A Toast to my Third Year!

So we’re a over a week into the new year now and it’s time to say goodbye to our holiday specials but, before we do, how about another drink or two to celebrate the fact that we’re still going?

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These sparkling beverages are a little something special from my trip to Edible Ornamentals’ chilli farm at the end of last year. A topic that I’ll be coming back to soon enough.

For now, though, It’s these Nix and Kix drinks that we’re looking at. A brand named for their lack of any artificial ingredients and their little cayenne kick.

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My Resolutions

So we’re a little way into 2018 now and it’s time I stated my plans for the year.  Not in a full blown post, though, even if it is thursday as I’m writing this. More just a minor news update.

2017 was all about exploring the top of my range. What it was and what might surpass that. It was about super hot and potentially record level stuff. It was definitely about the super strong side.

This year, I’m toning that down a lot.

I still have a bottle of Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion sauce to come and a thursday feature on another weird new claim in the works but, aside from that, I think I’ve mentioned all the potential new records.

We’ve seen the Dragon’s Breath, Fatalii Gourmet’s Jigsaw and Pepper X already and you’ve heard my thoughts on the Bhutlah.

This year is going to be more about the unusual, again, with at least a few non-Chilli heat sources thrown into the mix. It’s going to be about more sensible strengths. And it’s going to be about tidying up the place, with a new header image also incoming as soon as I can fix the aspect ratio.

After all, still using an acquaintance’s shelf two years in is just sad.

In addition to all this, you may have noticed more ingredients lists in my recent work. This has been an active change that I’ve made due to reader requests and, while not every post in my pool of pre-written reviews is able to meet with this, you’ll be seeing a lot more ingredients lists from me in future. Especially in cases where you can’t rely on the producer to make them available online.

I hope you find all this to your liking, dear readers, and, if there’s anything else you wish to see change, do feel free to pop a comment down below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on both this and my content in general.

Cheers,

Coran “Spicefreak” Sloss

The Early Bird

Happy new year, everyone!

I know it’s a day late, like my christmas post but I do my reviews on tuesdays and this post is most definitely a review.

It’s something special, too. An unusual type of sauce that I’ve been after since christmas 2016.

That year, I got a naff gift set containing green sriracha.

It wasn’t well made and it had no branding that I could trace. It wasn’t something that I could feature here.

Yet the concept was a good one. I enjoyed that product, despite its poor quality, and have been looking for a better version ever since.

So, while my christmas post was a gift to a reader, today’s is a gift to myself. Taking a quick break from my backlog of freebies and festival finds to look at not one but two sauces that I’m highly excited for.

Hopefully they pique your interest as well.

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Cooking With Vanilla

Hey folks, it’s the last weekend of the month so it’s time for another recipe. This one, however, is a little different to most.

It’s an adaptation of something I found in Janet Sawyer’s vanilla cookbook, kept mild and made vegetarian (vegan even) to suit the relatives I’m eating with. Yet, for those who do want it, I’ll be giving instructions on how to sub the meat back in.

The tofu may add texture to the dish and it’s an unusual but lovely vanilla curry either way but, for those who do eat it, chicken would most definitely help to bring the flavours together and give them a base on which to build.

Regardless of which version you choose to make, though, I’ve made a few other tweaks to ensure that you get the best possible flavour from the curry, while also highlighting a more interesting chilli.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Naga

Merry christmas everyone!

I know it’s a day late but, well, christmas was a monday this year. One that I spent having a good time with good food and all of my immediate family. As well as just lazing around and taking the day off.

Today, though, I’m back to celebrate the holiday season with another spicy review.

No, not one that’s tackily themed to the occassion. One that was specially requested by a reader. Because what better way is there to celebrate such a gift giving festival than to give something back to one of you?

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Chipotle Truffles

Happy christmas eve, everyone, who wants chocolate?

This month I had chance to borrow a little bottle of extract off a friend but, like the Chilpōctli that we saw recently, it’s not a super hot one. In fact, it’s another from Grim Reaper Foods’ lineup, the same strength as their Raging Goblin.

Their chipotle and orange “Sepulchre”.

Perfect for spicing up milk chocolate truffles.

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The Welsh Dragon

Happy thursday folks, we’re getting close to christmas and this is a bit later than I’d originally hoped to have it but here’s the dragon’s breath:

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And yes, it’s in a sauce.

In fact, it’s a sauce you’ve already seen. It’s an updated version of The Chilli Pepper Company’s earlier, less grammatically correct “Dragons Breath”.

Whether this change is just to avoid confusion or because they seriously believe in the strain, I couldn’t say but I appreciate it. It keeps the sauce from having the name of a chilli it doesn’t contain and, more excitingly, it gives me a way to check the pepper out.

I never did manage to get a sample from either of the two people who claimed to have developed it but, while I’m still very sceptical of the dragon’s breath chilli, I’m definitely curious. I’m definitely happy to have my hands on it.

And, as the first superhot said to be literally inedible, I feel I have a duty to prove its growers wrong.

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Red Jalapeño

Another Mahi Fine Foods sauce this month, everyone, and it isn’t really listed as mild, medium or hot. Instead, this one gets a number for its heat, a rather hard to interpret “2”.

Yet its name implies it’ll at least put a little more focus on its peppers.

Jalapeños that have ripened fully to red. Could the “Red Jala” really use anything else?

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2017’s Christmas Recap

Hey folks, it’s that time of year again. Christmas is fast approaching and, if you’re anything like me, you’re panicking over what to get your friends and family. So, this thursday, we’re going to go over everything I’ve had in the last year, seeing what would and wouldn’t make great gifts.

It’s time for my yearly recap.

But, this year, we’re not going to go by month. We’re going to go by theme.

So feel free to skip ahead to the bold heading that interests you or your gifts’ recipients most.

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