A few months ago I got talking online with the people at El Yucateco foods, whose ingredients I use in a lot of my Mexican recipes. Actually, to be honest, I find that a splash of El Yucateco Chipotle Sauce gives a wonderful deep flavour note to lots of recipes, not just Mexican.
When I mentioned how difficult it can be to get hold of specialist Mexican ingredients in the UK, El Yucateco asked me if I'd like some samples that I could use in recipes on the Shizzling blog - a perfect barter, as far as I'm concerned.
Today the first of those samples arrived in the form of two boxes - one full of achiote and the other full of their Kutbil-Ik De Exxxtra Hot Habanero Sauce.
I'm looking forward to cooking with these ingredients - I think there's probably more than a year's supply!