July 2012

Top 10 UK Chilli Web SitesNot a big change this month, Dartmoor Chilli Farm is still at No. 1 and we are just behind at No. 2.  Scorchio and Hot-Headz have swapped places, but otherwise the top 5 are still the same sites.

Nice to see Chilli Pepper Pete appearing in the top 10, it has been a while since we have seen them here, they always impress me with the amount of effort they put in to there growing chilli empire.

Pos Site UK Rank World Rank Links
1 www.dartmoorchillifarm.com
2 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
3 www.scorchio.co.uk
4 www.chileseeds.co.uk
5 www.hot-headz.com
6 www.mexgrocer.co.uk
7 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
8 www.coolchile.co.uk
9 www.hotsauceemporium.co.uk
10 www.chilipepperpete.com

This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 29/07/12).
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Mr Vikki's Tomato and NigellaThe Lake District may not be the first place you think of when your after chilli. Or maybe its just me??? Probably just me as I did not realise that the Lakes are the home of the award winning ‘Mr Vikki’s’. And when I say award winning I mean 44 great taste awards in 5 years!!!! That’s just crazy hey? Once is good, twice is amazing, but 44??? And not only that, but the product today is their ‘Tomato and Nigella Chutney’ which holds a 2 star great taste award winner in 2010. This could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

The chutney is sealed in a standard chutney jar which I believe is 205g and has the usual bright yellow labels with red and black text. Yes its fairly plain, and simple. But that’s what I think is good about it. No rubbish misleading you into thinking its something that its not. Here I go I have to say it….. It does exactly what it says on the tin. (Sorry I had to say it) The labelling is done cleverly too as you two large windows on the jar to see that you are letting yourself in for. And in the case of this chutney, a textured rich yet chutney with black specs a plenty. Despite the jar being full to the brim you can just see that it is lovely and think, perfect for spreading.

Instantly upon opening the jar I a met with a familiar aroma. The aroma you get from the Indian restaurant. I cannot quite put my finger on it but it is a blend of spices that is full of a smooth and yet powerful smell that is both warm and bluddy lovely.

Ingredients: Fresh tomatoes 65%, Sugar, Vinegar, Fresh ginger, Peppers, Garlic, Nigella seeds, Rapeseed oil, Mustard, Salt, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by Mr Vikki’s

Excellent, fresh ingredients is always a good in my opinion. Now lets get to the taste, nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom. This is sweet and sour with a lovely mild heat. The tomato, vinegar and sugar compliment each other brilliantly. While the garlic, peppers and spices take the edge of any sharpness there could have been with the vinegar. This is without a shadow of a doubt a VERY good chutney. Stated on the site to be able to go with anything and this definitely will. Eating this out of the jar with a spoon and I can’t get it in quick enough. Now normally if I think a product is good, I’ll write the review and that’s that. But not this time, straight away I had to contact Darth Naga, The lurch and Hot Juan and give them the low down. I am very
impressed with this Chutney. There is no point in me listing what you can use it for, it would be easier to say what you can’t use it for otherwise we would be here forever.

The flavour and texture give it a sense of a summer chutney, great on salads ect, and at the same time a winter feel to it. This covers all the angles and at only £3.50 for a jar which I believe is 205g. Keen to try more products of Mr Vikki’s but I know that the second I get on the site I will be ordering more and more jars of this rather than anything else right now. Get some in, NOW!

So until next time, If it burns going in, It will burn coming out.


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Here Darth takes on a chilli sauce with a LOT of different mixed chilli’s from a company in Wales known as “Welsh Dragon Chilli”, while the sauce is not commercially available, the owner does sell bottles of sauce on his facebook profile from time to time, so go take a look!!

https://www.facebook.com/chris.fowler.3538 – The man with the sauce!

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Sherry Almeida from Velsi’s Spicy Goan Pickles and Curry Sauces has sent us her ‘Fiery Mixed Chilli Pickle’ to review. Sherry’s roots are from Goa, one of the few parts of India that was never under British rule, but was under Portuguese rule for almost 500 years until 1961 with the Indian army’s annexation of Goa.

Velsi's Fiery Mixed Chilli Pickle

Goa is located in the West Indian region Konkan and it the smallest state by area in India, it is a very popular tourist destination with its amazing beaches and it makes an great winter destination. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of dishes with a mixture of Portuguese and Indian styles, the Chilli was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese along with Tomatoes, Pineapples, Potatoes and Cashews.

So as you can guess this is no Branston Pickle in this jar, there is not a diced root vegetable to be seen, on the top of this pickle is a layer of red oil and below that a jar packed with chillies, the smell  from the jar is an exotic mix of ginger, garlic and chillies

This is a condiment pickle, it is very rich and hot, just a quarter of a teaspoon is enough for me on it own, my mouth is a  blaze with flavours, while the oil has made sure this has hit every part of my mouth, as it cools, the ginger starts to reappear, but no is seems I can take a another..

Ingredients: Chilli (Scotch Bonnet, Finger,  Kashmiri), Oil, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Garlic, Ginger, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by Velsis Kitchen

WOW this stuff is good, it is the kind of pickle that can make plain boiled rice a compete delight, lets hope Sherry can get a on-line store soon and we hope to see here at some of the chilli events this will go down a storm.

At only £2.50 fror a 110g jar, this is a real bargain..

Unfortunately Sherry’s web site is not yet fully up and running but, but you can email her at sherry@velsis-kitchen.co.uk or by phone on 01908 605312

Value (9/10)

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