Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I went to Raja Stores in Ipswich and I bought...

On of my favourites sources (sic) for chilli sauces is Raja Stores in Ipswich.  Here's my little haul from today's visit:

Lets go at this left to right:

  • Sriracha, I've got plenty, so this is for my brother-in-law.
  • I never know what brand of coconut milk to buy, so I buy a variety!  This is for a lovely Brazilian chicken recipe I've been making recently.
  • I'm SO pleased to find this brand of pickled Jalapenos at Raja Stores, it's one of my favourites, and a store cupboard essential.
  • This paste is called 'Mr Naga', which was reason enough to buy it.  I'm hoping it's not as brutal as the other Naga product I bought at Raja, which nearly did me in.
  • I LOVE Aunt May's Bajan pepper sauce, I can't really describe it really well, but it's great on a rice stir-fry.
  • Minced ginger - I only picked this up because I'm fed up of scraping my knuckles when grating ginger.
  • I picked up some tortillas, although I was hoping to find some a LOT larger.  It's a constant bugbear of mine that in the UK it's impossible to buy anything other than silly little tiny tortillas, they're CRAP for making burritos!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Chilli Sauce - local boy done good!

This was supposed to be a post showing you my new improved 'shelf of pain', and while I'm still keen to show you how the recent subsidence repairs on my house have allowed me to install a larger shelf of pain, I'd rather tell you about the local chilli sauce company who have just one an award for one of their sauces. Right, first of all let's get this shelf pain photo out of the way.

Look at the sauces in the middle.  If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know how much of a fan I am of the chilli company who are just a mile down the road from me, the marvelous 'East Coast Chilli Company'.  I've long troubled anyone who would listen, going on and on about how great this Suffolk company are and how their sauces deserve a special place in everyone's heart...

Anyway, even although I knew I wasn't alone in my fandom of their wares they've now been officially recognised as hot sauce geniuses by the folk at 'Great Tastes'.  If you're reading this from outside the UK you might not be familiar with the 'Great Tastes'.  Well here in the UK if foodies (and other folk with good taste) see that little Great Taste logo on packaging it's a sign that the food within is GOOD!

So well done East Coast Chilli Company!

Go see what's so great about the the sauce that won the award...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Smoky Chipotle Chilli Sauce - The Cambridge Chilli Sauce Co. does it again!

Good chipotle sauces are not that easy to get right; they're either utterly pointless (like the Heinz 'effort') or a bit too dark in taste, and backed up by too much heat.

This Smoky Chipotle sauce from The Cambridge Chilli Co. hits the spot perfectly.  It's good and thick, has just enough pep and is subtle enough to be wonderfully versatile.  There are no freaky ingredients and red onions that are quite prevalent in the ingredients list don't over-mark their presence at all.

I do like the hilariously optimistic 'consume within two months' of opening stated on the label - if these bottles contained a couple of pints (instead of 150ml) this chilli sauce would still only last about a fortnight in this house!

I've only tried a few of the sauces on offer by The Cambridge Chilli Sauce Co. but if the rest are as good as this then I really hope I can find more of the range!