Lovingly crafted in the Lake District, Adam delivers award winning sauces, pickles and chutneys all around the UK, whether at shows or markets. In the same Mr Vikki’s style, this hot aubergine pickle is squeezed into a 210g hexagonal jar with his bright yellow label. The label suggests medium heat. Dark red-purpley- brown and full of colourful pieces of aubergine flesh, spices and seeds it looks quite chunky.
The intense fresh smell of crisp aubergine with a subtle smokey tickle behind it opens up the tastebuds for the obvious hit of fenugreek and a slight dry salty scent. This pickle is very thick with a mix of finely chopped spices and ginger with more chunky aubergine, dates and chillies.
For want of a better comparison to the texture, it is similar to mincemeat (the fruity kind in seasonal mince pies). I took a big scoop on a teaspoon and tucked in. The softness of the fleshy fruits with the gritty feel of the spices and seeds make a great combination. The smokey flavour takes a while to come through but the juicy ginger and garlic parts are absorbed into every piece of aubergine you find. The celery and fenugreek takes some of the sweetness away from the dates, thus making this pickle relatively dry with only a slight sweetness.
Aubergines 75%, Sugar, Vinegar, Vegetable oil, Fresh Ginger, Dates, Fenugreek, Chillis, Piquin Chillies, Chipotle Chilli, Garlic, Salt and Spices.
Allergy Advice: Contains Mustard and Celery, May contain traces of nuts.
You forget about the fact you’re eating a medium heat product whilst you concentrate on all of the other senses with this product. It takes a good ten or so seconds before you notice any heat whatsoever. By the time you do, its a mild to medium heat that is a slow builder that sticks to the lips and all round the mouth. The burn is short lived around the mouth, and as many lip plumping products claim but fail with, this will leave yours truly ‘bee-stung’ without spending a fortune!
Another winner from the North West. If you prefer something slightly smokey with a good amount of heat and flavour pay off with your poppadoms, with cheese and crackers, or as the jar suggests ‘…mix with coconut milk for a Sri Lankan style curry’.
Available from Mr Vikkis for a great price of £3.50