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:
Greetings, everyone, and welcome back for another tuesday review.
This week, we’re looking at Saucey Lady again and not just any one of their sauces. The Birds & Bonnets, named for its signature blend of bird’s eye and scotch bonnet chillies, is my favourite of her whole range.
And sure, it’s not anything special to look at but that just means that I don’t have to talk about the bottle. If you are interested in Kaz’ packaging, though, I did do a brief overview of her container choices almost exactly a year ago. Back when I wrote this week’s post.
You can still get what you’re after in that one.
Today’s, on the other hand, is all about the deliciousness within. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is what really counts.
Happy tuesday again people, it’s time for us to return to wales and experience a second sauce from Chilli of the Valley. One with the same pineapple and coconut flavours that ruined Saucey Lady’s Fireman’s Watch for me but one that gives them the centre stage, instead of pairing them badly with other, more savoury fruit.
This one is their Calypso – A sauce designed to mimic the classic piña colada cocktail’s flavours, with pineapple, coconut and rum.
And this time, I see no reason why they won’t work.
To be truly sure, though, I’m going to have to put this sauce to the test.
It’s that time again, everyone. Time for my recipe of the month. And this month, I’m going to be using one of the peppers that I picked up in challock.
The cereja roxa*.
Why? Well, two reasons really. One, they’re starting to look a little old and wrinkly so I really do need to use up the last of them. And two, I was wanting to revisit this dish anyway and I thought that it would be the perfect fit for such a fruity chilli.
If, however, you don’t have access to the cereja roxa or its relatives, today’s curry will still work great with the scotch bonnet’s more savoury, earthy fruitiness. Just don’t expect it to have the same light and refreshing top notes.
Because, despite being a rather gentle flavour, this rare pepper really pulls its weight when cooked into my passion fruit dansak.
And yes, this is a dish that I’m rehashing but it’s one that you’ve never seen before. One that I first made for a shokugeki, prior to ever writing this blog.
It was formulated to showcase lentils as an ingredient, without sitting heavily on the stomach like a full on daal, and it was created to capture the hearts of vegetarian chilli lovers, without relying on overly rich additions like soy or black garlic.
It was a winner at the time but, with the light and refreshing quality of its new chilli and a few years worth of refined cooking techniques, today’s version is greater than it ever was before. I just know that you’ll love it.
Welcome back, everyone.
Last week we looked at 🔥 a german sauce brand 🔥 imported into the UK by my friend Russell at Grim Reaper Foods. So, following on from that, I’d like to show you another of his recommendations. One that, this time, he isn’t the one selling:
Prices Spices’ fabulous Pineapple & Dorset Naga Chilli Chutney. Their “India Joywala”.
Apparently a great taste award winner back in 2014 and definitely a great taste, it’s one of the best items that I picked up from Reading but there is something about it that I’m not as fond of and I’d like to get into that first.
Today, everyone, I have another fruity red sauce for you but, even so, it’s nothing like the one that you saw last week. No, what we’re going to be looking at this time is another of the sauces I got from Saucey Lady and one that, as a specifically UK-based reviewer, I couldn’t pass up.
You see, this sauce, known as their “Fireman’s Watch”, is primarily a blend of scotch bonnets and the one fruit that yorkshire is really known for: Rhubarb.
Hey everyone, you remember The Mini Jar Company, right? Well today I’m featuring them and them alone, with a couple more little jars from Reading:
To be more specific, I have for you their Pineapple, Chilli And Mint Salsa and their Ginger & Wasabi Chutney, the latter of which doesn’t actually contain any chilli.
Between the mint in the salsa and the rhizomes in the chutney, though, both of these items focus on the sensation they create, along with their flavour. These aren’t heatless like that one marinade that Mahi sent me. They’re just a little different from the norm.
And that, my friends, is what I try my best to represent. Spice products after my own heart.
So, let’s get into the review.
Another tuesday, another spicy review, this time coming to us from Saucey Lady.
I’m not starting mild, either. I’m starting out with what might just be her very hottest. Her Midnight Mischief. The one I chose to get in her lovely little skull bottle.
Yet, as I mentioned in my overview, it can come in any of the many containers that she has to offer. I simply chose to put her fruity scorpion sauce in a bottle that looked as deadly as it sounded.
As you can see from my header image and in some of my videos, the bottle has a definite place on my display shelf but I won’t be saying much more about it this week. I’ll just flash you its rear and get on with the review.
You know, since I already linked the overview where I go over the range and its packaging.
Surprise! It’s not an East Coast Chilli Co item for today’s review.
I thought about posting one today but, after cracking open a bottle to try, I realised I wanted to draw comparison with another upcoming item. One that I’m not able to showcase until early next month.
In the mean time, we’re going to take a look at a couple of items that’ve been waiting for a good moment to be discussed.
The leeds-made Pineapple, Scotch Bonnet & Sesame Oil Sauce from The Crafty Bustard and Sierra Nevada’s Salsa Picante De Chipotle-Piña, imported from either spain or california.
Honestly, I’m not really sure. The company mention both places and my spanish isn’t good enough to tell where they’re actually based.
Both are pineapple based sauces, though, and both are sweet ones with a bit of a savoury twist. Yet they both achieve that in quite different ways and with very different end results.
After all, one’s a tropical sauce with sesame and the other’s a smoked jalapeño sauce that seems like it’s going to be using its fruit for sweetness and be something of a barbecue item.
We’ll find out if that really is the case in a moment.
Hey guys, it’s time for the final one of my Screaming Chimp sample sauces, their Mango & Papaya.
And, just like last month’s, this one forgoes the brand’s main simmered tomato base in favour of a 42% mango content, supported by papaya and pineapple for an equally strong but much smoother fruitiness.