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29 April 2015

Try a taste of Peru

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Cooking sauces are not usually in the AFT Kitchen unless of course we are testing out our members’ products. We prefer to make meals from scratch but fully appreciate that some people may not have the time or inclination to do so. Sometimes certain ingredients can be difficult to get hold of, so a ready made product can be very useful and when it is as straightforward as this one, a not full of nasties kind of sauce, you know you’ve made a good choice.

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We are pleased to award Capsicana our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce.


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

28 April 2015

A new look and new products for Capsicana


Capsicana has always placed an emphasis on bringing the flavours of authentic Latin American chillies to everyone and has now created a new range of cook sauces and chilli condiment sauces.

It has been a busy time for Capsicana developing the new range. As well as new recipes, new branding was required to launch the products at the IFE trade event last March.
Capsicana’s founder, Ben Jackson, turned to us at The Artisan Food Trail to help him create a new company logo, packaging and website.
As well as The Artisan Food Trail, we also own and run childsdesign, so we were delighted when Ben wanted us to assist him with the creative and design process needed for his re-brand.

The four new Cook Sauces bring the latin flavours of Mexico, Peru and Brazil into British kitchens are quick and simple to use and vary from mild to hot. In just 20 minutes a tasty meal for two can be whipped up using the recipe on the back of the pack.
We have been testing them out in the AFT Kitchen and so far have been very pleased with the results – we’ll be posting our verdicts on this blog over the coming weeks.

Capsicana still produce their fantastic range of chilli condiments, all with a new look, ranging from the fiery hot habanero to more medium heat varieties and the rich and smokey chipotle.

To find out more about Capsicana visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

9 April 2015

Chicken & Spinach Curry

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This is a mildly spiced Indian curry – don't be fooled by the amount of chilli powder used here as it is the Kashmiri variety. Kashmiri chilli is a lot milder than regular chilli powder with a gentle warmth and sweet earthy notes.
If you don't have any you could use paprika instead with a dash of
cayenne pepper.
We have a good spice supplier on The Artisan Food Trail; Spice Kitchen that sells online so there shouldn't be any trouble in
obtaining it.

As we said, this curry is not hot but rather more aromatic with a degree of warmth coming from the garam masala (we used the Spice Kitchen blend). The generous amount of spinach used creates a silky texture with rich flavour.
Serve simply either with basmati rice or chapattis or naan breads.

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8 April 2015

Ginger & Apricot Tiffin

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If you've been lucky enough to have been given lots of Easter eggs but are now getting a little tired of eating them as just chocolate, here's an idea to help consume them in a different way.

Tiffin is a sweet treat that requires no baking and is quick and easy to make.
It is often made with digestive biscuits but as we like to experiment with flavours, we used ginger nuts instead.
A generous addition of moist and chewy dried apricots add a little tang and added texture.

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7 April 2015

Flavours of India from Spice Kitchen

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The Artisan Food Trail kitchen is always well stocked with spices because we are lovers of food with real flavour and like to make meals from scratch including curries.
We certainly appreciate good quality spices too so were please to receive a parcel from one of our newest members Spice Kitchen recently.
There is no mistaking the contents either. Even before the parcel is opened, a wonderful aroma wafts from the packaging.

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We are pleased to award Spice Kitchen our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their 10 Indian Spices.


To find out more about Spice Kitchen visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

1 April 2015

New Black Truffle Mayonnaise from TruffleHunter


TruffleHunter has added a brand new product to their range – Black Truffle Mayonnaise available in 180g jars, it is the condiment with a difference.

Made with extra virgin rapeseed oil, free range egg yolks and Italian black summer truffles, this extremely versatile product delivers mild and complex black truffle flavours and aroma.

Try it thickly spread on any gourmet burger, or as a filling for a gourmet sandwich. It works incredibly well with triple cooked chips.

This Black Truffle Mayonnaise can also be used as a fabulous base for many sauces; marie rose, tartar, thousand island dressing or rĂ©moulade.

It is available to buy online for £5.95.

To find out more about TruffleHunter visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here