Merry christmas, everyone! Or christmas eve, I suppose, but it’s the closest that I’m going to get, what with my weekly, tuesday upload schedule. And I’m doing a themed post either way!
Why? Because I don’t make a penny from my blog work. I do this all for my own enjoyment. My passion for my craft and for others’ craft sauce.
It may seem cheesy to some of you but it’s a tonne of fun, for me, to break from the norm and force my writing to fit a secondary topic. Be it a holiday, a recent film or just a game that I’m into. And it’s even better when I get to explain a lesser known celebration, like walpurgis nacht.
I’m going to keep doing these seasonal specials and I’ll try my best to make them as topical as I can but today’s something of a weird one.
I can’t show you something all christmas gifty or suited for xmas eating, because no small business is going to offer next day delivery on the biggest holiday of the year. It has to be something that’ll still be relevant in the months to come, so here’s what I’ve come up with:
The three ghosts of christmas.
Only, instead of past, present and future, we have Hot-Headz, Morrisons and Meat Lust. All three making full use of the legendary first superhot, yet each bringing its own flavour, texture and price point to the party.
Read on to see what I make of them.
Hey there heat seekers. Today, we’re celebrating bonfire night, and the start of november in general, with a selection of roasted coffee bean products.
One from the ever-famous Queen Majesty, of former Hot Ones fame. One sent by my buddy Jason, of Burning Desire Foods – A company that I’ve featured plenty of times. And the last, a name that’s completely new to me: Chilli Scrumptious.
All three are heavily themed around their use of coffee and spice but Burning Desire’s is a little bit different. In part, because it’s a rub but also because it was free to me. A review sample, not a purchase.
I feel a little bad about including it in a comparison post, alongside sauces that I’ve paid for, but it was that or make my thursday reviews a regular feature. Which I’m quite simply not prepared to do.
Last week’s was a one-off holiday special.
Hey there everyone, it’s tuesday again and time for a little more in the way of hot stuff. Hot stuff that I picked up down at the Brighton Fiery Food Fest.
So what more apt name could today’s company have than “Brighton Hot Stuff”?
Now, personally, I do view it as a little uncreative but anything that these guys lacked in inspired naming was more than made up for by the sheer personality and passion that they had on-stall. They were one of the most engaging groups that I’ve ever come across at a festival and, even after the official closing time, there were non-stop crowds around them.
So, do their products live up to the hype? I’m going to take a look at three of them and find out.
Hey folks, I’m back again for another recipe and, this week, it’s something special from my childhood. Not, this time, anything involving the nesparo from my summer holidays in spain but, instead, something both closer to and further from home.
Today, I’m going to be making gulab jamun – An indian dessert that I grew up sharing with my muslim neighbors and one that is, in fact, named for its similar appearance to another regional fruit.
Yet I’m not making them just to relive my childhood. No, I have indian supermarkets near me if I need a quick fix of those sweet milk dumplings. And they’d be rather more traditional than mine.
What I’m making are, in fact, the “lantern fruit” gulab jamun from one of my favourite cooking games, Battle Chef Brigade. And I’m going to be using some rather more authentic ingredients than the other recreations that I’ve seen. Properly highlighting the flavour of fire that the in-game dish is known for, without sacrificing the fictional fruit’s lighter, more refreshing qualities.
Before I get started, though, I’m sure you’re all wondering what exactly the “lantern fruit” really is.
Arrr, me hearties!
Today we’re going to be looking a sauce from the Cornish Chilli Company and it’s one that I’ve been really looking forward to showcasing.
It’s one of their three, fish-themed, slightly boozie concoctions but, unlike the other two, it’s not made using a strong flavoured drink.
The Red Snapper uses vodka – Probably the least flavourful of all alcohols. It tastes of volatility and occasionally some very mild creamy notes but, unless you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel in quality, it’s not going to flavour a cocktail.
So why put it in a sauce?
Well, I did some research and the answer I found was a tad more scientific than I expected.
Hey fiery food fans. Today’s recipe has a bit of a misleading title.
I’m calling this post “Red Hot Velvet Rings” but the end result isn’t stunningly hot. Or even red in appearance.
What it is is a hotter, more savoury take on red velvet onion rings – An old craze that I still find baffling.
But just because coating onion rings in something as sweet as actual cake batter seems strange to me doesn’t stop the thought of a smooth, milky, fluffy, cake-like texture surrounding a ring with a little bit of bite left from making me salivate.
The feel of cake-battered onion rings was so tempting I just had to try it and, with the shade produced by deep frying red food colouring already making the originals look spicy, I knew it had to be a blog recipe.
So I went out and bought myself some sriracha to experiment.
It’s thursday again, fiery food fans, and it’s a weird one.
Once again, I’m bringing you a sauce review off schedule. And no, it’s not for jokey reasons like last time.
Noone’s said that this sauce or its peppers are inedible. It’s just not available in the UK.
It’s an australian sauce that focuses on a unique heat source – A distant relative of black pepper known as the tasmanian mountain pepper.
Or, in some cases, the diemen pepper berry, the name from which today’s company get theirs.
Another Mahi Fine Foods sauce this month, everyone, and it isn’t really listed as mild, medium or hot. Instead, this one gets a number for its heat, a rather hard to interpret “2”.
Yet its name implies it’ll at least put a little more focus on its peppers.
Jalapeños that have ripened fully to red. Could the “Red Jala” really use anything else?
Happy tuesday again, folks, it’s time for another little hotty.
This time, it’s Death at the Crimson Altar – One of Devon Chilli Man’s hottest, shown here in its more portable, karabiner-adorned, mini bottle. Perfect for those who want hot sauce on the go, a sample size before committing to the full thing or simply something small for christmas.
Happy tuesday again people, it’s time for another little shot of Dragon’s Blood. But, instead of showing you my free sample jar, here’s what you’d get if you actually purchased today’s product:
A black and golden brown, scale patterned bottle that both strongly resembles the others in its line and uses the two main colours associated with its sauce type.