Carolyn, a long-time lover of spicy meals from the Caribbean, is a well known radio broadcaster on U105, presenter right here and a profitable creator and marketer of scorching sauces which are actually on sale in delis and specialist meals shops throughout NI.
The inventive entrepreneur has additionally received main awards, together with Nice Style endorsements, for her tasty sauces below her Completely Sizzling NI branding. The spicy rub from vibrant Jamaica developed by Carolyn is historically a fiery mix of cumin, allspice, smoked paprika, cinnamon, purple pepper flakes and cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Along with the brand new jerk seasoning, she’s created authentic chilli fruit sauces for livening up desserts inside a sensible new ‘Carolyn Stewart -Flip up the Flavour’ theme. The small firm is a Meals NI member.
The novel merchandise are the results of growth work by Carolyn over the previous 12 months of pandemic which noticed her normally packed calendar of exterior music occasions paused.
A talented and adventurous cook dinner who loves daring, wealthy and vibrant flavours, Carolyn explains: “Whereas the eating places and cafes remained closed for a lot of the Covid disaster, one factor to come back out of the lockdowns was a need amongst shoppers for flavoursome meals for cooking at house. Whereas I used to be now not mixing the tunes on a Saturday evening I turned to my kitchen to high-quality tune the recipes for my chilli infused fruit sauces and most enjoyable to excellent my jerk seasoning product.”
The award-winning Caribbean Pickle and Pineapple Chilli merchandise the place the primary to endure the brand new label transformation incorporating Carolyn’s love of attribute meals infusions from the West Indies together with the colors and rhythms of the unique islands below the brand new model. They mirror her longstanding ardour for the melodic and infectious sounds of calypso and different rhythms of the indies.
“I like all the pieces in regards to the Caribbean and have loved my frequent holidays there,” she says. “Certainly, I’m trying ahead to me subsequent journey after Covid restrictions are finally lifted. I’ve made it my mission to convey the flavours of the islands to house cooks right here and, in time, to many extra individuals in GB.”
Carolyn continues: “To date everyone seems to be loving the brand new look label. It’s a little bit of retro really feel that makes the product stand out a bit extra on the cabinets, however what I needed most was for individuals right here and within the Republic of Eire to show up the flavour of their on a regular basis meals with my easy-to-add elements straight from the jar! The brand new merchandise are perfect for the upcoming BBQ season.”
The brand new additions to the product vary with jerk seasoning are Blueberry Chilli Sauce and Raspberry Chilli Sauce.
“The jerk seasoning makes an incredible marinade for meats, and plant-based choices, enhancing flavour however with a punch of warmth to complete. The fruit sauces can be utilized in any dessert, cheese board, dipping sauce or combine up a cocktail to enhance any feast,” Carolyn provides.
The Caribbean Pickle has been in her portfolio for a while and has already received two awards – Nice Style Award 2017 and a Blas Na Eireann Award in 2019.
Carolyn launched her artisan enterprise enterprise in 2016 as “a little bit of an experiment to see how spicy Caribbean flavours would go down with customers and cooks in Northern Eire”. The distinctive and richly flavoured sauces – all created by Carolyn in her house kitchen – have been an excellent success and are to be discovered in lots of delis and specialist meals shops in Eire.
She researched Jamaican elements and meals and scoured cookbooks in what spare time she had from spinning discs and chatting to callers on her every day radio exhibits. “It took me two years, an extra aresearch journey and many sampling in Jamaica to excellent my recipe – an actual labour of affection and I loved each minute of it,” she says.
The rise in demand has additionally led Carolyn to subcontract manufacturing to a specialist producer of artisan sauces, jams, chutneys and relishes right here.
Whereas the artisan meals enterprise is constant to flourish, Carolyn actually received’t be giving up the day job as a music presenter that she loves. The artisan meals enterprise, nevertheless, has turn out to be an one other necessary string to her guitar!
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