"Ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything!”
Throughout Christmas Nick is like a school boy waiting for Father Christmas to arrive, no not for the presents (that is unless they contain more chilli seeds of course) or for the Christmas Day meal, although I must say that was wonderful, local & shamefully not a chilli in sight (Nanna Chillees was present so no chilli roast potatoes, sad moment!) But it was for him to officially start the 2016 growing season by sowing his first chilli seed.
"no chilli roast potatoes, sad moment!”
Now some may think that sad, but I can assure you the achievement when that first seed was lovingly placed in the prewarmed compost was apparent all over his face; just like the cat that got the cream.
Then the rest of the Boxing Day events of eating, drinking & snoring on the sofa can commence. That’s the life.
Worry not dear reader…..
The chilli babies did pop through & soon a mini chilli baby forest was being neutered in propagators & lights.
- Fatalii Jigsaw
- Aji Fantasy
- Hot Fingers
- Golden Cayenne
- Ring of Fire
- Numex Twilight
Some of which are grown for display plants & ones for us to have in the garden too, pretty ones, like Twilight always brighten up a patio area.
If you still haven’t planted your chilli seeds, don’t panic, there are a couple of genuine seed producers, who produce Plug plants & later plants for your to purchase. Pop over to Sea Spring Seeds (Joy & Michael) or Simpson Seeds (Matt) we happily recommend either company for their quality. They have years of experience & passion for chillies.
"In the meantime, we put our feet up & wait....."
We’ve also done our first event of the year in Dunster’s Tithe Barn, the Exmoor Food Fest. A new event for us & it was really lovely to see some old friends as well as meet new ones. It’s often the case that when working for yourself you can go without seeing others for weeks (awww, get the violins out) so our Farmers’ Markets & events are a chance to get out; or as Nick would put it, when I’m allowed out! Bless him!
So this year it allows us to concentrate on more local events, not easy with chilli firms from other areas taking the available places. Now this is one of my pet hates (prepare yourselves for a bit of a rant!). I love Somerset & I’m really passionate about our incredible producers, yet unlike Devon or Dorset events who favour their own county’s producers over another & champion their producers, Somerset organisers seem to let any Tom, Dick or Harry in & don’t show any favour towards their own local producers over mass produced.
"Shame on Somerset, take a leaf out of Devon & Dorset’s book...."
Right enough of that!
A no added sugar sauce with Butch T & Trinidad Morouga Scorpion Chillies in to give it a little sting; definitely a builder-upper sauce. See that the lads made of it.
So What's Next?
Nick will be lovingly stroking his chillies & talking sweet nothings to them to grow strong & produce lots of chillies.
Of course he will remain the chief taster to make sure my creations are hot enough. However he may need some milk for one of them I’m working on……
On that bombshell, as the twit from Top Gear should say… I will leave you until the next blog; will try not to leave it so long this time.
Much love everyone,
Mrs C x