Youtube Shenanigans

Hey all,

I’ve gone and mentioned it a couple of times recently but I think it’s time to properly talk about the youtube channel that I’ve started.

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Prehistoric Horror

Happy halloween everyone, this week we’re looking at what some might consider a true nightmare of a creature, the megalodon.

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With its bold, cracked, red and white lettering between the jaws of that prehistoric super shark, this sauce looks fierce. Yet, while its claim of having “a LOT of BITE” proved true on camera, the product’s theming makes the warning seem almost humorous.

So it’s a good thing Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm reinforce the message with a classic black and yellow warning sign. One like you might see beside dangerous waters, though my own first thoughts with such objects will always be in the realms of mad science.

It’s a wonderful, bold design that definitely drives home the point – that this is a sauce to be careful with – without losing its identity or sense of fun in the process. And the added contrast of the light blue ocean spray that wraps around behind the ingredients list (just about visible on the left) is simply icing on the cake.

The megalodon’s label is almost perfect. The one thing I can find to criticise is that you can’t ever quite see the whole name at once. A bit of a problem if you want it as a collection piece or are trying to sell it in stores but a complete non-issue at more spread out market stalls or for its main audience: People who actually eat sauce this hot.

It’s not something that will bother most people but, having had to photograph it twice for this review, it’s something that I still feel obliged to bring up.

Aside from that, its an incredible design, which I’m sure has been enough to sell bottles of this beastie on numerous occasions.

But, besides the very occasional novelty item, I don’t buy my sauces for their looks. I buy them for the flavour and fire that they promise and no promise is truer than that made by a free sample.

I bought this bottle after trying the sauce at Reading Chilli Fest but received a second recently when I took a look at october’s Flaming Licks box.

I’ve tried it twice now so I know it’s a great sauce and, if you’ve been keeping up to date with my work, I’m sure you’ve heard as much. Today, however, I’m going into detail on why.

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The Flaming Licks Box

Happy thursday, folks, today I’ve got another inedible review for you.

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Just last week, I received a free goodie box from Flaming Licks, the hot sauce subscription service previously known as Lick My Dip*. I opened it on film and you can see my first reactions to all the items inside here.

But this post is a slightly more in depth look at the product that Flaming Licks provides. The box itself.

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Tropical Blood

Greetings, spice lovers, and welcome to the last of my Dragon’s Blood reviews.

There is one more item from Chilli Pepper Pete that I’ll be looking at but it’s not a part of their main line. It’s a wild stand alone item that I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait for because today, we’re looking at the Dragon’s Blood Hot Fruity Sauce.

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Image provided by Chilli Pepper Pete.

 

A far brighter bottle than most of the others. Maybe even than the neon product art of the Green Salsa.

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Weird Food Week

Hello again everyone, I’m bringing my recipe forward a couple weeks this time to celebrate national curry week. Or is it national chocolate week?

God knows why we’re having both at once this year but I’ve had vague plans for chocolate curry for a long while so it’s about time that they saw metaphorical print.

It’s time I made a chocolate madras.

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Zombies with Brains

Hey there spice lovers, this thursday I’d like to talk about a show I started watching just for you.

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iZombie.

The name is dire. A no-effort combination of its supernatural element of choice with some all too overused wannabe Apple branding. And the main character’s is even worse.

Olivia Moore, or “Liv” for short. How ironic.

But irony is only enjoyable when it’s coincidental. Or at least portrayed as such. This show goes from “my name is Liv Moore” to “I died” with no more than an “and” in between.

Forced irony like that is just cringy and the trailers set me up to expect little else from the rest of the show, implying that it would be a miserable forbidden love comedy with a supernatural secret forever just moments from discovery.

Oh and hot sauce shoehorned in as a dumb gimmick.

But, since I figured I shouldn’t just bring you things that I knew I liked, I powered through the first and second episode to bring you a review anyway. Then I watched episode three to be sure of my verdict and, to my surprise, ended up getting hooked enough to watch two whole seasons.

If you can look past the terrible naming, poor trailers and lacklustre opening theme (which is less than twenty seconds, by the way), iZombie is remarkably compelling.

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Mega Mushrooms

Hello again everyone, today were looking at the last of Cowley’s Fine Foods’ vegan jerky samples, their Shiiiitake! Thats Hot!

Now some people spell the word “shītake” with one “I”, some people spell it with two and I spell it with a little line known as a “macron” to denote a long vowel sound.

Cowley’s, though, have decided to use four “I”s.

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Four “I”s that emphasise the pun that they’re making.

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Battle of the Bears

Hey everyone, it’s october. And you know what’s special about october?

It’s the month with halloween in it.

And yes, I know, halloween’s still almost a month away but what use is a holiday product review if it goes up on the holiday? I’m doing this early so that you have time to track down the items involved, should you feel the need.

Or maybe just to warn you what’s in store if you knock on my door this year.

Either way, I’m talking about gummy bears.

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Three different brands and four or five different products, for a full comparison of every sort I’ve seen.

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Something Cheesy

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of your weekend. I know I am.

Why? Because I’m particularly happy with this month’s recipe.

It’s a common, highly popular, streetfood item, spiced up in my own signature style and, while it was never my intention for it to be such, it’s come out as another part-italian fusion food.

We’re talking scotch bonnet mozzarella sticks, using many of the same spices as a caribbean jerk.

They’re tasty, they’re savoury and they’re more representative of jamaican food than most of my past work has been. What’s not to love?

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