Turqle Brands: a delicious FOOD story...
Cart 0

News

Best, Best BURGERS ever (with Ukuva's Chakalaka of course!)

Rain Morgan Burger Basics Burger Topping Onion Melt Relish

Best, Best BURGERS ever (with Ukuva's Chakalaka of course!)

Home made, flame grilled BURGERS are still top of the favourite foods of eternally hungry tweenies, or for an informal braai with friends... and the secret of the BEST burger is in the patty (and after that - in the sauce!)This recipe makes 6 SUPER generous patties.850g Beef Mince - needs to have some fat (choose lean, not extra lean), coarsely minced meat.1 Onion (med/small + 40mm dia) super-finely chopped (or in the food processor)1 cup fresh Breadcrumbs30ml ground Ukuva Braai Salt15-30ml Vegetable Oil (depends how fatty the meat is)Note: Melted Onion is an essential topping (see previous blog) -...

Read more →


Onion Melt Topping for Burgers

Rain Morgan Burger Basics Burger Topping flavour base flavour depth Onion Melt

Onion Melt Topping for Burgers

A burger is not a burger without MELTED ONION topping. This recipe cannot be rushed - it needs stove time and gentle heat to mature properly. If you're working against the clock, start the onion sauce before you start on the burgers - it can melt away on the side while you make the burgers. Sweet white onions make a deliciously gentle onion melt, while brown or red onions are slightly more robust, and will make a stronger tasting melt. Allow 1 medium sized onion per person. Slice the onions finely - tip - cut the onions in half lengthwise...

Read more →


A little ghost story....

Rain Morgan Chilli Chilli Inferno Extra HOT Ghost Ghost Chilli Hot Hot Drops Ukuva

A little ghost story....

Until fairly recently, we did not really understand why Ghost Chillies behave differently to other chillies. Then they discovered Ghost Chillies have a fair amount of Capsaicin (the stuff that makes chilli hot) - not just in the veins and seeds (as is the case with most mild chillies), but also in the fruit cells and - most surprisingly - in the cell walls, where the Capsaicin appears in a slightly oily form. So instead of one kind of heat, Ghost Chillies have three. This is where it gets interesting... the heat builds at different rates, in different places... and...

Read more →


There's this thing with tomatoes...

Rain Morgan Cape Treasures Relish Sundried Tomato Relish

There's this thing with tomatoes...

In the southern hemisphere we're heading into Autumn, which means (much to the irritation of our friends and relatives in the northern part of the world), that our days are warm, generally sunny with the slightest freshness on the air in the mornings. Food-wise, it seems like a good idea to start thinking of something slightly more substantial - perhaps something slightly retro like an 80's tomato tart. Apart from the filling, it gets a topping of grilled mozarella and it has a delicious flavour surprise in the bottom... (Get the 'how-to' here.) And then there's this 'thing' with tomatoes......

Read more →


Creating a REAL Inferno...

Rain Morgan Chilli Inferno Ghost Chilli Hot Drops Malawi Gold sauce Swazi Mama Mamba Ukuva

Creating a REAL Inferno...

The question came up again over the past weekend: how do you create a real Chilli Inferno... Which Ukuva sauce is the HOTTEST... How does it compare to Tabasco? What is its rating on the Scoville Scale... Why do we not use the Scoville Scale? Here's a direct quote from the Wikipedia page: "A weakness of the Scoville Organoleptic Test is its imprecision due to human subjectivity, depending on the taster's palate and their number of mouth heat receptors, which varies greatly among people. Another weakness is sensory fatigue: the palate is quickly desensitised to capsaicins after tasting a few...

Read more →