sauce because, hard as such a pairing is to screw up, Rock A Doodle Do’s last feature didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

So, just in case they have gone that extra mile somehow, I’m going to throw in another couple of mango sauces alongside theirs. Both with rather more exciting chillies.

Charibbean&Lemon

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Habanero Sunshine Rice

Hey folks, it’s recipe time again but, if I’m honest, this one was actually supposed to go up last week. I had a few technical difficulties with my camera and had to remake the whole thing from scratch.

So, that’s how my week’s been going, how about yours? I hope that you’re all holding up okay in the midst of this crazy modern mess and I hope that you’re all able to find a nice, secluded spot to go stretch your legs and get some sun. Because, as scary as this pandemic is, going outside is still important to your health.

With no end in sight, right now, it’s essential that you have a way to get all the necessary vitamin D and you’re not going to do it through diet, alone. Fresh fish just isn’t that readily available right now.

What you need is sunshine and that, I’m afraid, is not something that I can provide. But I can share with you a thematically-appropriate rice dish, at least, based on the work of Amano Hina – Weathering with You’s 100% sunshine girl.

WwYRice

A simple, yet delicious, one-pan recipe that deviates slightly from the source material but still combines eggs, rice and crisps for a crunchy, warming meal that’ll add a little brightness at any time of the day. Though, personally, I like to serve it for brunch.

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Vanilla but Freaky

Hello again everyone, it’s the weekend, once again, and, this week, I’ve got another recipe for you. A recipe that came to me as a suggestion, I might add, from Twitch user 8t88.

You see, I’ve been doing my best to follow through on my new year’s resolutions and find myself an artist but things haven’t quite gone to plan on that front. Rather than snagging myself someone who’ll redraw the shelf that I use as a site header, I’ve found only character artists and fun discussions. Conversations that now seem to act as something of a substitute for my pre-quarantine social life.

Yet, filled with nonsense as they might be, those discussions always seem to come around to food and recipe ideas. And 8t88’s, in particular, stood out. Apparently they’d been to a restaurant, some time ago, and been taken aback by just how much they’d enjoyed the place’s vanilla and habanero shake.

If that sounds insane to you, well, it did to me as well. So obviously I had to make it.

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And, honestly, I was shocked. It was great!

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Cool Chocolates

Hey there everyone, it’s just gone easter but, today, I’d like to look at some chocolate anyway. A couple of bars from a creator we know well but haven’t previously seen any snacks from.

Yes, this week, I’m taking a look at Daddy Cool’s new chocolate line:

CoolChocs

Both white, this time around, but one with cranberries and a hint of habanero, while the other is clearly caramelised, making it the only chilli product of its kind. Both put their flavours first on the label but, on closer inspection of the chocolate, their peppers are also quite hard to miss:

CoolBars

Those spots of orange and red look like very generous hints to me. Yet flip them over and we can see that Daddy Cool’s have been just as generous with the fruit and fudge.

CoolBases

These chocolates are going to be fiery, certainly, but I expect that they’ll also be just as full of flavour.

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