January 2011

The same top three as last month but in a completely different order.. (will we never make it to number 1)

A couple of last months top 10 have dropped out this month with the loss of www.chillipepperpete.com & www.chillisgalore.co.uk from the top 10, but they are just bubbling under, while we had a big jump for www.mexgrocer.co.uk into the number 6 slot.

Pos Site UK World Links
1 www.scorchio.co.uk
13,511
390,416
33
2 www.hot-headz.com
18,126
400,768
28
3 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
21,821
414,853
32
4 www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
26,633
703,299
11
5 www.chileseeds.co.uk
43,210
483,725
79
6 www.mexgrocer.co.uk
54,172
1,139,614
50
7 www.dryriverchillies.co.uk
56,711
891,163
7
8 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
65,840
960,231
42
9 www.chilliworld.com
80,140
656333
77
10 www.hotsauceemporium.co.uk
82,837
1,217,503
16
This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 28/01/11)

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Clifton Chilli Club @ Coach and Horses

Clifton Chilli Club @ Coach and Horses

I don’t know of any other Chilli Clubs in the UK (Let me know if you do!), but over the past few month the Clifton Chilli Club seems to be going from strength to strength, on the 5th of March they are having a Chilli Tasting in their local Pub and meeting place the Coach and Horses.

So if you are  in the Clifton area of Bristol get yourself over to their Chilli Tasting evening in the Coach and Horses and meet Jim, and the two Dave’s who founded the club, it would not surprise us if a few well know professional Chilli-Headz make an appearance.

You can also visit their website and follow them on twitter

Map to the Coach and Horses

Map to the Coach and Horses

Clifton Chilli Club
Coach and Horses
2 Highland Square,
Bristol,
BS8 2YP

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Dartmoor Chilli Farm’s Hot Orange Chilli Marmalade

Dartmoor Chilli Farm’s Hot Orange Chilli Marmalade

When I buy orange marmalade, I always look for nice thick pieces of orange rind in the mix, for me the more the better; also the colour needs to be a proper orange colour, not some pale yellow jelly, well just looking at this jar  from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm is making my mouth water, it has all the qualities I look for.

On opening the jar the smell in of fresh oranges and lemons, the marmalade has a well set shiny surface, nice to see this without the addition of any setting agents.

The taste is sublime, rich and full of that bitter-sweet orange tang, that is then followed by a slow build warmth from the Bhut Jolokia’s , this was not as hot as I expected,  but that was no bad thing, I still want to enjoy the flavours after the first bite.

Ingredients: Oranges (31%), Lemons, Sugar, Bhut Jolokia Chillies (3%)

Jar kindly provided by Dartmoor Chilli Farm

This is a real breakfast treat on some warm buttered toast and with a good strong double shot of espresso, life does not get much better than this.

At only £2.75 for a jar, this is amazing value for money, a handmade specialist marmalade for under £3 a jar, this could easily be £3.99 and it would still be good value. please visit the Dartmoor Chilli Farms website and order yourself a jar and why not try some of their other products.

Kay and Phil are quickly making a name of them selves for the here at the ChileFoundry office, we have not tasted a duff product from them yet.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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Mustards are easy to make and keep well without the need to add additional preservatives (vinegar is a good preservative, but it never works when I add it to chips?).

In this mustard I have used Japanese rice vinegar as it has a mild sweet taste, it also has less acetic acid that our traditional vinegars, you can now find it in most large supermarkets or your local oriental store.

You could also use a seasoned rice vinegar which has sake and some sugar added, this is the kind of vinegar you add to cooked rice when making sushi.

Ingredients

The recipe could not be much simpler, first soak the mustard seeds in the rice vinegar overnight ( I put mine in the fridge), then place this and all the other ingredients in a blender and blitz until most of the mustard seeds are broken.

The Hot Book of Chillies by David Floyd

This is a bit of an upgraded version of the recipe that appeared in my book “The Hot Book of Chillies” which is now getting a bit old, it missed out of the wave of new superhot chillies, so if any publisher is out there wanting a new book about chillies, I am ready..

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