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Sherry Almeida from Velsi’s Spicy Goan Pickles and Curry Sauces has sent us her ‘Fiery Mixed Chilli Pickle’ to review. Sherry’s roots are from Goa, one of the few parts of India that was never under British rule, but was under Portuguese rule for almost 500 years until 1961 with the Indian army’s annexation of Goa.

Velsi's Fiery Mixed Chilli Pickle

Goa is located in the West Indian region Konkan and it the smallest state by area in India, it is a very popular tourist destination with its amazing beaches and it makes an great winter destination. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of dishes with a mixture of Portuguese and Indian styles, the Chilli was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese along with Tomatoes, Pineapples, Potatoes and Cashews.

So as you can guess this is no Branston Pickle in this jar, there is not a diced root vegetable to be seen, on the top of this pickle is a layer of red oil and below that a jar packed with chillies, the smell  from the jar is an exotic mix of ginger, garlic and chillies

This is a condiment pickle, it is very rich and hot, just a quarter of a teaspoon is enough for me on it own, my mouth is a  blaze with flavours, while the oil has made sure this has hit every part of my mouth, as it cools, the ginger starts to reappear, but no is seems I can take a another..

Ingredients: Chilli (Scotch Bonnet, Finger,  Kashmiri), Oil, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Garlic, Ginger, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by Velsis Kitchen

WOW this stuff is good, it is the kind of pickle that can make plain boiled rice a compete delight, lets hope Sherry can get a on-line store soon and we hope to see here at some of the chilli events this will go down a storm.

At only £2.50 fror a 110g jar, this is a real bargain..

Unfortunately Sherry’s web site is not yet fully up and running but, but you can email her at sherry@velsis-kitchen.co.uk or by phone on 01908 605312

Flavour
(10/10)
Heat
(8/10)
Packaging
(6.5/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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A few years ago we got to try this range of curries, unfortunately just as we had discovered them, the available stock was exhausted. But now they are back and Stuart from  Hot-Headz says they are  even better than before as he has now managed to get them made in the UK.

The Rangoon Racquet Club Premium Sauces Range

The range includes:-  Methi, Royal Dhanya, Elephant Buy, Madras , Butter, Royal Korma and Rogan Josh Curries.

You will be able to order these on-line soon at www.hot-headz.com, it the mean time we have these scheduled for review.

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Burning Desire - Flame Roasted Scotch Bonnet SauceThis is the sauce that won the “Best of Show” at the Fiery Foods Chilli Festival in Brighton in 2010, this win became the catalyst that started the Burning Desire Food Company in 2011.

The sauces smells as good as it did when I last tasted it back in 2010, it has a instant aroma from the smoked chillies. First taste and I can remember why this sauce did so well,  the sauce is quite liquid and unthickend. The first flavour is from the smoked chillies and peppers, then comes some sweetness from the dates, raisins and the dark muscovado sugar all carried by the base of the sauce make from the onions and celery.

The use of Red Wine Vinegar in sauces always works so well for me, I use it in cooking all the time, it is so much more mellow than the harsh taste of malt vinegar.

Ingredients:- Onion, Celery, Flame Roasted Scotch Bonnet Chillies, Flame Roasted Thai Red Chillies, Flame Roasted Red Peppers, Dates, Rasins, Red Wine Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Dark Muscovado Sugar, Salt and Spices.

Bottle kindly supplied by Burning Desire Foods

I think this sauce is still a real winner, a good slug of this in a boring old Bolognese brings it instantly to life, another great use is to mix some mince before making some burgers, about one teaspoon per burger seem to be idea, but a I always have a heavy hand and it may have been.

At £5.00 for a bottle, it is not cheap, but this is an award winning sauce make by an artisan producer in small batches and you always pay for what you get.

Flavour
(9.5/10)
Heat
(6.5/10)
Packaging
(6.5/10)
Value
(7.5/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Yes PeazHere is a little snack product that is surprisingly hard to put down.. dried peas, yes dried peas.

These are not the little green bullets that you have to rehydrate, I think the older ones amongst us will remember them as ammo for our pea shooters.  These peas are crisp and crunchy  little critters that won’t shatter you teeth.

Now they come from our old friends Hot-Headz who are found us some interesting snacks in the past, but oddly for them, these one are not that hot, they do contain a small amount of chilli oil, enough to start a tingle, but these peas are additive because of the combination of Garlic, Chilli and Salt and if you like peas then I have to tell you there is also a nice flavour of peas as they rehydrate in your mouth.

Ingredients: Green Peas 95%, Palm Oil 2%, Salt 1%, Garlic 1%, Seasoning (Garlic Powder) 0.8%, Chilli Oil 0.2%, Colours E102 and  E133.

Packet kindly provided by Hot-Headz

If you love peas, then this little 35g pack will be a complete winner, it may even get those odd’ pea hater’ converted (You know who you are), and at 69p for a pack they will not break the bank

I do wonder if this counts as part of my 5 a day, I think 35g is about a portion of peas, and you can snack away telling people these must be better for you that crisps? (I am not sure it is true).

I can see these little packs going down a bomb is in a bar/pub trade, they are very unusual and and just the right size/price combination.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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