Hey folks, it’s the last weekend of the month and it’s time to party. By which I mean it’s time to replicate a dish that I discovered at an afro-caribbean birthday barbecue.
That’s right, if you couldn’t tell from the title, this week’s recipe is the mildly smoked “party rice” version of west africa’s traditional “jollof”. A heavily spiced rice dish made for sharing, that can be the side for your main meal but, more often, acts as the ballast alongside a tonne of fried plantain, jerk chicken and coleslaw. To name just a few of its common accompaniments.
It can be served warm or cold at just about any time of the day and, while not exactly hot, it carries a wonderful tomato, thyme and scotch bonnet taste that makes it all but impossible to mistake its native region.
Hola, mi amigos, and happy tuesday again. This week, we’re looking at another salsa and it’s the last of the sauces that I got from Simpson’s Seeds. Their “Scorpion Salsa”:
A rather plain-looking bottle, to put it mildly, but one with rather more interesting contents. All of which are plastered across the front and sides of the paper label.
Hello again, my fellow fiery food fans, today, we’re making a return to Byron Bay. A place and company that I’m sure you’ll remember from my coconut curry sauce comparison.
This time around, though, the labelling may be the same but the sauce is very different. It’s their mango chilli sauce:
Or, if you read the fine print, their Smokin’ Mango Chilli Sauce. A blend of mango, cayenne, jalapeño and chipotle that’s sure to be nothing like their more usual
📽️habanero range topper📽️.
It is, after all, a completely different colour. Red with chillies, not orange from its fruit. So let’s see if it tastes as different as it looks.
Greetings, spice fans, and welcome back to another month of fiery food reviews. As we enter into july, I’m finally caving to pressure and throwing a spotlight on the ketchup that Daddy Cool has been bugging me about. His Ketch the Reaper:
A chilli ketchup made with the current world record chilli but apparently still suitable for beginners.
After Farraday’s “mild” sauce, I’m a little sceptical of anything that claims to be both reaper and a sensible heat. Yet Encona came pretty close to a satisfying world record chilli sauce for the general public and, in doing so, made for my all time most read review. It would be remiss of me not to try the artisan equivalent and, considering who’s making it, my hopes are high.
I have never had a bad product from Daddy Cool’s before and I have no reason to believe that that will change today.
Happy Star Wars day, everyone! Today’s post has absolutely nothing to do with George Lucas’ famous franchise but my generation was one that grew up in the wake of the original trilogy, receiving every ounce of second-hand excitement imaginable in the run up to Episode One.
And, since I was young enough to enjoy that movie and the games that it spawned, Star Wars has been a positive part of my life for as long as I can remember. I may not be as obsessed with it as some reviewers but I have a lot of respect for the series, all the same, and I just have to acknowledge that today’s date is may the fourth.
Now let’s get on with this weekend’s main feature: A quick and easy, yet utterly delicious egg mayo recipe, featuring Daddy Cool’s Fatalii Attraction.
Because, now that I’m coming to the end of my third bottle, I feel like I should show you how I use the stuff.
Guten nacht, meine freunde. Guten walpurgisnacht.
It’s that time of year again, where we remember the saint of calm seas and celebrate the night when witches roam free but it’s surprisingly hard to find a UK-made, witch themed sauce with which to do so. So, instead, we’re looking at the sorceress’ traditional sidekick, the familiar Flying Monkey. As produced by Farraday’s “Tasty” brand.
How tasty it actually is, however, is something that remains to be seen, since I’m sure every thinks the best of their own creations. And, also, I’m a little bit wary of the words “Carolina Reaper Tame Chilli Sauce”.
I’ve shown off some comparatively mild Reaper products, like Encona’s hottest sauce or the Jalapeño Creaper from Devon Chilli Man, but nothing that I would ever truly call “tame”. And I doubt that that’s going to change today.
Hey folks, I’ve got a confession to make: Just this month, I’ve finally caught biber fever.
Not that one, though. I have no interest in twenty-tens pop stars, catchy as they may be, since that’s neither my genre nor my era.
No, I’m a 90s punk rock kid at my core, with a love of chiptune and rap metal on the side. The biber that I’ve fallen for isn’t a singer but the turkish for chilli. More specifically, the rich, vaguely paprika-like pul biber that I was recently introduced to by Rafi’s Spicebox.
So today, we’re going to be making up something equally middle eastern, adapted from a jewish friend’s home cooking.
For march’s main recipe, we’re going to be reworking the modern vegetarian classic that is shakshuka.
Hey folks, it’s nearly valentines day so, this week, I’m going for a themed review of Love Pickle.
It’s a simple brand with a single family recipe, based on indian classics and tweaked to hit five different heat levels – Everything from mild to super hot, if their labels are to be believed.
There are a couple of offshoot brands as well, in the form of Love Chilli and Love Chutney but, for now, I’m going to stick with the slightly questionably named original range and bring you its green and blue label variants.
The mildest and hottest that they have to offer.
Hey folks, Today I’m back with another importer highlight but also an apology to Laterra.
In my post about Mex Grocer, I mistakenly referred to their product as their “Savoury Mexican Tomatillo Sauce”, when that was not its name at all. It was merely the product description.
The true name of that sauce was “Michoacan”, after the region that inspired it – A name that I had mistaken for the sauce’s place of origin.
No such mistakes will be made today, however, as I look at another pair of Laterra’s sauces, purchased from Spices on the Web.
Hello everyone, please welcome Simpson’s Seeds back to the stage. Without the accent of their last appearance but all the same lacklustre labelling:
Today’s bottle is clad again in plain paper, with nothing but black text printed on it. And, as you can see, you can’t even read it all from one angle.
It’s a problem that we saw before with The Unusual Chutney Company’s Fiendfyre but that sauce at least had art. The only thing this one has going for it, visually, is a gold trim to its shrink wrap.
Here’s the thing, though: I got this sauce from Reading Chilli Fest. I tasted it before I bought it. I know its looks aren’t representative of what’s inside this “Arrowhead Salsa”.