March 2013

Jason Stevens who runs Burning Desire Foods from his Brighton base has been creating some great tasting Chilli Sauces since 2011 and launched at the Fiery Foods Chilli festival in the south coast city. Not only has Jason been cooking and developing sauces but has been working hard to get his sauces on the table of restaurant diners, and this week has done just that, sealing a deal with Brewery Tap in Brighton.

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Jason explains how the new collaboration came about:

In April 2012, while attending the Brighton & Hove Food Festival with my Company Burning Desire Foods, I met owner Miles Cunliffe of the Mixology Group, a company that specializes in professional cocktail training & bar school.

I mentioned he should try their Bloody Mary’s with my flagship hot sauce Burning Desire. Later that day I started receiving messages about this amazing tasting Bloody Mary with the Burning Desire Hot Sauce.

A few months passed and I received a phone call from Miles explaining he was about to open a restaurant in Brighton in partnership with the My Brewery Tap company and he wanted to have a local hot sauce company supply them quality hot sauces.

I have been approached a few times before to partner up with restaurants and food suppliers but that meant losing my company identity which for me was not the direction I wanted the business to go. From the first meeting onwards with the Brewery Tap manager Mike Mason and head Chef Will Innes, we were all on the same page about keeping Burning Desire Foods visible to the public.

I then spent some time with Will, the head chef and discussed the menu and what sauces would complement the type of food they were creating.

I love cooking with a passion and the ideas Will had were a perfect partnership with hot sauces so this was a very exciting process. The type of food the Brewery Tap makes is traditional Cajun and Louisiana style cooking, from catfish to seafood gumbo, and Cajun spiced Andouille Sausage and Blackened Salmon with Dirty Rice to name but a few tantalising dishes that any food lover and chilli head would appreciate.

Also on the menu is a searing hot Naga Burger served with my Hot Kiss Naga Hot Sauce”

So there you have it, you might already know Brewery Tap as the UK’s largest importer of micro brewery beers who last year opened their first restaurant in Brighton.

3The food on the Brewery Tap menu is traditional deep South American, barbeque & Louisiana style cooking. As of this week, all of the Burning Desire Foods range of hot sauces will be available to customers to compliment their choice from the menu.

You can order po’boy’s with Burning Temptations Smoky Hot Sauce, top quality hamburgers with Hot Kiss Naga Hot Sauce or chicken wings with Burning Desire Hot Sauce… the choice is all yours.

Along with a great menu there is also an amazing selection of top quality craft beers from around the world

Great food, great beers and great hot sauce what more could you want?

Check out Brewery Tap at Brewery Tap, 103 North Road in Brighton.

 

 

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Twisted 7 sauces are a fairly new company on the chilli scene, they appeared at FFUK in Brighton last year, entering the Amateur Sauce competition as many established companies once did. They have a range of 7 main sauces, a chilli mint jelly and a chilli cranberry sauce. We will be reviewing them all in due course. Here we have their Hellbelly sauce  which was the first sauce they created.

HellbellyThe sauces are available in a fairly standard sized 100ml bottle or as a 20ml sample. The bottles have nicely designed labels with a predominately black label and fiery image which is a different colour on each bottle. The Twisted 7 logo is eye catching too. On the side of the label is a familiar chilli ‘heatometer’, 5 being the maximum, this comes in at 3.5.

Looking through the glass the sauce is a fairly standard orangey red colour and appears to be quite thick, which is a good thing as too many sauces are very runny. There are no thickeners in this sauce either. The sauce contains Scotch Bonnets & Jalapenos and it is good to see on the label that they pride themselves on sourcing local ingredients, if they cannot get them locally then they use UK produce which is great to hear.

Ingredients:

Scotch Bonnet Chillies 41%, Jalapeno Chillies 10%, Passionfruit Juice 23%, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt

Bottle kindly supplied by Twisted 7 Sauces

Upon opening the bottle I can immediately smell Scotch Bonnets, not surprising as they are the main ingredient at 41%. The sauce is nice but pours well and has a good texture, it is not pureed to within an inch of its life, there are some seeds present but not too many, seeds are OK in a sauce as long as they have been softened in the cooking process. There’s nothing worse than biting on a hard seed.

As soon as the sauce hits my mouth I taste the chilli, but can also pick out the sweetness of the passion fruit juice and sugar, but don’t get me wrong, this is no sweet chilli sauce! The burn is good and lasts but does not overpower the flavour.

It’s great to see an ingredients list with a handful of ingredients, and as the company puts it “kept simple and uncomplicated so that you can taste the real chilli and feel the burn!”

You can buy this from the Twisted 7 website for £4.49 plus postage or buy the range of 7 for £30. This may seem expensive to some but high percentage chilli content sauces will always be more especially sourcing UK Chillies.

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(6.5/10)

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How its going Chilli Padawanz? I hope you’re all having as cracking a time as I am, maybe this review will help you and make your day a little brighter..or not, who knows!

chilli-pork-scratchingsToday I have a couple of products from Firefoods snacks range, namely their “Flaming scratchings” and “Firesticks“.

Firefoods have basically taken a load of well known and loved snacks and kicked them up a notch in both heat and flavour!! so without further ado, let me show you these wonderful morsels!!

Ingredients:

Flaming Scratchings: Pork scratchings, naga powder
Firestick Salamis: Salami, chilli, 1 million shu oil.

Okay, so looking at the two products above, one thing stands out massively…the inclusion of 1million SHU oil…so naturally I’m a little scared of eating the salami! Funniest thing is, on the website there is a warning:

“Please eat me out of the packet, if I get on your skin I will burn you”

So..there’s me reading this and thinking..”if it burns my SKIN, what the HELL is it going to do to my stomach??? needless to say, the foolhardy person that I am, I continued on..one million isn’t really that hot anyway right?….RIGHT!?

Yeah…turns out one million is pretty warm..even for me (I’m a wuss really) so the Firestick Salamis are definitely only for the hardened chilli heads..the Flaming Scratchings however, while hot are by no means extreme, so are a much more accessible meaty snack for both newbie and old hand chilli heads alike!
So..price wise, how do they match up? Well if you figure out the dirty lower quality pork scratchings are like 70p for a 45g bag and have nowhere near as much flavour, these are a mere £3 for 150g of good quality pork scratchings covered in naga powder, lovely!

The firestick Salamis are dearer at £6 a bag, but you do get three of them in a bag and the heat is mental, in fact you could chop these up into a chilli, or make cocktail sausages on sticks for your next party and watch the guests cry!

All good suggestions there!

You can buy both the snacks from www.firefoods.com

So, with another review in the bag, its time for me to say goodbye until next time my chilli padawanz, may the sauce be with you…always!

Flaming Scratchings:

Flavour
(10/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

Firestick Salamis:

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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In the UK we are certainly up against it trying to grow chillies, with our unpredictable weather. The majority of chilli growers are situated in the South of the UK where the weather is generally slightly better. There is at least one exception, and that’s Chillilicious based just South of Dundee in Scotland who have their own Chilli farm. The company is run by mother and daughter team, Patricia and Stacey Galfskiy. They create some great chilli themed glass work and craft items as well as their chilli sauces, chutneys and for this review, their Chilli & Coriander Oatcakes.We featured the company recently in an article here.

Oatcakes2So here I have the Oatcakes for review. These are a welcome change from the usual product we review. Oatcakes are a traditional product to various areas of the UK including Scotland where they are made on a “girdle” or by baking rounds of oatmeal on a tray. If the rounds are large, they are sliced into “farls” before baking. Oats are one of the few grains which grow well in the north of Scotland and were, until the 20th century, the staple grain used.

Scottish soldiers in the 14th century carried a metal plate and a sack of oatmeal. According to contemporary accounts, one would heat the plate over fire, moisten a bit of oatmeal and make a cake to “comfort his stomach. Hence it is no marvel that the Scots should be able to make longer marches than other men.

So back to the product in hand, these are packaged in clear plastic with a simple label containing all the necessary information. The 290g pack contains 5 generously sized round Oatcakes. They look great with clearly visible pieces of red chilli which has leaked it’s colour into the cake. There are also clearly visible coriander seeds, which is reassuring as these are the two main flavourings!

Ingredients:

Oatmeal, Wheat, Flour, Margarine, Water, Sugar, Salt, Baking Soda, Chillies 2%, Coriander 2%

Pack kindly supplied by Chillilicious

OatcakesAlthough these are called “Cakes” they are meant to be more of a cracker type texture and can be eaten at breakfast as an alternative to toast but can be served with soups and other savoury dishes. I am wondering what they would be like with melted cheese on top!

The texture is light, nice and crumbly and I get the oat flavour first followed by the coriander and chilli at the same time. The chill heat is nice and builds slightly, nicely warming and I can imagine dipping these in a hearty stew or soup.

You get 5 good size cakes and at £1.95 these are excellent value.

Available direct from the Chillilicious website or at various food events and chilli festivals this summer.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value (10/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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