Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hello and welcome to the year of the dog. It’s chinese new year today but this isn’t going to be a themed post.

My chinese recipe didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped and I haven’t had time to refine it yet so, while it may make an appearance later in the year, today is going to be something mexican.

A mildly spicy, molé-inspired hot chocolate to warm you through the winter.

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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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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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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 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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Differently Dark

Feel like something fruity, my fellow fiery food fans? It certainly seems like I do lately.

To get my fix, I’m taking a look at another freebie from one of the most heavy fruit users I know. Daddy Cool’s.

But compared to other fruit-based sauces, this one’s different. It’s brown. Or, as he and his northern friends call it, “Broon”.

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That’s right folks, we’re looking at a chilli brown sauce!

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So Many Sauces!

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Hey everyone, welcome to Sticky Sisters, a new fast food joint in the middle of my home town. Round the back of leeds’ Merrion Centre, just by their First Direct Arena, if you feel like visiting for real.

Because we can’t all eat fancy food all the time. Sometimes we just want chicken wings.

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