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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.

Capsicana has created a range of Latin American inspired Cook Sauces (we introduced them a short while ago) which are set to inject a dash of sunshine into British kitchens. If you like some zip and zing in your food we reckon these sauces will have you dancing a salsa in no time.

At present there are four Cook Sauces in the range and the first to be tested was the Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce which uses genuine Peruvian grown Aji Amarillo chillies for authenticity.
The Amarillo chilli is native to South America and centres heavily in Peruvian cuisine, finding its way into everything from soups to sauces.
A bright yellow-orange, thick fleshed chilli it has a medium to hot heat level and has a unique rich and fruity flavour.

Capsicana’s recipe is based on the famous Peruvian Aji Verde Sauce and as the name suggests, the sauce is a fresh green colour with a speckling of herbs.
The chilli heat is not too hot so would appeal to those not used to foods with a heavy kick – the spiciness is more of a tingle.
The addition of lemon lifts the sauce with a tang of freshness making it light and coriander gives a green fragrance. All flavours are perfectly balanced and allow the Amarillo chillies to weave their special fruity tones through the dish.
The sauce also contains a little cream too which mixes throughout the ingredients, coating them well.

The easy-to-use sauce comes in a pouch and it is possible to create a dish using it within 20 minutes – the quick recipe (using chicken) on the back of the pack gets you on track to producing a faultless meal.
Although don’t think this is the one to stick to – there are so many different ingredients it will work with and different ways of using it. As is our usual style, we deviated a little from the instructions.

We cooked ours with the suggested onions and capsicum pepper and served with sautéed salad potatoes with peanuts and a little pink pickled onion relish on the side.

This is how we cooked it:


Tip the Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce into a bowl, add the turkey strip, stir to mix. Cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.

Heat the oil in frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the pepper and onion and cook for a minute, stirring occasionally.

Add the turkey strips and all of the cook sauce and cook gently, stirring occasionally for about 6 – 8 minutes until cooked all the way through.

Serve immediately.

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 rémoulade.

It is available to buy online for £5.95.

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