Right, stick with us on this one. This article comes to us via Andy Mogg’s excellent food blog of CHILLI UP NORTH and it came to him via Phil Hardy’s equally excellent beer blog called BEERSAY. Got that? Good.
These guys love food and beer. What’s not to love about that? Here, Phil swaps his beer goggles for a fork and knive and puts our friends at RS Ireland (The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company) to the taste test by trying their Chilli Black Pudding.
The Rossendale-based Lancashire Black Pudding Company are award winning “specialist black pudding makers” using only traditional methods and base recipes dating back to 1879. Their fine black puddings have featured on many TV shows including the F Word, the food channel and are recommended as being one of Rick Steins “Food Heroes”.
As you cut the first slice it has a reassuringly sticky feel to it as you drag the knife through, leaving a dark red coating on the blade. At first sight of the inside, it looks like my favourite type, I personally hate to see big blobs of chunky white fat, I hate the texture and think it shows poor quality (you may disagree).
The taste is as sticky and moist as you’re expecting from the slice, it’s rich and claggy as black pudding should be. There are soft cereal grains in the mouth as you chew, the meaty taste complimented by the traditionally expected black pudding spice. Then, there’s more… The pepper gives way to a chilli flavour that steadily rears its head to take over your taste buds with warm but intense chilli heat. The chilli heat is not huge as in “burn your mouth, pass me the ice cold water hot”, more slow build and long lasting.
When I tasted it, I ate it cold, first in small tasting chunks, then strangely but successfully thinly sliced with a cold chilli roast pork sandwich on granary bread, both meats complimenting each other perfectly
I am not a hug fan of black pudding in dishes or at least cook them rarely at home, but would suggest this would go well in something like a rabbit stew. To drink, well it was lunchtime and I was working so no beer at the time, but I was thinking that maybe a rich fruity but very hoppy IPA would go well with the spices on show?
If you want to take a look at what they are up to they have a well laid out web page which features their products, recipes, history and awards, they even have Twitter and Facebook pages should want to keep up with events.
Follow Andy at http://blog.chilliupnorth.co.uk/ or on Twitter @chilliupnorth
Follow Phil at http://beersay.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @Filrd
Find RS Ireland at http://www.blackpuddingsbury.co.uk/ or on Twitter @RLBlackpuddings