Thursday, 30 September 2010
Don’t be fooled by the aspect of Firefoods Hot Sauce bottles as what matters to Woody, the man behind the brand is taste over fashion. And what gorgeous treats he has managed to create!
The hot sauce that we use all the time is definitely Firefoods Chilli & Garlic hot sauce. The balance is just right between the fire and the garlicky taste that everybody loves but can get overpowering if not used right.
Firefoods Tropical Fire Chilli is something else altogether. A highly pleasurable mild to medium heat from habaneros combined with a subtle blend of pineapple juice, zest and juice of fresh limes and numerous Caribbean spices make it a real winner.
The medium-hot kick of Firefoods Fire BBQ Hot Sauce is just right and the smoky taste as well as the enticing smell are truly out of this world! For a taste of the Far East, have a go at Firefoods Sweet & Sticky Thai Chilli Sauce which has a distinct flavour tempered by a softening sweet after-taste that will make you weak in the knees!
Firefoods Reserve Hot Sauce (currently £2.95!!) is a bit mad with a hell of a lot of bhut jolokia shining through, complimented by black treacle, a hint of apricot and some mustard. For an even hotter version, try Firefoods Nitro Hot Sauce. Made with pure mixed fruit juice, the sweetness is what your tastebuds register first along with a hint of mustard... that is until the heat from fresh peppers and chilli extract kicks in and knocks you down for six. This is also currently on offer for £3.25 and since a little goes a long way, this is definitely good value for money.
We are very keen to see Firefoods become one of the best UK based chilli suppliers and knowing Woody and his wife, it won’t be long before they do hold this title.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Well the weather isn’t great but it’s always hot in The Devil’s Garden, especially when further offers are currently available such as Hot Headz award winning 999 Hot Sauce which you can get for only £3.75! Although filled with pepper extract, this sauce is extremely tasty thanks to a hint of soy sauce, a special blend of spices and a gorgeous tomato base.
Hot Headz Habanero High lives up to its name as it will truly take you to another world. The distinct taste of habanero is at its best in this phenomenal hot sauce. Firefoods ain’t too bad either with the sweet but fiery Reserve Hot Sauce only £2.95. Its counterpart Firefoods’ Nitro Hot Sauce is equally tasty but definitely more evil thanks to a good dose of extract.
For a gentler chilli treat try Firefoods’ Hellish Relish. This is a truly great onion relish with a hint of cinnamon and a good chilli kick, perfect on burgers or as a side to cold meats. And talking about burgers, try Mr Vikki’s Harry’s Sauce available at an amazing price of £1.95. This is a great brown sauce to use and abuse on bacon butties or bangers!
Mr Vikki’s Mango Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to your curry night and is absolutely gorgeous. Thick in texture, not overly sweet and with just enough chilli, this is to be enjoyed by the whole family! For an added “je ne sais quoi”, blend a spoonful of Mr Vikki’s Tamarind Chipotle chutney into a stew and taste the difference. You’ll want to add it to everything soon!
Last but certainly not least, we have a massive offer on the popular Cholula Hot Sauce. Whether you go for the Original version or the Mini one you can be sure to bag yourself a real bargain.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Firefoods is a family business from Grantham in Lincolnshire and is a brand that prides itself in selling homemade chilli produce of the highest quality using only the finest ingredients. With that in mind, try one of their preserves or snacks which despite their rather ordinary packaging are nothing but extraordinary inside!
What we like about Firefoods, here at the Devil’s Garden, is its innovativeness. One of the prime example is Firemite, a Chilli Marmite that will knock your socks off! In terms of taste it’s definitely the real deal just like Firefoods Chilli Peanut Butter.
A great way to have a curry night is to use Firefoods Chilli Mango Chutney. Made with Habanero chilli peppers, this mango chutney is not for the faint-hearted but the flavour is amazing. Firefoods Chilli Jam is altogether different and a bit unconventional as apples and cinnamon are used as well as a lot of chillies!
Firefoods Chilli Marmalade is also intense, not only in flavour but also in heat! This is the hottest chilli marmalade we have ever tasted so not something we would have at breakfast but incredible on toast for elevenses! What you could have for breakfast though is freshly baked scones or muffins using Firefoods Chocolate Drops. Made with the finest dark and white chocolate, these are an absolutely must have in your kitchen!
If you want to snack on something then try Firefoods Fire Nuts. A word of warning though, these are actually coated in chilli so make sure to wear gloves! Firefoods Fire Onions are just as mad and we have made more than one person cry with these!
One of the greatest Firefoods’ accomplishments in our mind is their Fire Horse Mustard. Woody has managed to combine mustard, chillies and horseradish in a very clever way, allowing your tastebuds to fully understand the flavour.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Chutneys are great, there is no denying it. A traditional accompaniment for a main dish or a snack, the delicate balance of vegetables, spices and in our case chillies is what makes a great chutney.
There are so many choices out there that it is sometimes difficult to know who to trust. One name that is always reliant though is Mr Vikki’s. Based in Cumbria this supplier is absolutely nuts about chillies and endeavours to create Indian based preserves with a European twist. Take the Hot Brinjal Piquin preserve (currently on offer for just £2!) which is in turn citrusy, smoky and nutty with a pungent heat that lifts the rich taste of fresh aubergines that make the base for this incredibly sweet and tasty sauce.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm is best known for its gorgeous chilli chocolate, jams and marmalades but the chutneys are well worth pointing out. A great way to start if you are a bit weary of chillies is Dartmoor Chilli Farm Mango and Ginger Chilli Chutney. Think poppadums, think mature cheddar cheese, think dipping sauce for chicken or gammon. This gorgeous mild sweet chutney is extremely versatile and one you will constantly be drawn back to.
Firefoods’ own version of a mango chutney is an absolute must have. Just thick enough, not too sweet but still highly satisfying for the tastebuds, with a real taste of mango and of course definitely spicy, this chutney is a winner with pretty much everybody! We also yet have to find someone who doesn’t like Firefoods Chunky Chilli Chutney.
Last but not least is Chilli Pepper Pete's Fiery Jamaican Chutney. Poles apart from the other brands and mostly known for its devilish hot sauces, this amazing Jamaican Chutney is made from an old recipe and is incredibly fruity and aromatic although we have to admit we think it’s nicer blended in with other stuff like meaty stews as it is quite potent. The heat is intense but highly satisfying too.
So there you go, have a pick at some of the lovely chutneys the Devil’s Garden has got to offer, whether you want something really spicy, a side for your cheese platter, a topping for your burger or simply a nice sweet chutney to liven up rainy days!
Friday, 17 September 2010
We have added a new category to our website. We were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with products such as brown sauce and ketchup as they are not really part of the “hot sauce” variety and definitely cannot be classed as a chilli jam, jelly or marmalade!
Mr Vikki’s Harry’s Sauce and Max’s Ketchup are on there (you just HAVE to have them with chips!!) as well as Chilli Queen’s own versions (the brown sauce is AWESOME with a bacon butty!). Firefoods BBQ Sauce is also a great sauce that is perfect all year round.
Mustards are on there of course like Firefoods Fire Mustard which has a distinctive taste of horseradish and Hot Headz Hot’ n’ Spicy which is definitely not your average mustard!!
We don’t really consider Mr Vikki’s Hot Coriander as a hot sauce so we thought we would put it as a condiment as it is just another great sauce to have on the dinner table. Same thing with Chilli Queen’s Cranberry Chilli Jelly and Hot Headz Chilli Piccalilli which will just liven up any cold meat.
Mr Vikki’s King Naga is only for experienced chilli lovers just as Chilli Pepper Pete’s Scotch Bonnets but they both are the perfect accompaniment to sandwiches and mild cheeses.
We thought we would also put Chilli Pepper Pete’s Peri Peri Oil as this will last you ages if you keep topping it up. Dartmoor’s Chilli Salad Dressing is definitely milder but has a wonderful fragrance to it. You won’t need any other form of dressing on your lettuce ever again!
A little bit strange to think of as a condiment but one we couldn’t set aside is Firefoods Firemite (chilli marmite!!!) and Chilli Peanut Butter because let’s face it, how good a chilli product is that?
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
There are loads of goodies currently on offer at the Devil’s Garden. For the not too insane out there try Mr Vikki’s Hot Brinjal Piquin Chilli Preserve, a great pickle with a Meditarrean twist that is in turn citrusy, smoky and nutty while a pungent heat lifts the rich taste of fresh aubergines that makes the base for this incredibly sweet and tasty sauce. At £2 this is a real bargain!
A great way to end the British “summer” is Dave’s Smokin BBQ Nuts. For only £3.95 you can now enjoy these wonderful smoky (and spicy!) peanuts that are seriously addictive! For another barbecu-ey taste, try Eaton’s Jamaican Jerk Barbecue Sauce. The jar is pretty big so for £3.00 you can really get a good taste of Eaton’s famous barbecue range and smother ribs, burgers, sausages and pretty much anything with it!
And talking of burgers, have a go at Firefoods’ Fire Jam. For those who haven’t tried Chilli Jam yet this is definitely a great way to start! The distinctive taste of cinnamon and of course chillies is soon followed by a heat that makes your whole mouth come alive! Hot Headz Jalapeno Pepper Sauce is also a revelation for those who like this widely known chilli pepper.
For the chef in you, why not try Hot Headz Whole Dried Habanero Chillies? At £1.95, these will last you ages. Chop them up finally sprinkle on cheese on toast or simply put whole into a stew and take out before serving (or eat them as is if you dare!). Hot Headz Dried Ground Habanero Chilli Powder is definitely the real deal for only £1.95, and will transform your dish whether you use a tiny little bit or a whole spoonful! If you like habaneros then also try Hot Headz Habanero Hit Sauce (£1.95!!), it will give you a real high!
Mr Vikki’s Fiery Lemon Harissa (only £2!) is a particular favourite of ours especially when part of a marinade, a burger mix or meatballs. The lemony flavour is really great in a tomato based sauce as well as Mr Vikki’s HHH (Hell Hot Habanero – also £2) which is definitely on the hot side but perfect for those with a strong constitution!
Please note that special offers are constantly updated depending on stock therefore are subject to change
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Since we started the Devil’s Garden we have been able to filter through all the famous brands and numerous chilli products so check out our page of bestsellers to get an idea of what works best for the public.
The list is long but here are a few pointers. Chilli Pepper Pete is one of the big players so one you should definitely trust when it comes to quality and more to the point: heat! Firefoods is another one with great chilli innovations such as Chilli Peanut Butter and Firemire (chilli marmite!!).
Dave’s and Blair’s are of course the true American chilli heroes and are known for their wide range of hot sauces. We recommend you start with Dave’s Insanity and Blair’s Original Death hot sauce! Blair’s chilli crisps are also phenomenal and you cannot go through life without trying one of the tasty flavours from habanero (bestseller!) to Parmesan & Habanero, Cheddar, Buffalo Wings and Chipotle. Dave’s Burning nuts are pretty amazing too thinking about it!
Dartmoor Chilli Farm is great for chilli beginners. Their range of chilli chocolates is just fabulous while their jams and marmalades are really getting recognised. A new brand at The Devil’s Garden but an already very popular one is Chilli Queen and their range of chilli jellies amongst which Sundried Tomato & Balsamic Vinegar chilli jelly or Coriander & Shallot. Their brown sauce with scotch bonnets is out of this world!
Endorphin Rush and Spontaneous Combustion are for nutters only as these hot sauces are just beyond hope for the common mortal but great if you need a chilli fix!
Mr Vikki’s is well known for his chilli preserves but Max’s Ketchup is definitely one to use and abuse, just as Mr Vikki’s North Indian curry paste which is incredibly versatile.
Not a chilli product as such but one we should mention is Greenhouse Sensation’s Windowgrow. In a world coming short of space hydroponics (check out the Quad Grow and Octo Grow) are starting to be known as the solution to keen veg and chilli growers bound by city walls. Pop this on your window sill and watch herbs and numerous varieties of colourful chillies grow without any care needed as hydroponics are self-watering.
There are so many tasty chilli treats to sample from the Devil’s Garden but these seem to be the most popular with our customers so we hope you will try something and let us know what you think!
Friday, 10 September 2010
The Chilli Pepper Pete brand was established a few years ago and is fast becoming a landmark in the chilli world. We absolutely love their range here at the Devil’s Garden and are very excited to bring you some of their famous products.
For the chef in you, try their amazing Thai Green Curry paste or Piri-Piri Oil. Their mole Chocolate Sauce is an authentic taste of Mexico as is their Roast Garlic & Green Jalapeno Sauce.
The Tasmanian Head Hunter, an award-winning mango & habanero hot sauce is truly great while their intriguing Liquid Fire hot sauce, made with 20 different varieties of chillies is out of this world!
We at last feel like we have discovered a Harissa we can have by the crate thanks to Chilli Pepper Pete and a lot of our customers already agree on this.
We couldn’t possibly increase our range of Chilli Pepper Pete products without getting their Dragon’s Blood hot sauce, Batch 13. The original version is already one of our bestsellers so we are quite keen to see how this one fares, it’s the same sweet taste but with a lot more heat to it!
One of our new personal favourite is Chilli Pepper Pete’s Dragon Slayer made with an incredible mix of cherries, blueberries and prunes as well as just enough extract to make it one of the great hot sauces out there.
So grab a bottle while you can and let us know what you think of all these new chilli treats!!