Recently I was given the chance to try some of the Chilli Jam Man’s jams, courtesy of the lovely folks at Millies in Leeds. There was a wide range of jams on offer, but I went for the Original – garlic & ginger chilli jam.
As the Chilli Jam Man’s website puts it:
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/pickle through to a marinade and base for your curries and stir fries.
Sounds heavenly, right? They’ve given it a 6.5/10 heat rating, which sounds like it should have a suitable kick, but not to blow your tonsils out. I’d tried the Bhut Jokolia jam at the Leeds Loves Food festival last year. Hooyah, that one is blisteringly hot!
I thought I’d start off by giving it a go on some toasted pitta bread as a dip.
Oh. My. Word.
It’s wonderful, wonderful stuff. Spicy (obviously), fruity and with a real depth of flavour going on there, with a bit of a fiery edge. Now, I like things with a bit of heat to them, and this was just about perfect. It’s not for the faint-hearted though!
I’ve also since tried it in sandwiches, with some nice thick ham slices, or as part of cheese on toast – slap some on the bread, cheese on top, whack it under the grill. Robert’s your mother’s brother and away you go.
In short, if you have a fondness for chilli, you’ve got to try some of this.
Millies stock a good range too, along with a whole host of other delicious things.
Disclaimer: Millies were kind enough to offer a jar of jam for review, but the opinions above are entirely my own. If I didn’t like it, I’d say so! In fact, I think I’ve got a tiny bit left in the jar, just enough for a midnight snack with some cheese & crackers…
 Bob’s your uncle. Do keep up. 🙂