Ananda’s Gourmet spice kits at mmm… and glug…

Ananda's Gourmet spice kitsThis Saturday (17 February 2018) we are holding a free tasting of Ananda’s Gourmet Indian curry spice kits at mmm… and glug…, with Indian-brewed beers to match.

Ananda’s spice packs are pre-mixed and perfectly proportioned to recreate the authentic flavours of India.

Each kit has its own shopping list (for any fresh ingredients) and an easy-to-follow recipe inside.

Ananda will be tasting her:

  • Paneer Masala
  • Hyderabadi Lamb Korma
  • Goan Prawn Curry
  • Indi Burgers.

We will also have the full selection of Ananda’s vegetarian, chicken, lamb and fish spice kits for you to choose from.

White Rhino Brewing Co.

We will also be tasting our new ‘White Rhino’ Indian-brewed IPA and lager on the day (over 18s only).

White Rhino Brewing Co, India’s first craft brewery, was set up by a team 
of young brewers with the aim of bringing both quality and variety to the Indian beer market.

Their goal was to make 
beer for India that would stand up to an international standard.

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Other tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Friday, 2 March – Spanish Cava tasting: Taste our amazing Villarnau Cava (Hint: ahead of Mother’s Day)
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery tasting: Taste Firebrick’s Blaydon-brewed beers and sort the perfect Father’s Day gift.

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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Kwan’s Kitchen stir fry kits at mmm…

Kwan's Kitchen at mmm...

Kwan's Kitchen family photoKwan’s Kitchen, award-winning Chinese condiments and stir fry kits at mmm… can help you create restaurant quality dishes at home in minutes.

The Kwan family knows a thing or two about the Great British taste for Chinese cuisine.

For more than three decades, they have been preparing authentic Chinese food that excites the taste buds of their restaurant clientele.

Originally from Guangdong province in South China, Kwan’s Kitchen take inspiration from the vast array of Chinese cuisine on the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Kwan’s Kitchen at mmm…

Spicy Szechuan meal kit – this spicy kit uses a delicious blend of tomato and garlic combined with Kwan’s award winning Szechuan chilli oil to give you a true taste of Sichuan cuisine.

Kwans_Kitchen_spicy_SzechuanBlackbean and garlic meal kit – this stir fry meal kit uses freshly ground blackbean and garlic combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend and Szechuan chilli oil.

Aromatic curry meal kit – this kit uses a fine blend of herbs and spices combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend and Szechuan chilli oil.

Sweet chilli with sesame and coriander meal kit – this Sweet chilli stir fry kit uses a delicious blend of fresh red chillies combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend.

Unlike commercial sweet chilli sauce Kwan’s don’t dilute the chillies with water or saturate with sugar.

How to use the kits – simply choose your favourite meat and vegetables, follow the simple three step process and you have a restaurant quality Chinese meal in 10 minutes!

Salt and pepper spice/hot salt and pepper spice – Kwan’s traditional family blend of five spice, ginger and garlic has been used in Kwan’s restaurants since 1978.

Experience authentic Chinese flavours with this versatile seasoning blend.

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Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe

Moz's 'She Devil' BBQ sauce
An easy to make at home BBQ sauce that has a bit of a spicy kick!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, coarsely grated
  2. 3-5 Isle of Wight garlic cloves, finely chopped
  3. 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  4. 250g Stokes Tomato Ketchup
  5. 4 tbsp molasses sugar
  6. 2-3 Cool Chile Co dried chipotle chiles
  7. 275ml Wylam Bohemia or Loco No1 (or similar pilsner/lagered beer), plus extra if needed
  8. 250ml water, plus extra if needed
  9. 1 tsp mustard powder
  10. 1 tsp mild red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  11. 1 tsp ground cumin
  12. Maldon Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  13. 4 tbsp Aspalls Cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together, with only half of the vinegar.
  2. Bring the boil in a large pan (the beer will foam when it boils, so use a bigger pan than you think you need)
  3. Simmer for 30-45 minutes with the lid off, until it forms a thick dark sauce.
  4. Stir every few minutes and if it starts to stick, add more beer or water.
  5. When the sauce is thick and shiny, add the remaining vinegar and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper as necessary.
  7. Allow to cool before serving with your favourite barbecued meats.
Notes
  1. You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
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The fresh vegetables came from the Grainger Market.

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Food store books place in Maunika Gowardhan’s heart

A Newcastle-based food store is celebrating its latest inclusion in a national cookbook with a book signing this weekend.

mmm…, based in the Grainger Arcade in Newcastle city centre, is playing host to local chef Maunika Gowardhan for a signing of her newly-published book, ‘Indian Kitchen’ this Saturday (27 June) from 12 noon.

The food store is described by the Mumbai-raised chef as being a, “haven in the heart of the Grainger Market for quality spices, alongside oils, vinegars, chutneys and flour.”

Maunika GowardhanThe award-winning store has also previously been recognised in two best-selling cookbooks by BBC Masterchef and owner of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, Thomasina Miers.

Maunika was born and raised in Mumbai, India and is now based in the UK.

‘Indian Kitchen’, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is based on simple and enticing dishes that have been part of her family for generations.

As well as being a private chef, Maunika also writes a food column for a Vogue India and has featured in international food and lifestyle publications, including The Independent, Red Magazine, Sunday Telegraph and Jamie Magazine.

As well as being able to meet Maunika, have copies of her book signed and get cooking advice, food fans will also be able to sample dishes from her cookbook.

Simone Clarkin, owner of mmm…, is excited to not only be hosting the signing, but to also feature in her third nationally-published cookbook.

She said: “Maunika is a regular shopper with us and is always giving us useful advice on which herbs and spices to stock, as well as tips on how to use them.

“We were so pleased that she included us in her wonderful new cookbook, ‘Indian Kitchen’ and we know that many of our customers are looking forward to Saturday’s signing.”

The event is free and being held at mmm…, 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne from 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday, 27 June.

Moz’s (pickled) onion rings – a mmm… recipe

Moz's (pickled) onion rings
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large red onions, peeled and sliced into half moons
  2. 4 tbsp olive oil
  3. 6 dried bay leaves, crumbled (or 1 tsp Herbes de Provence)
  4. ½ tsp marjoram
  5. Pinch of ground allspice
  6. 125ml Aspalls cider or red wine vinegar
  7. 1 Isle of Wight garlic clove, finely chopped
  8. 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  9. Large pinch whole cumin seeds
  10. Maldon sea salt flakes to taste
Instructions
  1. Separate the onion slices into half moons and mix with all the other ingredients until well coated.
  2. Leave covered in an airtight container, either at room temperature for three hours, or overnight in the fridge, shaking or stirring occasionally.
  3. Use within two days (but unlikely to last that long as they are so delicious), or store in a sterilised jar for up to a year.
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The onions came from the Grainger Market.

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Simone’s spicy smoked paprika wedges – a mmm… recipe

Spicy smoked paprika wedges
Serves 4
These wedges smell seriously amazing when they are cooking – even better they taste great too! The paste also works well with chicken wings and drumsticks (adjust cooking times accordingly) and makes a lovely marinade for BBQs too. It isn’t a recipe – just something you can put together in a couple of minutes and makes your kitchen smell amazing (did we mention that before?)
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp of smoked paprika/pimenton (we used sweet smoked, but you can also use semi-sweet or hot smoked)
  2. 2 tbsp of Mutti tomato puree (the double concentrate purees work best)
  3. 3-4 tbsp of oil (we used our Herdade Portuguese olive oil – but you can also use rapeseed oil too)
  4. 600 – 700g of uncooked potatoes cut into wedges, cubes, chips or whatever you fancy
  5. Juice of half a lemon
  6. Parsley to garnish (optional).
Instructions
  1. Mix the paprika, puree and oil together in a dish
  2. Put your potatoes in a pan and add the paste
  3. Put a lid on the pan and shake for a few seconds to coat the potatoes
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Add the coated potatoes to a pre-heated oven tray (oven set to 220°C/428°F) and leave for ten minutes
  6. Then turn the potatoes and reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/356°F and cook for a further 35 minutes or until they start to char
  7. Just before serving squeeze the juice of one lemon onto the potatoes and garnish with parsley (optional).
Notes
  1. If you are feeling like a bit more heat use our Gran Luchito smoked chilli ketchup instead of tomato puree – spicy!
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The potatoes came from the Grainger Market.

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Chickpea, kidney bean and spinach Shemins Pastes curry

Chickpea, kidney bean and spinach curry
Serves 4
A quick, easy and delicious curry using Shemins Pastes and other ingredients from mmm... (as well as spinach from our favourite greengrocer in the Grainger Market)
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium onion
  2. 1 tbsp of cooking oil
  3. 1 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  4. 100g of Shemins curry paste (we used the mild)
  5. 1 400g can of chickpeas
  6. 1 400g can of kidney beans
  7. 200g of fresh spinach
  8. Juice of half a lemon.
Instructions
  1. Fry the chopped onion until golden brown then add the tomatoes and curry paste.
  2. Simmer for 7-8 minutes (adding a little water if needed) then add the chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach.
  3. Cook for a few minutes then season to taste and add the juice of half a lemon.
  4. Serve with rice, naan or whatever you fancy.
Notes
  1. We had a jar of Mr Vikkis mango chutney to hand - well, you have to have a bit of mango chutney with a curry after all!
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Recipe courtesy of Shemins Pastes, which are available at mmm…

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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.”

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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!

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

 

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!

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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.