From Unique Fine Foods we have a green harisssa paste from their UniqueArabia range to sample and review. I have to say I have tried many red harissa pastes but never a green one before so I was interested to see if there was any real difference.
On the label “A delicious hot paste, a little goes a long way! why not try spreading over chicken before cooking or stir into a dip to add a kick” The label is that of a standard cooking condiment easily stored with your other spices. The jar is mini at only 90g but most harissa pastes are of a similar size so this is not a negative
Ingredients: Green peppers, green chilli (41.5%) olive oil, garlic, salt, spinach, caraway seeds, coriander, mint, lactic acid.
My first thoughts, is that’s a very precise amount of chilli listed in the ingredients, will the 0.5% make a difference? On opening the jar you are greeted with a combination of fresh aromas as if this was recently blended but they soon die away to the predicted processed dullness that is necessary to keep products like this alive. With the list of ingredients of was expecting a bouquet of flavours to hit my taste buds. Unfortunately not much happened, not wishing to do the product injustice I experimented for a couple of weeks adding to lamb kebabs, basting chicken and creating dips alongside bread and olives. I have to say this greatly improved the flavours. I believe it would also not be too overpowering on a nice fresh white baked fish. As for heat, I couldn’t detect any at all, not even gentle background warmth you generally get on consumer products. So this is not one for the chilli heads but one for the experimental cooks.
Unfortunately the Unique Fine Foods website is built and appears active but has virtually no content at time of checking in December 2015 see for your self as things may have changed by the time this review is posted http://www.uniquefinefoods.co.uk/ There is also a facebook group but the last post on this one is February 2015. I’m hoping the organisation is still going as they appear to have several brands. None of which I recognise but they cover a variety of interesting foods from around the world and appear to offer the service of getting new products onto the UK market.
I can’t find any current stockists but located a historic mention on Sainsbury’s with a mini review of “Good for lamb & other meats, & for vegetables. Can use in soups & stews. Interesting flavour profile that’s worth a try”
In Sainsbury’s the price was £1.60 so I’m guessing if you can still find it the price should be around there.
Street is a local village to us, probably best known for the Clarks Village Outlet shopping centre which pulls in shoppers from all around, but seems to do little for the high street shops, but while visiting Clarks Village my son and I decided we wanted more that they offside for lunch so decided to take a walk along the high street.
To our great surprise we came across Amigos, a small Burrito/Fajita outlet and decided we had to give it a go, the menu is simple you can select a Burrito, Fajita or Burrito Bowl (Burrito/Fajita ingredients without the tortilla), you then get a choice of the main filling, either BBQ pulled pork, Chilli Con Carne, Mexican Chicken or as a vegetarian option Mixed Beans. the finally add one of the salsa’s Corn, Tomato or Salsa Picante. There are a few optional extra’s I added to my chicken burrito some Jalapeños, while Antony had the Guacamole.
This was served wrapped in foil with a drink just a few minutes later, while not as spicy as expected it was very filling, and on each table was a couple of bottles of Cholula which I could have used to spice it up a bit.
All this was served with a cold drink for just £4.50, with the lucky local students getting a £1 discount.
This is a great little find for a village in Somerset, while a little more heat would be required for our hardened diners, this is targeted as students of the local collage and the people of Street, which is not a major metropolis. We will definitely be back, but I may take then a few samples of hot sauces they can try out.
For opening times or to check out the menu visit http://www.amigosstreet.com
Looking for the ideal christmas gift for a Chillihead.. How about a new sauce called “Death At The Crimson Altar” from the Devon Chilliman.
This is his hottest sauce to date, it contains Devonchilliman’s own grown super hot chillies including the worlds hottest chillies Carolina Reaper, the current Guinness World Record Holder, and the Moruga Scorpion as well as Naga’s, Red Savina Habanero
Ingredients: Moruga Scorpion, Naga, Red Savina, Carolina Reaper, Vinegar, Beetroot, Mango, Salt, Mustard, Liquorice, Spices.
You can order online at http://www.devonchilliman.co.uk
Over the next few days we will be plugging some excellent UK products that would make excellent Christmas presents – stay tuned for more…
It is time to cast your vote in the Clifton Chilli Club “The People’s Choice Chilli Awards 2015“
You can vote for:-
- Best UK Chilli Festival
- Best NEW UK Chilli Festival
- Best UK Professional chilli grower
- Best UK made professional MILD chilli sauce
- Best UK made professional MEDIUM chilli sauce
- Best UK made professional HOT (non-extract) chilli sauce
- Best UK made professional EXTREME (extract) chilli sauce
- Best UK made NEW chilli product in 2015
- Best UK professional sauce producer
- Best UK chilli jam/preserve producer
- Best UK online chilli retailer
- Best UK Chilli Confectionery
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(The voting closes on 31st December 2015)