Matt Simpson from Simpsons Seeds has just had a few media visits, you may have seen him in the Daily Mail, well he was this morning on the BBC Breakfast show as well as lots of local BBC radio stations explaining how about a new chilli they are marketing called “Katie” and how he got it to grow so hot..

Katie - Simpsons Seeds

Katie was developed by a reclusive Chillihead called Naga Nick, who passed some seeds to Matt Simpson to grow, well to Matt’s surprise Katie’s provisional tests results puts her at 1,590,000 SHU, that is over 200,000 higher that any previous UK grown chilli and while still provisional it may even get to break the current world record holder the Carolina Reaper that clocks in at 1,569,300 SHU.

At the moment Matt is sure he has set a new UK record, but it may take a while and a few more tests before he can see if he really has a chilli that can take a new world record.

In the mean time if you would like to get in on the ground floor of growing this new superhot, you will need to contact Matt at Simpsons Seeds he has the seeds packaged up ready for sale, but be quick quantities are limited.

Nina Warhurst & Cameraman with Katie the chilli
Here is Nina Warhurst (BBC Breakfast) and Cameraman (V Sorry forgot your name) and Katie the chilli


YesChilli Pepper and Ginger SauceElizabeth at YesChilli, a new business to us here at ChileFoundry HQ sent us in a bottle of her Pepper and Ginger sauce to review. This sauce has one of the shortest list of ingredients I have seen in the past few years, but I suspect that peppers covers a lot more and it says.

The label may also give away a little more of that is to come, just below the words “Hot Sauce” it says “Pan roasted sun dried dark Pepper and Ginger in oil”. Well on opening the bottle there is a nice smell of sunflower oil with more that just hints of the pepper and ginger, it is a cold morning at ChileFoundry HQ and I think this sauce need to be warmed up a bit to release the aromas so it off to the kitchen for a bit of a play.

A quick spoonful before I start and wow the flavours come flooding out, it is hot and warming, but not in the extreme sense, it a heat that starts a little cough, mostly in surprise at the how will it heats me up, Capsaicin the active ingredient in chillies is an oil so this sunflower oil spreads it quickly around my mouth.

Ingredients: Sunflower oil, Pepper, Ginger and Soya extract.

Bottle kindly supplied by YesChilli

I then warmed a little in a pan, as it gets hotter the aromas start to come to though, but still not as much as I now expected, not to waste this oil in the pan, a little lightly fired egg on toast goes down very well, I can see I need a drizzle top for this bottle, this would work well on Huevos Rancheros (fired eggs on a toasted corn tortilla with avocado and some refried beans)

Next I tried adding a few spoonfuls, OK a good glug into an almost instant Mayo recipe I have been using for the last few years, now this stuff is coming alive, the colour of the mayo is slightly darker, but the flavours from the ginger and chillies transforms this into a gourmet mayo.

This is a much more interesting product than the initial smell led me to think, this bottle won’t last long, I already have plans for a drizzle on my omelet later, and maybe marinading some pork chops

It is hard to come up with a description of this sauce, it is not a oil with a chilli in it, it is much more than that, it is not a blended up chillies chilli sauce, it is not just an ingredient. This was a great surprise an almost unique product (its does bring to mind, David’s Chilli Oils and Germano’s Chilli Sauce as they are both oil based, but the flavour are all completely different. The YesChilli product is very simple with just Ginger and Chilli but the balance between them just seems to work.

The only down side is in terms of presentation, the bottle we have does not do this product justice, I think you should always fill the bottle to the neck, otherwise it looks like some may have leaked in transit. I would also not send out bottle where the cap security cover is so twisted, as that product photograph is going to be seen by 1000’s of potential buyers in the next few months and once on the web it is there for life.

Having had a very minor gripe, the label is good and bright and that combined with the interesting bottle shape makes this very eye catching, so just top up the bottles and sort the capping process and this sauce will not just taste great it will also look the business.

If you visit the YesChilli web site you can find a list of local suppliers and also make a purchase via eBay, at £3.99 + £2.80 delivery (reduced since review) this product now represents excellent value for money.

Value (8/10)


I hope you have not sent any Christmas cards yet.. do your friends and family know you as the Chillihead.. Do you get chilli sauces for Christmas?

If you answer yes to any of the above, I need to recommend you look at these chilli christmas cards from Sonny Chana or should I say Happy Chillimas.

Chillimas Card

Inside is printed in the same jolly font as the front “Have a Merry Chillimas and a Hot New Year”.

You can order them using PayPal with the buttons below, the money goes direct to Sonny and he will ship the cards direct to you.

To purchase a single card for £2.00 + £1.00 P&P (£3.00 Total)
Note: UK Delivery Only
To purchase 6 cards for £1.50 each + £2.00 P&P (£11.00 Total)
Note: UK Delivery Only
To purchase 12 cards for £1.00 each + £2.50 P&P (£14.50 Total)
Note: UK Delivery Only

Note: Payment is taken by Paypal direct to Sonny’s account.

If you are a chilli products retailer I recommend you contact
Sonny direct and arrange a deal.


You can get an ordinary chilli sauces in most high streets and supermarkets, but did you know there is a growing number of specialist chilli shops opening in the UK. So if you are looking for a special artisan sauce or that unique chilli gift for Chile-Head in your life then what could be better than make a pilgrimage to one of these shops where you can ask advice get a taste before you buy.

Best to check the opening hours before you visit to save disappointment.

The Little Chilli Shop – Beaumaris Anglesey

The Little Chilli Shop -  Beaumaris Anglesea

The Chilli Hut – Bath

The Chilli Hut - Bath

Brighton Chilli Shop – Brighton North Lanes

Brighton Chilli Shop

Chilli Shop – Brighton Marina

Chilli Shop Brighton Marina

Dr Burnorium – St Nicholas Market. Bristol.

Dr Burnorium - Bristol

Edible Ornamentals – Chawston, Beds

Edible Ornamentals

The Pepper Pod – McCoys Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter.

The Pepper Pod - Exeter

House of Chilli – Isle of Wight

House of Chilli - Isle of Wight

South Devon Chilli Farm – Wigford Cross, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge

South Devon Chilli Farm Shop

Chilli Shop – Leeds

Just found I had missed this new shop in leeds, hopefully someone will send me a picture, I believe it is in the Merrion Centre.

If we have missed out your outlet please let us know, but remember we are looking for speciality chilli retailers only.


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