ChileFoundry Newsletter — July 2010

by Hot Juan on August 1, 2010 · 0 comments

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Another bumper month of chilli news and our first video site visit to Hot-Headz, now we are looking forward to reporting from the UK’s Largest Chilli Event the West Dean Chilli Fiesta on the 6/7/8th August, we hope to see you there.

Hot Headz & Scorchio Top 10 Products – July 2010 – Hot-Headz and Scorchio provide us each month with there Top 10 Products sold during the month via their web sites.

Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce

Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce

Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce Review – Tapatio is pronounced “Tah-pah-tee-o” and means a person from Guadalajara, a city in the heart of Mexico.

Top 10 UK Chilli Web Sites — July 2010 – This month we have added the UK position to Top UK Chilli Web sites, the original aim of the chart was to show how well UK based sites did in the rest of the world, now you can see with a minor exception of the #1 site Chillis Galore, the positions are also reflected in their UK position.

Tesco Stocks Dave’s Insanity and Ghost Pepper Sauce – Tesco is now stocking both Dave’s Insanity Sauce at £2.98 and Dave’s Ghost Pepper Sauce at £5.99 per bottle.

Fresh Chillies at Fortnum & Mason – Edible Ornamentals has been selected by Fortnum & Mason to supply some of their 40+ different varieties of chillies grown at their Cherwood Nursery, ranging from the mild Anaheim chilli to the eye watering Dorset Naga.

Meet Your Maker – Hot-Headz – Right! time for me to introduce a NEW feature here at the Chilefoundry! This is an idea myself and Hot Juan have had for some time, but last week was the first proper chance we got to actually implement it, the idea we had was for a series of featurettes based on different chilli and hotsauce manufacturers and distributors based in the UK and we shall visit these people and then make a short documentary type video on each one!

Blair's Queso

Blair's Queso

Blair’s Queso Review – Right back again live and kicking from my little break in Yeovil where myself and Mr’s Naga stayed with Hot Juan and his family for a very pleasant few days, but now its back to business, so lets kick it off with a little something from Blair eh?

Pimientos de Padron are now in season – Pimientos de Padron are now in season at Dry River Chillies they have grown extra this year after selling out so quickly last year.

Growing Chillies from Seed: Part 3 – Re-potting. Once your seedlings have out-grown their initial pots, they will need re-potting. Chilli plants benefit from being potted-on gradually, that it, one size pot at a time. We pot from 3”, to 6”, then 9” and 12”.

Win our Chilli Hamper (20+ Bottles and Jars of some of the best UK Chilli Products) – As part of our 500th article celebration we are giving away a hamper full of chilli products from our favourite suppliers.

Scott Roberts — Chilli Letter from America #8 – The big news from me would be the debut of the Weekly Firecast. Sure, online videos pertaining to fiery foods are no new thing, but I’ve batted around the idea of something closer to a chile and hot sauce related television program for many a moon. I finally decided on a compromise of sorts; it would be a multi-segment video podcast hosted on YouTube. My “pilot” episode debuted a few weeks ago, and now that my yearly vacation (or as your Brits would call it, “going on holiday”) is mostly done, I can focus on creating a new video every week.

Chilli Muffins

Chilli Muffins


Chilli treats by Deli Welli Doo Daaa – We’ve all heard of Chilli chocolate bars and Chilli chocolate brownies. Angie Bourne and Anthony Sturge take this concept to a whole new level. This lovely couple, both with years and years of chef/catering experience, incorporate local produce and the finest ingredients to make sure they leave a lasting impression.

Fiery Foods Chilli Eating Competitions – GrillStock Bristol 2010 – Its Monday morning and I’m sat at Hot Juan’s computer typing this up while he sorts out the hamper for you lovely people, I’m pretty knackered at this point…good thing i have few days off work!

Olives Et Al - hot putney sauce

Olives Et Al - hot putney sauce

Olives Et Al – hot putney sauce – Why Putney, well it is not a chutney is it, but is is very similar to a Tomato Chutney, if you have tried Olives Et Al Putney in the past you will know it is a excellent tomato based relish, that goes with almost everthing, today we are tring the the new hotter version.

We are at GrillStock at the Bristol Harbourside – We are at GrillStock, today, will try to report what is happening today with a better report Monday with pictures.

Hot-Headz Cayenne Hot Chilli Sauce – The Cayenne gets it’s name from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, it has a unique flavour, peppery and sharp, you oftern find it as an ingredient in medical cures for almost everything.

UK Chilli Sales up 600% – According to the Express UK sales of Chillies are up 600%

The Chilli Jam Company – Chillirissa – On opening the jar, the contents is a thick light red/orange paste with a lovely smell of garlic and onions, the taste is wonderfully hot and pungent, the initial taste is from the onions, quickly followed by the chilli and then the richness of the sun dried tomatoes, this leaves a beautiful flavour in the mouth, it is hot and rich and yes I am really enjoying this.

Wahaca Chilli Guru Video Winner – Regulars will remember that Wahaca (Thomasina Miers chain of Mexican restaurants) was looking for a chilli guru/expert to help them create a video showcase for the joys of growing chillies.

Nando's New Improved Sauces

Nando's New Improved Sauces

Nando’s New and Improved Tomato and BBQ Sauces – A few weeks ago I picked up a couple of bottles of New Improved Nando’s Peri-Peri BBQ Sauce and Peri-Peri Tomato Sauce in my local supermarket (Yes sometimes we have to purchase sauces), unfortunately I had not tried the previous version of these two products so I cannot tell how much they have improved.

Grillstock Hosts The Infamous Fiery Foods UK Chilli-eating Contest – At GrillStock 2010 our very own Darth Naga will be hosting the Fiery Foods UK Chilli-eating Contest. The contest is being held next weekend as part of Grillstock on Sat 17th & Sun 18th July at 4pm on the Harbourside in Bristol, contestants will get to be the first to try this season’s 7 Pot, Bih Jolokia, Trinidad Morouga and of course the Chillipepperpete Naga (which last year measured an astounding 1,080,000 SHU’s).

The Lakes Chilli Fest – Levens Hall 14/15 August 2010 – The third Lakes Chilli Fest will be held on the 14th and 15th of August 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Elizabethan Levens Hall, visitors to the Chilli Fest can also explore the world famous gardens where the summer bedding and herbaceous borders will be at their best.

See Adrian and Denise Nuttal Build The Chilli Company – We came across an episode of “Build A New Life” on SeeSaw.com it show how Adrian and Denise Nuttal built a new life for themselves growing and selling chilli products from their 11 acre nursery- The Chilli Farm.

Dartmoor Chilli Farm – Hot Strawberry Jam – Make with Elsanta strawberries (One of the most popular commercially grown varieties in Europe), grown at their own nursery where it has never seen a pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.

The ChileFoundry YouTube Channel – Did you know we have our own YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/chilefoundry

Peppers By Post Open Day – 22nd August 2010 – This year the Pepper By Post open day is on the 22nd of August. Visitors will have the chance to walk around our polytunnels and greenhouses and see all the chillies we are growing. The open day is a Pepper by Post and Sea Spring Seeds event, so as well as chillies there will be other vegetable trials on show, including a sweet pepper and a tomato trial in the tunnels, and other vegetables outdoors. Fresh chillies, seeds and potted chilli plants will be available for sale. There will be some talks and cookery demonstrations as well.

The Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival – 11th September 2010 – This is the second year for this new Chilli event organised by The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

Hotel Chocolat. - Chilli Truffles

Hotel Chocolat. - Chilli Truffles

Chilli Corn Bread Recipe – I love corn bread, it always reminds we of visits to the USA, it is not normally something I find at home here in the UK, it goes great as a side dish with BBQ pulled pork or a nice fresh salad.

Belfast Chilli Fest – 11-12th September 2010 – Two days of red hot American music, Food & Ice Cold Beer.

Hotel Chocolat. – Chilli Truffles – There truffles have a crisp outer shell with and rather nipple like purple spot on the top for decoration, inside is a dark coloured chocolate ganache, which they describe as having a subtle chilli warmth, as you taste the ganache you get a definite alcoholic sensation before the smooth ganache melts in the mouth revealing the warmth of the chilli.
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