Great Taste Awards: We came, we saw, we conquered!

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Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, Black Mamba was awarded a Great Taste award for 2 of our very own Chilli Venoms: our Cayenne Chilli Sauce, and our Chipotle Chilli Sauce. And we couldn’t be happier or prouder!
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.
To celebrate in style, we will be slithering our way to London from the 3rd to the 5th of September to take part at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair: come and join us for a little victory dance and to get your HOT fix!

Coconut Chicken Curry a la Mamba

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When you’re craving comfort food and a slow release of heat, nothing better than what is concocting in our kitchen this week! Easy and delicious. And of course, guaranteed to warm you up with a generous dose of chilli venoms!

Brought to you by the talented South African chillihead Emma Olivier 🙂

Ingredients:

4 deboned pieces of chicken

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1 onion

2 carrots (peeled)

A handful of broccoli

1 tin of Coconut cream (400gr)

Garlic

Ginger

Masala Powder (1 table spoon)

Curry powder (3 table spoons)

Black Mamba Pineapple Chilli Sauce OR Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce

1 cup of Basmati rice

Serves 2 people

Instructions

Chop the chicken into bite size pieces and fry in a pan with a teaspoon of oil and a tablespoon of masala powder.

In the meantime start preparing some steamy rice following the cooking instructions in the pack.

While the chicken is browning, chop up the onion, carrots, broccoli, green and red peppers into small pieces. You can pick between fresh ginger and garlic or a bottled mixture and add as much as desired to the chicken. Then add in the chopped veggies and mix all together. Add in the coconut cream, three tablespoons of curry powder and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes. If desired, you can add in baby potatoes (pre-cooked).

The finishing touch will be adding your Black Mamba Pineapple Chilli Sauce for a tropical flavour or your Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce if you’re in the mood for a smoky flavour instead. Cook for an additional 5 minutes before serving up the meal with some steamed rice.

Sit back, relax and feel the HEAT take over!

Vegetarian Tacos with Black Bean Salsa

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Looking for an easy, flavourful and healthy meal? On our #tacotuesday we decided to make vegetarian tacos with a black bean salsa – drizzling generous amounts of the chilli venom of your choice of course!

Ingredients:

8 – 12 small corn soft tortilla

For the black bean salsa:

1 can of black beans

half a white onion chopped into small squares

one red tomato chopped into small squares

Salt & black pepper

1/2 tsp of cumin

A generous squeeze of fresh lime juice

Mix all together and garnish with fresh coriander

For the refried beans:

1 can of red beans (or black beans if you’re as obsessed with them as we are). Blend together with the other half white onion, 1 clove of crushed, and a bit of salt. Then fry the mix with a bit of extra virgin olive oil until it thickens (you won’t need more than 5 minutes on a medium heat).

1 cup of sour cream

I also made a quick chunky guacamole as another side dish mixing avos, white onions and tomatoes chopped in small cubes, salt and lime juice to taste.

Serves: 4 people

Put each element in a serving dish, warm the tortillas (and to keep them warm just put them in a basket and cover them with a clean cloth) and let everybody make their own tacos with all the yummy bits and pieces you made. In this case our final touch was a drizzle of Black Mamba Habanero Chilli Sauce (sometimes we like it really hot!). Enjoy and let us know if you liked it!

Looking for HOT distributors

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This is a call for all chilliheads out there that love Black Mamba almost as much as we do. If you want to be part of our chilli train and help this snake slither even further, contact us! We are looking to expand into new markets, and bring our dangerously tasty products closer to you. If you believe we got what it takes for chilli world domination, you share our views on a fairer, more environmentally friendly world and you are keen on making some extra $$$ (who doesn’t?) let us know. If you also know of any distributors of Specialty Food in your countries that might be interested please help us spread the love!

Black Mamba HOT new look in London!

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Black Mamba – crafters of artisan chilli products, including sauces, pestos, pickles are to reveal a HOT new look and new products exclusively at the Specialty Fine Food Fair in London.

Our fair trade brand is made entirely by women in the Kingdom of Swaziland and manufactures its delicious range using fresh, organic, local ingredients, which are grown by small local farmers trained in organic farming and permaculture techniques. The products only use natural preservatives and no artificial colours or flavours.

The re-brand is designed to reflect our ethos of having a positive social impact throughout our supply chain; promoting sustainability, empowering women and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The new design, fresh and modern but true to its origins, has transformed Black Mamba into a funky African brand. As it says on our labels: ‘Tastes good, looks good, does good’!

We will also introduce our new range of chutneys, including Spicy Mango, Beetroot & Ginger, and Green Papaya. As with the rest of the range, these exotic chutneys are all made with locally grown ingredients and “no added nonsense”; guaranteed to delight chilliheads and foodies with their vibrant flavours!

Come & meet the new Black Mamba and be the first to get your hands on our hot stuff – at the Proudly Made in Africa stand V-93 at Specialty Fine Food Fair at Olympia, London, from the 4th to the 6th of September!

 

Fish tacos with kiwi & coriander salsa and chipotle sour cream

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If you are obsessed with Mexican-inspired dishes and chipotle flavours as much as we are, then you have to try this dish! Easy, yummy and with lots of fresh flavours!

Ingredients:

8 – 12 small corn soft tortilla

400 gr of white fish (preferably fresh, but also any frozen hake or kingklip will do the deal)

For the fish marinade:

1 tsp Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Paste

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

the juice of one lime (or lemon)

salt & pepper to taste

For the kiwi coriander salsa:

3 kiwis

one fresh bunch of coriander

6 spring onions

a dash of Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce

the juice of one lime

For the chipotle sour cream:

1 cup of sour cream

a dash of Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce

For the garnish:

one small red cabbage

one small red onion

1 cup of vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

 

Serves: 4 people

 

Turn on the oven to 180℃.

Make a marinade for the fish mixing the Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Paste with olive oil, the juice of one lime and salt & pepper to taste (check how hot is your hot and adapt the amount of chipotle paste accordingly). Pour marinade on top of the fish, place in an oven dish and grill for about 30 to 45  minutes (depending if you’re using fresh or frozen fish) – check constantly so the fish doesn’t dry: it should be ready when the fish flakes easily and the smell starts to make you drool.

While the fish is cooking, put in a pan in low heat the chopped kiwis, spring onions and coriander, with a dash of Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce, the juice of half a lime and a bit of salt. Blend everything together and voilà! Your kiwi coriander salsa is ready (I prefer it a bit chunky instead of totally smooth, but to each its own).

Chop the red cabbage and red onion in slices and put on a mix of boiling water and vinegar for a maximum of 5 minutes (as you want them to still be crunchy and fresh). Once done put in a serving dish (add a bit of salt if you feel it needs it).

If you still think you need more chipotle flavour (and we wouldn’t disagree) then add some drops of Black Mamba Chipotle Chilli Sauce to your sour cream and put in a bowl for serving.

When your fish is ready take it out of the oven and cut it in bite sizes. Turn the oven off but place the tortillas inside just to warm them up enough with the residual heat (make sure you don’t leave them for too long as they can become hard very quickly, been there done that!). Once tortillas are warm place in a basket and cover with a clean cloth (so they remain warm).

I also made a quick chunky guacamole as another side dish mixing avos, white onions and tomatoes chopped in small cubes, salt and lime juice to taste (but you can opt out as you have lots of amazing flavours already!)

Put each element in a serving dish and let everybody make their own tacos with all the yummy bits and pieces you made. Enjoy and let us know if you liked it!

 

Think outside the box

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Sustainability is at the heart of all we do here at Black Mamba in Swaziland – from how we grow our chillies, to how we pack our products!

So we LOVE our new packing tape, which is not only made of 100% recycled paper, but is completely biodegradable! (It will make our boxes pretty too!)

Black Mamba: tastes good, looks good, does good.  That’s our HOT promise.

To find out more about what makes us green (apart from our jalapeños!) click here.

Black Mamba just got bigger…

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Introducing the new Black Mamba! Like a real snake, we’ve shed our old skin to embrace a fresh new look, which represents the brand we are today.

We hope you love it as much as we do. Our new bottles are 55ml bigger – growing to 180ml – so you can enjoy even more dangerously tasty bites!

To celebrate our new look, we’re welcoming some new faces to the Black Mamba family! Our Pineapple Chilli Sauce adds a sweet addition to our sauce range. And the tropical flavours continue with our new Spicy Mango Chutney!

Our earthy Beetroot Ginger Chutney is delicious with goats cheese. And fans of our Chipotle Chilli Sauce, will love our new Chipotle Chilli Paste!

To see the full range, click here or if you’re interested in stocking our products, click here to request a catalogue.

Inspired gifts for food lovers

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If you’re yet to visit our shop at Swazi Candles Craft Centre, you’re in for a treat!

As well as the full range of our tasty chilli products -including our HOT Black Mamba branded clothing- we also sell a carefully-curated collection of the finest gourmet foods in Southern Africa – from organic chocolate to Fair Trade coffee – & eco-kitchen accessories too!

We’ve now closed our shop at Ngwenya Glass, but fans across the border can find our products at a range of shops across South Africa & online. We also have online stores in the UK & Germany.

To see all our stockists, or to order online, click here

Fresh & fair trade

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We’re proud to be providing a fair trade income to our chilli growers and are now reaching even more organic farmers, thanks to our partnership with Guba.

Every year, Guba trains dozens of Swazi farmers in our community in the principles of permaculture and organic farming and we buy the fresh produce from their thriving kitchen gardens.

That means that every chilli included in our products has been hand-reared with tender love and care. And you can taste the difference!

We believe our chillies can change the world! To find out more, click here.