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Karimix Thai Shrimp Relish

Karimix Thai Shrimp Relish

Hi guys Scooby here with another review for you from the guys at Karimix. This time it is Thai shrimp relish. And I must say that the styling of this product is miles better than the previous review I have done on their Jalapeno apple sauce. The sauce was amazing but the packaging left a lot to be desired. This on the other hand is spectacular.

185g jar with a very tidy black and orange label on it. Thai warrior on the front for great impact with a brief description of the relish itself. This looks like a professional sauce that you would find in any high street shop which is great.

The relish itself looks very textured and oily.It has a very golden appearance to it and in places you can just make out a red which I presume is the shrimp blending into the background. There is also evidence of a few sneaky seeds floating about which I always find good in any chilli product.

Ingredients: Vinegar, Onions, Oil, Peanuts, Brown sugar, Tomato puree, Dried shrimp 3%, Salt, Chillies, Paprika, Ginger, Garlic, Shrimp paste 5%, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by www.karimix.com

Upon opening the jar I get a strong savoury smell, mainly peanuts and oil. Not getting anything else off it at all. Lets get the spoon out and give it a try.

Right this is very nutty, and as I thought very oily. The heat is as it states, mild and is perfect for the flavours. Lovely warm spice flavour there and the texture is superb. The more of this I eat the more the texture seduces me with the help of its wonderful nutty flavour. I am not getting much if anything of the shrimp. The onion in this relish is roughly chopped which is perfect as it makes each mouthful different and exciting. The jar suggests different ideas for the purpose of this relish: Dipping, Grilling, Marinating, Stir frying, topping. I would agree with all of these, but especially the dipping. I can imagine munching on a jar of this at Christmas with a packet of crackers so you can get the great flavour of this relish as it really should not be tainted by anything else.

Again with this company I cannot find a price so its best to contact them at www.karimix.com and ask them directly. Lovely and versatile relish.

Until next time guys, ENJOY!

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(8.5/10)
Value
N/A
Overall
(8/10)

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Chilliqueen Sun Dried Tomato & Balsamic Vinegar Chilli Jelly

Chilliqueen Sun Dried Tomato & Balsamic Vinegar Chilli Jelly

We have known Chilliqueen for a number of years, and they have now sent us a collection of their products to review, the first of which we are going to review is the Sun-Dried Tomato & Balsamic Vinegar Chilli Jelly, they recommend this as a glaze for meats, especially game, duck or sausages.

Chilliqueen are not in the realms of the superhot sauce makers, but have been working on getting the flavour from the chilli to enhance the flavours of their products. this jelly combines the chillies with the Mediterranean style sun-dried tomatoes

On cracking open the lid there is the reassuring pop of a well sealed jar, then comes a delightful hint of the Balsamic vinegar, in the dark jelly can be seen some chilli seeds floating evenly in the mix, it is thick-set as a good jelly should be.

Ingredients: Unrefined Sugar, Malt Vinegar, Water, Fresh Green Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes (3.25%), Balsamic Vinegar (2.5%), Scotch Bonnet Chillies (0.94%) Chopped Basil, Natural Tomato Flavouring, Gelling Agent: Fruit Pectin.

Jar kindly provided by www.chilliqueen.co.uk

In the jelly there are tasty pieces of sun dried tomato flesh, there is a little warmth but not enough to worry event the most timid chilli eater, the flavours from the combination of the Sun Dried Tomatoes and Balsamic make an excellent combination, and I can only agree with Chilliqueen putting this jelly with a pan fried duck breast as a glaze for the last few moment of cooking sounds like a perfect match.

At only £3.50 for an 220g jar is excellent value for a gourmet product and it is also suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs, you can order online at  www.chilliqueen.co.uk

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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The Chilli Pepper Company - Naga Basco

The Chilli Pepper Company - Naga Basco

I have a bottle in my hand, a bottle with a picture of the Devil as the main image. There’s no doubt in my mind what that means; pain, heat and lots of it!

What it actually means is an attractive artistically labelled bottle of Naga-basco, a super-sized version of the similarly named mainstream version. As always Ged and the team have used great design to achieve yet another evil looking product.

The bottle itself has a similar shape and nozzle to allow the careful sprinkling of the liquid lava within (believe me you want full control of how much you use in one go) and it’s viscosity is similar too, it’s quite runny which enables the user to sprinkle accurately.

Ingredients: Vinegar, Naga Jolokia Chilli, Salt.

Bottle kindly supplied by The Chilli Pepper Company

Once the cap is removed, a quick wave under the nostrils reveals that tell-tale aroma of the Naga, although there are different variants of the Naga, they all have a similar, fruity, powerful scent when processed. This sauce uses Naga Jolokia and by the looks of it, lots of them! The Naga Jolokia Chilli comes in at just over 1m SHU (Scoville Heat Units)

Right taste time, I pour out enough to fill a teaspoon and even before it reaches my mouth, my nose picks up the vinegar and Naga fruitiness, then it’s in.

The first impression as I move the sauce around my mouth is an unexpected slight sweetness, and then the sourness of the vinegar comes through, then the burn starts and builds steadily but not uncomfortably, so I don’t need to rush to the fridge for milk!

It’s a pleasant burn but don’t get me wrong, it’s still very hot as the label suggests and for those not used to Naga’s should still take care.

To sum up, this is a very nice sauce which can be used to spice up just about any food you want from pizza to salad. The 140ml Bottle should last a while too.

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

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Cafe Louisiane - Sweet Cajun Blackening Sauce

Cafe Louisiane - Sweet Cajun Blackening Sauce

Cayenne seems to be the chilli of choice for Cajun cooking, with it’s slight dry flavour and punch of heat.  But the Cayenne is one of just a handful the chilli varieties that seems to have spread around the world becoming synonymousness with many different regional styles of cooking while retaining it identity.

This bottle has one of those plastic drippers that annoys me so much, but after ripping that from the bottle, I can actually smell  the heady concoction of Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves and the slight dry smell from the Cayenne peppers.

This sauce has that almost Christmas scent, as that is when we seem to use these spices in our cooking, but as a Cajun ingredients they are an all year around flavour. This sauce is thin almost water like consistency with a uniform red/brown colour, the taste is not watery the first thing that hits my taste buds is the Allspice then a slight bit of sweet vinegar, then the unique Cayenne flavour backed up by the Salt, Cloves and finally just a touch of Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Aged Cayenne Pepper, Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Xanthan Gum.

Supplied by www.hot-headz.com

This is not a HOT hot sauce, even the cayenne’s bite has been tempered, but the overall flavour is almost magical, I can feel the urge to cook some chicken tonight, how about mixng some of this bottle with some yoghurt and trying a kind of fusion Cajun/Tandoori, marinading the chicken in the mix for a few hours and then grilled on the BBQ until cooked with a nice crisp almost burned coating..

Always a little worried when I see the term ‘Aged Peppers’ in the ingredients list, when I age a pepper it is generally as I have forgotten them and find then in the bottom of the fridge, doing what only well aged veg can do.. In this case I think they mean the peppers have been ground in to a mash and stored with some salt for a year for two to let the flavour develop.

At £3.99 a bottle you are getting a very unusual sauce, not something I would expect a UK producer to make, it does not fit our normal traditions, but as a nation we have yet to discover the world of Cajun cooking, but it will be coming to a TV screen soon I am sure. I wonder which TV chef will be the first to discover this, before they do, buy a bottle of this and be ahead of the crowd.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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