Sunday, 31 October 2010
A lot of people in the UK are currently trying to support Dartmoor Chilli Farm, one of our most popular suppliers.
Phil and Kay are keen to lead a life as “green” as possible. We met them this summer and we just could not understand why the government is giving them such a hard time. Their polytunnels are barely visible and their farm is extremely well kept.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm runs on solar panels and windmills and doesn’t even have bins as they recycle absolutely everything. Phil and Kay are both vegan and don’t use any form of chemicals on their chilli plants and other fruit s and vegetables. Some of you have already commented on how wonderful their Chilli Jam and Hot Strawberry Jam are (the strawberries are actually from the farm) and we are keen to see them develop into a major chilli brand.
So please follow the link below and help support Dartmoor Chilli Farm, one of the most environmentally conscious businesses we have ever encountered. Please also mention it to your friends and family on your facebook page or via Twitter!
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Whether you like eating them between meetings at work, in your local pub alongside a nice cool pint or simply at home in front of the telly or with some friends who have just popped round, nuts are just the best.
Now when it comes to chilli nuts there are a lot of different kinds out there and let’s face it, many are just not worth bothering. We knew that Hot Headz would bring in their own twist though and create nuts not only flavoursome but also pretty darn hot (understatement of the century…)!
You just need to try Hot Headz Satan’s Nuts. If you already are a fan of Hot Headz’ Satan’s Sweat Hot Sauce then these nuts will literally blow your mind away! For those who do not know this notorious hot sauce, just imagine simple cashews transformed thanks to a devilish naga chilli mix. This is definitely not something you will find in supermarkets!
For peanut lovers, get your hands on Hot Headz Who Dares Burns! Nuts. It is a hellish chilli snack to eat by the crate (or slowly one peanut at a time if you’re a chilli beginner...) until your tastebuds beg for mercy! These chilli peanuts are already hugely popular so make sure to get some before they’re sold out!
Monday, 25 October 2010
With an array of preserves to its name despite only starting in October 2008, Cambridge Chilli Farm is a brand that we love more and more. Here are some of its chilli treats available at the Devil’s Garden:
An inspired and truly special chilli jam is Cambridge Chilli Farm Habanero Gold Chilli Jam. It is a cross between a traditional fruity jam and a chilli based one. Mild enough for children to enjoy, this chilli jam is made of our beloved habanero chilli and has a pleasant aftertaste of apricots.
Cambridge Chilli Farm Raspberry & Chilli Jelly is not your average sickly jelly infused with chemical raspberry flavour. Only four ingredients are to be found here: heaps of succulent raspberries, sugar, apples and the cherished habanero chilli pepper. All these components have cleverly been balanced to form a chilli jelly with a deep sweet taste and a gloriously red colour.
We have been known to empty a jar of Cambridge Chilli Farm Lime & Chilli Jelly in minutes it’s that good! Of a dazzling golden colour the gentle heat of this jelly comes from the fragrant habanero chilli pepper. We also love to spread some on fish or vegetables as it will slowly melt during cooking, therefore acting as a sort of quick marinade.
We thought we had seen it all but Cambridge Chilli Farm’s Nagalade floored us in seconds! Three ingredients are enough to make this chilli jelly: Bramley apples, sugar and three shredded Naga morich chilli peppers per jar. Of an alluring dark golden colour the flavour of this chilli jelly is amazing and an absolute treat to those partial to the famous naga chilli pepper.
The rich and hearty flavour of Cambridge Chilli Farm red Onion & Chilli Relish is just fantastic and we believe it is set to become the classic. The chunky caramelised red onions complement the flavour and heat from Ring of Fire chilli peppers to perfection. The medium Cambridge Chilli Farm Red Onion & Smoky Chipotle Relish cries out to be part of your everyday culinary routine! Put a spoonful in your gravy to go with your Sunday lunch or better still, slap some on a piece of bread before toasting under the grill with a good chunk of creamy goat’s cheese!!
If you are bored of the same old relish then just try Cambridge Chilli Farm Naga Napalm Onion Relish Chunky red onions are caramelised and mixed with red wine, vinegar and naga chilli peppers to form a hellish relish to savour and devour. Beware though, this is not for chilli beginners!
Whichever preserve you pick you can be sure you’re onto a winner. Let us know what you think but more importantly what delicious uses you found for them!
Friday, 22 October 2010
As previously mentioned we were keen to get our hands on some of Cambridge Chilli Farm’s chilli goodies. Well here are some of his top hot sauces for you to discover:
Our favourite hot sauce from Cambridge Chilli Farm is probably Ghost Pepper “10”. It’s pretty darn hot for an all natural hot sauce! If you don’t like the peculiar taste of extract but are keen to get on another level of hotness than this is the sauce for you.
The Naga Napalm Hot Sauce is definitely worthy of its scorching name. The three Naga Morich peppers per bottle add a lot of heat and a distinctive citrus flavour to the sauce, which should be used either as a food additive to spice up dishes, or as a table sauce if you like things really hot!
We love Cambridge Chilli Farm Smoky Chipotle Hot Sauce because it has the distinct flavour of chipotles of course but also because it is reminiscent of a good barbecue sauce thanks to a clever blend of spices.
A great hot sauce to use as condiment is Cambridge Chilli Farm Sweet Chilli Sauce. Explore the delights of exotic cuisine with this finger-licking sauce that we use mixed in with mayonnaise (weird I know but ssooo tasty!), as a dip for fried food, a base to Chinese noodles and as a glaze on fish before steaming or grilling. The world truly is your oyster with this one!
The aspect of Cambridge Chilli Farm Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce is its first winning attribute. Shreds of Habanero and crushed black pepper adorn the golden nectar, leaving you guessing as to its flavour and heat. The balance between the pineapple and habanero chilli pepper is just right and the hint of cider vinegar prevents too much sweetness.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
We were keen to get as many products as we could from The Chilli Pepper Company, run by the lovely Gerald and his wife whom we met at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta this year, but unfortunately due to its popularity most products were sold out by the time we were able to get some stock from them.
Gerald told us that now most festivals were over for this year he could concentrate on making more of his delicious chilli produce and look at creating new ones like his Mexican Chilli Chocolate Almonds.
We were thankfully able to get our hands on the famous 10 minute burn hot sauce which has already been banned from three chilli shows since its creation, Naga Viper, a hell of a hot sauce full of flavour and HEAT as well as the rightly named “The Beast” which has a touch of mango to it and a whole lot of naga morish peppers!
Another treat for people with a sweet tooth: The Chilli Pepper Company Flaming Chocolate Fireballs. Each fireball is made up of quality milk chocolate, with a luxurious Bhut Jolokia infused creamy praline centre. Every bite is a delight although the heat definitely lets itself be known! These fireballs have become somewhat of a trademark for the Chilli Peppers Company’s confectionary so grab some while they last!
We cannot wait to bring you more fiery chilli treats from The Chilli Pepper Company so make sure to come and see what’s new at the Devil’s Garden soon!
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Since we introduced Chilli Queen’s produce at The Devil’s Garden people can’t seem to get enough of it! We soon ran out of stock of Chilli Queen’s Cranberry chilli jelly as well as Ginger & Lime chilli jelly but they are now only a click away from your cupboard... and your tastebuds!
Chilli Queen’s Cranberry Chilli Jelly is a great way to impress friends and family over Sunday lunch although trust us, you don’t need a special occasion to find yourself scraping the bottom of the jar! The sweet taste of cranberries is all there while the gentle chilli heat adds to the whole experience. The good thing with chilli jellies is that you don’t need to use loads at a time since the flavour is more concentrated than in a chutney or jam for example. The jar will therefore last you a while so for £2.95 you can really indulge your sweet tooth!
Chilli Queen’s Ginger & Lime chilli jelly is something else altogether. The zesty scent and amazing spiciness of the ginger combined with Chilli Queen’s Original Chilli Jelly will immediately transform dinner time into an explosion of exotic flavours. We love to add it to stuffing as well as slowly melting it into steaming hot rice or couscous and even use it as a glaze on fish. There is just no end to the uses of this Ginger & Lime Chilli Jelly although we are constantly trying to refute this argument by trying it with pretty much anything!
So help yourself to these delicious chilli jellies from the up and coming Chilli Queen brand while stock lasts and have a good chilli fix!
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Feeling down because of the cold and the rain? Let Dave’s Gourmet’s range cheer you up with six new hot sauces and two mustards now available at the Devil’s Garden.
And to start off with a bang, just try Dave’s Gourmet Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce. Blended in with just a hint of peach, this hot sauce is absolutely great to flavour Caribbean dishes. Another gorgeous fruity hot sauce from Dave’s Gourmet is their Ginger & Peach. Not your average combination but thanks to a healthy dose of red chillies you will soon see it as an absolute winner!
If you feel like having a taste of the tropics then try Dave’s Gourmet Crazy Caribbean hot sauce. Its base of carrots and Rican Red Habaneros keeps you guessing and is incredibly addictive. If, like us, you love habanero chilli peppers then you only need a few drops from Dave’s Gourmet Hurtin’ Habanero hot sauce to feel satisfied. With a good glug of chilli extract, this is a hot sauce that your tastebuds are most likely to remember!
One of our favourite products from this new batch is Dave’s Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper & Chipotle Hot Sauce. Fireroasted sweet red peppers are combined with the famous smoked jalapeno to create an incredible flavour while a hint of habanero brings in a subtle heat that lingers on the tongue.
Dave’s Gourmet mustards are definitely something else! Dave’s Insanity hot sauce is one of our bestsellers so just imagine the wonderful pungency and flavour of this popular hot sauce put into a quality mustard and you’ll have an idea of how tasty it is! Dave’s Gourmet Hurtin’ Habanero & Honey Mustard is also a wonderful condiment although you definitely have to be ready for some good heat from that one!
We should also mention a new chilli goody that we already use on a daily basis which is Dave’s Gourmet Soyabi sauce. You’ve guessed it, it’s a cross between soy sauce and wasabi! This sauce has become essential to our stir-fry, grilled salmon and Chinese noodles.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Let’s face it, when it comes to spices most of us go to the supermarket and stand there, compromising between the two or maybe three brands available knowing full well that these won’t really be of the best quality or value.
But fret not! You won’t have to settle for less now thanks to Blair’s Death Rain range of shakers which have recently been added to the Devil’s Garden website. Five different types of chilli mixes are available in an attractive flip-open top container, sold with a free skull keyring, one of Blair’s trademarks!
If you want to go towards the smoky side then add a bit of Blair’s Death Rain BBQ spice in your stew or rub some on chicken and immediately spot the difference! Blair’s Death Rain Chipotle shaker is also there to the rescue and really brings out the flavour of tomato based dishes.
Habanero lovers hang on to your seats with Blair’s Death Rain’s Habanero Shaker as it is the real deal! We love to use it on its own for a quick pick me up or mix it with yogurt or cream to form a marinade to die for! The Blair’s Death Rain Cajun shaker definitely holds its ground too and its smell will have you salivating in seconds!
Last but certainly not least, Blair’s Death Rain Nitro Shaker will leave you in a trance until you come down from chilli heaven to ask for more!
We hope you enjoy these phenomenal spices from Blair’s and let us know what quirky uses you have found for them!
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
As mentioned in previous blogs we met Tim, the man behind Cambridge Chilli Farm, at the Chilli Fiesta in West Dean this year. We had previously received some samples of his products and absolutely loved them although our cockiness soon disappeared when we tried on of his hottest sauce Ghost Pepper “10”!
We were therefore keen to get his range of chilli goodies, not only because of the actual quality, integrity and variety of his produce but also because of Tim himself. Not only is he a very nice down-to-earth guy but he is also absolutely mad about chillies! His knowledge of plants in general and chillies in particular puts us to shame and he is always here to help us out when we’re stumped with our own crop.
With more than 700 plants at his farm and many varieties of chillies, this is a brand to follow in the coming months. What we keep having to remind ourselves is that Tim only started Cambridge Chilli Farm in October 2008 and is already very much known by the general public and respected in the chilli world.
We can’t wait to share his fantastic hot sauces, jellies, relishes and many more treats with you soon so watch this space!
Monday, 4 October 2010
We might not have a stand at the open market on Saturdays in Lancaster anymore but we are still keen to provide the best customer service possible to our local clientele.
All our efforts at the Devil’s Garden converge towards bringing you the best chilli products available in the UK and US at the most reasonable price. We are therefore now delivering our range of produce in the Lancaster and Morecambe area, at no extra cost and twice a week so you can benefit from what the Devil’s Garden has got to offer without having to rely on a third party to deliver them (or having to pay for it!)
The current delivery days are Tuesdays after 5 pm and all day Saturday although we do our best to accommodate our customers if these days are not convenient. In order to benefit from this service, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer as promptly as possible and arrange your delivery of the Devil’s Garden’s chilli goodies!