Hey folks, I hope that you’re all holding up well in these hard times.
I am but my access to ingredients has become a lot more limited and so, I’m sad to say, you won’t be seeing the big seafood recipe that I’d had planned for this month. Instead, all I can offer you is another bout of enchiladas from my backlog. A recipe from long ago that got a little lost.
This one, like last month’s recipe, is a twist on a family favourite but, this time around, the salsa’s milder and we’re going back to beans. It’s a vegetarian version, for their sake, with almost all of its heat in the filling.
Heat coming from this old sauce:
Sup peeps. Earlier this week, we looked at some szechuan-style peanuts from Brighton Hot Stuff that I highly recommended using in a stir-fry.
I stand by that recommendation but, today, I’m going to add a caveat. They went really well into both noodle and rice-based stir-fries and they’d be just as good in a veg-heavy one but there’s a lesser known type of traditional stir-fry that I don’t see them working in. Potato Stir-fry.
Yep, you read that right. There’s a real chinese dish where they slice potatoes into ultra-fine strips and cook them like noodles. Albeit a touch more al denté.
I’m not going to lie, it’s super weird the first time you try it. It’s completely unlike any western form of spud. Yet keep going, for a few mouthfuls, and you’ll soon come to love it.
I discovered this dish at Xi’an Impressions, in london, on route to Challock Chilli Fest. I picked up a taste for it there that turned into a craving, during my recent brighton trip, but, unfortunately, I never made it back.
Instead, I’ve had to learn to cook shredded potato stir-fry myself. And now I’m going to teach you.
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.
Hello again fiery food fans, do you remember the Cornish Chilli Company?
I know I do, because they produce a rather unusual favourite of mine. A super tart, grapefruit and vodka sauce that still stands as one of my top condiments for pizza and pub grub.
Today, though, we’re not here to talk about that product. We’re here to talk about another one:
Their smoky Chipotle Chilli Sauce. One which suggests a bright taste with its label’s colour scheme, yet full on mexican flavour with its aztec imagery and its own dark colour.
There’s a great contrast between its warm yellow label and the dark red of the sauce itself but the most interesting part about the packaging is still very much the ingredients list. Which I’ll show you if you click through to the rest of this post.
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.