I had the pleasure of sampling Bim’s Kitchen Sauces a while back and was so impressed that I have been singing their praises ever since.
It was of course with excitement and joy that I was sent a hot and spicy gift pack from the lovely team at Bim’s Kitchen once again to taste and try.
The first treats that I couldn’t wait to try were the Biltong snacks which are a delicacy in the Southern parts of Africa. As soon as I posted a picture of the snacks on twitter followers from South Africa and Zimbabwe were salivating all over my tweets! I was sent the regular Baobab Biltong and the Hot Baobab Biltong and was taken on a taste sensation especially with the Hot Bilton. This dried beef meat snack is full of flavour, spicy with a touch of sweetness that comes through more with the regular biltong. I wish I had an ice cold beer to drink with these treats and I also wish the packets were even bigger, they are so moreish. If you love chilli as much as I do then the Hot Biltong is for you, it will blow you away but it’s only for the brave, if you don’t have a tolerance for heat then do not even try this! Absolutely delicious snack, better than a packet of crisps if I’m being totally honest!
The main event came with the Sweet African Tigernut & Chilli Sauce which I used to make a prawn stir fry. Using the juice of tigernuts combined with chillies, tomatoes and spices, this sauce brought out the succulent flavour of my prawns without being overpowering. It definitely has a sweet flavour which although not too strong is evident so worked well with seafood. The beauty of Bim’s Kitchen sauces is that they actually taste homemade unlike some other high street supermarket sauces which often taste quite run-of-the-mill. There is an authenticity of flavour which is consistent with each product that gave me a “taste of Africa”, which in simple terms means rich, spicy and flavour-filled combinations of spices.
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The African Chickpea & Moringa Curry Sauce was perfect with chicken and as you can see I simply allowed my drumsticks to marinate and soak up the sauce, I wanted more of a stew based dish and this worked so well. This is rich sauce which works well with chicken and I’m sure it will work well with red meat too as there is a depth of flavour which means it enhances the taste of anything it is cooked with. Made with creamy chickpeas, moringa leaf, coconut milk and tomatoes it can go with any meat or vegetables that you have available. It is not exceptionally hot in terms of chilli heat, although that being said my threshold for chillis is so high that it takes a lot to pack a punch these days.
I really enjoyed this set of sauces from Bim’s Kitchen, which are gluten-free and I have every confidence that this brand will go the distance, not only as a food brand but as an ambassador for African Cuisine in The UK and around the world.