Padronaroni and Cheese

Hey folks, it’s fresh chilli season again and that means that it’s time for padrons. Mountains of them, week after week, fried up to share with my family.

But what happens when one of my suppliers sends the peppers fully grown, with far more heat than the usual, early-harvested sort? What do I do when they’re too spicy for everyone else?

I can, after all, only eat them so quickly by myself. And they don’t stay fresh forever.

So, today, we’re going to look at a recipe that I concocted to make use of the last, extra hot, green padrons, before dehydrating the red for powder. A recipe inspired by the Reddit user PintSizedHerzl, who made something similar, yet with far less focus on the spices, and has had me eager to try out my own take for quite a while now.

A recipe for padron-topped macaroni cheese, which I finally have a good excuse to use my peppers on. Here goes:

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Hot & Bothered

It’s my birthday again! Today, I turn twenty-seven and, like every other year, I rate some extract sauces. Ultra-hot chilli products that surpass the natural limits of my scale by using a chemical concentrate of chilli’s capsaicin.

So, while I would normally bring you a recipe post on a weekend, like this, I’m putting my cooking on hold for a bonus review of my annual suffering.

Yet I have something a little different for you, this year. A sauce that comes not from an artisan chilli company but from the garlic specialists of the Isle of Wight:

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The Garlic Farm’s fang melting “Vampire Botherer” – To my knowledge, the only ever craft sauce to blend green chilli and chilli extract.

It’s not going to be as insane as today’s other item, given that a mere tenth of a percent of it is actually capsaicin concentrate, but I feel like its uniqueness is worth addressing, before I dive head first into the real deep end of the Five Finger Death Punch.

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Seven Pepper Tofu

Hey there everyone, it’s recipe time again and, this month, I’m keeping things simple. A simple recipe for one of my favourite chinese side dishes that shows off a non-chilli spice that I’ve not featured before.

But, more interestingly, today’s recipe doubles as a review. A test to see how other versions of the spice affect the heat and flavour of my dish. Because I bet you didn’t know that there were more than two breeds of pepercorn.

This time around, I’m going to feature a whopping seven in my salt and pepper tofu but don’t worry – I’m still going to make a batch with the standard black that we all know and love.

And, while I enjoy the dish as is, you can easily swap out the tofu for fried chicken bits if you fancy something with more meat. Or just a different texture since I know that, even at its crispiest, tofu isn’t for everyone.

I’m not going to tell you how to fry that chicken in this post but there’s always my chipotle korma one if you need some pointers.

And, with all that out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?

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