About time I updated this.... Sorry.... been busy with proper things like work and stuff... :-(
What have I been up to in the meantime... EXPERIMENTING!!
With what I hear you say... Chilli Sauce of course....
So I thought I'd let you all know how it's going...
At the beginning of September, I was talking to a colleague about his fruit eating habits... He is a vegetarian and somewhat of an expert in nutrition, so I do actually take on board most of what he says. Having my own sauce making hobby (which I
would LOVE to take further than simply a hobby!!), it is obviously in my own interests as to what is good and what should be avoided... SO.... my next sauce will of course
be Aubergine and putrid gherkin - ok... joke.. ALL Aubergines and gherkins are putrid in my book.
Mangoes.. He is a fan, so I thought, ok... Chilli sauce with mango sounds exceedingly feasible. So I had a quick look on the net to read up on cooking mangoes (another first!).
Thus was born, my own take on Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Onion, chillis and mango sauce.
And it was ok....
I've been making these sauces now for a while but really only in the last 6 months have I got around to taking it a bit more seriously. Having come across what I believed was quite an exceptional flavour, I decided to have a play around tweaking it here and there, sometimes a couple of extra ingredients, sometimes just 1 extra or just the other.
I wasn't SO happy with my last experiment though. I made the bold step of trying to use a completely different sort of hot chilli (instead of the Madame Jeanette chillies I normally use).
Something was definitely out of sorts with this... it was ok, but also at the time I had quite a wretched head cold and I don't think my taste buds were on the ball.. Thus, I thought it tasted worse than it actually was.....
Judging by another colleague's reaction, he seemed to think it was absolutely ok, which did make me feel better.... but even so... I will go back to my beloved Madame Jeanettes.
I created for him a Mango hot and what I call my Original(.. ish) Hot... AND a small jar of something I think I described to him as "Instant Death" - which was mainly just a VERY hot Chilli Mix with additional flavouring (It was a VERY small jar and I suggested to him that if he wants to use it to pep up a "dish of bland", then a TEASPOON of the stuff was plenty).
Well.. I did notice him on Twitter that evening and he had obviously tried this additional creation.... I would have said the air was blue, but I expect it actually was more Inferno Red in this case!
I saw him the next day and he explained that when I said a teaspoon, he thought that meant to hold the jar upside down and chuck in a couple of big globs of the stuff.... :-(
He thought his head was on fire at one point... I did advise him to read the label, to which he pointed out there wasn't one.... I had to concede at this point as he was right...
Label designing is still on going... SUCH a difficult task with Chilli sauces... The market is SO enormous, there are thousands and thousands of different brands out there with most of them
having some sort of label design that gives the prospective purchaser a clue that it is, of course, a form of Chilli Sauce. So how to design something that is catchy, yet different. I am thinking of going into the world of Time Travel Machine Manufacturing if only because designing a label for that will actually be much easier than the thing I am trying to create.
Regarding labels, I still remember hearing about a particularly stupid woman, who had suffered a serious heart condition but was recovering - (not saying this woman was unlucky, but she also fell out of a normal bed and broke her neck upon hitting the floor!!!). Well, this woman (who had a big metal cage round her head in order to help her neck heal) was at a party and saw a bottle of a particularly insanely hot bottle of Chilli Sauce.. She read the label out in her wonderful Halifax accent..
"Here Dave.. why does this say, "People with heart conditions should not use this sauce"..
Why would it say that Dave... Eh..EHH ?? " with that, she dipped her finger into the bottle (as one does!!) and stuck a big glob of the stuff in her mouth - failing to notice a big blob of this sauce still left on her finger..
"Ah really don't know why it would say that Dave, I really don... Oooh... OooHH..... OHH.. 'ang on.. OOOH... I can feel it now...
Oooh blimey... it's makin me eyes water now..".... and then she proceeded to vigorously rub her eye with the saucy finger and managed to get sauce all over her eye-ball AND under the eye-lid...
"Oooh... Dave... Ow ow ow ow !! Fook!!! Fook-ing Hell!!!!!... DAAAAVE !!!! Me eye's burning Dave.. owow... AND me
mouth's burnin now too..... Oh HELP FOOK HELP !!!!!!"... with that, panic completely ensued, she was rushed upstairs by a couple of first aiders (hopefully!!) - with everyone being careful not to hit the big metal box round her head keeping her still healing broken neck in place - and held her under the shower whilst someone held her eye open and someone else aimed the shower jet into her eye - The metal cage was a godsend apparently as it acted like a muzzle thus preventing this lunatic woman from biting anyone and everyone.
She survived... Luckilly, no blindness caused or heart failure induced...
So the moral is, when it comes to HOT Chilli Sauce, DO read the label and DO actually TRUST what it says!!... Still got no idea WHAT mine's going to say, mind you....
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