We first came across Chilli Wind sauces at the Foxton Spring Fling last October. A bunch of teenage boys were jostling in front of the Chilli Wind stall, daring each other to try the Racing Fuel, Chilli Wind's hottest sauce. It was created as a tribute to the Manfield Race Track in Fielding.
We've had at least one bottle on the go at home ever since, and now we have it in the cafe for you to try too. The sauces are made in Fielding by Pete Hawley who left a career in winemaking to make something much more delicious - hot sauce. He grows the chillis himself and turns them into a range of sauces and chutneys. We carry the fiery Racing Fuel - excellent on poached eggs - and the gentler BBQ sauce, which has a rich, smokey flavour. Just want ketchup? Pete doesn't make that but we do have keep a bottle of big-brand ketchup in the kitchen if you absolutely must have it.
Chillis, whether in sauces, marinades, pickles or curries, are super good for you. The heat comes from capsacin oil which, Pete says, has proven benefits for sufferers of arthritis, chronic fatigue and insomnia. It also gives you a natural buzz as your body releases endorphins to counter the perceived 'pain' from the chillis' heat.