Bims Coconut Relish

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on June 15, 2012 · 1 comment

in Product Reviews

Bim's Kitchen Coconut Relish

Bim’s kitchen has recently played a pretty big role in my kitchen with their products based on ‘modern, African-inspired cuisine’. Husband and wife team James ‘Bim’ and Nicola are at the wheel on creating some masterpieces in the kitchen. Using exotic produce like Baobab fruit, alligator pepper and Cubeb to create some culinary treats for all, and I mean all, take a look below:


HRH Prince Charles receiving a selection of Bim’s Kitchen products from Bim and Femi at the 2012 Ideal Home Show. Bim’s Kitchen was exhibiting alongside other select artisan producers within the new Prince’s Pavilion sponsored by the Prince’s Foundation.

And today I bring you another delight from their prize winning, great taste award 2011 product list. African chilli coconut relish.

Ingredients: Onion, Coconut milk (20%), Dessicated coconut (15%), Sunflower oil, Garlic, Lemon juice, Soy sauce, Tomato puree, Demerara sugar, Alligator pepper, Paprika, Ginger, Salt, Red chillies (1%), Thyme, Parsley, Marjoram, Cumin, Cinnamon.

Jar Kindly provided by Bim’s Kitchen

Alligator pepper is an ingredient in West African cuisine where it imparts both ‘heat’, ‘pungency’ and a spicy aroma to classic West African ‘soups’ and ‘stews’. A close relative to the ‘grains of paradise’ only the Alligator pepper comes as a complete pod with seeds. Every days a school day hey.

The label keeps in the usual Bim style with an image of Africa in the background and the title clearly in bold. Although the label is pretty basic, its grabs your attention and then you notice the relish. This looks pretty damn good. Shredded coconut by the bucket load which sits motionless in a reddy orange oil. Presumably it’s the red chilli and paprika aiding the colour on this. And the smell is remarkable too. Like a Korma in a jar only the aroma is ten times better. It does not smell as sweet as many Kormas do, but seems to feel a lot smoother to the nose. Very warming smell with a very clean crisps coconut tone.

So straight in and no messing, in goes the spoon. WOW. This relish has heat, flavour, soft texture, firm consistency. Very interested in trying this alligator pepper as I very much doubt that 1% of red chillies could produce this level of heat. To be frank it caught me off guard a bit, but most definitely not in a bad way. Very smooth due to the oil and the amount in this is bang on. It gives it just the right fluidity to enjoy. This relish has it all going for it. Bim suggests to use it on fish and meat, add it to a stir fry, jacket potato, sandwich filling or add to coleslaw. Well I’m afraid to say I must disagree. Your list is far too small. This will honestly, hand on heart go with so many other things I doubt you’d fit them all on the jar. Thumbs up on all aspects on this one guys. Great job.

This 190g jar is not for sale! But you can pick one up from for a crazily low £4.00. For a relish that goes with pretty much anything you have a complete bargain. This one goes up there with my all time favourites.

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I do so until next time, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.


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