January 2010

Swazi Fire Chilli Sauce

Swazi Fire Chilli Sauce

Back in November last year I reviewed a lovely product that was made by the ladies of the “Eswatini Kitchen” and brought to these shores by a company known as “Just trading Scotland”, it was a “Kumquat Atchar” and most unlike any fruit based chutney/pickle I had tasted before, so now I come to one of their other products which is a cooking sauce by the looks of it, but to get its full merit and give it a fair review I will be trying it straight from the jar!!

If you want to learn more about the “Eswatini Kitchen” and “Just Trading Scotland” then head on over to www.eswatinikitchen.co.sz and www.justtradingscotland.co.uk respectively.

Ingredients: chillies (70%), onions, garlic, sunflower oil, vinegar and spices.

(Review jar generously supplied by www.justtradingscotland.co.uk)

This lil jar of heat is known as “Swazi Fire Chilli Sauce” and i’ll go into why I think it deserves that name in a little while. The jar itself is a standard, round 300g size jar, not big but not small, the label is similar in design to the “Kumquat atchar” I had reviewed being that it is a cream coloured label with green and red writing, albeit with the addition of a little flame dude stood atop a nice red chilli!

The sauce inside is a marbled red and brown, with lots of big pieces of chilli in and a hefty amount of seeds too, upon twisting off the jar lid I noted the strong smell of chilli and garlic, no other smells were noticeable but then sometimes, simple is the best recipe for success! A little of the sunflower oil was sitting on top of the mixture and has taken on the nice red colour of the chilli inside, alot of people are turned off sauce that has a bit of oil in it, but I can tell you now that you really don’t notice the oil when you taste it and I can only imagine how good this oil would be to cook in once you add onions and such to it in a pan.

I dipped my spoon in and got a nice dollop of the sauce on my spoon, placing it into my mouth and twisting it over and over with my tongue I started to realise two things!

  1. This sauce has a very simple but outstanding flavour, the garlic and onions work brilliantly with the chilli and make this a perfect addition to ANY recipe that asks for fresh chilli. I would use a teaspoon of this sauce in place of a fresh chilli in your recipe’s, not only will you get the amazing fused flavours into the meal you are making but it will also bring a nice kick to it!
  2. This stuff is surprisingly hot! I swallowed the sauce and nall round my lips and the corners of my mouth were burning, no hiccups were incurred but I certainly got a damp forehead and could still feel the heat ten mins later, though it had died down alot by then!

The only thing I did’nt like about this sauce was the slightly bitter aftertaste it left, but then again I am trying this stuff neat, whereas it should blatantly be used in curries, chilli’s and the like, as cooking this sauce will take out the bitterness which no doubt comes from the raw chilli present in it. If you are looking for something to put in your spicy chilli related dishes then this is an ideal replacement for fresh chillies, all the better if you are the type of person who loves using fresh chilli over dried, but finds they only use some chilli and then throw the rest away because they are uneeded then this stuff is for you! Head on over to http://www.justtradingscotland.co.uk/pages/Retailers and look down their list for someone near you, then go out and buy a jar of this, use it in your next spicy dish and then I dare you to come back and tell me it was bland, I DARE YA!!

The rrp according to the website is about £2.75 a jar and for whats in it, I think thats a fair price, and obviously when you buy a jar you’ll be helping out many families over in swaziland!

Until next time chilefanz, the sauce is strong in this one!
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The top 8 seem to be well settled this month, with no changes in position and most have moved up in the Alexa rankings.

New to the top 10 is the Cool Chile Co at No. 9, who have been a leading company in the supply of Mexican products in the UK for a long time. We now have two such specialist companies on the top 10 with MexGrocer.co.uk at No. 8.

Who’s web site draws the most traffic, by looking at this list you cannot help that draw the conclusion that the num­ber of quality links to a site has a significant benefit on it’s num­ber of vis­it­ors (Google we under­stand uses the number and quality of the links to a site as part of it PageRank™ system), if you look at the con­tent of the sites at the top of the listing you also find that the amount of textural con­tent is also a major factor.

Rank Company/Web Site Alexa Rank Move Links
1 Scorchio
285,694
27
2 Chillis Galore
318,170
64
3 Chilli World
649,149
73
4 The Chilli Pepper Company
702,907
67
5 The Chile Foundry
872,445
15
6 Hot Headz
907,663
28
7 South Devon Chilli Farm
1,140,784
41
8 MexGrocer.co.uk
1,408,211
46
9 Cool Chile Co.
2,231,450
? 2
26
10 Dr. Burnorium’s Hot Sauce Emporium
2,334,005
? 1
7
This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 29/01/10)

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Marie Sharps Grapefruit Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce

Marie Sharps Grapefruit Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce

Right, where do i start?? let me begin by telling you a little bit about “Marie Sharp” and her company..yes thats a good start, I’ll quote directly from their website as it explains it wayyyyyyy better than i ever could!

“In 1980, in Belize, Central America, Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces, jams, and jellies while experimenting with fresh Habanero peppers, vegetables, and fruits from her farm. She was overwhelmed with positive feedback and encouragement when neighbors and friends tasted them. That was when she decided to turn it into a family business.”

So “Marie Sharp” as a brand has been going for nearly 30 years, and in that time they have grown from being just Marie herself in her small kitchen with one other employee and some relatives, to a 20 strong team based in a factory in Dangriga, Belize. “Marie Sharp” makes sauces for both the local and international markets, and today i have one such sauce in front of me just itching to be reviewed, and bugger me is it an odd one!!

Ingredients: Select Yellow Habanero Peppers, Gapefruit Pulp, Onions, Key Lime Juice, Vinegar, Garlic and Salt.

(Review bottle kindly supplied by www.Scorchio.co.uk)

“Marie Sharps Grapefruit Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce” is a sauce unlike ANY other i have ever tried..it uses an ingredient i never would have thought would work with chilli’s of any variety ever, at all , EVER..so in case that was’nt clear enough, i’ve never thought of grapefruit being used in conjunction with chilli’s to make a hotsauce. The bottle is a typical US standard 150ml bottle with a white lid and a beautiful silver foil label wrapped around it with a picture of most of the sauces ingredients proudly splashed across it along with “Marie Sharps” logo and “Proud products of belize”, you can tell from the bottle and the website that these people are very proud of their heritage and products!

The sauce inside looks exactly how i would imagine any sauce with yellow habs and grapefruit in would look…yellow! A kind of iced lemon yellow, quite subdued if that makes any sense? with flecks of green and some white seeds suspended in the mixture for all to see, i twisted off the top and gave the sauce the once over with my snout, SURPRISE!! It smelled of grapefruit and habaneros, its lucky that i am a fan of grapefruit, its bitter fruitiness really hits the spot sometimes, i dunno why!

I took out my spoon and poured some on, put it straight into my mouth and savoured the mix of flavours and heat before gulping it down and i must say i’m impressed! The flavour is as you would expect, very “grapefruity” (my word, i invented it!!) with a strong fruity but savoury aftertaste brought on by the habaneros coupled with the onions and garlic, so its safe to say you can actually taste most of the ingredients in this one! There is a certain bitterness about it that just seems to enhance the flavour rather than hinder it. The heat is nothing to write home about but it does cause alot of warmth mainly on the middle on the tongue that is very noticeable after a couple of spoonfuls of the stuff, in fact while typing this i noticed i have actually broken a slight sweat!!

I can imagine this sauce to go very well with vegetable dishes and fish mainly, but by all means give it a try on other things, the only downside to this sauce is that its aimed at people who like grapefruit, if you don’t like grapefruit then DO NOT buy this as i can’t be held responsible for your tastebuds LOL! As i have said i like grapefruit and for me this sauce will be used in several fish and veg related experiments over the next few weeks, this sauce costs a mere £3.99 a bottle from www.scorchio.co.uk and if you like grapefruit then please give it a whirl as it could very well be just the sauce you’re looking for!!

Till next time my spicy titans, may the sauce be with you, always!!

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Each month we look at the best selling products from some of the UK largest retailers, this gives us and you an idea of what is selling well (So what we need to review)

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1
Dave’s Insanity Sauce
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Blair’s Death Rain Habanero Crisps
2
Blair’s Death Rain Potato Chips – 3 Bags
?
Mr Wasabi Peanuts 115g
3
Satan’s Sweat Naga Chilli Sauce
Dried Naga Jolokia Chillies (125g)
4
Blair’s Ultra Death Sauce
Dave’s Gourmet Insanity Sauce
5
Who Dares Burns! The 2nd Assault
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Flying Goose Brand Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce
6
Pure Naga Bhut Jolokia Paste
Dried Chipotle Chillies (50g)
7
Satan’s Nuts!
New
Pleasure & Pain Organic Dark Naga Jolokia Chilli Chocolate
?
8
Dave’s Insanity "Ghost Pepper" Sauce
New
100% Pain Hot Sauce
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9
Mr. Wasabi Peanuts
?
Dave’s Gourmet Ultimate Insanity Sauce
?
10
Blair’s After Death Sauce
?
Dried Habanero Chillies (25g)
New

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