Little Turban curry sauces at mmm…

Little Turban sauces at mmm

‘Little Turban’ (aka Harj) is an artisan producer of modern regional Indian cooking sauces available at mmm…

Their vision is to introduce real authentic, regional flavours and aromas from around India to your dining table.

Little Turban’s products reflect the diverse flavours, aromas, spices and tastes India has to offer.

Each of their cooking sauces is inspired by a regional classic steeped in tradition and influenced from past generations and rulers.

Little Turban at mmm…

Rich and aromatic Lababdar Curry

A meal fit for Royalty!

A rich sauce made with a cashew nut paste, cream and butter for that decadent experience.

This dish originates from the Mughal era and has stood the test of time as a truly rich royal dish from Hyderabad.

Rustic and hearty Kashmiri Rogan Josh

The famous Rogan Josh created in the way it was orginally created with freshly ground Kashmiri chillies.

These chillies give this sauce a deep red colour.

Combined with a blend of aromatic spices and tomatoes this sauce is a umami hit, which gives it an amazing meaty taste.

Creamy and aromatic Makhani Masala

Creamy, rich and well spiced is the only description for my version of the famous Butter Chicken made famous in Old Delhi

Little Turban was inspired to recreate it with his special blend of tandoori spices.

A real must for lovers of Butter Chicken and for those that enjoy a little spicy kick.

Hot and spicy Naga and Mango Curry

Little Turban’s take on the classic chicken curry but with a bit of kick.

This smooth sauce is combined with a special garam masala blend, naga chilli and mango pulp.

This combination gives the sauce a great balance of heat and sweetness.

A must for chilli lovers.

Creamy coconut Goan Fish Curry

Inspired by Harj’s (aka Little Turban) trip to Goa.

This creamy coconut based sauce brings together a blend of complex spices together which embodies the coastal flavours of Goa.

It’s great with with fish and seafood, as well as chicken, lamb, beef and pork.

Meet the producer – Little Turban’s sauces are already hugely popular with our customers at mmm… so come and try one yourself from 1pm on Saturday, 11 March with Harj himself.

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Simone’s crunchy jalapeño panko poppers – a mmm… recipe

Jalapeño poppers

 

Crunchy jalapeño panko poppers
Serves 3
Every summer we stock UK-grown fresh chillies and as soon as they arrive our thoughts turn to one thing – jalapeño poppers!
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Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. Makes 12 poppers
  2. 6 fresh jalapeño chillies – ideally large, plump ones
  3. 170g of a good strong cheddar - grated
  4. 3 tbs of cream cheese
  5. Plain flour
  6. One egg – beaten
  7. A cup of breadcrumbs (we used our Japanese Panko as it is extra crunchy).
Instructions
  1. Cut the top off each chilli and use a thin bladed knife to remove the core and any seeds.
  2. Cut each chilli in half down the length of the chilli to make a shell.
  3. Take the cheddar and cream cheese and mix together in a bowl using a fork
  4. Optional – you can spice up the mix a little by adding a dusting of paprika or black pepper. But we prefer to keep it totally cheesy!
  5. Use a teaspoon to spoon the mixture into each shell and press down with a (clean) finger. It’s messy but fun!
  6. Cover the chillies with cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  7. When you are ready to cook the chillies remove from the fridge.
  8. Roll each of the chilli shells in plain flour, then the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs to cover them.
  9. Put on a baking tray into a pre-heated (180°C/356°F) oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to ‘escape’.
Notes
  1. These bite size delights are named after the ‘pop’ of warm melted cheese you get when you bite into them.
  2. You don’t have to just use jalapeños – our serenades, pardons and other chillies work just as well.
  3. We even had a customer last year making ‘chocolate habanero’ poppers – spicy!
  4. Serve with a chilled pilsner (we love Wylam Brewery’s Bohemia) and a spicy chilli jam (we love the tingly kick of Mr Vikkis Cumbrian-made chilli jam).
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The jalapeños and Panko breadcrumbs for these jalapeño poppers are available from mmm…
The eggs came from the Grainger Market.

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Fresh UK-grown chillies at mmm…

Each summer at mmm… we stock a wide selection of fresh chillies grown in Bedfordshire and Northumberland that range from sweet peppers to mega-hot habaneros, Scotch Bonnets and Nagas.

Our fresh UK-grown chillies at mmm… are freshly picked at least twice a week, which means you can really enjoy the fresh flavour of each type of chilli as well as the heat!

Our UK-grown chillies are seasonal and the season generally runs from early June to November.

In stock now (as of 20 June) – Anaheims, Cherry bombs, Jalapeños, Green serenades, Super Chilli F1, Turkish Chillies and Serranos.

What we sell at mmm… (supplier and weather dependent)

The disclaimer: The Scoville scale is a measure of the ‘hotness’ of a chilli pepper or anything derived from chilli peppers.

As originally devised, a solution of the pepper extract is diluted in sugar water until the ‘heat’ is no longer detectable to a panel of (usually five) tasters; the degree of dilution gives its measure on the Scoville scale.

Anaheim chilliesAnaheims – also known as New Mexican Chilli. Perfect for roasting and stuffing, or char grilling whole. Mild heat (500 – 5,000 Scovilles).

Poblanos – widely used in Mexican cooking. Traditionally stuffed and baked as Chile Rellenos. Mild heat (1,000 – 2,000 Scovilles).

Green seranadesRed Seranades – a gorgeous red colour with a medium heat and fruity warmth.
Medium Heat ( 50,000 -80,000 Scovilles).

Green Seranades – a gorgeous vibrant green chilli with a medium heat and fruity warmth.
Medium Heat ( 50,000 -80,000 Scovilles.)

Turkish chillies – a gentle chilli with a mild heat.
Mild Heat (500 – 2,000 Scovilles.)

Cherry BombsCherry Bombs – a versatile chilli, great stuffed with cheese and baked, or used for fresh salsa. Medium heat (6,000 Scovilles).

Jalapeños – used widely in Mexican and Tex Mex cooking for sizzling salsas, enchiladas or Texas jalapeño poppers. Medium heat (6,000 – 8,000 Scovilles).

Pimientos de Padrón – padrons are used in Spanish tapas. Very mild if picked early, becoming hotter (30,000 Scovilles) if left to mature. Apparently one in ten is hot, hot, hot!

Fresnos bullets – similar to Jalapeños. Used for ceviche, salsa and as an accompaniment for rice and black beans. Mild to medium heat (2,500 – 10,000 Scovilles).

Rocotos (AKA Manzano/Peron/Locoto) – popular in Central and South America. Good for hot salsas or stuffed and baked as rocotos rellenos. Hot (50,000 – 250,000 Scovilles)

Bhut Jolokia – our suggestion for cooking with these chillies is to use a very small amount, finely ground.
Beware – extremely hot (800,000 – 1,000,000+ Scovilles!!!).

Naga chillies at mmmNagas – our suggestion for cooking with these chillies is to use a very small amount, finely ground. Beware – extremely hot (800,000 – 1,000,000+ Scovilles!!!).

Chocolate Habañeros – rich flavour. The ultimate salsa pepper used to make the famous Jamaican Jerk Sauce.
Very hot (300,000 – 425,000 Scovilles).

Habañeros – blow-your-head-off hot chillies with a slightly fruity flavour. Good for chutneys and chilli sauces.
Very, very hot (100,000 – 350,000 Scovilles).

Scotch Bonnets – named for its resemblance to a Tam O’Shanter hat. Fruity flavour and used in Caribbean cooking. Very, very hot (100,000 – 350,000 Scovilles.)

Bird’s Eyes (Thai Chili, Peri-Peri) – extremely pungent and often used in Chinese and South East Asian cooking. Very, very hot (100,000-225,000 Scovilles).

Cayennes – hot, red chilli pepper used in all kinds of cuisines, from Latin American to Tex-Mex to Asian. Hot (30,000 – 50,000 Scovilles).

Serrano chilliesSerranos – crisp, bright flavour. Typically eaten raw, added to guacamole, or used as a garnish. Medium heat (10,000 – 25,000 Scovilles).

Hungarian Hotwax – crisp, fleshy fruits with a mild heat. Good for chopping into a stir fry or for frying/grilling whole. Mild Heat (2000 Scovilles.)

Apaches – a common variety of chilli, which is quite pungent in flavour and good for all kinds of cooking. Hot (80,000 Scovilles).

imageNumex Twilight – unusual variety originally developed at New Mexico State University. Medium-hot flavour (30,000 – 50,000 Scovilles).

Super Chilli F1 – close relative of the Bird’s Eye Chilli. Hot (35,000 – 50,000 Scovilles).

Ring of Fire – A versatile chilli. Excellent fresh but dries really well to make a great chilli powder. Medium-hot (70,000 – 85,000 Scovilles).

Plus … (again these are seasonal)

Tomatillos – a staple in Mexican cooking. Bright, lemon-like flavour.

Perfect as a green salsa with spicy or grilled food. Chop and cook into sauces or fry. (Remove papery husk before cooking).

Want to know more?

The Chilli Jam Man at mmm…

The Chilli Jam Man’s chilli jams have developed a real following amongst our customers at mmm… since we first put them on our spicy shelves.

The Chilli Jam Man spent years developing chilli jam recipes to tantalise and sate the taste buds as he just couldn’t find exactly what he wanted.

His chilli jams are all about making the best flavour coupled with just the right level of heat for your taste buds.

All of his chilli jams are lovingly hand crafted in Yorkshire after years of experimenting to get the taste and texture ‘just right’.

What we sell at mmm..

Bhut Jolokia chilli jam (heat rating 9.1 out of 10) – blisteringly hot. Made from the hottest commercially available chilli in the world, the Bhut Jolokia.

In 2010 this jam won the Fiery Foods National Chilli Award for ‘The Best Chilli Jam/Sweet Chilli Sauce’.

In 2011 he went one better and it won ‘The Best Extract Free Naga Sauce’.

Garlic chilli jam (heat rating 6 out of 10) – for the garlic lovers out there, this jam has lashings of lovely garlic.

This jam mixed with mayo was the inspiration for ‘Jamonnaise’, awesome with melted cheese, mixed into burgers or just on the side of a plate with some chips.

Ginger chilli jam (heat rating 7 out of 10) – 0ne for the vampires! No garlic, just gorgeous ginger.

This is lovely with fish or chicken with some spring onion, just think of chinese chilli ginger and spring onion dishes and you’re there!

The Chilli Jam Man loves it on melon for a sweet cool to hot sharp contrast.

Hot Chocolate Orange chilli jam (heat rating 7 out of 10) –  a twist from the norm.

Made with chocolate, orange, cinnamon and chilli jam.

Gorgeous with meats, delicious with croissants, magnificent with banana and ice cream or tickle your own fancy …

Hot Smoky Bhut chilli jam (heat rating 9.1 out of 10) – this was so popular when the Chilli Jam Man did an experimental batch that it had to become a main flavour.

Take the lovely deep flavours of Smoky and add the rumbling potent heat of Bhut Jolokia and you end up with something divine!

Original chilli jam (heat rating 6.5 out of 10) – the original jam that started it all.

Chilli, garlic and ginger, a mainstay of most South-East Asian cuisine.

A must for every kitchen. just the right heat level if you just like a bit of chilli to use as everything from a sauce or pickle through to a marinade and base for your curries and stir fries.

Smoky chilli jam (heat rating 6.5 out of 10) – barbeque in a jar, made with chipotle (smoked jalapenos) and lovely hand smoked garlic, which is all smoked and peeled at Chilli Jam HQ.

This jam has hardly any heat and is completely addictive on cheese, pate and cold meats!

imageThree Peaks chilli jam (heat rating 9.9 out of 10) – inspired by Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, experience a sharp climb of Birds Eyes, a steady climb of Habaneros and finally capped off with a long steady rise of Bhut Jolokia chillies.

Vegetarian Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam (heat rating 9.1 out of 10) – just like the national Award-winning Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam, but without the Thai Fish Sauce.

Fantastic for getting plenty of flavour and heat into meals quickly and easily.

Vegetarian Original Chilli Jam (heat rating 6.1 out of 10) – a lovely veggie version of the Original Chilli Jam, all the same goodness, just minus the Thai Fish Sauce

Yorkshire Dragon chilli jam (heat rating 9.9 out of 10) – by far the fiercest jam in the standard black lid range and the Jam the Chilli Jam Man makes ‘The Podfather’ from.

Scores of Bird’s Eye Chillies and lashings of Bhut Jolokia give Yorkshire Dragon its two waves of burn.

Seriously, one for the enthusiast.

Yorkshire Wolds chilli jam (heat rating 4 out out of 10) – inspired by the gentle rolling hills around Chilli Jam Central the Yorkshire Wolds Chilli Jam has lovely rolling flavours ideal for a ploughman’s lunch, a pork pie or some cheese and biscuits.

Originally made as a wedding favour for the Chilli Jam Man’s own wedding it was so popular that he had to bring it out as flavour. The Podfather chilli jam

The Podfather chilli jam (heat rating 10 out of 10) – the first ‘Ultra Jam’ in the Signature Series. This is a very serious jar!

The Chilli Jam Man wanted to make Yorkshire Dragon hotter in a purely natural way, here’s what he made.

Go back to a full sized jar, put in a layer of Bhut Jolokia flake, select three very ripe dried Bhut Jolokia pods, pour over boiling Dragon Chilli Jam, cap with another layer of Bhut Jolokia flake.

This Jam will infuse and grow stronger in time and at some point, there are three whole Bhut Jolokia pods in there, re-hydrated in his hottest Chilli Jam!

Ginja Ninja chilli jam (heat rating 10 out of 10) – the Second Ultra Jam in the Signature Series and the absolute hottest all natural product the Chilli Jam Man has managed to make.

Firstly he made a ginger version of Yorkshire Dragon which in it’s self makes it hotter and sharper.

Then he mixed in Sichuan Pepper Corns before pouring over a bed of Bhut Jolokia flakes and pods in the same way as The Podfather.

About 25 seconds in the Sichuan will give you a numb tingly sensation on your tongue which will then amplify the massive heat of the Jam…

Be very carefull, it’s got more than a bit of a kick! In fact, up here at Chilli Jam HQ, the Chilli Jam Man calls this one ‘Chuck Norris in a jar!’

MoJo chilli jam (heat rating 10 out of 10) – the third Ultra Jam in the Signature Series.

This is a deeply smoky version of The Podfather and the Chilli Jam Man’s favourite of the three Ultra Jams.

Firstly he made a smoky version of dragon and then pour this over smoked flakes and smoked pods of Bhut Jolokia and leave to infuse.

Burgers really will never be the same again!

Bhut Jolokia Chilli Flakes/smoked chilli flakes/chilli pods – fiery hot chillies from the Bhut Jolokia fields of Assam.

The hottest comercially available chilli at over one million SHU and the former ‘world’s hottest chilli’.

This is the furnace that feeds the fire of the Chilli Jam Man’s hottest Chilli Jams.

Lime Tickle (heat rating 5 out of 10) – hot and sour heaven.

If you like lime pickle then you’ll love Lime Tickle.

A chunky lime pickle infused with my award winning Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam to give a gorgeous tickle!

Mango Bhutney (heat rating 5 out of 10) – a cool sweet Mango Chutney infused with or Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam.

Amazing as a dip, fantastic with curries, to die for with grilled meats and one of the best hot sticky glazes ever!

Squealers pork scratchings (heat rating 7 out of 10) – gorgeous hot and spicy Pork Scratchings unlike any you’ve had before.

The King of nibbles, you’ll never want crisps again! Possibly the most addictive substance ever!

A huge 90g bag coated in a whole range of spices bringing a lovely deep heat from several angles, not too hot to make you cry, but will definitely leave you wanting more!

Want to know more?

Thanks to The Chilli Jam Man for the information and images on this page.

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Mushemi Fire at mmm…

Mushemi Fire logoWe are delighted to be stocking ‘Mushemi Fire’ Zambian inspired hot sauces and chilli products at mmm…

We tasted them at a mini chillifest at Spitalfields City Farm, Brick Lane, London last year and we were hooked!

Mushemi Fire sauces are handmade in small batches in Staffordshire, and designed to bring a distinctive taste of African fire and flavour to your food.

What we sell at mmm… 

KambuziKambuzi hot sauce – made with African piri piri (kambuzi, “little goat”) chillies, sun dried tomatoes and Zambian honey.

Rich and spicy piri piri sauce for grilled chicken, prawns and vegetables either as a marinade or directly on foods.

Great on a burger! 

Heat rating – 4/6.

Roast tomato chilli sauce sweet chilli sauce – rich and flavourful sweet chilli sauce made from roast tomatoes, red peppers and chillies.

Sweet chilli style sauce for chicken, fish and pork dishes, stir fires and sandwiches. 

Heat rating – 2/6. 

Mother's RuinMother’s Ruin hot sauce – fermented gin hot sauce with African scotch bonnet chillies and lemon.

Use like Tabasco. Splash on tomato dishes, eggs, chicken and fish.

Great in a Bloody Mary!

Heat rating – 4/6.

Sweet pepper and tamarind sauce sweet chilli sauce – sweet chilli style sauce with fiery African scotch bonnet chillies and tangy tamarind.

Tangy sweet chilli sauce for dips and stir fries. Use as a marinade for chicken and prawns, or as a glaze for salmon.

Heat rating – 2/6.

ChipatsoChipatso hot sauce – fruity papaya and guava hot sauce spiced up with African scotch bonnet chillies.

Fruity hot sauce for chicken, pork and fish dishes.

Add directly to foods or use as a marinade.

Heat rating – 3/6.

Smoked chilli oil – cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil infused with flakes of home smoked African piri piri chillies and paprika.

For stir fries, salad dressings and marinades.

Drizzle over pizzas or bruschetta.

Heat rating – 4/6.

ZwaoZwao! hot sauce – extremely hot piri piri sauce made with African scotch bonnet and piri piri chillies.

Use as a marinade or add directly to grilled meats, chicken and vegetables.

Use with caution!

Heat rating – 6/6.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Mushemi Fire for the images and information on this page.

Kankun Mexican sauces and marinades at mmm…

Ever-popular at mmm… our Kankun Mexican sauces and marinades use a secret recipe guarded fervently by generations of grandmas, aunties, and mamas from the Cardenas family.

Kankun sauces are not only Mexican by name, this is the closest you will get to a home-made, traditional chilli sauce found only at the most authentic of Mexican family gatherings and Rolando Cardenas.

Rolando Cardenas, the magical power behind the sauce, learned the art of the perfect chilli mix by sneaking into the kitchen at family dinners and watching, tasting and smelling the age-old recipes that sit at the heart of his family’s tradition.

What we sell at mmm…

Chipotle-Hot-1024pxKankun Mexican chipotle sauce – hot
Spice up without extreme heat.

A unique blend of earthy and smoky spiciness and the perfect heat level.

Kankun Mexican chipotle sauce – mild
Smoky and very gentle.

Perfect for those that like to add flavour with a mild touch of heat.

Kankun Mexican marinade sauce
Mexican home recipe marinade in a bottle.

Marinade while adding a Mexican flavour in one fast step. Smoky medium heat level.

jalape-_o-sml-greenKankun habanero sauce
85% habanero chilli pure for extreme chilli lovers.

Delivers a Mexican extreme heat with a long-lasting tangy taste. Moreish flavour.

NEW: Kankun jalapeño hot sauce
Spice up without extreme heat.

Traditional Mexican green sauce that delivers the perfect heat level. 50% jalapeño puree.

Recipes using Kankun sauces.

Want to know more?

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Thanks to Kankun sauce or the information on this page.

An A to Z of herbs, spices and chillies at mmm…

We have a vast array of the best quality spices, herbs and chillies at mmm… – from everyday basil and bay leaves to hard-to-find sumac, za’atar, saffron and three types of smoked ‘pimenton’ paprika.

Here is an A to Z (but by no means exhaustive) list of herbs, spices and more available at mmm…

We keep on adding to our list each week. Don’t ask if we stock it – just ask where it is!

Please note: We get weekly deliveries of our spices to ensure their freshness and are subject to stocks being available.

So please check ahead if there is a particular ‘hard to find’ herb or spice that you need and we will be happy to keep it back for you.

And even better – during the summer we get super fresh UK-grown chillies at mmm…

Keep watching this page, our website and our Tweets for more fresh chilli news.

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Achiote paste – Annatto seeds, know as ‘achiote’ in México, have a mild, earthy flavour and bright red colour, making them a perfect ingredient in a marinade base.

Dissolve in a little of the paste in vinegar or a mix of fresh lime and orange juice and add salt to taste.

Use to marinate fish or meat before roasting, steaming or barbecuing or use to colour and flavour rice dishes.

Achiote seedAchiote seed (annatto seed) – this lentil shaped seed is brick-red in colour and is used to impart a yellow/orange colour to Latin American or Spanish cooking.

It can be used in place of saffron and will impart a slightly peppery, nutty taste to food.

May be used whole, ground or infused in oil.

African Grains of Paradise – 

Ajwan seedAjwain (or Ajwan) seed – a pungent, bitter fruit-pod from the Bishops Weed plant.

Although not a true seed it is known as a seed and is similar in appearance to caraway.

This spice has a strong thyme taste and should be used sparingly.

Use in speciality Asian dishes. In particular, it goes well in dahls, breads, vegetable dishes and chutneys.

Allspice berries – ground – Finely ground Allspice berries. See below.

Allspice wholeAllspice berries – whole – the dried berry of an evergreen tree indigenous to Central America and the Caribbean.

It was traditionally harvested by young men with climbing skills. Allspice was named by early European visitors because the warm flavour seemed to combine the flavours of cumin, cloves and nutmeg.

It is used in Caribbean regional cooking, as an ingredient in pickling vinegar and as an essential ingredient in the mix of spices for mulling wine and ale.

AmchoorAmchoor (Mango powder) – Amchoor, also known as mango powder, is made from dried unripe mangoes and has a sour, bitter flavour.

It is widely used in North Indian cooking to flavour chutneys, pickles and vegetable dishes.

Use sparingly!

Anardana (ground pomegranate seeds) – 

Aniseed whole - aniseAnise (or whole aniseed) – the seeds of an annual plant related to Cumin and Fennel.

Indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean it is now widely cultivated in Europe and Central America.

Its mild, liquorice flavour is used in Middle Eastern cooking, particularly vegetable based dishes.

Anise Star (Star Anise or China Star) – the star shaped fruit of an evergreen shrub indigenous to southern China and Vietnam.

Star anise - anise starBoth the fruit case and the seeds have a strong aniseed flavour and may be used whole (remove before serving).

They can also be ground as found in traditional Five Spice Mix.

Use sparingly wherever an aniseed flavour is required.

Aniseed – whole – see Anise.

Annatto seed (achiote seed) – this lentil shaped seed is brick-red in colour and is used to impart a yellow/orange colour to Latin American or Spanish cooking.

Achiote seedIt can be used in place of saffron and will impart a slightly peppery, nutty taste to food.

May be used whole, ground or infused in oil.

Use to marinate fish or meat before roasting, steaming or barbecuing or use to colour and flavour rice dishes.

Advieh rice seasoning – 

Arrowroot – the starch extracted from the tuberous roots of a perennial plant indigenous to Central America.

ArrowrootArrowroot is now also cultivated in Africa and South East Asia.

Widely used as a thickening agent as it produces a thick gel when mixed with hot water.

In the past this was considered a useful source of nutrition for those with weak stomachs.

Asafoetida – a highly pungent gum extracted from the flower stalks of a herbaceous perennial native to Afghanistan.

AsafoetidaAsafoetida is widely used throughout Southern Asia to flavour rice, vegetable dishes and chutneys.

It typically works as a flavour enhancer and, used along with turmeric, is a standard component of Indian cuisine.

Asafoetida is used particularly in lentil curries, such as dal, as well as in numerous vegetable dishes.

An acquired taste!

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Baharat – 

Balti stir fry mixBalti Masala (Balti stir fry mix) – see below.

Balti stir fry mix (Balti Masala) – A blend of curry spices well suited to the ‘Balti’ style of cooking.

This style of cooking, ‘legend’ has it, was developed in Birmingham using the traditional Indian Balti frying pan for British style Indian curries.

Barberry – whole

BasilBasil (sweet basil) – this leafy annual is native to the Middle East and South Asia but is now cultivated widely throughout the sub-tropical zones.

Egypt and Turkey are the main commercial producers.

The leaves have a strong, pungent taste that compliments fish and meat dishes, particularly those containing tomatoes.

Basil is one of the most widely used herbs and is essential to Mediterranean and Arabic Cuisine.

Basil – Thai holy basil

Bay leavesBay leaves (or sweet laurel) – a large tree native to the Eastern Mediterranean but now grown throughout the sub-tropical zones.

The dried leaves of Bay have been used since ancient times as a food flavouring.

They are an essential ingredient in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cooking.

One or two leaves will add a piquant lemon flavour to fish, meat or vegetable dishes. Remove before serving.

BBQ seasoning – a blend of spices used as a marinade for meat or fish to be cooked on the barbeque.

Beetroot powder – 

Berbere – 

Biryani spice mix – 

Bouquet GarniBouquet Garni – together with Fines Herbes and Herbes de Provence, Bouquet Garni is one of the classic herb mixtures of French cuisine.

It contains Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley and Bay Leaves.

Traditionally the herbs would be added to a dish tied up in a muslin pouchette which would be removed before serving.

The flavour compliments meat or tomato based dishes.

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Cajun seasoningCajun seasoning – a spice mixture typical of the Cajun region of the southern United States.

Add to boiled, braised or fried dishes.

Works particularly well with fish and chicken dishes.

Cajun blackening spice – 

Caraway seed – the seeds of a slender biennial plant native to a wide region covering Central Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Caraway seedCaraway seeds are similar in flavour to aniseed and can be used whole or ground.

Caraway seeds are frequently used in baking. The seeds found in most types of rye bread are caraway seeds.

Caraway seed is also used in flavouring curries, sausages and are sometimes used in pickling and brining as well.

It pairs rather well with garlic, and also with pork and cabbage.

Cardamom – ground

Cardamom wholeCardamom whole (green pods) – cardamom is indigenous to South India, but is now cultivated extensively in Central America.

The green or straw coloured seed pods contain small black seeds that have a strong lemon flavour.

It is an indispensable ingredient in Indian cooking.

Crack the seed pods by crushing before use and remove before serving.

An interesting addition to cooked fruit!

Cardamom – pods (green) – see above.

Cardamon – pods (black)

Caribbean jerk spice rub

Cassia - cassia barkCassia (cassia bark) – the bark of a tree closely related to cinnamon.

It is indigenous to China and now cultivated throughout South Asia and Indonesia.

A five-inch piece added to rice or fish dishes will empart a cinnamon flavour.

Remove before serving.

Cayenne pepperCayenne pepper – traditionally, the ground, dried, fruit of a variety of capsicum indigenous to the Cayenne area of northern South America.

In reality, it is an alternative name for Chilli Powder.

Beware, Cayenne Pepper is very hot and should be used sparingly.

Celery leaf

Celery salt – A popular way of using ground celery seed. Use instead of salt in fish or chicken dishes or as a sprinkle on salads or vegetables.

It is particularly favoured with quail eggs.

Celery seedCelery seed – the seeds of the fleshy plant widely grown as a vegetable and indigenous to Southern Europe and North America.

The strong celery flavour that the seeds impart is much favoured by cooks in Central Europe.

Celery seed has a very strong flavour, especially when ground, so use sparingly.

It goes well with vegetables and eggs.

Chai spices

Chat masala

Chermoula

Chervil

Chicken seasoning – a blend of herbs and spices that enhance the flavour of all poultry dishes.

Use as a rub before roasting or cooking chicken in a casserole dish.

Crushed chilliesChilli – crushed – whole chillies chopped into 3-4mm pieces for ease of use.

The chilli gets distributed more evenly throughout the dish.

Beware, Crushed chillies are very hot and should be used with caution.

Lovely sprinkled on pizza or added to pulped tomatoes to make a simple pasta sauce.

Ground chilliChilli  – ground – produced in most tropical countries but supplies available in the UK usually come from southern India, Pakistan or China.

Depending on the t of chilli pepper used powders range from the mildly hot to the downright dangerous and vary in colour from pale yellow/pink to deep red.

We try to always stock a medium hot chilli powder with a strong orange red colour.

See also Cayenne pepper

Chilli  – pepper

Chilean Alino

Chillies wholeChillies – whole – the dried seed pods of a variety of capsicum widely cultivated in the tropics.

Chillies, particularly the seeds, are very hot and should be handled with caution.

They are used in Indian cooking, both in the whole state as well as crushed or ground.

See also Chilli – ground above.

If used whole, the Chilli is usually removed before eating.

Chillies – dried ancho (poblano)

Chillies – dried bird’s eye

Chillies – dried chipotle meco

Chillies – dried chipotle morita

Chillies – dried d’arbol

Chillies – dried guajillo

Chillies – dried New Mexico red

Chillies – dried habaneros

Chillies – dried piquin

Chillies – dried naga

Chillies – dried bhut jolokia

Chillies – dried ‘ghost’

Chillies – Kashmiri – powder

Chili en polvo

Chinese 5 spiceChinese 5 Spice – also known as ‘five spice mix’.

The classic spice mixture of Chinese cooking.

The mix is made by grinding Star Anise, Fennel Seed, Cinnamon and Black Pepper.

A teaspoon full added to a chicken or beef stir-fry dish will give it the rich aniseed flavour associated with Chinese cuisine.

Chives – the fleshy leaves of a plant indigenous to Europe and North America, which is closely related to onion and garlic.

ChivesChives are one of the “fines herbes” of French cuisine, which also include tarragon, chervil and/or parsley.

It is widely used as a garnish with a mild onion flavour.

Chives enhances salads and vegetable dishes, particularly potatoes.

It goes well with cheese or mayonnaise dips.

Cinnamon  – bark (cinnamon sticks) – the bark of an evergreen tree indigenous to Sri Lanka but cultivated throughout the tropics.

Cinnamon sticksThe bark curls into sticks when being cut.

Cinnamon is one of the most widely used spices.

Its warm sweet aromatic flavour is an essential part of South Asian and Indonesian cooking.

Use a five-inch piece in meat, vegetable, fish or rice dishes.

It can also be used to flavour rice pudding or other milk based dishes.

Cinnamon – ground (cinnamon powder) – the finely ground bark of the cinnamon tree.

Cinnamon ground - powderSee also cinnamon bark/sticks above.

This popular spice is one of the essential ingredients of Indian and Indonesian cooking.

Its warm sweet aromatic flavour is also widely used in baking.

Cinnamon – sticks (Sri Lankan)

Cinnamon – sticks (Mexican)

Cloves – ground – finely ground whole cloves (see below).

Use sparingly instead of whole cloves when the clove bodies would detract from the dish.

Use with stewed or baked fruit, fruit puddings, Christmas pudding and sweet sauces.

Cloves wholeCloves – whole – cloves are the dried, unopened flower buds of an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas Islands (“The Spice Islands”).

They are now cultivated throughout the tropics particularly East africa and Indonesia.

Cloves was one of the earliest spices to reach Europe and is prized for its strong, sweet, aromatic flavour.

It is particularly well suited to flavour pork or ham dishes and is also used with stewed or baked fruit. Remove before serving.

Coriander - groundCoriander – ground – finely ground coriander seed plays a part in almost every regional cooking style.

In particular Indian, Malay, Mexican and Middle Eastern.

Its warm, aromatic flavour is fully developed after frying in oil at a high temperature for a minute or so.

It is an indispensible ingredient in most curry powder/masala mixes.

Coriander leafCoriander – leaf – the dried leaves of the coriander plant have a strong aromatic flavour similar to that of ground coriander.

It is used as a garnish in North African, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking.

It can be used with vegetables, fish and in cream dips.

Coriander leaf also provides an interesting alternative to parsley.

Coriander – seed – the seed of a hardy annual indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean area.

Coriander seedIt is now cultivated throughout the temperate zones.

After pepper, coriander is probably the most widely used spice.

The seeds have a warm, aromatic flavour, but because of the indigestible husk they are usually used in the ground form.

The seeds may be ground using a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.

The best way to get the maximum flavour out of coriander seeds is to dry-fry them.

Seeds are ready when the warm aroma is released. Remove from pan and cool.

Seeds can then be used whole or crushed. See also – Coriander – ground above.

Creole seasoning

Cumin groundCumin – ground – finely ground Cumin Seed. See below.

Widely used in South Asian cooking.

To obtain the best flavour, fry first in oil at a high temperature for a minute or so.

Cumin gives a warm aromatic lemon flavour to meat, fish or egg dishes.

Cumin – seed – the seeds of a plant related to parsley and indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cumin seedIt is now widely cultivated throughout the sub-tropical zones.

Cumin seeds have a full aromatic lemon flavour and are often used ground. See Cumin -ground above.

To prepare the seed yourself, first roast in a hot, dry, frying pan for a few minutes and then grind using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.

Cumin is an important ingredient in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking and is also used as a topping for bread.

Cumin seed blackCumin – seed (black) – also known as Royal Cumin Seed, these are a species of Cumin cultivated in Central India.

Reputed to have a superior flavour to Cumin Seed they are particularly suited to vegetarian dishes.

Dry roast in a pan and grind finely before use.

Use as Cumin – seed (see above).

Curry leaves – the leaves of a bush indigenous to South India.

Curry leavesThese leaves smell like curry powder, hence the name.

They have a sharp, bitter, aromatic flavour.

They are widely used in Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisines to add flavour to meat, fish, vegetable or lentil dishes.

Remove the leaves before serving.

Curry powder – Biryani spices

Curry powder – Madras

Curry powder – Medium

Curry powder  – Mild

Curry powder  – Thai Green

Curry powder – Thai Red

D

Dhansak spice mix

Dill herb leafDill  – herb (Dill – leaf) – the leaves of an annual plant originating from the Mediterranean but now widely cultivated.

Dill Leaf has been used as a food flavouring since ancient times.

It has a particular aromatic piquante flavour and is typically used to garnish soups, salads, vegetable and fish dishes.

It is widely used in Arabic, Central European and Scandinavian cooking. See also Dill – seed below.

Dill seedDill – seed – the dried seeds of the Dill plant.

It is used to flavour the vinegar in pickles, particularly pickled gherkins.

Finely ground it may be added sparingly to soups and sauces.

It is widely used in Arabic, Central European and Scandinavian cooking.

See Dill Leaf above.

Dukka (Dukkah)

E

Epazote

F

Fajita seasoningFajita seasoning – A spicy mix of chilli, onion, garlic salt, paprika, mustard, pepper, oregano, lemon, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Use as a rub or in a marinade to produce the Mexican dish of grilled meat or fish ‘fajitas’.

Perfect with our Mexican Masa Harina (corn) tortillas we have delivered each week at mmm…

Fennel seedFennel seed – the seeds of a plant related to Dill and native to the Mediterranean area. It is now widely cultivated in all temperate zones.

Its mild, aromatic, liquorice flavour enhances meat and fish dishes.

You’ll get more flavour out of fennel seeds by grinding or dry frying them.

To grind, either pound in a pestle and mortar, put them in a sealed bag and bash with a rolling pin or whizz up in a small, clean coffee grinder.

To dry fry, heat up a pan, tip in the seeds and, over a medium heat, brown for a couple of minutes, tossing them around the pan frequently.

Fenugreek (methi) – ground – finely ground Fenugreek seeds. See below. Use sparingly.

Fenugreek leafFenugreek (methi) leaf – the dried leaves of the Fenugreek plant. See Fenugreek – seed below.

Used as an alternative to ground Fenugreek when a less sharp flavour is required.

The dark green leaves add interest to many vegetarian dishes.

Widely used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking.

Fenugreek seed - methiFenugreek (methi) – seed – fenugreek is a small annual plant which is widely distributed throughout Asia and the Mediterranean.

It has been used as a culinary spice since the earliest times.

It is mainly grown commercially in India and North Africa.

You’ll get more flavour out of fenugreek seeds by grinding or dry frying them.

To dry fry, heat up a pan, tip in the seeds and, over a medium heat, brown for a couple of minutes, tossing them around the pan frequently.

Fish seasoningFile (Sassafras) powder

Fish seasoning – a herbal mix of orange peel, fennel seed, parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil.

The mix perfectly compliments fish dishes.

Add half a teaspoon per person during the cooking process.

Chinese 5 spiceFive spice mix – also known as Chinese 5 Spice.

he classic spice mixture of Chinese cooking.

The mix is made by grinding Star Anise, Fennel Seed, Cinnamon and Black Pepper.

A teaspoon full added to a chicken or beef stir-fry dish will give it the rich aniseed flavour associated with Chinese cuisine.

Fleur de Sel

French lavender – the flowers of a perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean region.Lavender

Now more widely cultivated for its popular aromatic properties.

It can be used in southern European and Middle Eastern cooking as an interesting alternative or addition to traditional herbs.

It can also be used with Herbes de provence.

G

Galagal groundGalangal – ground – the finely ground dried root of a plant closely related to ginger.

It is native to South and East Asia and is widely used as an aromatic spice with a warm ginger-like flavour.

It is an essential ingredient in many Thai and Indonesian dishes.

See Galangal – root below.

Galangal – root

Garam MasalaGaram Masala – a generic name given to a mixture (masala) of ‘good’ spices kept in the kitchen of any Indian home.

The ingredients will vary depending on availability.

Our everyday, always stocked Garam Masala is a mixture of coriander, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg.

Use as a ‘curry powder’ or sprinkle on savoury dishes, particularly vegetarian dishes, before serving.

Garlic bulbs – unsmoked

Garlic bulbs – smoked

Garlic chips granulesGarlic – granules (Garlic – chips) – related to the onion, garlic is a native of Asia but is cultivated throughout the warmer zones.

Together with black pepper, it is probably the most widely used food flavouring in the world.

Garlic chips are made by cutting up dried cloves of fresh garlic.

Half a teaspoon is equivalent to a medium sized clove of fresh garlic.

Garlic powderGarlic powder – finely ground dried garlic cloves.

It is much stronger than garlic chips so use sparingly.

Garlic powder will easily absorb water vapour and ‘cake’ so always store in an airtight container in a dry environment.

See Garlic – granules/chips above.

Garlic saltGarlic salt – garlic Salt is a mixture of salt and ground garlic, plus an anti-caking agent.

It provides a convenient way of using garlic.

It should always be stored in an airtight container in a dry environment.

See Garlic – granules/chips for general information on garlic.

Goan Xacuti curry powder

Ginger rootGinger root – the dried fleshy, tuberous rhizomes of a perennial plant indigenous to South East Asia, but now cultivated throughout the tropics.

Culinary use of ginger usually calls for the finely ground root (see Ginger – ground below).

But whole root ginger is widely used in the preparation of pickling vinegar.

Ginger ground – the finely ground, dried root of the Ginger plant (see Ginger root above).

Ginger groundGinger has been used since ancient times and is widely used in Asian and Caribbean cooking.

It is also a popular flavouring in many bakery products.

The dried root is difficult to grind in the domestic environment, so is usually purchased ready ground.

It gives a strong, warm, hot, aromatic flavour and should be used sparingly.

Goma Shio

Grains of Paradise

Cardamom wholeGreen cardamom  (Cardamom whole/green pods) – cardamom is indigenous to South India, but is now cultivated extensively in Central America.

The green or straw coloured seed pods contain small black seeds that have a strong lemon flavour.

It is an indispensable ingredient in Indian cooking.

Crack the seed pods by crushing before use and remove before serving.

An interesting addition to cooked fruit!

H

Harrisa paste

Harrisa paste (fresh – in our fridge)

Harissa spice mix (just blend with olive oil and garlic)

Herbes de ProvenceHerbes de Provence – Herbes de Provence is one of the classic herb mixtures used in French cuisine alongside Bouquet Garni and Fines Herbes.

Exact recipes vary, but our everyday, always stocked blend contains marjoram, thyme, rosemary, parsley.

This fragrant mixture of dried herbs typical of southern French cooking has a more robust flavour than Fines Herbes.

It is well suited for use in flavouring soups and casseroles.

Hibiscus flowers – 

Himalayan pink salt – 

I

Indian five spice – panch phoran – 

Iranian Advieh rice seasoning – 

Iranian sabzi ghormeh – 

J

Jalfrezi Curry Powder

Jalfrezi Mix

Jerk seasoningJerk seasoning – a Caribbean seasoning comprising pepper, salt, coriander, paprika, sugar, chilli, allspice, cumin, nutmeg, and bay leaves.

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice.

Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken.

But it can be used as a rub or a marinade for most meat and fish.

Juniper berriesJuniper berries – the dried berries of a large evergreen shrub native to the northern areas of Europe and Asia.

Juniper has a strong, aromatic flavour that has been widely used in cooking since the earliest times.

It is the essential flavouring in gin and also complements game, rabbit and hare dishes.

Use sparingly and remove the berries before serving.

K

Lime leavesKaffir lime leaves (lime leaves) – the dried leaves of the Kaffir tree, indigenous to South East Asia.

It should not be confused with leaves from the European Lime (Linden) tree.

Much used in Thai and Indonesian cuisine, lime leaves impart a strong, aromatic lime flavour to stir fry and water based dishes.

Use whole and remove before serving or use ground.

Kashmiri chillies – powder

Korma curry powder

L

Lamb seasoningLamb seasoning – a herb and spice mixture perfect for lamb.

Sprinkle on a roast or barbeque lamb before cooking.

One tablespoon will season a medium sized (2kg) joint.

Our always stocked mix ingredients include rosemary, thyme, mint, pepper, bay leaves and garlic.

Lavender (French lavender) – the flowers of a perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean region.

Lavender

Now more widely cultivated for its popular aromatic properties.

It can be used in southern European and Middle Eastern cooking as an interesting alternative or addition to traditional herbs.

It can also be used with Herbes de provence (see above).

Lemon grassLemon grass – the dried stems of a fleshy grass-like plant that is indigenous to South East Asia.

Lemon grass has a delicate lemony flavour and is much used in Thai and Indonesian cooking.

Dried lemon grass can be used to flavour to a variety of south east Asian dishes.

Added to Thai and Malay-style dishes it gives a distinctive flavour which makes them quite different from Indian curries.

Use sparingly (1tsp per four persons) in vegetable and chicken dishes.

It can be ground in a coffee grinder for a stronger flavour.

Lemon myrtle – 

Lemon pepper – 

Lime (Kaffir) leaves – see Kaffir lime leaves above.

Loomi – shade dried limes

Long pepper

M

Mace – ground – the coarsely ground oily powder produced from Whole Mace (see below).

It has a rich aromatic flavour similar to but not as robust as nutmeg. It is ideally suited to milk and cheese based dishes.

Mace wholeMace – whole – mace is the dried outer covering of the seeds of the nutmeg tree.

It is indigenous to the Molucca Islands, but is now cultivated widely in the tropical zone.

The ‘blades’ of mace have a flavour which is similar to that of nutmeg but which is not as strong.

They can be used whole in pickling spice or milk puddings (remove before eating).

There is a wider culinary application for ground mace – see above.

AmchoorMango powder – also known as amateur.

It is made from dried unripe mangoes and has a sour, bitter flavour.

It is widely used in North Indian cooking.

This includes flavouring chutneys, pickles and vegetable dishes.

Use sparingly!

Marjoram

Methi (fenugreek)

Methi (fenugreek) leaves

Mexican oregano

Mexican salsa mix

Mint

Mixed herbs

Mixed spice

Mulled cider spices

Mulled wine spices

Mustard powder

Mustard seeds – black

Mustard seeds – brown

Mustard seeds – yellow

N

Nigella seed (onion seeds/Kalongi)

Nutmeg – ground

Nutmeg – whole

O

Onion Seed (Nigella seeds/Kalongi)

Oregano

Oregano – Mexican

P

Paella seasoning

Panch phoran (Indian five spice)

Paprika/pimenton – Spanish – sun-dried mild

Paprika/pimenton – Spanish – smoked (hot)

Paprika/pimenton – Spanish – smoked (sweet)

Paprika/pimenton – Spanish – smoked (semi-sweet)

Paprika – Hungarian (sweet for goulash)

Parsley

Pepper – black coarse

Pepper – black ground

Pepper – white ground

Peppercorns  – black

Peppercorns  – cracked black

Peppercorns – cubeb

Peppercorns  – green

Peppercorns – long pepper

Peppercorns  – mixed

Peppercorns  – pink

Peppercorns  – Szechwan

Peppercorns – Tellicherry

Peppercorns – White

Peppercorns – Vietnamese

Peppercorns – Wynad

Pickling spice

Pilau rice spices

Piri Piri seasoning

Pizza topping mix

Poppy seed

Poppy seed – white

Poudre de Colombo

R

Ras-el-Hanout

Rogan Josh curry powder

Rogan Josh mix

Rosemary

Rose petals

S

Sabzi ghormeh

Saffron – Do La Mancha

Saffron – Spanish Grade A

Sage

Sage – wild

Salt – Himalayan pink

Sambar powder

Savory – wild

Sea salt – coarse

Sea salt – fine

Sea salt – Maldon (Welsh)

Sea salt – Maldon (Welsh) – smoked

Sel Gris

Sesame seed

Shade dried limes (aka Loomi)

Shichimi Togarishi

Shrimp paste

Spearmint

Star Anise

Steak seasoning

Sumac – ground

Sumac – berries

Sweet Thai basil

T

Tagine seasoning

Tamarind – paste

Tamarind – root

Tandoori Masala

Tandoori mix

Tarragon

Tellicherry black peppercorns

Thai Creen curry mix

Thai holy basil

Thai Red curry mix

Thyme

Thyme – wild

Tikka masala

Tikka masala curry powder

Tsire powder

Turmeric

Turmeric – root

V

Vanilla bean

Vanilla paste

Vanilla pods

Vietnamese black peppercorns

W

Wasabi powder

West Indian curry powder

Wild sage

Wild savory

Wild thyme

Wynad black peppercorns

Y

Yellow mustard seeds

Z

Za’atar – Palestinian blend (we also sell Zaytoun Palestinian olive oil)

Za”atar – Lebanese blend

Want to know more?

Thanks to Green Cuisine and Seasoned Pioneers for the herb and spices information for this page.

Bims Kitchen at mmm…

A firm favourite at mmm… Bim’s Kitchen is the creation of husband and wife team James “Bim” (pictured below with mmm… owner Simone Clarkin at a tasting in our shop) and Nicola Adedejire.

The small family business makes an award-winning range of own-recipe African-inspired food products including sauces, ketchups, marinades, hot sauces and chutneys.

They use ingredients native to or commonly used in Africa like baobab fruit, cashew nuts, alligtor pepper, cubeb and hibiscus flowers amongst others, to make easy-to-use sauces and condiments

SBims Kitchen at mmm - tastingome of their recipes had long been enjoyed by friends, family and work colleagues who actively encouraged them to develop a range of retail products for others to enjoy.

Others have been created as their business has grown and they found new and ever more tasty and interesting things to make with our unique range of ingredients.

Whatever Bims Kitchen product you try from mmm…, you are in for a real treat!

What we sell at mmm… (heat ratings in brackets)

African Lemon, Garlic and Pepper Sauce (none) – a mild piquant sauce with a delightful flavour. A great condiment for meat, fish, vegetables or tofu.

ideal as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, gourmet crisps, fried, grilled or roasted meat and fish; on burgers, hot dogs or can be used to “spice up” salad dressings, mayonnaise, coleslaw or marinades.

Makes a great marinade for pork, chicken and fish and a tasty salad dressing. Also a great ingredient for stir-fries and stews.

Spicy African Ketchup (medium) – a bit more exciting than your usual ketchup! Great as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, gourmet crisps, fried, grilled or roasted meat and fish; on burgers, hot dogs or can be used to “spice up” salad dressings, mayonnaise or coleslaw.

Add some lemon juice and oil to create a tasty marinade or add to mayonnaise/plain yoghurt to create a tasty dip or sandwich spread. Also a great cooking ingredient.

Spicy African BBQ Sauce (medium) – very moreish and smoky, packed full of flavour and a delightful marinade for pork/beef ribs, chicken or use as a pour-on condiment.

African Baobab BBQ Sauce (none) – another great sauce made with baobab fruit- a delightful smoky marinade for ribs, chicken etc. and an all-round condiment which is also great with vegetable dishes.

Hot African Baobab BBQ Sauce (high) – this BBQ Sauce combines the fantastic flavour of the original with added cayenne and birdseye chillies! The new sauce is a delightful marinade for pork/beef ribs, chicken or use as a pour-on condiment or stir-fry sauce.

African Lemony Piri Piri (medium) – perfect as a marinade especially for making delicious grilled chicken and pork, but equally great with lamb and fish.

Can be used as a cooking sauce or added to mayonnaise/plain yoghurt to create a tasty dip or sandwich spread or added to rice, pasta or noodles.

Hot African Lemony Piri Piri (high) – this is for chilli heat lovers- a hotter version of Bim’s Lemony Piri Piri! Use like the Lemony Piri Piri Sauce when you want more heat.

African Chilli Coconut Relish (high) – a lovely blend of real coconut, red chilli, alligator pepper, tomato, lemon juice and other spices.

Great with steak, burgers, cold meat, pate, fish, cheese or mix with beaten egg for a delicious omelette. A great stir-fry ingredient- especially with prawns.

African Baobab Chilli Jam (high) – a great chilli jam which uniquely combines the African baobab fruit in a tangy, very flavourful recipe.

Delightful with meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, cheese or some  past and noodles. It makes a tasty marinade or dipping sauce and can spice-up your favourite stew or stir-fry.

African Baobab Pepper Jam (none) – the baobab chilli jam without the chilli! It is delightful with meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, cheese or with pasta and noodles.

Makes a tasty marinade or dipping sauce and can spice-up your favourite stew or stir-fry.

Hot African Pepper Sauce (very high) – Bim’s first hot sauce made with a blend of chillies, roasted red peppers and other exotic ingredients including ginger, oregano, alligator pepper, cubeb, fruity hibiscus and lots of garlic and lemon juice.

Perfect for adding extra heat and flavour to any dish as a pour-on sauce on eggs, vegetables, meat and fish or in marinades, sauces, casseroles and stews.

Fiery African Pepper Sauce (very, very high) – Bim’s latest and hottest sauce which adds a fiery kick to any dish.

African Peanut Curry Sauce (medium) – made from a special blend of ingredients including roasted peanuts, coconut milk, dried ginger, garlic, alligator pepper, cubeb pepper, lemon and tomatoes.It contains everything in a jar to create a delicious meat, fish or vegetable curry, or just on its own with rice.

African Tomato and Cashew Curry Sauce (medium) – made with tomatoes and roasted cashew nuts as well as Bim’s special blend of herbs and spices.

This is a great cooking sauce for cooking meat, fish or vegetables.

Want to know more?

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Thanks to Bims Kitchen for the information on this page.

Mr Vikki’s and the ‘ChilliMafia’ at mmm…

Mr Vikki’s is one of mmm…’s longest standing suppliers and never ceases to amaze and surprise us with his spicy, hot and tasty products.

We are proud to stock more Mr Vikki’s products than any other shop in the country – and long may it continue.

All recipes are unique and made by Adam (Mr Vikki’s) Marks.

He makes Mr Vikki’s in small batches from fresh ingredients and freshly milled spices, and doesn’t compromise on quality, using fresh chopped ginger, garlic and various types of fresh chillies.

We get regular deliveries of Mr Vikki’s at mmm… and the range is always popular so please do check ahead if you are after a specific product.

What we sell at mmm…

The classics …

Mr Vikkis at mmmMr Vikki’s chilli jam – our best seller! Great to use instead of a ketchup or relish, in sandwiches, in a stir fry or as a marinade, the list goes on!

Mr Vikki’s XXX hot chilli jam – this is a tribute to the multi-award winning Chilli Jam but for those who like it hotter!

Mr Vikki’s Queen Naga – if you like it hot the Queen Naga is for you! A 50g jar – small but explosive!

Mr Vikki’s King Naga – an ‘8 chilli’ rating, full of flavour probably the hottest natural chilli pickle in the UK.

Mr Vikki’s Emperor Naga – an ‘everyday’ Naga pickle! A unique South East Asian inspired pickle, great in sandwiches, burgers and with all savoury foods that need a bit of heat.

Add to mayo then mix in some chicken for a lush filling for sarnies or baked spuds! It’s a product to play about with and see what you can do with it. Warning though – very addictive taste!

Pickles and chutneys

Mr Vikki’s banana habanero – hot banana with fresh root ginger, great with curry, chicken and anything spicy.

Packed with fresh ginger, bananas and has a kick of Habanero chillies. A ham sandwich will never be the same again!

Mr Vikkis banana habaneroMr Vikki’s lime pickle – authentic tangy and fresh lime pickle with a hint of chilli.

Mr Vikki’s hot brinjal (aubergine) piquin pickle – an Indo-Mexican pickle, the rich classic Brinjal pickle made with fresh aubergines lifted with Mexican piquin chillies that have been roasted to give a nutty smokey flavour.

A great modern sandwich pickle with a good punchy chilli flavour, good with cheese also. Put it on toast then cheese on top and grill for a superb snack.

Hot tamarind chutney – tamarind is painstakingly extracted by hand from the pod, then mixed with roast spices, smokey chipotle chillies, sugar, fresh chopped ginger and fresh garlic, cooked slowly overnight to give a hot sweet and mouth wateringly sour chutney.

Fab mixed with fresh chopped bananas for an instant relish. A great Bar-b-que smokey flavour from the chipotles comes through. Marinade strips of lamb overnight, stir fry and serve in wraps with a little Greek yoghurt and salad.

Can be served with poppadoms and as a sandwich pickle.

Mr Vikki’s mango chutney – mango chutney with a hint of fresh chillies and fresh garlic. Goes with anything you fancy, including cheese sandwiches.

Mr Vikki’s tomato and nigella chutney – this is used on everything – colder hot food, cheese meats, fish and more. Sweet and sour tomato flavour with distinctive Nigella (onion seed) taste and is lightly spiced.

Mr Vikki’s carrot pickle – crispy carrots, spices and warming spices great with sandwiches, cheese, or as a side for all savoury foods and with poppadoms on the pickle tray.

Sauces and ketchups

Mr Vikki’s Harry’s roast chipotle BBQ sauce – lip smackin’ bone sucking, tongue tingling greatness!

Made to make you smile from ear to ear just the same as the sauce will be on your face when you devour those baby back ribs smothered in Harry’s Roast Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Just perfect on a bacon sarnie, sausage butty or hot dog. Add some to mayo for a cheeky BBQ dip or a bit to stew to give it that smokey BBQ edge.

Smoother chicken and bacon with melted cheese and you will never need to leave the house again!

Mr Vikki’s hot coriander sauce – an amazing sweet chilli sauce, perfect for dipping into, drizzling over salads or using as a sweet chilli marinade!

Mr Vikki’s ‘Hot Stuff’ Scotch bonnet and mango sauce – Mr Vikki’s original chilli sauce made with 50% Scotch Bonnet chillies and fresh mango for a luxury fragrant hot chilli sauce.

Mr Vikki’s Max’s urban ketchup – a spicy tomato ketchup with an interesting spice blend and just a little kick of chillies.

Mr Vikki’s Thai sweet chilli habanero sauce – made for those who love Mr Vikki’s flavours but like something a little less hot. This mild Thai sauce delivers on both counts!

The result is a tangy oriental sauce with a touch of heat, and we mean a touch of heat. This sauce is really designed for everyone to enjoy. Superb with prawns, chicken or as a sauce for dipping.

Mustards

Mr Vikkis mustardsMr Vikki’s chipotle mustard – a lush creamy wholegrain mustard with divine chipotle chillis to give it an edge of chilli and a great flavour dimension.

Perfect lashed on ham or beef sarnies and goes great with cheese. It makes a wicked cream sauce for steak and goes extremely well with a good pork pie!

Mr Vikki’s piri piri mustard – a wholegrain mustard with Birdseye chillies. Great with cold meats, grills and sandwiches!

 Mr Vikki’s Guy Fawkes Mustard – a super hot English mustard with a hint of lemon to give you a really amazing flavour to compliment any cold meat.

Guy Fawkes is Mr Vikki’s product without even a hint of chilli. We doubt you’ll be disappointed by the lack of chilli – this mustard really is super hot!

The ‘ChilliMafia’

Mr Vikkis ChilliMafia Nasty Naga NutsNo 1 Capo Di Tutti – if you like a ‘Boss of Bosses’ ketchup, this is the one. Smoky, rich and fiercely hot.

No 2 Roast Piri Piri – a flavoursome piri piri Birds Eye chilli sauce that is fiery and great on all foods. Use like ketchup as a marinade or for stir fries.

No 3 The Jamaican – a hot Jamaican pepper sauce with fragrant jerk spices. Use like a chilli sauce or as a marinade for meat, fish or vegetables and grill for an authentic jerk-style flavour.

No 4 Bangkok Sriracha – a rich Thai-style sauce. Use like ketchup or as a rub for roasts and barbeques. Can also be added to soups and stews or used as a stir fry sauce.

Nasty Naga Nuts 2 – roasted salted large cashew nuts with super hot naga, sea salt, spices and extra virgin rapeseed oil.

Eat using a spoon is Mr Vikki’s advice!

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Newcastle deli goes mmm…exican with Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers at mmm...

A top UK chef and restaurateur met a horde of her Mexican food disciples at a Newcastle deli today (Thursday, 12 July) after striking up a twitter debate about finding good food.

Grainger market-based ‘mmm…’ played host to Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers after being named as one of the top suppliers of Mexican produce in the UK.

Thomasina Miers signed copies of her new book ‘ Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home’ at the deli, which has a growing reputation for sourcing unusual spices, herbs, chillies and other Mexican staples.

The four-year old deli has been listed in the new book, which the former Masterchef winner is hoping will convert even more fans to the world of Mexican cooking.

Thomasina Miers at mmm 2 webOwner of mmm…, Simone Clarkin, 49, was delighted to hear that her deli had been listed in the book and even more excited to hear from Thomasina herself.

She said: “Thomasina Miers is the most mentioned chef we have in our deli and her first book, ‘Mexican food made easy’ is the cooking bible for many of our customers.

“Our conversations started last year via twitter when Thomasina bemoaned the lack of Mexican food in the UK.

“Many of our customers told her about our efforts to supply Mexican and South American food lovers in the region with those hard to get ingredients.

“We are delighted that the north east food scene will feature in the book and the news that Tommi was coming to mmm… saw several of our customers taking a day’s holiday especially to meet her.”

In her book, Thomasina Miers says: “When we first started Wahaca it was extremely difficult to find the necessary ingredients. Chipotles, tomatillos, Mexican oregano, even corn tortillas were unheard of.

“These days the Mexican food bug has spread and people are really up on Mexican ingredients.

“I have come across many of the suppliers, including mmm…, only recently – but they are doing a great job.”

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