Bim’s Kitchen has a knack for creating some unique chilli sauce concoctions, made from exotic ingredients such as the Baobab. Most of these sauces, whilst tasting fantastic, have been a little on the subdued side in terms of heat, especially compared to the more extreme varieties, such as Who Dares Burns. Smokin’ Fusion Hot Sauce is Bim’s current hottest product; I dare, let’s see if it burns.
Smokin’ Fusion is made up of a number of different chillies, including the citrusy scotch bonnet and the fiery bhut jolokia. It’s medium brown in colour and medium thickness, making it pourable but not getting sloppy and messy from the 100ml bottle.
Like all of Bim’s products, it has a really pleasant scent once the top is open and the aromas are released. It smells sweet rather than bitter and lacks the acidity you sometimes get with excessively strong sauces – the distinctive chilli fragrances cannot be picked out, so perhaps it will be deceptively hot.
On the tongue it tastes quite peppery, with that taste lingering through the burn. It’s certainly the hottest of the sauces from Bim that I’ve tried, with a good Scotch Bonnet heat leading to a burn across the tongue and in the lips.
It’s a pleasant medium heat that dissipates after five minutes or so, leaving the peppery flavour in the mouth.
Smokin Fusion Hot Sauce is yet another tasty product from Bim’s Kitchen, but this time it comes with a bit more bite. I’ll definitely be giving this one a go in some fried rice for that extra pep.
The combination of chilli and chocolate isn’t something that is a recent gastronomic discovery. It’s a winning combination that’s been around since ~2500BC when the Mayans first mixed the two ingredients. Now whilst the Mayan’s hadn’t developed the know how to produce their own bars of chilli chocolate back then, thankfully this manufacturing process has long since been mastered. This bar of Stinger chilli chocolate comes crafted from the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company with assistance from their master Chocolatier – Gorgeous Georges in Bristol.
Ingredients: Ecuador Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa butter, Flavouring; Natural Vanilla), Naga Chilli (0.25%) Min 71% Cocoa Solid
Packaging is kept minimalistic with large chocolate shards packaged in a cellophane bag with a simple label but the image of the scorpion on the label certainly helps to grab your attention.
The ingredients label on the underside of the packet indicates that this chocolate is made from Ecuadorian cocoa. Ecuador is one of the top-producing cacao countries in the world and its cocoa beans are renowned for their distinctive tasting notes.
Opening the packet and inhaling I get a rich cocoa smell with subtle sweet floral tones, which remind me of jasmine flowers. In Ecuador many of the varieties of cocoa trees cultivated bear flowers and this may help to explain this aroma.
Without even tasting the products it’s also very clear that there’s chilli within the product as I begin to feel a slight warmth in my nose and at the back of my throat – an after effect of inhaling too deeply from the bag!
Taking a shared out of the bag and breaking it, it has a good sounding snap and it breaks cleanly – two sign signs of a good quality chocolate. Popping a piece into my mouth I can taste the richness of the cocoa solids, and then slowly the warmth from the chillies comes through as the chocolate begins to melt.
Despite the high percentage of cocoa solids the taste isn’t at all bitter as sometimes can be encountered with chocolate using a high percentage of cocoa solids. This chocolate has a smoother chocolate taste with pleasant vanilla tones.
There’s a good balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and the flavour of the Naga chilli. Initially the heat from the chillies starts mildly in the spot where the chocolate is but soon the Naga kick becomes more apparent at the back of my mouth and throat. At only 0.25% Naga this is not going to be a killer heat, but there’s a noticeable sting in the tail and the effect builds in intensity as I take several more pieces.
At £4 for 100g this may seem a little bit more expensive compared to some other specialist chilli chocolate bars available on the market but it’s clearly evident from tasting that this is a premium quality chocolate and I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending you buy & and try it for yourself.
Even though the 2012 growing season is only just coming to a close for most of us, now is the time to be looking to source seeds for next years “grow”. Some of the more organised people will already have their seeds for next year, but if you are new to trying to source seeds, we thought it might be useful to compile a list of chilli seed suppliers in one place.
This list is not exhaustive, nor do we recommend one site over another.
You can of course buy chilli seed from one of the large national vegetable gardening catalogues but you will be very limited in choice.
One important thing to point out especially to the “newbie” chilli grower, is that you may find yourself on places like Ebay searching for seeds, now although there are a few reputable seed sellers, there are also a lot of people who will try and cash in on the prices that some of the hottest chilli seeds command.
You might think you have a bargain for 10 Butch T seeds, but its a long time to wait to find that the Butch T seed you planted in January turns out to be a very common Jalapeno! You have been warned!
So here are some of the more well known Chilli Seed Specialists.
Ed Currie runs this company and is most famous for the home of the HP22B or Carolina Reaper Pepper, he sells the seed plus quite a few other varieties. This is only one of two places you can buy Carolina Reaper seeds.
Hopefully this will give you a hand trying to find a particular seed. The other way of obtaining seed is by joining some of the many facebook groups dedicated to chilli growing and the huge number of forums all of which have a “trading/swapping” section.
I know I mentioned it in my first post as Editor of the site, but Darth Naga has produced a video to explain the fact that ALL new Chilefoundry video reviews will be posted here from now on, Darths own Channel.
This is the last video that will be uploaded to the original Chilefoundry Channel, so make sure you click above and subscribe to the new one, if you dont want to miss all the new video reviews Darth produces ,
I’ll let Darth tell you in his own words:
So we will hope to see you there on the new channel.