Martin 'Scooby' Arnold

Bit Spicy Yucatan Style Taco MixOla! It is I, Senor Boobis. Okay its not, it’s just me, Scooby being an idiot as you will clearly seen in the video. A very shamed and failed Scooby if anything. Regardless of my shocking performance, one thing that did not disappoint was the Yucatan-style taco mix from www.bitspicy.com.

I took on and succeeded against the ‘three chilli Phall challenge’ a few weeks back that the team run and that was a pretty intense curry. With this in the back of my mind the whole time I was both excited and pretty worried about taking this on.

Ingredients: Dried chillies, Cumin, Smoked paprika, Garlic, Black Peppercorns, Oregano, salt.

Packet kindly provided by www.bitspicy.com

The only thing that put my mind to rest was the 9/10 heat rating given by bit spicy. Ok its not much reassurance on the heat scale but hey ho, I am here to review so lets crack on. Take a look at the review and I’ll see you after the interval (Well when the video has finished at least).

Well there you have it guys, the taste was great considering I only stuck to the spice pack and mince. Pop a bit of salsa and sprinkle with some cheese then boom, voila, or however the Mexicans say it. And the heat????? I must admit I was a little let down to start with by the stated 9/10 from bitspicy.com, but that was a bit hasty of me. Given time and the heat builds but builds slowly. And when at full throttle, WOW!!!! Definitely 9/10 as this cranks out the heat and I can confirm that it IS a mix of Scotch bonnet and Naga. Kind of explains a lot about the heat level hey?

Not a hope in hell of getting the wife (or kids) to take on any of this so I guess I’ll be getting the boys round for some beer and Taco’s during the Euro games this year. Sounds like a plan to me. Go on, grab a sachet of this and hold on tight. Taco heat and flavour does not get much better than this. Enjoy!

Until next time, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

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

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Roulas Ribs - Rhodes GreeceWell I’m back from my sunny holiday in Greece reaching well into 40 degrees. Not the greatest of temperatures when you have 2 ginger kids but they loved it. The island of Rhodes where my wife lived for about 3 years gets frequently visited by our family due to its blue waters and sandy beaches. But not only that, they also have Roulas.

Now anyone who has been to Rhodes knows that Roulas is the restaurant of restaurants situated in the laid back town of Lardos. It is family run and has been for over 25 years and if you ask anyone in the area about where to eat, they all say Roulas. I have been there myself 20+ times and tried many of their dishes. But one seemed to have escaped me, but not this time. BBQ chilli ribs by the rack or half rack. Didn’t seem like a typical Greek dish, as most of the menus over in Greece are Kleftiko or moussaka for example. But I thought I’d give it a try purely as it had the word chilli in (sad hey). But come on crack out the ribs and lets see what they have to offer.

They come out on a large silver platter with chips and salad. A golden coating drizzled over the ribs with a sweet yet peppery aroma. Pretty thick and sticky sauce as I dip my finger in timidly. Immediately I get a sweetness and simply amazing bbq taste. Napkin on! This is going to get messy.

The first time I had the ribs I had already had a huge dinner so I ordered the half rack as I was still quite full. But the ribs have this weird tendency to make your feel hungrier the more you eat. I ate the half rack wanting more. So the following 3 nights (that’s 4 in total and I was only there for a week) I had the full rack. The heat was a touch over mild but built as you went through the rack. Tingling more and more with a more than perfect balance of heat and flavour. I found my self several times picking up a rib laden with meat and sauce, taking a bit only to find that the meat which had been slowly double cooked had fallen off the bone it was cooked that great.

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best rib I have had to date. After speaking with the head chef about the recipe, his words were, ‘I will give you any recipe on the menu, but not this one, and I shall take it with me when I go’. You can imagine I was not impressed grrrrrrrrr I want to know his secret. In all honesty he was right to keep it to himself. I mean if you knew the winning lottery numbers for the next draw you wouldn’t pass them onto anyone right?

Sweet bbq flavour with a kick to please any palate. But don’t take my word for it, http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk l and see for yourself. Roulas is THE place to eat and if you go there and not try the ribs then you need to seek help. They are amazing!!!!!

Flavour
(11/10)
Value
(10/10)

I believe the full rack was 13.70euro so about £11-12.

Until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

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Pain is good - Cayenne Hot SauceBeing a fellow chilli head I’m sure we all agree on one thing right? ‘Pain is good’??? Which in all honest I think is an awesome name for a brand. Imported from the USA by www.hot-headz.com, I bring you today ‘pain is good Cayenne hot sauce’. I have tried some of the other sauces under the pain name, same being really good, others not so. But all of them carry a certain characteristic that gets you worried. I am not sure if it’s the screaming in pain faces, or the fact that it has pain in the title even on this bottle which is clearly labelled mild. Measuring between 700 to 900 SHU’s my mind is soon put to rest. Pretty decent size bottle at 198g modelling a kind of hip flask look. Pictures are pretty comical especially the bloke on the left with the hat who clearly looks like he has had too much hot sauce and is paying for it hours down the line haha.

Good red colour with a very faint evidence of chilli inside. Big worry however is the consistency of the sauce, it looks extremely vinegary to me. Only one way to tell though right.

Ingredients: Aged Cayenne peppers, Vinegar, water, Sugar, Malt vinegar, Tomato paste, Garlic powder, Onion powder, Salt, Cayenne powder, Celery powder, Natural thickener, Ascorbic acid, Spices.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Ok then, vinegar and malt vinegar. Still concerned really. Many a sauce I have tried has overdone the vinegar with what could really have been a good sauce. Trying not to tar this sauce with the same brush, and thankfully there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The smell is not that of vinegar, but that of onion and tomato. Getting a hint of the celery powder too which is nice. Very much like a tomato and celery soup I had one time in Italy. So all is not bad.

Now for the taste test. Immediately greeted with Tomato and the onion following behind. This actually tastes like the soup I thought it smelt like. Only difference is the punch. Packs a nice poke which actually works really well with the flavours. Not a punch, just a little prod. With its consistency being so loose I can only see it having a few uses really. As a dip for some crisps or bread sticks, or possibly as a drizzle for some salad. If this was thicker then it would be perfect in a burger or maybe a pasta sauce yum yum.

I could not find a prize for this actual bottle but looking briefly on hot headz site (I try not too stay on there too long otherwise I end up buying half the stock) it seems that £3.99 is the going rate for this size bottle from the same brand. Could be wrong but if it is £3.99 then its not too bad at all really. You do get a good dollop for your dollar so to speak so why not get over to www.hot-headz.com for a closer look 😀

Until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(1.5/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

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Bim's Kitchen Coconut Relish

Bim’s kitchen has recently played a pretty big role in my kitchen with their products based on ‘modern, African-inspired cuisine’. Husband and wife team James ‘Bim’ and Nicola are at the wheel on creating some masterpieces in the kitchen. Using exotic produce like Baobab fruit, alligator pepper and Cubeb to create some culinary treats for all, and I mean all, take a look below:

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HRH Prince Charles receiving a selection of Bim’s Kitchen products from Bim and Femi at the 2012 Ideal Home Show. Bim’s Kitchen was exhibiting alongside other select artisan producers within the new Prince’s Pavilion sponsored by the Prince’s Foundation.

And today I bring you another delight from their prize winning, great taste award 2011 product list. African chilli coconut relish.

Ingredients: Onion, Coconut milk (20%), Dessicated coconut (15%), Sunflower oil, Garlic, Lemon juice, Soy sauce, Tomato puree, Demerara sugar, Alligator pepper, Paprika, Ginger, Salt, Red chillies (1%), Thyme, Parsley, Marjoram, Cumin, Cinnamon.

Jar Kindly provided by Bim’s Kitchen

Alligator pepper is an ingredient in West African cuisine where it imparts both ‘heat’, ‘pungency’ and a spicy aroma to classic West African ‘soups’ and ‘stews’. A close relative to the ‘grains of paradise’ only the Alligator pepper comes as a complete pod with seeds. Every days a school day hey.

The label keeps in the usual Bim style with an image of Africa in the background and the title clearly in bold. Although the label is pretty basic, its grabs your attention and then you notice the relish. This looks pretty damn good. Shredded coconut by the bucket load which sits motionless in a reddy orange oil. Presumably it’s the red chilli and paprika aiding the colour on this. And the smell is remarkable too. Like a Korma in a jar only the aroma is ten times better. It does not smell as sweet as many Kormas do, but seems to feel a lot smoother to the nose. Very warming smell with a very clean crisps coconut tone.

So straight in and no messing, in goes the spoon. WOW. This relish has heat, flavour, soft texture, firm consistency. Very interested in trying this alligator pepper as I very much doubt that 1% of red chillies could produce this level of heat. To be frank it caught me off guard a bit, but most definitely not in a bad way. Very smooth due to the oil and the amount in this is bang on. It gives it just the right fluidity to enjoy. This relish has it all going for it. Bim suggests to use it on fish and meat, add it to a stir fry, jacket potato, sandwich filling or add to coleslaw. Well I’m afraid to say I must disagree. Your list is far too small. This will honestly, hand on heart go with so many other things I doubt you’d fit them all on the jar. Thumbs up on all aspects on this one guys. Great job.

This 190g jar is not for sale! But you can pick one up from www.bimskitchen.com for a crazily low £4.00. For a relish that goes with pretty much anything you have a complete bargain. This one goes up there with my all time favourites.

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I do so until next time, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(10/10)
Heat
(3.5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9.5/10)
Overall
(10/10)

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