Taste food and crafts festival

 

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Today I went to my first food festival of the year. Taste was held at King Edward’s school in Surrey and featured approximately 30 food and craft exhibitors – including many chilli and curry exhibitors. Here are some of my favourites from the day.

Let’s Sushi

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Let’s Sushi not only provide sushi party platters but they can also teach you how to make sushi. Host a sushi party with you and friends and learn a new skill. I watched this sushi being prepared and got to try it with some wasabi.

Ollo foods

Ollo foods produce pickles and sauces including a delicious goan curry sauce which I got to try. They also have a very flavoursome carrot and tamarind pickle as will as a mild curry sauce.

My Secret Kitchen

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I’m already a fan of My Secret Kitchen having acquired some of their products already through gifts and other food festivals. Their wide selection makes them a favourite in many kitchens. I particularly love their Jumping Jack Chilli Jam and Secret Firecracker Chilli Spices.

Jimmy Ginger’s Fine Chillies

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Jimmy Ginger’s Fine Chillies stall was a chilli-lovers dream come true. With a variety of dried chillies from their own chilli farm and other chilli products like their amazing chilli jam and The Rub (spicy blend for meat and fish), I was in my element. I didn’t walk away without picking up these two packets of dried chillies including the current world’s hottest chilli – the Carolina Reaper.

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Flashy Food

Inspired by Sicilian cooking, Flashy Foods had many products to try but naturally I went straight to the hottest. Their pots of chilli concentrate are perfect for adding to dishes such as curries or as a marinade. I bought a pot of their Rosso Uno chilli concentrate and look forward to trying it.

The Art of Curry 

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The Art of Curry specialise in curry sauces ranging from mild to hot. Raging Raja is their hottest sauce and I bought a packet to try later. They also host a curry dining club held in Surrey and (according to the website) curry classes are coming soon!

Today was a great way to start the food festival season of 2015 and I look forward to writing about the products I bought today in future posts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chilli gifts for Mother’s Day

Because mums like spicy food too!

Chilli Head Fudge Hamper

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Never mind regular fudge. This fudge hamper is for chilli heads only

£40

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Chilli Drinking Chocolate

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£10

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Persian Spice Recipe Kit

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£9.95

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Nice and spicy herb kit

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£9.77

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Red hot chilli scarf

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£15

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Homemade Chinese Take-Away

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Brilliant idea! If you love Chinese takeway you’ll love this. I’ve already had a request from my partner to try this.

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Now this was a bit full on. Create five dishes in less time than it takes to holler ‘I’m starving, feed me noooooooooooooow!’

Holler? What the hell kind of word is holler? Let’s change that to ‘yell’. Or scream. In Hell’s Kitchen (and I would have called this blog Hell’s Kitchen if I’d thought of it at the time, but I didn’t so there you go) you sometimes have to cook fast and cook clever. Generally that happens when a) children are around and b) wine is not flowing too quickly.

Chinese food is characterised by salty, sweet flavours. It’s also supposed to be made fast.

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Chicken with red pepper topping

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Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • New potatoes and salad to serve

Preheat oven to 200C. Put the chicken breasts in a roasting tin and season. Mix the red pepper, garlic and parsley together in a bowl with the oil and season. Spread over the chicken.

Spoon a tablespoon of water into the tin and roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Serve with new potatoes and salad.

 

 

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Food trends of 2015

As predicted by restaurants, foodies and the media, these are the trends that will dominate 2015.

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Ramen has been around a while. It was a particular favourite of mine as a student and I even got to try some when I stopped off in Singapore on my way to Australia two years ago.  But Ramen is getting more popular by the day and is appearing on more British menus. Ramen is quick cooking noodles served in a broth with meat or vegetables. If you haven’t tried a bowl of Ramen now is the time.

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As the kale trend dies down, it is being replaced by the ‘not so boring anymore’ cauliflower. Roast with a dusting of curry powder for a light snack or try this Spicy veggie chilli recipe to get your cauliflower hit.

wpid-IMAG1744.jpgRise of Harissa

Sriracha has become a hot sauce must have in recent years but now it’s predicted that harissa will take over. The blend of chillis, garlic, tomatoes, paprika, coriander and olive oil works will as a dip, marinade or even a sandwich spread! Try some of these Harissa recipes:

spicy chicken samosasTurmeric

It’s the new super spice! Everyone’s suddenly talking about the benefits of turmeric – a spice we’ve had in our kitchens for ages. You can even buy turmeric supplements from your local health food shop. Turmeric is usual used in curries and gives them the yellow colour. Turmeric is said to have anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. More reasons to eat curry!

Here’s some recipes that include turmeric:

Oil variety

At one point olive oil became the go to oil but now there are many others to choose from. I’ve recently been using coconut oil which works particularly well in curries but there are also many varieties to choose from including chilli infused oils, garlic and ginger oil, lemon infused oil, avocado oil and many more.

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My chilli valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day chilli lovers!

Is your valentine a chilli lover?

If you weren’t really fussed about this day but then your partner shows up with a card and a massive present you may be in need of an emergency gift. One of the top presents given on Valentine’s day is chocolate and if your valentine is a chilli fanatic then these ideas might help.

Chilli chocolate fondue

What’s more romantic than sharing food? This heart shaped fondue comes with chilli chocolate sauce!

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Chilli Valentine Hamper

Nothing says “I know you love food” more than a hamper and this one contains chilli products only.

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Chilli chocolate truffles

Traditional valentine’s gift with a spicy twist – plus a plant!

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Chilli Sweethearts

If you can get to your nearest Hotel Chocolat then these will make a nice luxury gift.

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The naughty gift

If you want something fun and hilarious then have a game of chilli willy roulette. Out of the 10 chocolate willies, three are filled with chilli. Have fun playing this with your friends!

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Sweet potato and bean curry

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I’ve been experimenting with different currys recently, from the popular butter chicken to unusual meatball curry. This curry is inspired by Caribbean cuisine.

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Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sauce
  • Pinch of mixed spice
  • 200g chopped tomato
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 250g sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 300g black eye beans
  • Serve with rice

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the ginger, garlic, red pepper and spring onions until soft. Add the chilli flakes, thyme, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sauce and spices. Cook, stirring, for one minute. Add the tomatoes and 75ml of water. Add the sugar, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Add the potatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the beans and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Serve with rice.

 

 

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