Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Foods is one of the prestigious awards in the UK for artisan products. (LINK TO AWARDS) The judging is fierce, but the judges give feedback on the taste. This year our Smoky Chipotle ( LINK TO BUY) was awarded a coveted Star. The star means “Simply Delicious”.
We constantly taste and improve our sauces and based on the judges feedback we have again modified our Smoky Chipotle to improve the long lasting smoky flavour of those hand picked Mexican Morita chilli’s.
OUR NEW RECIPE
Our new ingredients list is as follows: Chipotle (>20%), ageing liquor, vinegar, aged garlic, sugar, salt, onion powder, roasted cumin, oregano thyme, tomato paste, tamarind, coriander and aromatics
Langholm Chilli Club arrives with a splash in 2018!
Just down the road from Ooft! a group of locals in the small pretty Borders town of Langholm got together and started a club. Now we are in Scotland the land of the golfer, the hunter, and the walker, but they chose to grow, compare, and taste, chilli’s from around the world. This year was their first festival and it drew a LOT of attention and already has over 270 members growing chillis.
“By declaring the town the Chilli Capital of Scotland, the Langholm Chilli Club is hoping to attract visitors with the development of a new Chilli Trail and the first ever Chilli Fest at the end of September.
In Langholm, the Chilli Capital of Scotland, there are currently:
around 350 households growing chilli plants (Langholm has a population of 1800 and around 910 households) or one third of households
3500+ chilli seeds have been planted in the town in 2018
at least 1,000 chilli plants
53 different varieties of chilli, including the ‘Hottest Chilli’ the Carolina Reaper
21 local businesses have their chillis on display
Langholm Chilli Club has around 60 people waiting to receive seeds and members across the world including Canada, US and Portugal.“
and are already planning their 2019 enlarged festival. It is so nice to see people get so excited about chilli’s. Clubs come and go but there is a real love of the chilli in Langholm and plans afoot to do something special in 2019! Their FB page self description is “We’re going to grow Chillis! In Langholm, Eskdale, Canonbie and ANYWHERE! For no other reason than because they’re AWESOME! “. That says it all.
Chilli sauce with a Vegetarian Lentil Chilli by searching for spice
Chilli sauce goes well with vegetarian meals. You can buy our hot chilli sauce by clicking this link. Food Bloggers have changed the face of the worlds home cooking. Unlike professional chefs the food blogger is some one you can relate to, has a family, works hard and the recipes are the sort of thing anyone can try at home. One of the best known food bloggers in Britain is Corina Blum with her food blog “Searching for Spice” LINK TO BLOG. As Corina says she is a busy mum so sticks to tasty recipes she can prepare quickly for her family. She loves spicy food and her recipes feature tasty hot food from Mexico, India, Thailand and China. In her own words:-
“I love using spices and discovering new ones and that’s how the blog’s name came about. A lot of the dishes are inspired by dishes from around the world – Some of my favourite recipes are curries, stir fries and spicy salads. I love Indian, Mexican, North African, Thai and Chinese food.
Naturally many of the recipes use herbs and spices, although I do make all kinds of dishes. Initially there were very few sweet recipes but over the last 2 years, I have become more interested in baking, especially since my daughter (Little Miss Spice, born April 2012) has started to enjoy helping me out in the kitchen. Master Spice (born April 2014) is also keeping me very busy”.
We sent Corina at searching for spice a sample of Ooft! and she has used our sauce in a classic vegetarian Chilli dish using lentils instead of meat. It sounds wonderful and here at Ooft! central we can’t wait to try it as we love lentils. The recipe is on searching for spice at LINK TO RECIPE