The Tomato Stall – Isle of Wight tomatoes at mmm…

The Tomato Stall at mmm logoThe Tomato Stall have been growing speciality tomatoes on the Isle of Wight for over 30 years, where the high sunshine levels and maritime climate create the perfect environment to produce the ripest and tastiest tomatoes.

They are passionate about taste, trialling over 200 varieties each year on our quest for the finest flavours.

From the vibrant heirlooms to the sweet Piccolo, their diverse range of tomatoes are carefully selected to offer customers at mmm… the very best of British.

The Tomato Stall’s range of tomato inspired products is made using only the finest Isle of Wight Tomatoes.

What we sell at mmm…

Isle of Wight Tomatoes Slow Roasted with Basil Oil

The Tomato Stall Slow Roasted with Basil OilSlow roasted Isle of Wight tomatoes drenched in a light, naturally flavoured basil infused sunflower oil.

Fantastic on their own or added to pasta, salads or pizza.

Made with:

  • Slow Roasted Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Basil infused sunflower oil
  • Sea salt.

Refrigerate below 5°C and once open, consume within five days.

Isle of Wight Tomatoes Oak Roasted with Garlic Oil

The Tomato Stall Oak Roasted with Garlic OilRoasted Isle of Wight tomatoes gently cold smoked over oak and drenched in a garlic infused sunflower oil.

Fantastic on their own or added to pasta, salads or pizza.

Made with:

  • Oak roasted Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Garlic infused sunflower oil
  • Sea salt.

Refrigerate below 5°C and once open, consume within five days.

Isle of Wight Tomatoes Oak Roasted With Sunflower Oil

The Tomato Stall Oak Roasted with Sunflower OilRoasted Isle of Wight tomatoes gently cold smoked over oak and drenched in a subtle smokey oil.

Fantastic on their own or added to pasta, salads or pizza.

Made with:

  • Oak Roasted Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Sunflower oil
  • Sea salt.

Refrigerate below 5°C and once open, consume within five days.

Isle of Wight Green Tomato Chutney

The Tomato Stall ChutneyA classic blend of green tomatoes, apples and sultanas with a few chillies for extra bite.

Makes a great accompaniment to your favourite cheese.

Made with:

  • Green Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Malt vinegar
  • Onions, apples, raw cane sugar, sultanas, muscovado sugar, fresh red chillies, fresh ginger and sea salt.

Shake before serving. Once opened, refrigerate below 5°C (it gets better with age!)

Isle of Wight Tomato Chilli Jam

The Tomato Stall Chilli JamA sweet and spicy jam perfect for cold meats or cheese and biscuits and sure to make a long lasting impression.

Made with:

  • Fresh Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Roasted Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Cider vinegar, citrus pectin, red chilli, tomato puree, ginger and chilli powder.

Shake before serving. Once opened, refrigerate below 5°C (it gets better with age!)

Isle of Wight Tomato Relish

The Tomato Stall RelishA delicious sticky relish ideal for serving with meat or cheese.

A Tomato Stall classic!

Made with:

  • Fresh Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Onions, cider vinegar and raw cane sugar
  • Fresh ginger, garlic, mustard seed, fresh red chilli, Birds Eye chilli and red chilli powder.

Shake before serving. Once opened, refrigerate below 5°C (it gets better with age!)

Isle of Wight Tomato Passata

The Tomato Stall passataThe ultimate cooking ingredient, bringing true tomato flavour to any dish, packed with lycopene and no added salt.

Perfect for pasta sauces or topping a home made pizza.

Made with:

  • 100% freshly picked Isle of Wight tomatoes
  • Nothing else!

Shake before serving. Once opened, refrigerate below 5°C.

Oak Roasted Tomato Infused Balsamic

The Tomato Stall Oak Roasted BalsamicMade in small batches on the Isle of Wight by Wild Island.

Our oak roasted tomatoes are steeped in Balsamic of Modena for a minimum of two weeks to infuse the full flavour in this award-winning balsamic.

The result is a unique, wonderfully balanced taste that adds soul to so many dishes.

Made with:

  • Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • Sugar
  • Oak smoked Isle of Wight tomatoes.

Store in cool dark place away from direct sunlight.

And last, but by no means least …

Seasonal fresh heirloom tomatoes (please contact us for news on availability this summer)

With over 40 varieties grown every year The Tomato Stall are passionate about taste, trialling over 200 varieties each year on their quest for the finest flavours.

From the hearty beef to the naturally sweet Piccolo, their diverse range of tomatoes are carefully selected to offer you the finest quality and best taste.

Beef tomatoesBeef – large, juicy tomatoes perfect for eating fresh these tomatoes offer spectacular flavours to match their size.

Extremely versatile, they can be used in a variety of cooked dishes or seasoned and drizzled with olive oil for a simple but delicious salad.

Kumato tomatoesKumato – this unique tomato is sweeter than average and extremely versatile. When the skin is dark green the taste is mild and the flesh firm, great for slicing.

As it ripens to a chocolate brown it takes on a sweet and slightly spicy aroma, perfect for salads.

Allowed to develop to a dark red tinge the fruit becomes juicier and acquires a very sweet flavour.

Classic large vineClassic Large Vine – deep red in colour with a distinctive fresh aroma and boasting full, vine ripened flavours these well-known tomatoes should not be overlooked.

Ideal as a healthy and tasty addition to a variety of dishes from sandwiches to salads, they will continue to ripen and improve if left on the vine at home.

Piccolo tomatoesPiccolo – high in flavour, beautiful in colour and small in size the Piccolo is the ultimate cherry tomato.

These delightful little orbs are super sweet to eat and great for snacking, salads or cooking.

The perfect variety for bruschetta and a true sweet treat.

Red mini plum tomatoesRed Mini Plum – a delicious plum that stands out due to its deep red colour, this tasty tomato has few seeds and a medium juice content and is blessed with a subtle sweet flavour.

For an incredible tomato salad mix with sliced golden mini plums shot of colour.

Golden Mini Plum – delicious and colourful these compact tomatoes lack nothing when it comes to their amazing flavours.

Golden mini plum tomatoesThe perfect salad companion.

They are also great for putting in lunch boxes.

And they will not hang around for long due to their sweet and convenient nature.

Red Tiger tomatoesRed Tiger – a beautiful bright red tomato featuring distinctive gold and green stripes.

Boasting a distinctive flavour both tart and sweet it is perfect for salads and sandwiches with delicious and juicy flesh.

As the fruit ripens the colour fades to a lovely deep orange.

Green Tiger tomatoesGreen Tiger – the dark green colour and distinct zebra stripes ensure this tomato stands out in any dish.

The flesh is bright green with a sweet and tangy taste.

Although perfectly edible raw (once ripened), these tomatoes really come into their own when cooked and are ideal for roasting or making into chutney.

Golden Cocktail tomatoesGolden Cocktail – these colourful and compact tomatoes come fully loaded with intense fruity flavours ranging from tart to sweet.

They are also delicious whole in salads or sliced and thrown into Mediterranean inspired dishes.

Red cocktail tomatoesRed Cocktail – bright and shiny tomatoes that strikes a good balance between sweetness and acidity.

A delicious and healthy snack in their own right, they can be thrown into just about any main dish or stuffed with cheese or fish for a delicate appetiser.

San Manzano tomatoesSan Manzano – widely considered to be the perfect plum, this delicious tomato is recognised by its intense red colour, slightly larger size and elongated shape.

The firm flesh is rich in flavour and it has fewer seeds and less than water than most, making it ideal for cooking.

Marmonde tomatoesMarmonde – a distinctive heirloom variety, this handsome beef tomato features a fabulous flavour and firm meaty texture.

Rich and intense, it has become a chef’s favourite and is found on the menu of many a restaurant.

Want to know more?

Thanks to The Tomato Stall for the information and images on this page.

Shemin’s curry pastes at mmm…

Shemin’s Indian and Thai Curry Pastes at mmm… are a deliciously authentic, multi-award winning curry paste range, based on traditional family recipes.

Whilst growing up in Uganda, some of Shemin’s most treasured memories were of her mother preparing food in the courtyard of the kitchen.

She was surrounded by foods flavoured with fresh fragrant herbs and spices, and a love for great cooking.

Inspired by these memories, Shemin created a range of fresh curry pastes based on her traditional family recipes.

You can use these versatile pastes to make a huge range of delicious Indian and Thai food including all your favourite curries.

As TV Chef James Martin said about Shemin’s pastes himself: “A curry to beat any takeaway in 15 minutes. Now that’s magic.”

What we sell at mmm…

Shemin’s Thai Green Curry Paste (100g)

Shemin's Thai Green curry pasteThis Thai Green Paste is made from a combination of delicious Thai flavours including:

  • Fresh lemongrass
  • Coriander
  • Galangal
  • Green chillies
  • Kaffir lime leaves.

Perfect with pork, seafood or chicken.

Shemin's mild Indian curry pasteShemin’s Mild Indian Curry Paste (100g)

Perfect for those of you who like their curries with just a touch of heat.

Grab a copy of Shemin’s free recipe book for some great ideas, including Korma and Lentil Curries.

Shemin’s Medium Indian Curry Paste (100g)

Shemin's medium Indian curry pasteAll of Shemin’s fresh ingredients mixed in with just the right amount of chilli.

This paste will give you a perfect medium heat for those who like a bit of spicy heat, but not too much!

Great with Shemin’s Rogan Josh and Vegetable Curry recipes.

Shemin’s Hot Indian Curry Paste (100g)

Shemin's hot Indian curry pasteIt’s got quite a kick to it!

But you still get all those lovely fresh flavours coming through.

Grab Shemin’s free recipe book for some great ideas, including Chicken Jafrezi and Tarka Dahl.

Shemin’s Seafood Spice Paste (100g)

Shemin's Seafood spice pasteShemin’s Seafood Spice Paste is the perfect marinade to spice up your seafood dishes.

It is also an amazing curry paste for lentil and vegetable curries.

Grab Shemin’s free recipe book for some great ideas, including Prawn Pakoras, Spicy Salmon Fishcakes, Grilled Masala Fish and many more!

Want to know more?

Thanks to Shemin’s for the information and images on this page.

 

Cool Chile Co at mmm…

We love our Mexican flavours at mmm… and so do our customers, especially our weekly deliveries (including fresh corn tortillas) from the wonderful Cool Chile Co.

cool-chile-logoThey began small, importing a handful of chilli varieties and selling them from their market stall, first in Portobello and then in Borough Market, London.

Whilst travelling in México, they researched (ate), tested (ate), tasted (ate) and when they got home began to produce their own salsas, sauces and pastes, faithfully using traditional Mexican recipes and their delicious imported chillies.

What we sell at mmm…

Cool Chile Co Chile AnchoChile Ancho – whole (80g) – heat scale 3/10

Ancho means ‘broad’, due to the large shoulders of this chilli.

It’s tobacco and dried fruit flavour combines well with tangy guajillos.

Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Whole Anchos can be stuffed whole, cut into strips ‘rajas’ or puréed for sauces.

Cool Chile Co diced AnchoChile Ancho – diced (40g) – heat scale 3/10

Simply sprinkle diced anchos into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Or add to soups, sauces, stews and salsas. Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Cool Chile Co Ancho powderChile Ancho – powder (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Fry a little onion and garlic in oil and add 1/2 – 1 tsp of powder.

Then use the mixture as a base for rice or bean dishes, soups or stews. Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle (Meco)Chile Chipotle – whole Meco (40g) – heat scale 5/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a medium hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour.

Chipotles add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

They can be used whole for a subtle flavour or diced for a stronger flavour.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle (Morita)Chile Chipotle – whole Morita (40g) – heat scale 7/10

A hot, dried chilli with a strong tobacco flavour.

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh and add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Wipe clean, remove stem and seeds. Open out flat and toast briefly in a dry pan until a nutty aroma is released. Soak in just boiled water for 15 mins, drain and purée.

This purée can be added to soups, stews, sauces or salsas.

Cool Chile Co diced chipotleChile Chipotle – diced (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour that add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Use chipotles in soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool chile Co chipotle powderChile Chipotle – powdered (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour that add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Use chipotles in soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co Chile De ArbolChile De Árbol – whole (60g) – heat scale 8/10

De àrbol means tree-like as this chilli plant grows sturdy and has a woody stem.

De àrbol chillies are related to cayenne varieties.

Àrbols, can be crushed and put on top of pizza, into stews and soups.

They make intense hot sauces, including harrisa.

Cool Chile Co diced ArbolChile De Árbol – diced (25g) – heat scale 8/10

A hot, dried, diced chilli with a distinctive grassy flavour.

Árbol has a searing, clean heat, use in seafood broths or home-made hot sauces.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours. 

Use Àrbol to add heat in a myriad of dishes, also good sprinkled on top of pizzas.

Cool Chile Co Guajillo chilliesChile Guajillo – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Guajillo means little gourd, due to it’s shape. 

A mild, dried chilli with a tangy tea and pine flavour Guajillos make tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Wipe clean, remove stem and seeds. Open out flat and toast briefly in a dry pan until a nutty aroma is released.

Soak in just boiled water for 15 mins, drain and purée. This purée can be added to soups, stews, sauces or salsas.

Cool Chile Co diced GuajilloChile Guajillo – diced (40g) – heat scale 3/10

A mild, dried, diced chilli with a tangy tea and pine flavour. Guajillos make tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Then soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Add the purée to add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co powdered GuajilloChile Guajillo – powdered (60g) – heat scale 3/10

A mild chilli powder with a tangy tea and pine flavour. Guajillo makes tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Chile guajillo is useful in stews and mixes well with the fruitier chile ancho, try in enchilada sauces.

Cool Chile Co Habanero chilliesChile Habanero – whole (20g) – heat scale 10/10

Habaneros are grown in the Yucatan, where delicious salsas like Xni pec are served on most tables.

An extremely hot, dried chilli with a tropical fruit flavour.

Big heat with big flavour, eat with caution.

Habaneros are fantastic in salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co diced HabaneroChile Habanero – diced (40g) – heat scale 10/10

An extremely hot, dried diced chilli with a tropical fruit flavour.

Big heat with big flavour, eat with caution.

Habaneros are fantastic in salsas and sauces, the flavour matches the heat which does not linger, leaving you wanting more.

Habaneros are grown in the Yucatan, where delicious salsas like Xni pec are served on most tables.

Cool Chile Co diced JalapenoChile Jalapeño – diced – (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Hot, green dried, diced jalapeño pieces with a sweet herbaceous flavour.

Jalapeños are thick fleshed and hot. Fresh they are red or green with cork like markings on the skin. 

Smoke dried they are called chipotles.

Can be used in salsas, breads and dressings. Or add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co Mulato chilliesChile Mulato – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Mulatos are related to ancho chillies, but ripen to a brown colour rather than red.

A mild chilli with a deep herbaceous flavour that can be stuffed whole, cut into strips ‘rajas’ or puréed for sauses.

Mulatos are an indispensable ingredient in Mole Poblano sauce (a rich chilli, nut and cocoa sauce).

Cool Chile Co diced MulatoChile Mulato – diced – (40g) – heat scale 3/10

Mulatos are related to ancho chillies but ripen to a brown colour rather than red.

A mild, dried, diced chilli with a deep herbaceous flavour.

Mulatos are an indispensable ingredient in Mole Poblano sauce (a rich chilli, nut and cocoa sauce).

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours, soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Cool Chile Co New Mexico Red chilliesChile New México Red – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

New México Red chiles are revered in Northern México and used in dishes such as guisado de res soronense.

A mild, dried chilli with an earthy but zingy flavour.

New México red are used to make brick red sauces for enchiladas and stews.

Purée for sauces, it is so light you will not need to add tomato.

Cool Chile Co Pasilla chilliesChile Pasilla – whole (60g) – heat scale 4/10

Pasilla means little raisin, so called because of it’s flavour.

A medium hot, dried chilli with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour.

Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauce.

Or pasillas can be stuffed whole, cut into rings and fried for soups garnishes, like tortilla soup or puréed for sauses like salsa borracha ‘drunken salsa”.

Cool Chile Co diced PasillaChile Pasilla – diced (40g) – heat scale 4/10

A medium hot, dried, diced chilli with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour. Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauce.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours, soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co powdered PasillaChile Pasilla – powdered (60g) – heat scale 4/10

A medium hot, chilli powder with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour.

Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauces, soups, salsas and stews.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Pasilla means ‘little raisin’ due to its flavour. It also mixes well with chocolate, can be used in chocolate cake or muffin recipes.

Cool Chile Co Piquin chilliesChile Piquín – whole (30g) – heat scale 9/10

Piquín means ‘little flea’ due to it’s shape, it also grows wild and called chile tepín.

A very hot, dried chilli with corn and nut flavours.

Piquín can be used in hot sauces, stews and broths.

Perfect cracked in to a cup of hot seafood broth.

Cascabel chilliesChile Cascabel – whole (60g) – heat scale 4/10

Cascabel means ‘little rattle” due to the noise it makes when you shake it.

A medium hot, dried chilli with a rounded nutty flavour. Cascabel mixes well with tomatillos and makes beautiful deep red sauces and stews.

Purée with tomatillos for a salsa or mix the purée with orange juice and clove for a marinade for meat.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle KetchupChipotle ketchup (270g) – heat scale 6/10

A spicy ketchup made with smoked dried chipotle chillies, which give this tangy but sweet ketchup a smoky depth of flavour.

Perfect for burgers, chips or grilled sandwiches.

Mix with mayonnaise and lime for seafood cocktails or brush on meat near end of cooking, for a smoky, sticky glaze.

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot SauceHabanero Hot Sauce (150g) – heat scale 10/10

An extremely hot sauce made from habanero chillies.

The ‘King of chillies’ give this hot sauce a big, fruity, floral flavour with a searing heat.

Great on avocados, fish, grilled meats, baked potatoes and in soups and stews.

Use sparingly due to chilli heat.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle SalsaChipotle salsa (270g) – heat scale 5/10

A spicy tomato salsa with coriander and smoked chipotle chillies.

Those chipotle chillies give this spicy salsa a fresh, but rich smoky flavour.

Use for a dip for chips.

Or heat gently for a quick ranchero sauce for fried eggs and tortillas.

Tomatill salsa Tomatillo Salsa (270g)  – heat scale 3/10

A spicy salsa made with tomatillos, coriander and hot green chilli.

Tangy tomatillos (small, green, sour fruits) give this salsa a distinctive zingy flavour.

Use as a dip or blend with avocado for a richer dip.

For enchiladas or chilaquiles, heat the sauce thinning as necessary with water or stock.

Chipotle in adoboChipotle in adobo (185g) – heat scale 7/10

Smoked, diced chipotle chillies in a tomato and vinegar sauce.

Mix with mayonnaise, ketchup or fresh salsa.

For soups, stews and sauces stir in 1 tsp at a time to taste.

For marinades brush on meat, fish or corn on the cob before grilling.

Achiote pasteAchiote paste (100g)

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.

Mole Poblano pasteMole Poblano paste (100g) – heat scale 3/10

A savoury paste made with dried chillies, dried fruit and cocoa. Dilute to make a Mole Poblano sauce.

Mole Poblano is traditionally served on poached chicken or turkey with white rice on the side.

But it is equally delicious served with a little refry and rice in a taco or with fried eggs and tortillas.

EpazoteEpazote (25g)

A dried, cut leaf, pungent herb.

Mexican epazote has a citrus or medicinal flavour, which works well with black bean dishes and seafood stews.

Use sparingly whilst cooking, due to strong flavour

Try a little espazote sprinkled in a quesadilla.

Mexican oreganoMexican Oregano (25g)

A dried, cut leaf, spicy herb. Mexican oregano has a strong, spicy and aromatic flavour. It can be added to soups, stews and salsas.

Rub between fingers over dishes whilst cooking or to serve. The friction helps release fragrant oils.

Use sparingly due to strong flavour.

Use in dishes such as pozole, pink pickled onions and salsas.

Black bean kitBlack Bean kit (250g)

Dried black turtle beans, spices, epazote and recipe to make Mexican style black beans and refry.

Mexican black beans, known as ‘frijoles de olla’ are common to central and south México.

Cook these beans with onion to make this dish, or add included packet of smoked paprika to make refry.

Eat as a side dish with warmed tortillas, or make them into refy for tortas and tacos or as a warm dip with corn chips.

Cowboy Bean kitCowboy Bean kit (250g)

Dried pinto beans, spices, bay leaves and recipe to make Mexican style pinto beans and refry.

Mexican cowboy beans, known as ‘frijoles de charros’ are typical to northern México, cook these beans with onion, green chilli and tomato to make this dish, or add included packet of smoked paprika to make refry.

Eat as a side dish with warmed tortillas, or make them into refy for tortas and tacos or as a warm dip with corn chips.

Chile Con Carne kitCool Chile Con Carne kit (220g)

This kit makes a chilli con carne which is most similar to a northern Mexico dish called ‘carne con chile’ (which translates as ‘meat with chilli’).

This kit allows you to cook with or without the beans and serves two people as a main or four as side dishes.

Includes black beans, chile guajillo, Cool Chile Con Carne Spice Mix, chile ancho, chile chipotle morita, epazote, chile de árbol and recipe sheet.

Hibiscus flowersHibiscus Flowers (50g)

Dried flowers for infusing drinks and sauces.

Hibiscus, known as ‘flor de Jamaica’ in México, has a tart, cranberry-like flavour.

It is used to make a delicious, ruby coloured drink called Agua Fresca de Flor de Jamaica.

Can be used to make mulled hibiscus tea, syrups for puddings or in cocktails, such as margaritas.

Masa harina for tortillasMasa Harina for tortillas and tamales (500g and 1kg)

Finely ground maize flour for making soft corn tortillas.

This special grind is not only used to make tortillas but also sopes, gorditas and other antojitos/snacks.

The tamale special grind will help to make light and fluffy tamales (Mexican steamed corn dumplings).

Blue corn tortillasFresh corn and blue corn tortillas – 15 cm – (300g packs of 13)

15cm disks of corn, made using Mexican Masa Harina – use warm to wrap food.

These tortillas when warmed make great soft tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas or use as an accompaniment to meals.

When stale they fry beautifully to make totopos.

We get deliveries of the corn and blue corn (pictured) tortillas every Friday at mmm… You will find them in our fridge.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Cool Chile Co for the information and images on this page.

Olives Et Al at mmm…

Olives Et Al at mmm...Our customers at mmm… love the marinated, stuffed and pitted olives and more from Dorset-based Olives Et Al.

As well as award-winning olives, they also produce olive oil, snacks, nuts, dressings, sauces and antipasti food.

It is over 22 years since Giles and Annie’s year-long honeymoon trip around The Med, Middle East and North Africa, really did turn out to be the ‘holiday of a lifetime’ as it created the backbone of who Olives Et Al are today.

They were away for a little under a year during which time they travelled across the top of North Europe, through Turkey, into Syria and down to Jordan, into the West Bank and Israel then back to Jordan and onto Sinai and Libya.

During the trip they collected recipes from everywhere and in October 1993 sold their first jars of olives at the Rural Living Show in Bath.

Ever since then the Olives Et Al team have been faithfully re-creating those recipes, and finding many more, using traditional methods and top notch ingredients from the best suppliers they can find.

What we sell at mmm.. and glug…

2_rosemary_and_garlic_copySunshine rosemary and garlic olives (250g) 

Fancy a bit of sunshine?

These mixed green Amphissa and dark Kalamata olives naturally infused with sun dried tomatoes, garlic and rosemary will have you reaching for your sunnies and the Chablis from glug…

The rosemary and garlic infused oil is lovely to use in all manner of dishes, but it’s particularly perfect with lamb.

2_chilli_and_garlicClassic chilli and garlic olives (250g)

Nicely warm and spicy and one of Olives et al’s all-time best sellers.

Mixed Amphissa and Kalamata olives marinated in chilli infused extra virgin olive oil with garlic and black pepper.

Enjoy these with a good beer and then marinade whatever you like in the oil.

We prefer steak, but hey, just go with whatever floats your boat say Olives Et Al.

2_basil_and_garlic_copyPistou basil and garlic olives (250g)

Olives Et Al discovered this recipe down in Provence – the Pistou refers to the Provencal version of Italian Basil Pesto – the French simply use basil, garlic and oil.

Wonderfully rich and fresh French recipe inspired by the blue skies of Provence, these basil and garlic Amphissa olives taste clean and fresh – an Oliveer favourite!

The basil infused extra virgin olive oil makes for a great salad, pasta or pizza dressing after the olives have been eaten.

2_cumin_and_corianderMoorish cumin and coriander olives (250g)

Marinated in extra virgin olive oil with cumin, coriander and cardamom.

These rich, fragrant and full bodied Kalamata olives, prepared to an old Moroccan recipe, are one of Olives Et Al original recipes and an all-time best seller.

Truly deep, rich and aromatic with a dark chocolate note these make the perfect partner for a nice glass of red.

Use the oil for roasting veg scattered with Dukkah  from mmm…

2_lemon_and_corianderVerde lemon and coriander olives (250g)

Fragrant citrus infused Amphissa olives prepared to an old Spanish recipe of lemon, coriander and garlic.

Crisp and fresh it’s perfect with a glass of white wine.

Or enjoy for breakfast if you’re feeling particularly Spanish.

Do remember to use the naturally flavoured extra virgin olive oil after you’ve finished the olives.

800x800_1Smoky chipotle olives (250g)

Like your chilli hit to be a warm and smoky hug rather than a prod with a red hot poker?

These smoky chipotle chilli olives feature whole Amphissa olives, marinated in extra virgin olive oil naturally infused with chipotle chillis.

Did you know that it takes 10 kilos of jalapeños to make 1 kilo of chipotles?

8x8_smoked_kalSmoked Kalamata olives (250g)

Naturally ripened Kalamata olives gently and traditionally smoked over oak and marinated in extra virgin olive oil.

Olives Et Al smoke the olives over oak chippings for around 16 hours before steeping them in extra virgin olive oil.

Use a spoonful of the smoked extra virgin olive oil from the jar to make scrambled eggs – truly superb.

2_tapenade_provencalFrench-inspired Tapenade Provencal with anchovies (160g)

Just so as you know Tapenade originated in Marseille in the 19th Century and the ingredient that gives it its name are capers.

Without capers a tapenade just isn’t. Olives Et Al’s really is unlike any other: coarse, full bodied and powerful mix of olives, capers, garlic, anchovies, oil and spices is still the best we’ve ever made or eaten.

Cracking with with chicken, lamb, roasted vegetables or dips.

2_morrocan_inspired_tapanade_marocaineMoroccan inspired Tapenade Marocaine with preserved lemons (160g)

Fresh and zestful twist on classic tapenade this boasts a lemony kick adding a citrus note to dishes.

Amazing invention of Olives Et Al (if they do say so themselves) and a firm favourite with the Sunday Times.

They have taken out the anchovies from their Tapenade Provencal and replaced them with Moroccan Preserved Lemons for a really fresh and zesty sauce.

2_levant_inspired_corriander_redchili_pestoLevant-inspired coriander and red chilli pesto (135g)

Based on a Yemeni recipe for their fiery chilli sauce called Zhoug this is Olives et al’s version – still fiery and with a huge depth of flavour.

We’ve discovered that spread thinly over salmon fillets before baking works really rather well.

Also great through couscous or bulgar wheat. try it and let us know.

2_red_pepper_almond_pestoCatalan-inspired red pepper and almond pesto (135g)

Based on an original Catalan recipe for Romesco sauce Olives Et Al discovered in Tamariu this pesto is ideal with all sorts of pasta, grilled fish or chicken.

Spread it over white fish before grilling and then simply plonk over a salad dressed with the pesto mixed with a little olive oil for a simple supper or elegant starter.

Proper Genovese basil and pine nut pesto (135g)

2_proper_genovese_basil_pinenut_pestoIt took Olives Et Al 18 years to perfect this. Which is why has the number 18 on the label (as well as a well-deserved Great Taste award).

Made with 45% fresh basil sourced from the Ligurian region in Northern Italy, along with whole pine nuts, traditional parmesan cheese that has been aged for 30 months, extra virgin olive and sunflower oils.

Perfect stirred through pasta.

Or use as a dip with crusty bread or on the base of tarts and quiches.

2_north_african_style_red_chilli_harrissa_sauceNorth African-inspired red chilli harissa sauce (180g)

Olives Et Al first found Harissa when journeying through Egypt.

It was served over Kushari – a sort of rice, lentil and pasta dish and they fell in love with it.

Their own harissa is wonderfully fiery and aromatic adding intense flavour to all sorts of dishes like tagines, couscous, dips, sauces or even fish.

Or try it stirred into mayonnaise for a warm dip.

2_eygptian_inspired_spiced_dukkahEgyptian-style spiced Dukkah aromatic rub (90g)

Olives Et Al  discovered Dukkah in Egypt where it’s served as a side dish to dip oil basted bread into as a hors d’oeuvre.

Made with roasted almonds, hazelnuts, cumin, coriander, sesame and spices all freshly roasted and ground by Olives et al.

They use it almost daily; scattered into a salad, over roasting veg or spuds, mixed with oil as a meat rub.

Stir into salads, rice or straight over roasted vegetables.

2_lemon_and_dillCitrus lemon and dill dressing (250ml)

Created this to go over simply prepared fish but it’s equally at home stirred into crushed potatoes.

With its fresh and citrus notes it’s just the thing for fish or the perfect Summer salad dressing.

Also pretty good for dunking bread in, too.

2_pink_grapefruitMojo pink grapefruit dressing and marinade (250ml)

Inspired by a Caribbean sauce from the Cayman Islands known locally simply as Mojo Sauce.

Olives Et Al Pink Mojo was developed by Daisy in their kitchen and it hasn’t looked back since.

Happily unusual, wonderfully versatile and loved by all.

Try Pink Mojo with fish parcels on the BBQ – brush a square of foil with oil, add a dod of fish, slosh of Mojo, seal the parcel and steam for 5-10 mins.

2_mustard_and_herbProper mustard and herb dressing and marinade (250ml)

A twist on a classic vinaigrette this is made from extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar infused with garlic and Herbes de Provence.

For a thicker, mayonnaise style try whisking it into beaten egg with a spoonful of Dijon.

If you’re really daring then try using the mix to make a mustard and herb omelette.

2_beetroot_and_thymePunchy beetroot and thyme dressing and marinade (250ml)

Earthy and rich dressing that lends real colour and flavour to salads of all styles. Very British.

The natural sweetness of beetroot is complemented by fresh thyme and hints of ginger for a real deep, rich and earthy dressing.

For a thoroughly British dish to stir the cockles of your heart and gird your loins, stir into soured cream and serve with smoked salmon.

Also stir into hummus for a refreshing dip.

2_shallot_and_orangeRich shallot and orange dressing and marinade (250ml)

Surprisingly springy and zestful dressing made from extra virgin olive oil, orange juice and wine vinegar infused with orange zest and shallot.

Use to marinate all types of meat, prawns or duck or dress a simple salad.

This dressing needs a real good shake to mix all the flavours.

Great with salads, pasta and couscous.

2_chilli_and_gingerSpicy chilli and ginger dressing and marinade (250ml)

Originally conceived and created to be the perfect accompaniment to Thai Crab Cakes this is a devilishly good chilli and ginger sauce.

Great for dipping, dressing or dowsing fishcakes, crab cakes, stirring into mashed spud, or spicing up any pasta dish.

Also wonderful sloshed over new potatoes.

2_beetroot_and_thymeTart raspberry and mint dressing and marinade (250ml)

Very summery dressing that just makes the best partner for duck.
Slash a duck breast, pour over the Raspberry and Mint and marinate for 30 mins; cook the breast in a very hot pan, slice thickly and plop over a dressed salad – simple.

Lovely on a summers day to banish the grey of winter.

Great on a grey day to remind you of summer.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Olives et al for the information and images 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.

Newcastle food store aims to be Britain’s best

mmm glug logosA Newcastle food and drink store wants local shoppers who are shunning the supermarkets to help it carry off a top UK food award for independent retailers.

Grainger Market-based mmm… and glug… is in the running for the 2015 Farm Shop & Deli Awards and hopes that the award can come to the north east for the first time.

The store, a major supporter of small food producers both in and out of the region, has been on a mission to get more people cooking and eating since it opened six years ago.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market.

And, despite being up against delis and shops in the UK that have been established far longer, owner Simone Clarkin, 51, is determined to show that the region can compete with the whole of the country.

She said: “When we first opened mmm… and then glug… we wanted to get more local people talking about and more importantly, eating great food and drink – and not just relying on the choices supermarkets offer.

“By working with award-winning local producers such as Zen Bakers, Davenports Chocolates, Wylam Brewery, Mr Vikkis, Gilchesters and Anarchy Brewery we have helped raise the profile of the fantastic food and drink being produced in the region.

“But we also look beyond the region by aiming to supply top cooking ingredients that many of our customers and chefs say they can’t get anywhere but London or even abroad.

“We are hoping north east twitterers, food lovers, cooks and chefs can vote and see the accolade coming to the region on behalf of our great suppliers and the food-loving north east as a whole.”

Food lovers can vote for mmm… online at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/entry/mmm-food-drink-ltd

The Awards developed from Founding Partner Olives Et Al’s Deli of the Year, saw nearly 300 entries in 2014, doubling the amount from previous year.

The overall winner will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 20 April 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC.

mmm… and the recently opened glug… which stocks hundreds of craft beers, wine and ciders is based at 10-13 Grainger Arcade in the Grainger Market.

The store can be followed online at www.twitter.com/mmm_newcastle where over 16,000 followers regularly swap foodie hints, tips, recipes and recommendations.

For more information call Simone Clarkin on 0191 222 1818 or email simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

The Zen Baker at mmm…

Every Saturday morning we sell hand-made artisan bread from Northumberland-based The Zen Baker.

Zen Bakers

Zen Baker is a family business who make all of their products by hand using traditional skills and methods before they are baked to perfection.

They pride themselves on the care and attention they take over their hand products.

Adam and Vicky are as passionate about the North East as they are about producing and experiencing the very best food, so they use the highest quality ingredients available from our beautiful area.

They wholeheartedly believe that this reflects in the flavour and quality of their baking, and we think that you will too.

What we sell at mmm…

The range changes regularly but our core Zen Baker breads include:

  • The legendary black pudding and caramelised onion ‘piggy’ loaves
  • Honey and oat
  • Seeded Viking
  • Tiger loaves
  • Treacle loaves
  • Focaccia – sun-dried tomato; black olive; and rosemary/sea salt
  • Malted rye
  • Red rye and onion
  • Date and walnut loaves
  • Giant garlic and cheese loaves
  • Anadama (New England) loaves
  • Wholemeal tin loaves
  • And more …

Want to know more?

 

 

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

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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)

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Epazote

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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.

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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 – 

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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.

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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

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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

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Nigella seed (onion seeds/Kalongi)

Nutmeg – ground

Nutmeg – whole

O

Onion Seed (Nigella seeds/Kalongi)

Oregano

Oregano – Mexican

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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

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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.

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!

Want to know more?

Thanks to Mr Vikki’s for the information on this page. 

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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