April 2013

I feel you will all be seeing much more of Twisted 7 Sauces. A company that strives to source local produce and keep things as fresh and as simple as possible, using no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. This time it’s the turn of their Sweet Jala’loo-ya chilli sauce.

In a 100ml bottle with a purple flame designed label on a black background, the full, sticky consistency boasts seeds, herbs and fine chunks galore! This smells like your perfect dipping sauce (that will be the rice vinegar). The salt keeping the scent clean and uncomplicated. Garlic, vinegar and a cheeky jalapeno note I capture.

Ingredients: 

Jalapeno Chilli Peppers (15%), Sugar (23%), Water, White Wine Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, Garlic (3%), Salt, Arrowroot.

Bottle kindly supplied by Twisted 7 Sauces

I dive in to a sweet, bit-filled, garlicy dream. Heatwise, you find a general all over mouth burn to a medium degree (depending on how hot you think jalapeno chillis are) and occasionally fall upon a little landmine of pure sensation that takes you aback.

A thick, tasty, warm dipping sauce that would work wonders as a chicken or meat glaze, with any chinese meal. This could work as a salad dressing with croutons.

At £4.49 from their website, its worth a good try and I feel you wont be disappointed.

Flavour
(5/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(6/10)

 

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If I had to sum up this Baobab jam from Bim’s Kitchen in one word, it would be unique. I have tried many different chilli jams but when it comes to standing out, this one leads the way rather than following the pack. By using Baobab, the African super fruit as opposed to the more traditional chilli jam ingredients; the flavour, colour, consistency and texture are all different to the standard jams on the market.

The first thing I noticed when opening the jar was the colour and consistency of the product. It has a deep red colour and a smooth, thick consistency which was really appealing to me; it spreads well on bagels and goes really well with cheese. It has a sweet, smoky aroma which I assume is down to sweet red peppers and smoked cayenne chillies.

Ingredients:

Hibiscus water, Demerera sugar, sweet red peppers (10%), chilli (10%)- (smoked cayenne chillies, birds eye chillies), vinegar, baobab fruit (7%), onion, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, cinnamon.

Jar kindly supplied by Bim’s Kitchen

Due to its thick texture I think this would also go well as a dipping sauce and could imagine it being a great marinade as the jam would absorb into the meat creating a nice balance of sweet, smoky and spicy.

Looking on the website they have a vast range of products ranging from spice mixes to curry sauces. This ‘modern, African-inspired cuisine seems to stand out from the crowd as it infuses unique ingredients into its products.

For more details on this company, and the huge range of products Bim’s Kitchen stock, check out their website

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

 

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Mad-Ass might be relatively new to the chilli scene, but that hasn’t stopped them making a great initial impact if our bevvy of reviews is anything to go by. Today I have one of their hotter sauces, aptly named Hot Habanero.

Mad-Ass Hot HabaneroThe first thing that strikes you about this sauce is it looks fabulous. It is a deep dark mustard colour, with lots of specks of black pepper and the odd chilli seed mottled through it, standing proud in its tall 150ml bottle. With the usual Mad-Ass label styling, we are informed that this sauce is hotter than its Hot Bonnet sibling and more citrusy.

With the lid removed that fruity nose is evident but with a hint of ginger alongside it and you can see that the sauce is quite pulpy, but not overly thick. The wide neck on the bottle makes this one nice and easy to pour too.

Ingredients:

Orange Habanero Peppers, “The Garlic Farm” Garlic, Fresh Root Ginger, Soft Brown Sugar, Lime Juice, Malt Vinegar, Rock Salt, Cayenne Pepper and Cracked Black Pepper.

Jar kindly supplied by Mad-Ass Foods

It’s time to taste a sample; the initial flavours that come through are quite sweet with a citrus hint, but it doesn’t hang around for long before the burn starts to build and makes you pull your breath in. It’s a strong burn that coats the tongue and gums, warming the back of the throat when you swallow which travels to the stomach. It lingers too leaving a pleasant after taste and a great come down; something to savour whilst you wipe your eyes and blow your now runny nose.

At £5 for the larger bottles, these represent decent value for money – Hot Habanero tastes great and has a good solid burn that challenges the Naga sauces and will definitely add a good level of heat to stir fries and soups, but if you’re feeling particularly brave, give this one a go on some ice-cream. Citrific.

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

 

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Here at the ChileFoundry we know everyone, and if we dont know you, then why the hell not?! Karimix have been gracing the chilli world for years. At almost every event I see them bearing fruits of their labour with glowing, smiling faces.  Colourful jars and bottles of sauces, relish and pastes surrounded by a crowd, at West Dean that was at least three people deep most of the day! Their warmth and hospitality, beautiful labels and of course the amount of love that goes into these products really is a reason to pick up a flavour and just get tasting.

This beautfully branded 185g jar holds the gorgeous Karimix ‘K’ logo in tones of purple, black and yellow, one of my favourite rebrands from them. The relish is a deep red, thick blend with seeds and bits popping out all over the place.

I am greeted with a peanutty smell first with a tomato base scent akin to bolognese. Finely chopped green peppers and garlic sit atop my spoon.  You really get a great peanut flavour as the firmness of the chopped bits sit well in the oil, thus spreading the taste.

The heat is a quick builder.  Not too aggressive, but an all over the mouth burn, anywhere the oil touches becomes alight. The flavour of the ginger plays nicely with the vinegar so its not a complete heat assault, you also get that sweet bitterness too. I’d like to say now that the flavour alone gets your mouth watering.

Ingredients:

Onions, Vinegar, Peanuts, Sugar, Water, Oil, Tomato, Spices, Green Pepper 3%, Chilli 2.2%, Salt, Garlic, Ginger.
Gluten Free, Suitable for Vegetarians, Contains Nuts.

I would definitely suggest this as a stir fry additive. Either with Chicken, prawns and of course, Quorn or tofu as a satay with heat. Ontop of cheese on toast/toastie/cheese and relish sandwich, or as the jar suggests, by mixing with mayonnaise and adding chicken or prawns as a salad dressing.  This would also go great in a rustic mash potato, and the oil content would be ideal for a pasta bake!

Available directly from their factory shop, and Hot-headz at £3.50 for 185g of peanutty hot awesome, I would recommend this highly for the lover of hot, peanutty goodness.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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