So it’s tuesday again and I’d like to welcome you all back but I’d also like to welcome to the stage someone new. A small company from Lancashire named “Magma Sauces”, who make several fairly standard kinds of chilli condiment. And this:
Jalapeño Sour Mango.
Nothing with crazy hot peppers but a company doesn’t need them to attract my attention. Not when they can do something crazy and unexpected with a common variety like this. And definitely not when it also happens to blend two of my favourite flavours.
So, given how excited I am by this particular sauce of theirs, I’m going to dive right into the tasting today. To be utterly frank with you, I just don’t have the patience not to.
Hey folks, happy new year!
Today’s the first day of 2019 and, as I did back in 2018, I’d like to kick things off with something fresh and green. Something that uses peppers as young as the year itself.
Or, to be more precise, two somethings:
The new Pablo Diablo, from Tubby Tom, and the rather older, more well-established Philosopher’s Dew from the Chilli Alchemist. Both jalapeño sauces but both very different takes from the green srirachas that I showed you last time.
And, for that matter, from each other.
Hey there everyone, do you like mango, citrus and salsa? If so then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you!
Today’s is exactly that, with lemon, lime and the lemon spice jalapeño that I recently found all building on a smooth and fruity mango base. Naturally a little sweet but so fresh and tart that it’s definitely not dessert.
Instead, this recipe is an excellent dip for tortilla chips and samosas, a great way to liven up a salad or bean burger, a terrific topping for tacos or the perfect accompaniment to oily fish. Among other uses that I haven’t yet discovered, I’m sure.
And, while it does use a particular numex chilli that I found at challock chilli fest, you can make some substitutions if you don’t have access to it.
I don’t see the lemondrop/aji limon working here because, while it would compliment the citrus, it lacks the yellow pepper and jalapeño-specific notes that help it stand out. Instead, I would recommend the milder, 📽️ regular yellow jalapeños 📽️ if waitrose has them ripe again, orange or yellow habaneros if you want a bit more fruitiness and heat or any of the roxa family of peppers if you can get them, because they, too, are delightfully fruit flavoured.
Howdy, folks, it’s thursday again and I’ve just returned from a long weekend away, so it’s time for me to tell you all about Challock Chilli fest. A rather different festival to most.
When I discovered Victoriana Nursery Gardens and their annual event, they had a pitiful lineup of stalls – Roughly eight and most of them not even dedicated to chilli – but that was its selling point.
Challock Chilli Fest isn’t about the products, it’s about the peppers and Victoriana Nursery grow well over a hundred varieties specially. Continue reading
Happy thursday again, folks.
Today, we’re taking another look at my Hot Ones-style line up because it’s been a whole year. Time in which the range of sauces I can pull from has changed quite dramatically. Yet my love for the show has not.
You can read all about that and see what the old line up was in last year’s post but, this time, we’re focusing solely on the sauces. So read on for what new ones I’ve chosen, which old ones have stayed and why I’ve made the decisions that I have.
Hey folks, today we’re taking a look at a little something that’s been long overdue. The last of my freebies from Grim Reaper Foods. An item that I set aside for a while because Russel, the man behind the company, specifically told me that he didn’t mind when or if it got reviewed.
All he wanted from me was a post about the box it came in.
Well, I wrote reviews of the three things in it anyway any you’ve seen a couple crop up already. His oil and extract went up early because they were more unique kinds of products, at least among those that I’ve featured.
This last one, though, I’ve kept in reserve for when I needed something milder and greener.
It’s his Rookie Goblin and, as the name might imply, it bears some rather obvious relations to the raging one but we’ll get into what those are a little later. I really ought to focus on today’s feature first.
Hey folks, it feels like I’m doing this almost every month now but here’s another two product review. A comparison, so much as there can be one, between two very different takes on a thai-style sauce.
One is a long awaited item from Devon Chilli Man, seen on my twitter midway through last year, and the other is one of the many I got from Grim Reaper Foods. Yet, despite being based on a thai sweet chilli, it’s not the last of the freebies from their thai-themed box.
No, that’ll have to wait just a little longer because Devon Chilli Man is the one with a green jalapeño sauce today. A green thai sweet chilli that he calls the Jalapeño Creaper, not because he can’t spell but because it also contains carolina reaper.
While the Grim Reaper shows us his Alchemy, another highly unusual sweet chilli sauce made using the lemon drop or aji limon chilli. A citrusy pepper that turns the sauce to gold, just like the alchemist’s dream.
Both are going to be at least a little stronger than your average thai sweet sauce but their unorthodox chilli choices also bring a unique flavour and appearance to the table.
Hope you’re having a good weekend, everyone. I know it’s pretty much over already but, well, that’s no reason I can’t round it off with a last minute recipe, right?
And it is very much just a spur of the moment decision. I just happened to have a few left over jalapeños to make poppers with and figured I’d share my favourite recipe.
Because many people have their own little twist on this classic but today you’re going to see mine.
Hey folks, bit of a last minute switcheroo this week.
I was going to be showing you another Mahi product – One of the many extra marinades that they sent me recently – but then I took another look at its ingredients list and realised something:
Their Lime & Coriander Rub & Marinade has no chilli in it!
And sure, I’ve featured a couple of non-chilli products before and done recipes that focused on non-chilli spices but that’s the thing; they all focused on their heat source.
The marinade in question does no such thing. Despite claiming a medium heat intensity, it has no burn to it, nor any obvious black pepper flavour. It’s just sweet yet tangy, in a way that makes it rather like ranch dressing.
I can imagine it would make a gorgeous caesar salad with a bit of anchovy blended into it or an equally wonderful new potato one without but, as a spice freak writing for other fiery food lovers, I just can’t make a main feature out of it.
So instead, here’s some cheese:
So this tuesday we’re going to be looking at another pair of products but it’s not a comparison post.
Instead, I have for you a couple of white label items from a single seller that we’ve already seen stuff from. It’s Daddy Cool’s!
Back again with some rather unusual recipes.