December 2010

BHS - Chilli Chocolate Russian Roulette BHS – Chilli Chocolate Russian Roulette

So you have forgotten to get a present for someone, mail order specialist retailers are all now closed, so take a quick trip down to your local BHS and you may be able to find their Chilli Chocolate Russian Roulette.

Ingredients: Milk Chocolate [66%] ( Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecitchin,  Flavouring: Natural Vanilla), Sugar, Hazelnuts [8%], Refined Vegatable Oil, Milk Proteins, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Chilli Extract, Emulsifier: Soya Lecitchin; Flavouring.

The game is simple spin the chilli wheel to choose your chocolate, nine of the chocolates are  filled with praline but three contain with Hot Chilli..

Its a bit of fun to play while watching the Great Escape.
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Arley Hall Chilli Festival 2011 - Cheshire

Arley Hall Chilli Festival 2011 - Cheshire

The second Arley chilli festival will be taking place, with chilli ice-cream, cakes, beer and sausages. The gardeners will be selling a variety of chilli plants, grown at Arley and giving any advice you may need. There will also be salsa dancing if you are feeling energetic.

We are looking for a reporter to photograph and write up this event for us?

More information on this as we get it!

Arley Hall & Gardens
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 6NA
enquiries@arleyhallandgardens.com

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We have just had a letter from the Dartmoor National Park Authority that says they have now granted planning for the erection of two polytunnels at the Dartmoor Chilli Farm subject to some minor conditions.

Our congratulations to Phil and Kay Palmer, this is an nice early Christmas Present, also our thanks goes out to our readers that signed their petition and commented on the application.

They now have another couple of applications in the system to enable them to cook and live on the farm.. We will keep you up to date on these are we hear more.

Note: the letter was dated 17/12/10 our post has been very late, so you may already have had this news
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Chilli Seeds

You can harvest chilli seeds from your own plants, all you need to do is wait till the pods are ripe, then cut them open and scrape out the seeds, placing them to dry in a sunny spot, once dry, pack them away for use next year, seeds can last for appox. 4-5 years if stored in a cool dry place.

Remember: If collecting seeds you need to be careful, your hands will be covered in capsaicin, I wear rubber gloves when doing this.

If you have lots of the same pods to collect seeds from, you can try cutting the pods into quarters and putting them in a blender with lots of water, then blitz them at a low speed for a 10+ seconds and then leave to stand until the seeds float up to the surface, they can then be collected and dried. Chillies are easy to pollinate, and this it normally done by bees and other insects, so often you seeds will a cross between what every varieties you are growing.

Fortunately chillies are self pollinating, so it is possible to get a pure seeds from you chilli plant, but you need to stop insects cross pollinating them, this can be done by enclosing the plant with a small tent of fine netting (it needs to be fine enough to keep stuff out), remember we still need to let light in so the plant can grow. Once the pods have set, you can release the plant from it net, but any flowers that appear need to be removed else they can still be cross pollinated.

If you have purchased some dried chillies and are intending to save the seeds, you may find they are not good germinators, this is because they have been heat treated during the drying process, but you may be lucky!
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