My New Asian Inspired Range is on it's Way...........
Well, I've now been trading for just over a year. 25th February 2017 saw Kingston Preserves 1st Birthday & an interesting one it's been. I started selling the old favourites, Marmalade, Strawberry Jam, Chutney, Lemon Curd, nothing wrong with those, all delicious, all very popular. But I'm never one to stick to tried & tested so decided to expand my range. Started doing flavoured oils then a few different things, Chilli Jelly & the latest - Apple & Wild Garlic, well I have a great patch of it at home so I couldn't let it go to waste, it is free after all!! Last year I grew an excellent of assortment of chillies so I dried quite a few & from there I've just made some Chilli Flakes & Chilli Powder.
Then I started to think, I'm Anglo Indian by birth & that has a great culinary heritage, light bulb moment. I started to dig around a little & found recipe's in books (I read these as others read novels!) & on the Internet. So for the last few months I've been experimenting & my Asian Inspired Range has been born. So far I've a very successful Mango Chutney, as I've just mentioned Chilli Flakes & Powder, finally got the right mix for my Garam Masala, Brinjal (Aubergine) Pickle & a taste bud tingling Kingston Firecracker, this is a chilli pickle & the name is (I think) apt. It's not for the fainthearted! Having said that, yes it does blow your socks off but it's more than that, it has a lovely fruitiness & some complex background flavours & you can use it in a variety of ways so the flavours & heat can be adjusted to your particular taste.
Currently maturing is a Lime Pickle, this has been a bit of a tricky one. I've already made one but it just wasn't quite right, it just didn't have the right blend of salty, sour & spicy, so I went back to the drawing board & have come up with this latest one. So far the results are very promising. I now have to wait for a month or so before it's mature enough to taste.......fingers crossed. Next up will be a Garlic Pickle I'm just playing around with the right mix of ingredients, then next on the culinary list is a Curry Paste, this I have to admit is more of a Thai inspired one but I still think it will be a worthy addition to my new range. So watch this space, or even better come & see me at one of my Markets & tell me what you think of them. Look forward to seeing some of you.