General Information

We have just received a large package from Jamie and Julie at The Wiltshire Chilli Farm in side to our great pleasure was a complete selection of their sauces and preserves for us to review.

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Range

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Range

The range is extensive and includes mild, smoky, sweet fruity and some BBQ sauces, for more information and to order your own bottles visit www.wiltshirechillies.co.uk

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South Devon Chilli Farm

South Devon Chilli Farm

A few weeks ago we went on a visit to the South Devon Chilli Farm, it is a great location to visit, makes a nice change from all those beaches, sand castles and stately homes that seem to make up the summer for parents with children.

The South Devon Chilli Farm is split on two locations, the visitor location is  about 10 acres  and is situated about 1 mile from Loddiswell village while the other site is at South Milton and is just made up of poly tunnels, between the two locations they plant between 8,000 and 10,000 seedlings in their 3,000 square metres of poly tunnels, most of which is used to make there very popular product range.

They grow 35 varieties of chilli for commercial picking and about 100 varieties in a show tunnel which is open to visitors, this year they have also opened a new shop and cafe which makes this a great stopping off point. The beautifully clean Cafe provides a wide range of chilli based snacks and meals, as well as enough choice to satisfy the rest of you family, my daughter Mary was very happy with her cheese sandwich,  while  my wife and I enjoyed some of the more spicy options, I had the excellent spicy meat balls  that came served with rice in a giant tortilla from the specials menu.

Lunch

Lunch

On the specials menu they also had some fresh Padron Peppers that they quickly fry in some olive oil before sprinkling with sea salt, they make a great snack, and you know they are going to be fresh. You can either sit inside on on the picnic benches outside and enjoy the views.

In the shop you can taste all the sauces, preserves and even taste their chocolate, they also have a range of other chilli related merchandise including books, mugs, seeds and growing kits, it is hard to come away with out a bag or two of goodies.

The farm has ample visior parking and it makes an ideal location for any chilli head to while away a few hours, so if you are visiting Devon or Cornwall this summer, take a little time out from your journey and pop in and visit the farm, you diverse it, you are going to be spending a lot of time making sand castles on the beach, and you can always pick up some of their sauces to make your holiday meals a bit more interesting.

The farm is open from 10am to 4.40pm every day between March and December, and weekdays only in January and February.

So set your GPS for South Devon Chilli Farm, Wigford Cross, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4DX.

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The Chilli Farm

The Chilli Farm

Could your Chili recipe win you £100

There is a chili cook-off competition at The Chilli Farm Mendlesham on the 20th August where you can test your recipe.

The winners will be chosen with the combined votes of our team of Judges and everyone who comes to the chili cook-off. Each person visiting the cook-off can complete a ballot to vote on their favourite chili for the People’s Choice Award.

Contestants can setup their cooking from 9:00AM and cooking starts at 10:00AM and continues through untill 2:00PM.

With all cooking competitions, bear in mind that the judges will only have about a spoonful of any entry recipe– they have lots of other chili to sample, so make sure that “one bite” of your chili has everything you want it to.

Good or great chili is not about “gratuitous heat”. It’s about layers of flavour – different kinds of dried and fresh chillies; subtle additions like chocolate, fruit puree etc…

Judging

In this competition the chili will be blind judged (no one knows the identity of the cook) and scorecards will be based on the following six characteristics:

  1. Texture: The texture of the meat or vegetables shall not be tough or mushy
  2. Flavour: The chili should have good flavouring and chilli pepper taste (not too hot or not too mild)
  3. Consistency: Chili should be a smooth combination of meat or vegetables and gravy – not too thin or too thick
  4. Spice and taste: Blending of the spices and how well they have permeated the meat or vegetables
  5. Aroma: This will be a personal preference of the judge
  6. Colour: The submitted chili should look appetizing
  7. There will be a People’s Choice ballot box for people to score the chili. Score cards will be collected at the end of the judging, tallied and that score added to the final result.

The self styled masters of the chilli pepper will compete to be crowned the Chili Cook-off champion of 2011!!

Download a copy of the rules and your application here.

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I picked up a packet of Kirmizi Biber from The Chilli Pepper Company while at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta, I have come across this on my travels, but not in the UK before. I remember it as a condiment we would sprinkle on our food to add a bit more local colour, a few bags from the local food market made it back to the UK in our luggage, but this is a bit of a distant memory of a trip to Turkey (well before the kids, so that is at least 17 years ago more likely 20 years).

The Chilli Pepper Company - Kirmizi Biber

The Chilli Pepper Company - Kirmizi Biber

So what is Kirmizi Biber, well its is a mix of Hot and Sweet peppers that have been salted and dried then roughly ground into flakes which are then rubbed with olive oil and then roasted until they start to blacken. the taste starts salty and then warms you gently the flavour is a rich mix of peppers intensified by the drying and roasting.

This is really great stuff to have about in the kitchen, sprinkle some on dips before serving, on scrambled eggs it is divine, a few teaspoons on the skin of a chicken before roasting,  this is the condiment of a 101 uses.

You can get your own packet from The Chilli Pepper Company

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