A couple of weeks ago myself and my good lady razzed up the A140 in search chuckles and whatnot in Norfolk, as is LAW in this house the journey demanded a stop off at the Chilli Farm in Mendlesham. We decided to grab some lunch from the awesome Deli restaurant and while we waited for our grub I bipped over to the sauce shop for a stock up. Before we get onto that I thought you might like to see the menu board at the restaurant.
The selection of chilli sauces available at the chilli farm seems to be expanding all the time, so I had to make some fairly arbitrary choices, based more on whim than anything else, but I'll do my best to try and explain my actions anyway.
From left to right...
I have no idea what these actually are, but they're really nice, and have a heat that doesn't catch you until you've stuffed about ten of them in your cake hole. Not ten at once. Maybe.
Total wild-card this one, it looks like some snake meat that I tried when I was a teenager (and loved) but it also looks like leather. This might have to be an end of a beery evening type snack.
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before on this blog, it may look like snot but combine with some dipping crackers and you've got a damned fine snack.
CA Johns Reserve Apple Smoke Bourbon
This was partly bought because there's a whole lot in that bottle for the money it costs! There's not much heat to this sauce but it's deliciously smokey, absolute bliss on a burger.
Chilli Farm Smoky Chilli Sauce
This was on clearance, and is worth much more than the quid it cost me! It's not my favourite chipotle type smokey ketchup but for a quid you really can't go wrong. I think this sometimes pops up in supermarkets.
Blair's Original Death Sauce
Much like 'Dave's' sauces 'Blairs' sauces come in a bewildering array of varieties so it's hard to know which to try first. Well at least it would be if the producer wasn't kind enough to have a bottle named 'ORIGINAL'. This Death Sauce has really swiftly become a favourite of mine, I can't yet put my finger on why, but when I do I'm sure I'll blog about it. This sauce came with a neat little skull keyring as a freebie.
After lunch had arrived and had been consumed I decided I couldn't resist another quick look at the chilli sauce selection, and that quick look resulted in a second haul of goodies.
So here we go again, in a roughly left to right order:
Chilli bread mix
My wife has just got a bread maker, which we LOVE, so chilli bread mix was just too tempting.
Dave's Temporary Insanity Sauce
Dave's 'standard' Insanity Sauce is a concoction that I really shouldn't like as much as I do, partly because it contains chilli extracts (to boost pain) and also because if I have more than two or three drops on anything I spend the next day feeling like I've been kicked in the guts by a donkey who I've wronged in some way. So I decided to try out the milder version, and I'm glad I did! I can eat this one without my eyes bleeding and getting a loud buzzing noise in my ears.
Dave's Insanity Sauce
I bought this as a gift for a friend.
Dipping crackers with hot pepper
I really love these crackers, and after all, I needed something to dip in the salsa verde I bought in my first haul!
This is a standard must-have sauce in my house. I won't rattle my gums about it here, but if you want to find out why I love this so much then go HERE....
The Cambridge Chilli Sauce Company - Smoky Chipotle Chilli Sauce
This was another store cupboard essential I was stocking up on. This chipotle sauce is so good I could pretty much drink it straight from the bottle! Full review here...
So there you have it, all in all another very successful visit for every reason other than my diminishing bank account!