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Smokin’ BBQ picks up Great Taste Award

I’m hugely proud to announce that my Smokin BBQ Sauce has collected a major honour awarded by the Guild Of Fine Food. This latest recognition is added to the merits it achieved from the Cheese And Chilli Festivals in 2019.
I only entered this one product into the Great Taste Awards following such good feedback from foodies and reviewers throughout this year. There were over 12,000 entrants and the judging process is notoriously meticulous, so it is with immense pride that I received the notification this week that my sauce was a winner.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can pick it up here, and please do let me know what you think.

Its uses are a limited as your imagination – I dip chips and raw veg into it, smother it on burgers, coat it over cooked ribs, and recently made an awesome chilli-dog in puff pastry with a Smokin BBQ coating.

Big congrats to all the other Great Taste Winners, I’m delighted to be part of that club.

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Who’s Missing Chilli Festivals?

Are you missing the buzz of a Chilli festival this year? The people, the music, the challenges, the amazing sauces? Me too.

So here’s what I’m gonna do. To help you get your flavour fix, I’m giving you 25% OFF when you buy 2 or more sauces online this month.

All you need to do is pick which sauces you want (have you tried my new Scorched Onion or Original Hot yet?) and enter code ‘festival‘ at the checkout.

Be sure to follow me up on Instagram and Facebook, I’d love to see what you do with my sauces. Tag me in and tell your friends too.

Stay safe, enjoy the summer, even without chilli festivals, and thank you for #supportingsmallbusiness

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Cheese & Jalapeno Quick Bread

This super-easy, no-yeast bread is delicious. Serve with a thick chunk of your favourite cheese and good dollop of my Scorched Onion Sauce. A great addition to your ploughman’s lunch, soups or just tear it apart and share for snacking.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

NOTE: the chillies are optional – you can even include bacon bits or chopped fried shallots too!

375g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
2 TBS sugar
115g cream cheese, room temp.
250g grated mature cheddar
2 jalapenos, chopped
1 egg
350ml whole milk
1 TBS melted butter

Method:

  1. pre-heat oven (180C) and grease a loaf pan
  2. mix flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, grated cheddar and jalapenos until combined. (add bacon etc if using)
  4. add flour mixture to cheese mixture, add the egg, milk & melted butter. Mix until just combined.
  5. transfer to loaf/baking tin and bake for circa 45-50 mins.
  6. slide a knife around the sides and set on wire rack for 10 mins before serving.
  7. enjoy with friends and don’t forget the Scorched Onion sauce!

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Spicy Fried Chicken with quick Garlic Mayo

I’m a big fan of fried chicken, and this recipe is one of my favourites. The garlic mayo works nicely to cool down the spicy chicken.

Ingredients

for the chicken prep:
3 large Chicken Breasts – I cut mine into strips but if you’re cooking whole breast then cover with clingfilm and flatten to about 8mm thick.
280ml buttermilk
1 tsp of garlic salt
1 tsp cayenne chilli powder
1 tsp salt & pepper

for the coating:
200g plain flour
pinch salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
3 tsp Cayenne or hot chilli powder

for the garlic mayo:
4 heaped tbs of light mayonnaise
1 tsp of Pepper Jar’s Garlic Sauce

Method

Mix the buttermilk, 1 tsp garlic salt, salt/pepper & 1 tsp cayenne in a large bowl. Submerge the chicken, cover and chill in the fridge for 2 – 4 hrs.

In another large bowl or large tray, thoroughly combine all dry ingredients for the coating.
Remove chicken from buttermilk and let excess drip off. Cover both sides of chicken in flour mixture, and set aside.

Heat a pan of vegetable oil, or deep fat fryer to 175 degrees. Carefully place chicken in the oil, trying not to overcrowd – cook in batches if necessary. Fry for 5 – 6 mins until coating is golden and chicken is cooked through.

For the garlic mayonnaise: Combine the mayonnaise and Pepper Jar Garlic Sauce in a small bowl.

To Serve:

Serve the fried chicken either naked with a salad and garlic mayo on the side, or assemble into a bun of your choice with fresh salad, skinny fries….and remember to smother with the garlic mayo.

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Vanilla & Almond Cheesecake with Cherry Indulgence

Ingredients

1 bottle of Cherry Indulgence

150g digestive biscuits

100g hobnob biscuits

100g melted butter

2 tsp vanilla essence

550g cream cheese

250ml double cream

120g icing sugar

small handful of Almond flakes

Method

Blend all biscuits together in a mixer to make a fine crumble. (You could also put the biscuits into a bag and crush with a rolling pin if you don’t have a mixer). Place crumbs into a large bowl and add melted butter. Press crumb mixture firmly into a loose-bottomed tin (23cm) lined with greaseproof parchment.
Leave to chill in fridge for at least an hour.

In a large bowl, put the cream cheese, vanilla essence and icing sugar and mix with an electric whisk until smooth. Introduce the double cream and beat until the mixture is combined fully.

Toast the Almonds until they start to darken.

Once the base has fully chilled, sprinkle some of the almonds onto the base, and drizzle some Cherry Indulgence across the base. Carefully spoon the cream mixture on top, smooth over and try to avoid air bubbles. Cover tin with clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge over night.

When the cheesecake has set, carefully remove from tin and transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle the remaining almonds across the top and serve with a generous drizzle of Cherry Indulgence.


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Jalapeno, Cheese & Sweetcorn Fritter

These fritters are an amazing way to start your day, and equally good for a filling lunch. I serve them with simple salad leaves, bell pepper, tomato and of course, a delicious drizzle of Sweet Fire.

Ingredients

150g flour

100ml milk

2 eggs

1 tsp chilli powder

pinch salt

120g mature cheddar, grated

4 Jalapeno peppers, chopped

100g tinned sweetcorn, drained

1 jar of Sweet Fire, for serving as required

Method

In a large mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs and add flour, milk and salt. Mix well, then add half the cheese, chilli powder, jalapenos, and sweetcorn. Mix in the remaining cheese just before cooking.
Heat shallow pan of oil – I use a garlic infused light olive oil, but any mild oil such as sunflower oil, grapeseed oil or similar will do fine.
Spoon a large dollop of the fritter mixture into the hot oil and flatten with the back of the spoon. Cook for 2-3 mins each side until golden brown and just becoming deliciously crispy.

Drain on absorbent paper, and place fritter on top of a generous spoonful of Sweet Fire.

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Garlic Fire Chicken Wings

Ingredients

Chicken Wings (12-15)

120g flour

3 tsp salt

2 tbsp. black pepper

1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp hot chilli power (cayenne or habanero)

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp thyme

2 eggs beaten

1 jar of Garlic Fire

method

Cut to portion size and wash chicken wings and dry on absorbent paper.

In a large mixing bowl place all ingredients except Garlic Fire. Mix well and save half. Coat wings in half the mix. Refrigerate for 90 mins.

Dip wings in egg wash and coat with remaining half of the flour spice mix.

Preheat deep fryer oil to 350F. Fry wings in small batches for 8-10 mins until golden brown. Drain excess oil on absorbent paper. Set wings aside.

Heat a shallow pan and add jar of Garlic Fire. Add the cooked wings to the pan ensuring they are coated in Garlic Fire.

Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime and sour cream dip.

marinading the wings

the smell of the wings frying is amazing