Heat on the Beach

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.

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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.

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Lantern Fruit Gulab Jamun

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.

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Before I get started, though, I’m sure you’re all wondering what exactly the “lantern fruit” really is.

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Chilli a la Vodka

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.

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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.

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Red Hot Velvet Rings

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.

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Unleash the Demons

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.

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Red Jalapeño

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?

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More Death from Devon

Happy tuesday again, folks, it’s time for another little hotty.

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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.

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The Dragon’s Smoke

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:

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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.

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Jalapeño Jerky

Hello again heat eaters, today I intend to bring you a couple of things from Cowley’s Fine Foods but, for starters, let’s just look at their mild and flavourful Sweet Potato and Jalapeño Jerky.

It’s an interesting combination of flavours that isn’t clarified at all by its packaging.

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