Common chilli growing problems

Combating  problems

Growing chillies can be both exciting and challenging, offering the satisfaction of cultivating your own flavourful peppers. As you embark on this journey, you’ll encounter various Chilli growing problems  that may hinder your plants’ growth and development, from yellowing leaves caused by nutrient deficiencies or pest infestations to issues like stunted growth, blossom drop, and disease outbreaks. Understanding and addressing these challenges are crucial steps towards achieving a successful harvest.

To combat these issues effectively, it’s crucial to carefully assess your plant’s environment and make necessary adjustments. Ensure proper watering practices, provide adequate nutrients through fertilization, and regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests such as aphids or spider mites. If you suspect a nitrogen deficiency is causing the yellowing, consider fertilizing your plants with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote healthy leaf development and combat the issue.

By addressing these Chilli growing problems head-on and implementing proactive measures, you can ensure the health and vitality of your chilli plants, leading to a successful harvest. Remember, with patience and perseverance, you can overcome any obstacles that come your way. If you ever need guidance or assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the  Chilli Workshop. Together, we’ll navigate the intricacies of chilli growing and cultivate thriving plants that yield bountiful harvests. Happy growing!

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Growing Chilli Peppers in the UK

Getting the basics right

Welcome to Chilli Workshop! We’re passionate about chillies and want to help you grow them in the UK. Even though the UK doesn’t have the best climate for growing chillies, you can still grow lots of chillies here if you know how. Growing your own chillies also helps the environment because it reduces the need to transport them from far away.

Before you start growing chillies, it’s important to understand how the UK’s weather affects plants. Chillies like warm and sunny weather, but with some adjustments, they can grow well in the UK without too much trouble. You just need to pick the right types of chillies,  protect them from the weather and give them tender loving acre .

In the UK, the time for growing chillies is short. So, it’s best to start growing them indoors in January or February. This way, they have enough time to grow strong before they’re ready to go outside. Once the weather is warmer  ( at least above 10 degrees Celsius) , they need to be hardened off and then  you can move them outdoors.

This method helps them grow better and gives you more chillies. During the winter months they stand no chance of surviving. However, when they’re outside, they get natural sunlight and develop as if they have been outside all along . It’s like giving them a boost! With this approach, you can grow lots of tasty chillies right in your backyard. Join us at Chilli Workshop to learn more and start growing your own spicy Chilli  peppers!

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Chilli Honey

Sweet heat

In a world where culinary experimentation knows no bounds, Chilli Honey  has emerged as a true game-changer. Picture this: a velvety stream of golden honey infused with the fiery essence of red chillies. It’s a marriage of flavours that dances on your palate, leaving behind a tantalizing trail of sweet heat that keeps you coming back for more.

Chilli honey isn’t just a condiment—it’s a culinary adventure waiting to unfold. With its irresistible blend of sweetness and spice, it has the power to transform even the simplest of dishes into extraordinary culinary creations. Whether you’re a daring foodie on the hunt for your next flavour obsession or a curious home cook looking to add a little excitement to your meals, chilli honey is here to take your taste buds on a wild ride.

Chilli honey is typically made by infusing honey with chilli peppers. The process involves adding chillies  to honey and allowing the flavours to meld together over time. The heat level of the chili honey can vary depending on the type and amount of chili peppers used. Some people prefer milder peppers like jalapeños for a subtle kick, while others opt for hotter varieties like habaneros or ghost peppers for a more intense heat. It’s a versatile condiment, adding a sweet and spicy flavour to various dishes like glazes, marinades, dressings, or even just drizzled over cheese or fruit.

So, buckle up and prepare to embark on a journey of flavour exploration like never before. From savoury to sweet, from snacks to cocktails, the possibilities are endless when you have a bottle of this fabulous honey in your pantry. Join me as we dive into the wonderful world of this delectable elixir and discover the countless ways it can elevate your culinary creations.

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When to plant my Chilli seeds

hand holding soil with red Chillies next to chilli seedlings in pots

Is it too late?

Wondering when is the best time to start Chilli seeds?  Starting chilli seeds indoors in February or March is ideal in the UK because it allows the seedlings to establish themselves and grow strong before the cooler temperatures of autumn and winter arrive. This timing ensures that your chili plants have ample time to mature and produce a bountiful harvest of Chillies .

However, if you missed the early window for starting seeds, don’t fret! Late spring or early summer still offers an opportunity to grow chili peppers from seed. Capsicum annuum varieties, known for their quicker maturation compared to other chili species, are particularly well-suited for starting later in the season.Hand sowing seeds into a peat pot These varieties include popular options like ‘Cayenne’, ‘Hungarian Wax’, and ‘Anaheim’, among others. They are known for their versatility in cooking and can be used fresh, dried, or pickled.

Furthermore, for those seeking even faster results, there are several quick-growing chilli varieties that are perfect for planting in May or early June. One such variety is ‘Apache’, a compact chili plant that produces small, hot peppers in abundance. Another option is ‘Numex Twilight‘, which not only matures quickly but also offers ornamental value with its colourful peppers that ripen from purple to yellow to orange to red. It is essential for these varieties to receive plenty of sunshine to thrive and produce a flavourful harvest. In cases where natural sunlight is insufficient, supplemental lighting such as grow lights can be used indoors to provide the necessary light intensity for optimal growth prior to hardening off and transplanting outdoors. Remember, chilli plants typically require twelve to eighteen hours of light per day for robust growth.

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Sriracha sauce recipe

A bowl of homemade Sriracha sauce on a wooden table surrounded by green and red Chillies

Sriracha hot sauce

This post features a simple, economical, and delicious recipe for Sriracha sauce. Originating from the coastal city of Si Racha in Thailand’s Chonburi Province, it was crafted in the early 20th century by Thanom Chakkapak, incorporating chillies  vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.

In Thai cuisine, Sriracha is a traditional seafood dip, enhancing dishes like grilled fish and shellfish with its spicy, tangy flavour. Its popularity expanded beyond Thailand in the 1980s when Vietnamese-American entrepreneur David Tran established Huy Fong Foods in Los Angeles, California. Tran’s rendition of Sriracha, inspired by the original Thai recipe, gained traction with its introduction as “Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce” in the early 1980s. Embraced by Asian communities in the United States, its distinct flavour and versatility propelled its popularity.

As Huy Fong Foods‘ Sriracha sauce gained momentum, it became a staple in American kitchens and beyond. Its iconic packaging, featuring a rooster emblem and vibrant green cap, became instantly recognizable. Over the years, Sriracha’s appeal has transcended cultural boundaries, finding its way into diverse cuisines and culinary creations worldwide. Whether used as a condiment, marinade, or ingredient in recipes, Sriracha continues to delight taste buds with its fiery kick and savoury undertones, cementing its status as a beloved and enduring culinary classic. So lets put on our aprons, get out the Chillies and lets start making  our recipe for Sriracha hot sauce

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Naga Chillis Scoville ratings

Picture of red Naga Chillies on a tablecloth Delving into Naga Chillies Scoville ratings

When delving into the world of Naga chillies and their counterparts, understanding Scoville ratings provides invaluable insights into the sheer potency of these fiery Chillies . Take, for example, the Naga Jolokia, Dorset Naga, and Naga Morich—each renowned for their exceptional heat. These Chillies  proudly flaunt Scoville ratings that soar up to a staggering 1600 000 SHU or more, firmly establishing them among the hottest Chillies  on the planet.

Wilbur Scoville, an American pharmacist, invented the Scoville Organoleptic Test in 1912 to measure the pungency of chillies  His method involved diluting Chilli extracts in sugar water and relying on human taste testers to determine the level of heat. This pioneering work led to the development of the Scoville scale, which remains a widely used tool for quantifying the spiciness of Chillies .
Red Dorset Naga Chilli

Scoville ratings are a method of measuring the heat of Chilies. But beyond mere heat, Scoville ratings serve a crucial role in empowering cooks and aficionados to tailor their culinary creations to suit their individual preferences. For those who relish the thrill of a mild tingle, lower-rated  chillies offer a gentle introduction to the world of spice, infusing dishes with a subtle warmth that tantalizes the palate without overwhelming it. On the other hand, for those brave souls who crave the fiery inferno, higher-rated Naga chillies provide an exhilarating journey into the realm of intense heat, elevating dishes to new heights of flavour and excitement.

With Scoville ratings as their guide, cooks can skilfully navigate the vast landscape of spicy cuisine, striking the perfect balance between flavour and intensity. Whether crafting a delicate curry infused with the gentle warmth of Naga Morich or concocting a blistering hot sauce featuring the bold punch of the Naga Jolokia, each dish becomes a masterpiece of culinary artistry, tailored to satisfy even the most discerning palates.

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Mexican roulades

Winter night delight

The term “roulade” originates from the French word “rouler,” meaning “to roll.” Roulades have been a culinary technique used in various cuisines for centuries, with their precise historical origins difficult to pinpoint due to widespread adoption and adaptation across cultures. France has played a significant role in popularizing roulades, with French chefs refining the method of rolling meats with various fillings like herbs, cheeses, and vegetables. Classic dishes such as “Roulade de Boeuf (beef roulade) and “Roulade de Poulet” (chicken roulade) became

staples of French cuisine, enjoyed in both home kitchens and upscale restaurants.

As European culinary techniques spread globally through exploration, colonization, and trade, roulades were adopted and adapted by different cultures. In Germany, “Rouladen” emerged as a popular dish featuring thinly sliced beef rolled with bacon, onions, and pickles, often served with gravy and potatoes. Eastern European cuisines also embraced variations of stuffed and rolled meats, such as Polish “Gołąbki” (cabbage rolls) and Russian “Golubtsy” (stuffed cabbage rolls).

Chillies are commonly added to roulades in countries with a preference for spicy flavours in their cuisine. One notable example is Mexico, where chillies are frequently incorporated into dishes such as beef roulades. In Mexican cuisine, chillies are used to add heat and depth of flavour to various recipes, including savoury dishes like “Rouladas de Res” (beef roulades), which may feature a filling of seasoned meat, vegetables, and spices rolled up in thinly sliced beef and cooked until tender. The addition of chillies in Mexican roulades contributes to the dish’s bold and vibrant flavour profile, characteristic of the country’s culinary heritage

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Barbequed Pulled Pork

A Southern tradition

The history of barbecued pulled pork is deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of the Southern United States, particularly in regions like the Carolinas and Tennessee, where barbecue holds a special place in the culture. Barbecue itself has a long history, with roots tracing back to Indigenous cultures in the Americas who used smoking and slow-cooking techniques to preserve and flavour meats. When

European settlers arrived in the Southern colonies, they encountered these cooking methods and adapted them to their own tastes and ingredients, resulting in the distinctive style of American barbecue that we know today.

Pulled pork likely originated as a practical way to utilize tougher cuts of meat, such as pork shoulder or pork butt. These cuts were slow-cooked over a low flame or smoked for several hours, allowing the tough connective tissues to break down and the meat to become tender and flavourful. The technique of “pulled” pork involves shredding the cooked meat into small pieces using forks or other utensils. Over time, different regions developed their own variations of barbecued pulled pork, each with its own unique flavour profiles and cooking techniques.

In this tradition, our recipe for barbecued pulled pork will not disappoint. So light up the barbecue, put on your chef’s apron, and let’s make barbecue pulled pork that will have everyone asking for seconds.

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Spicing up Valentines day

Ignite Your Valentine’s Day

Are you looking to have a Valentines day this year that will impress your Chilli lover better half ?  Look no further.  In the world of culinary delights and epicurean adventures, there exists a hidden gem capable of reigniting the flames of passion and injecting your Valentine’s Day with an enticing zest—chillies. These vibrant peppers, famed for their fiery heat and intricate flavours, possess the ability to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary encounters, but their magic stretches far beyond mere cuisine. With their aphrodisiac qualities and sensory charm, chillies provide a unique avenue to ignite the spark of romance and add a flavourful twist to your love life in unexpected ways on this special day dedicated to love.

Envision a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date, bathed in the soft glow of candlelight, where every dish is infused with the subtle heat of chillies. As you and your partner exchange lingering glances across the table, the spicy flavours act as a symbol of the passion simmering between you, injecting an element of excitement and adventure into your theme evening.

So, if you’re seeking to kindle the flames of passion and infuse your Valentine’s Day celebration with a touch of spice, look no further than the unassuming chilli. Whether enjoyed in the kitchen or savoured during an intimate dinner, chillies possess the power to transform ordinary moments into extraordinary experiences, leaving you and your partner yearning for more.

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Lamb Kheema Roll Recipe

Lamb kheema, also known as keema or qeema, is a popular Indian dish made from ground or minced lamb meat. Its origin can be traced back to the Indian subcontinent, and it is a traditional part of Indian cuisine. Kheema is a versatile dish that can be prepared in various ways, with regional variations in spices and ingredients.

The term “kheema” or “keema” is derived from the Persian word “qeema,” which means minced or ground meat. This influence likely came through the historical interactions between the Indian subcontinent and various Persian and Central Asian cultures.

Kheema can be prepared as a dry dish or with a gravy base and is often used in various recipes, including keema curry, keema samosas, and keema pav (a popular street food in India). It’s a flavourful and spicy dish that is enjoyed by people of all ages across the Indian subcontinent and in Indian communities around the world. The spices and seasonings used in kheema can vary by region and personal preferences, making it a diverse and adaptable dish within Indian cuisine.

It pairs exceptionally well with soft, fluffy bread rolls, often referred to as “pav” in India. When served with bread rolls, it’s known as “keema pav.” The combination of flavourful minced lamb and freshly baked bread rolls is a popular street food and a favourite among many. You can also enjoy lamb kheema with various types of Indian flatbreads such as roti, naan, or chapati. The combination of the savoury kheema and the soft, warm flatbreads is a satisfying meal. Read more