Feeling the love with chillies

Welcome to Feb – one of the hottest months of the year and the one famous for love! With Valentine’s Day promotions in full swing, I have to admit the whole red roses, red hearts thing really doesn’t work for me… I think every day should be celebrated with your valentine!

So, my team got to thinking and I decided what better way to celebrate the month of promoted love with something really HOT and of course useful and, hey presto, we’ve got chillies!

So I really do need to explain myself here a bit so that you can understand why I chose this. My gran was of French Mauritian descent – a De la Roux – what a character she was! Larger than life with a wicked sense of humour and, oh my, could she cook! So passed down from her was the love of Creole based spicy food and I guarantee that if you go look in any of my family’s fridges on any day of the year, you will find at least three different chilli sauces – be they bottled, dried, mixed with jam, or just the real raw guys straight from the tree. We love them and can’t get enough! So that’s why I want to try them out as a super hot Valentine’s gift – terribly corny, but you get it!

Have a look at our Chilli Garden Box here – it includes six of the best:

  1. Habanero
  2. Jalapeno
  3. Time bomb
  4. Tabasco
  5. Uyababa
  6. Inchanga

I love the longevity of chillies – I can start picking the fruit young, mature, and then harvest loads and store for the winter. They don’t really cope that well where temperatures drop below 12 degrees so it’s important to harvest, harvest, and harvest again. Click here for some awesome recipes and of course all the steps on how to preserve these hot delights.

For me, the best part about chillies is the kick that I get when I eat them – when your brow start to sweat and you get that tingle on your lips, your body produces adrenalin and then endorphins… yip, the happy hormone! Much like those who do regular exercise say that activity brings about a sense of happiness and fulfilment, so do chillies!

Beyond happy vibes, chillies are known to have many other great benefits – the white fibrous membranes contain capsaicin, which gives the chilli its bite and also helps to clear the lungs, improves circulation, acts as a painkiller for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, has anti-inflammatory properties, relieves constipation, and acts as an antioxidant. Wow.

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Recipe download

Chilli Buttered Sweetcorn

On its own, braaied sweetcorn is delicious but add a hint of chilli and some fresh herbs from the garden and it turns into a feast.

4 sweetcorn cobs, husks removed
Olive oil

Herb butter:
125 g butter
2 red or green chillies, seeded and finely chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
The grated rind of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper


  • Prepare the sweet corn for the braai by cooking for 10 minutes in boiling water or microwaving covered in plastic wrap for 3-5 minutes.
  • Brush with olive oil and set aside for the braai.
  • For the butter, mix all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon onto plastic wrap and form a log by folding and twisting the two ends together.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Braai the sweetcorn until chargrilled.
  • Place on a serving dish and, while still warm, top with discs of chilli butter.
  • Serve immediately.
Click here to download my Chilli Sweetcorn recipe! And don't forget a heat guide!

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