When Dragon Meets Tiger

Dydd mawrth da, annwyl ddarllenwyr. Do you remember the dragon’s breath chilli?

Well, as it turns out, that pepper wasn’t nearly as welsh as my opening sentence. Or as the guy who named it.

It may have been presented to the world by a welsh gardener, named Mike Smith, but its actual grower was a Neal Price, from nottingham, who runs Chilli Bobs. A company that I know from this year’s lunar new year feature, among other items, and one who’ve given me something new and special to show you, this week. Bred from that infamous strain of theirs.

This is the Chimera Chilli Sauce – named for its new, hybrid pepper – and it’s made from very little else. Yet its flavour still excites me, because of how much I enjoyed the dragon’s breath, last time, and how its colour is unlike anything that I’ve tried before.

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Watermelon Sugar Spice

Happy Star Wars day, everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything as amazingly on theme to show you as the D_ _ th S_ ★r O.G, this year, and a look at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge show’s that they’re only serving drinks and snacks, right now. So no inspiration there.

But, from what little I saw of their old menu, they sure seemed fond of their charred meats. And I do, at least, have a sauce for that.

This is Alkemio Kitchen’s Watermelon, Cucumber, Lemongrass, Sugar and, if you’re thinking that you’ve seen it before, you might well be correct. Not only does it use the exact same packaging as the rest of the brand but it also featured lightly in my recent overview of the company. Which you can find here.

Today, however, I’m going to give it far more thorough look.

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Circus Fire

Hey folks, here’s another one that’s been on the cards for a while: The third and final of my Somerset Chilli Co. reviews. And also their most fiery.

This is “The Circus” – Named after the georgian townhouses in bath – and it’s their carolina reaper product. Their fruity take on the world record chilli.

But, more interestingly for me, it’s also the first strawberry sauce that I’ve seen in almost two years. And, while that last one was not to my tastes, the Fire Breathing Idiot’s strawberry and scorpion “Ball Breaker”, before it, most certainly was.

I’m very eager to see if The Somerset Chilli Co. can recapture that magical mix of sweet strawberry and roasted red peppers here. And what the added mango – My favourite every-day fruit – brings to it.

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Sweet and Sour

Alright, everyone, we’ve just seen a whole bunch of fruity flavours and I was planning to bring you another one. But then Brighton Hot Stuff went and shipped an unexpected extra in with my order and it felt like a far better fit for today.

So, this week, I’m putting that flurry of fruit-based products on hold, real quick, in order to add a little more variety to my line-up and show off their Extra Hot Sweet Chilli:

A brand new addition to the company’s range, which combines their delicious red habaneros with a mixed superhot blend, for a far fiercer take on the thai classic.

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Two Berries

Hey folks, it’s tuesday, again, and last week we looked at some bright and tangy, yellow sauces. So, today, I figured I’d go the other direction with somethings dark. Yet twice as fruity.

Another couple from the companies that we’ve been looking at recently but, this time, they’re blueberry. Or, in the case of Alkemio Kitchen, Blueberry, Miso, Scotch Bonnet, Mint.

A very curious combination which is sure to provide an interesting counterpoint to Haskhell’s more traditional take.

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Alkemio Yellow

Yo, what’s up, peeps? We’ve been on the rich and dark for a few weeks now and I think it’s time for something bright and fresh, to shake things up.

So, today, we have a couple of vibrant, yellow sauces from Alkemio Kitchen, down in surrey. A highly experimental dinner club restaurant who are pretty new to the hot sauce scene but sure do seem to have some crazy flavours. Like the Jalapeno, Lime, Mustard, Turmeric and Pineapple, Shiso Leaf, Calamansi, Sugar that you see here.

And, while their names are a mouthful, they’re also pretty informative. If you know what all of those ingredients actually are.

For those of you who don’t, however, I’m more than happy to help. Since I am, after all, very excited to get into these two before the launch of their their crowdfunding campaign, later this month.

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Chocolate Hell

Hello again, everyone, and welcome back to the last tuesday of march. The perfect time for a quite unusual pair.

Today we have two very different sauces, with very different heats and flavours, but one particularly appropriate ingredient in common: Chocolate.

It is coming up to easter, after all, so why not start the celebrations early with Ignis’ CNC9 and Haskhell’s Chipotle?

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Sriracha’s Shadow

So, dear readers, we’ve seen both black garlic and sriracha quite recently but, this week, we’re seeing them together. Looking at an actual black garlic sriracha that just got released.

Which, because it’s such a garlic-forward style of sauce to begin with, should really highlight the difference between the regular root and its own blackened bulbs. Though, I’ll admit, that’s only half of why I’m excited for this one.

The other half is its maker – Daddy Cool’s – who’ve put out at tonne of great products, all throughout the half decade that I’ve been blogging. You can find more on them in my sidebar, to the right, but the short of it is that this is the latest entry into their square bottle line. Which, up until now, has been nothing short of amazing.

So obviously I had to jump on this sriracha the second that it hit metaphorical shelves. Because my expectations are through the roof. But don’t think that I’m going to go easy on it if they aren’t met, either.

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Mild and Nerdy

Hey everyone, today we’re looking at some nerd sauce. Because, as a serious sauce nerd, how could I not give the new Nerd Sauce Co. a go?

Just like how Rad Dude Food‘s chilli concoction recently became their main focus, this company was born to help a bunch of chefs weather the chaos of the current pandemic. To bring their business into the online world and keep them employed, in this new, more digital age.

But where Nerd Sauce Co. differs is in what they make – A whopping twelve different sauces, only four of which are chilli, to the Rad Dude’s one. Is their quantity a detriment to their quality? I bought two of the most exciting flavours to find out.

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Death Brownies

Sup folks, it’s white day today and, if you haven’t heard of the holiday before, you might think that it sounds a tad controversial. But, in reality, it’s just the japanese holiday where people give back to those who gave them valentine’s chocolates.

No, the real controversy, today, is going to come from my recipe. Because, while I’m following the white day tradition of cooking up chocolate-based sweet treats, I’m also going to be adding in black garlic. As suggested by the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm.

I know that that’s going to raise eyebrows, at the very least, because most people seem to think that garlic should never go with sweets. And normally, those people would be correct. But this isn’t normal garlic.

Raw, cooked or even caramelised, the bulb has an intense, aromatic and sometimes almost fiery quality to it, which belongs as far away from chocolate cake as one can possibly get. But, by cooking it low and slow for a whopping fourteen days straight, the act of turning garlic black gets rid of every last ounce of that pungency. Leaving behind only rich, earthy undertones, a dark, balsamicky sweetness and a slight hint of anise.

And I don’t know about you but that sounds like perfect brownie material to me!

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