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16 April 2013

Win the chance to have your recipe published in our first cookbook

We hope you have been inspired by our blog and website to cook some great food and we have a wonderful opportunity for you.

How would you like to have your recipe published in our first cookbook? 
Well this could be your chance.

We're looking for recipes from home cooks, secret chefs, foodies or bloggers that can be created using at least one ingredient from any of the producers featured on The Artisan Food Trail.

You can enter up to three recipes – one in each category: Starter, Main and Dessert. You can enter just the one category or even all three! It's up to you.

Time is running out as the competition ends at midnight on Sunday 21st April 2013, so time to get busy!

There's more information about how to enter, rules etc. and an online entry form, over on our competition page so enter now!

Good Luck!

15 April 2013

Capsicana Chipotle Sauces are approved

Photos: © Capsicana Chilli Co

Just recently, Capsicana Chilli Co launched a brand new product range. Using their carefully selected chillies, they have created a selection of chilli sauces allowing consumers to experience Capsicana’s gourmet chillies in a ready-made, off-the-shelf condiment.

We have been gradually working our way through all seven varieties and will be bringing you our little reviews in installments. The first is the Chipotle Sauce which is available in two heat levels, so if you like your chilli sauce to have more bite then choose the Hot Chipotle Sauce.

Capsicana’s original Chipotle Sauce recipe uses delicious Chipotle Meco chillies. Chipotle Meco are a variety of JalapeƱo, grown in Mexico and then cold smoked over Mesquite wood fires for two days giving them a beautifully deep smoky aroma and flavour. The Hot variety gets its additional kick from added Habanero powder.

The sauce has a deep red colour with a smooth consistency, a rich smoky flavour and aroma with a nice tang. The original is spicy giving a nice tingle. The hot one is warmer with a building heat that lingers a while but not for too long. Both are extremely tasty and we found they go well with so many things.

The Chipotle Sauce certainly livens up a cheese toasty. We grated some cheese and then mixed in the Chipotle Sauce, squidged it between some slices of bread, then toasted it in the panini machine. Lunchtime was brilliant – crunchy toast encasing gooey, hot (careful!) smoky, spicy cheese – yum.

Used as either a condiment or ingredient, Chipotle Sauce is so versatile and seems to go with most foods such as chicken, fish, prawns, pork, beef or vegetables, we even found it was the perfect table sauce to accompany bacon and eggs. Make a delicious dip for seafood by stirring it into mayonnaise or make a salad dressing – mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, a splash of Chipotle Sauce and a little yoghurt – to wake up a lettuce.
And the last bit that you can’t get out of the bottle? Pour in a little water, give it a shake and then add to a casserole or pasta sauce.

Being 100% handmade in small batches in the UK, containing no artificial ingredients, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, Chipotle Sauce gets our seal of approval.

We are pleased to award Capsicana Chilli Co our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Chipotle Sauce and Hot Chipotle Sauce.

To find out more about Capsicana Chilli Co visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here. You'll find links to their website where you can buy the sauces online.

Look out for more reviews on the rest of the chilli sauce range coming soon!

12 April 2013

Wherstead Park Food Show – 20th April 2013

Following last year's successful first event, The Food Show returns for a Spring date at Wherstead Park, Suffolk on 20th April 2013.

The Food Show promises to have a fantastic mix of quality stands made up of local food producers and suppliers where you can taste, sample and buy.

Amongst all the producers, we're pleased to say that there are number of Artisan Food Trail members attending – these are:

The Artisan Smokehouse A small family run and owned smokehouse on the Suffolk coast producing award-winning smoked food, made in small quantities to ensure quality and freshness.

They will be sampling a new luxury meat product and if enough people like it, it will become a permanent part of their food range.

Breckland Orchard Award winning ‘Posh Pop’. Produced with passion and available throughout the UK!

Yare Valley Oils Producer of a high quality Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil in Norfolk.

So if you are visiting, please be sure to visit our members' stands, we're sure you won't be disappointed!

For more information about the event visit: whersteadpark.co.uk

4 April 2013

Spiced Lentil Soup with Lime and Mint

Photo: © childsdesign
Spring is supposed to be well and truly sprung and the clocks have gone forward, but this cold weather hasn't made us want to switch to salads just yet.
Warming food is definitely still on the menu and this is a healthy meal, full of flavour and simple to make. The addition of lime juice, lime zest and mint really brighten the soup making it exciting on the palate.

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