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Saturday, 31 March 2007

Proper tings - the Reggae Reggae Sauce song. In case you'd missed it.



The video starts off well, with some bloke calling up Levi who rapidly redirects his Hummer (driving through what looks alarmingly like Streatham) to the site of a Reggae Reggae Sauce emergency.

Not sure what happens after that. Things seem to end up in a school, where kids pile all manner of crap in a saucepan (does Reggae Reggae Sauce really have cucumbers in it?) then end up cramming their faces full of deep-fried breaded chicken. Jamie would be horrified.

A high point, however, is when Levi sings "Welcome to the rasta-raunt." Awesome.

Britain in sauce crisis

Remember when the fuel blockades / rising oil prices / a refinery explosion meant people all rushed out and panic-bought petrol?

Filling stations were rammed full of irritating people driving ridiculous cars like Volvos, Ford Probes and Mercedes 4X4s filling their children's drinking bottles with super unleaded in case they didn't have enough gas to drive them the 300 metres to school in the morning.

It looks like we're about to have similar problems at Sainsbury's if redandyroo has got his facts straight.

Best get down there and fill up. QUICK!

Recycle more. The earth will thank you.



Did you know that
glass recycling in 2003 saved enough energy to launch 10 space shuttle missions?

No, neither did we. It's a little fact we found here.

Next time you're recycling your empty bottle of Reggae Reggae Sauce, remember you're doing your bit to ensuring we can all eventually move to Mars and still have Bournemouth to pop back to for a nice holiday.

Don't hassel the Hoff: Reggae Reggae stir fried chicken and courgettes



We love the healthy dishes. This ones another classic - Reggae Reggae Chicken with noodles and fresh coriander. It's been a while since we saw a recipe here. Let's waste no more time. Pay attention at the back.

You will need:

2 x chicken breasts
1 x large courgette, chopped into big strips
1 large handful of fresh coriander
2 x nests of medium egg noodles
1 x teaspoon of olive oil
2 x tablespoons of soy sauce
1 x tablespoon of sesame oil
1 x teaspoon of crushed red chillis
Reggae Reggae Sauce

Cut up the chicken into small pieces. Heat up a wok with the olive oil in it until it's super hot. Stir fry the chicken for a couple of minutes, then add the soy sauce, crushed chillis and a splash of RRS. When it's all cooked in brown, pop in the courgette and cook for a couple of minutes - but not so much that the courgette goes mushy. You want to keep some crunch in those bad boys.

Cook the noodles, and drain. Run some soy sauce and the sesame oil through the noodles, and place a nice pile in two bowls. Top with the chicken and courgettes and dump a large handful of fresh coriander on the top. Simple. Effective. Musical.

Verdict: Protein rich, spicy, sweet and fresh. David Hasselhoff in a bowl.

Keep the music in Wales: Our mission

Reggae Reggae Sauce manufacturer G Costa is planning on moving sauce production from its factories in Wales to Poland. Levi Roots doesn't want this - and neither do we!

There is already a Reggae Reggae Sauce shortage... Sign your name in the comments of this post or put one of these logos on your website or blog (or just print 'em out and stick 'em places - like Sainsbury's. Or Poland.) to tell the world that you want to keep the music in Wales!



Peace
Reggae Reggae Blog

Friday, 30 March 2007

'I heard it through the blog-vine'

Don's back again, this time with some beautifully-crafted lyrics designed to be sung to the sweet sounds of Marvin Gaye's 'I heard it through the grape vine'. We did just that, and it works. Now you try.

Welsh Reggaebit
by Don

Ooh, I bet you're wond'rin' how I knew
'bout G Costa`s plans to make I blue
With some Polish firm them knew before
Between the two of them firms.. Wales.. we love you more
Loosing work it mean so much to we
That not even Jah could ever comfort me!

Dontcha know that I heard it through the grapevine
That Reggae Sauce fac`tory on the de`cline

To loose them jobs is such a travesty
cause it mean so much to we,
You could have told we yourselves
that you in bed with someone else

But instead no, me heard it through the grapevine
Our Reggae Sauce fac`tory on the de`cline

I know a man aint supposed to cry
but these tears I cant hold inside
to loose them jobs is such cruel fate you see.
That Reggae sauce it means so much to we

Dontcha know that I heard it through the grapevine
Our Reggae Sauce fac-tory on the de`cline

People shout on behalf of our Welsh friends you see
loosin them jobs it meant so much to we
make a stand, sing out and shout for real
Take on G Costa dragons fiery deal
fight their plans,tell them to keep it real!
Our welsh cousins really need this deal!

Dont you know that I heard it through the grapevine
Our Reggae Reggae Sauce fac-tory on the decline....


Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Ports Thoughts sought sauce. What was left? Nought.



Mr Ports and Ali are big fans of Dragons Den. This, obviously, led them to buy a lovely bottle of Reggae Reggae Sauce.

Now, normal people would try a little bit on the side of the plate. Then they'd splash a bit on a kebab or chicken breast and cook it up. They might even try a bit of dipping. But not Mr Ports and Ali. Oh no.

Mr Ports and Ali decided to marinade some chicken pieces in the contents of AN ENTIRE BOTTLE. As Mr Ports tell us, quite matter-of-factly, via email:

"Yes we marinaded the chicken in a full bottle of Reggae Reggae Sauce and then cooked it up. Two generous portions."

We'd commend the brevity (that dish must've been hot!) but we urge you not to try this at home. With the news of the closure of the Reggae Reggae Sauce factory and numerous reports of no stock in Sainsbury's stores throughout the UK, we all need to conserve sauce in case of drought.

Be careful people!

Reggae Reggae Sauce factory lays off 179 jobs

G Costa, the manufacturer of Reggae Reggae Sauce, is laying off 179 workers through the closing of two factories in Wales. It's moving them to Poland.

Two points.

One.

My local Sainsbury's Local is out of Reggae Reggae Sauce, and has been for two days now. Far from laying people off, G Costa needs to be hiring. A LOT of people. TWO DAYS! And by the sound of many other people across t'internet, many Sainsbury's stores are out of stock too. Think about it - customers with money are making their way to a supermarket to buy something in particular. Lots of people are finding the shelf empty. We are not at war. We are not in a desperate recession. There is NO REASON why decent, honest folk clutching £1.49 that want to put a bit of music in their food should go without. This is BAD. So bad I'm using CAPITAL LETTERS.

Two.

When crappy chav-cap maker Burberry wanted to close its Welsh factory, all manner of irritating celebrities popped out of the woodwork to jump to its defence. Why is this not happening yet for Reggae Reggae Sauce? Why hasn't Floella Benjamin, Rusty Lee, Ainsley frickin' Harriott or all manner of other artistes with a vague love of spicy Caribbean sauce jumped on the campaigning bandwagon? C'MON PEOPLE!

I'm done.

Monday, 26 March 2007

Jimbo's sausage spot - Taste the Reggae Reggae Difference

Jimbo says Reggae Reggae Sauce goes well with Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Mustard sausages.

Excuse us, we're off out. Not sure which sausages Jimbo's talking about, but Sainsbury's doesn't close for 52 minutes so we've got plenty of rummaging time...

Pepper Hot - a love song by Don

Don has sent us another poem. This time it's more of a love song. What a legend.

Pepper Hot
by Don

Levi makes sauce hot n fiery and spouts rhyme like Tipper Ire
We love the spicy flavour it’s the only taste to savour
Me girl she like it hot…At one forty nine! It hit the spot.
When first it hit her lips, lord it make her wind them hips
It’s such a full blown taste it make her rock that lickle waist
Wid reaction such as this, its me girl me want to kiss
She say dog you gettin frisky, that reggae reggae sauce worse than whisky!
It makes you loose your head like when you slip into me bed
I say girl I’m at full throttle…she said “we need another bottle!”
She say step out to de store.. If you wanna get some more
I say girl I like your chat…She say bwoy it not like that…
I just need one more bottle to get me goin at full throttle...
She leave me chompin at the bit. Man, now she got a taste for it!
I say girl I’m only human and this pepper needs consuming
She say bwoy you know the measure if you want some of this treasure…
Damn I wish I could buy more from that bloody Sainsbury store.

Later that day

Hi there…Is that your “Buy it now” price…How many bottles have you got??

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Food for Thought lets the laziness shine through



Oh joy! Our friends over at Food for Thought have shared their Reggae Reggae meal with us! It's a wonderful combination of Reggae Reggae marinaded chicken and mashed potato. And they've even managed to make their mash so it doesn't look like scrambled egg. Now that's talent.

And so to the review.

In one word, we'd describe this dish as 'elegant'. There is no room for misunderstanding. As Ihsan from Food for Thought says: "My housemate just used it as a lazy dinner, and marinated the chicken with the sauce before baking it an oven at 200 C. Nothing too special, meh."

Excellent. We salute your housemate, Ihsan. They grabbed a bit of chicken, added some music, cooked it for a bit, and served with some mashed potato. It's this kind of simplicity that's missing from modern cooking. And life, if we were being honest. And there are so many convenience meals out there that take just us long but fill your constitution with nonsense. Not here - Reggae Reggae Sauce is as natural as it gets. Meh.

Verdict: Honest, quick and lazy. Just how we like our housemates. 8/10.

Exclusive EXTREME CLOSEUP...



Mmm.

The sound from the Reggae Reggae underground

Don sent us a poem. We won't say anything else, as it's so beautiful we wouldn't want to sully it with our unenlightened, superficial comment. Actually, we'll just say this: Go Don.

ODE TO THE SPICE SENSATION
By Don

Bwoy, Me see me Braintree brethren has been dancing with the devil...In de Sainsbury house, whereas... me?.. See me sneak in like a mouse!

Glory be to Jah... They got dat spice into de store!

No longer will I fret ... get tired..And cold and wet. Searchin every store without a bottle to be scored.

Finally...Me gets de spice sensation which has swept right thru de nation!

So me pick up me sauce and me saunter to the counter....
Where me pays just ONE FORTY NINE for me Reggae Reggae sauce encounter.

BWOY!! ITS REGGAE REGGAE HOT...

SURELY THE DEVILS IN LEVI`S BREW??

But at least me got some brother.. that's a bottle more than you!!

You can keep you`re "buy it now," yeah, you can Ebay all you like!
As for me my friends..

I `m gonna jerk chicken tonight!

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

eBay takes a surreal, but welcome, turn



You're going to have to beat us to this auction. You really are. We're so up for this.

Here is the text that goes with the lot, which includes a bottle of Reggae Reggae Sauce, a hideous mug and some cigarette papers. Our favourite bits are "i went straight to the stand with me mandatory basket" and "or collect from braintree essex". If you read it fast it's like a magical, sensuous Greek tragedy:

no woman,no cry
cos ive all you need for a good time
this little package nearly cost me my life
the sauce .........
well lets say it was like a rugby scrum
picture this.......
its 7-55...AM
outside sainsbuggs in essex
and theres a load of blokes milling around
all of em trying not too look tooo sus
no girlies...... just blokes
well lucky for me ive done a reckie the night before
so
i
know
where
the
treasure is
the doors open and its like that game we played at school
(before health and saftey was an issue)
..................british bulldog.................
i went straight to the stand with me mandatory basket
grabbed two by two the merchandise
yes i cried at last
we`ll reggae for it now...
was playin in me head all the way round
then the trouble started
this other mush...a big lad ,was tellin me how much this stuff was makin on e-bay
and how he was gonna make his millions by takin all he could and puttin it on here
well i wasn`t gonna put up with pure greed and profiteering so i picked up the whole stand and marched off with it!!
passing out bottles to the rest of the peeps that had now found the the centre of the universe boy were they glad
as for the greedy one he only got six or so bottles and i got ten
(well i have at least eight friends )
and yes i did give it to them
no charge
but now curiosity has got the better of me so here goes
one bottle
one cup/mug
and one packet of
bob marley pure hemp extra long papers
lets see how they go shall we?
99p start
low postage only £3.00
or collect from braintree essex
then dig out your bob marley
or king tubby albums and ............

Catch of the day: Not Reggae Reggae Scrambled Egg



This looks worryingly like scrambled egg and asparagus. But it ISN'T. What looks like scrambled egg is, in fact, mashed sweet potato. It didn't look like scrambled egg in real life - you'll have to just take our word for that. It's a trick of the light.

It is, in fact, Reggae Reggae Cod n' Mash. Ready for a recipe? Good. Here goes...

What you'll need:

2 x cod fillets (make it from sustainable sources, eh?)
1 x large sweet potato
Bunch of asparagus
1 x teaspoon of grainy mustard
Salt and pepper
2 x teaspoons of Reggae Reggae Sauce

Line an oven dish with twice as much tin foil as you think you need, and splash it with olive oil. Position the cod fillets on the foil skin side up, rub in the oil, then flip over so they're skin side down. Mix the mustard and RRS and brush onto the fish. Season with salt and freshly-ground pepper. Close the foil over the top to create a 'parcel' containing the fish. Place in an oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.

Peel and cut up the new potato, then place into a pan of cold water with a little salt. Bring to the boil on the hob and simmer until the potato is nice and soft. When the potato's cooked (it'll take about 10-15 mins) take the fish out of the oven, open the foil parcel and return to the oven for the fish to brown. This will only take 5 minutes.

Drain the potato and mash with butter and a little olive oil and salt. Steam or microwave (or boil) the asparagus until tender.

Serve the mash, asparagus and fish with a little butter and lemon juice, with Reggae Reggae Sauce for dippage. Try to take a photo so it doesn't look like scrambled egg.

Verdict: Brain food. Pimp'd. 7/10

Important operational upgrades to the Reggae Reggae Blog

OK people, listen up. This is a customer service announcement.

Firstly, we've bought the web address www.reggaereggaeblog.com. It just redirects to the Blogger site for the time being, but means you can pass on the web address more easily. For example: "Hey dude! This is some SPICY chicken! Make sure you email pics of it to Reggae Reggae Blog Dot Com!" See? It's easy. (For all you nerds out there, our RRS feed stays the same.)

Next, we've got a new email address. It's got something to do with buying the web address, but we won't get technical on you. It's sauce@reggaereggaeblog.com. Feel free to use it to send recipes, share your feelings about RRS, or tell us about any personal problems you may have.

And lastly, we've got a Skype handle! Yay! You can chat with us LIVE from Reggae Reggae Blog HQ whenever you need us. For ANYTHING. Even to just swear at us if you like, or talk about ketchup. It's... Wait for it... 'reggaereggaeblog'. Neat eh?

Lesson over. Back to work.

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Warm fusion: Ambassador, you're spoiling us



Following our positive experience at the Niki Noodle, we decided to push the boundaries of the fusion between Reggae Reggae Sauce and the Far East. Just think of as ambassadors. Ambassadors of sauce.

Anyway, we decided to spice up one of our favourite stir-fry recipes - sweet mango chicken n' noodles.

What you'll need:

2 x chicken breasts (organic, free-range only please - we're don't like torture / want to grow breasts in weird places)
1 x sliced mango
4 x spring onions, chopped into big pieces
2 tablespoons of mango juice (or orange juice)
1 tablespoon of sherry (or rice wine of you're a flash git)
1 x teaspoon of cornflour
A squeeze of honey
Salt and pepper
1 x tablespoon of soy sauce (and some extra for noodle splashing)
1 x tablespoon of Reggae Reggae Sauce
Chopped pak choi
Noodles for two

We just scared ourselves with the list of stuff you need for this. But it's easy. Put the mango juice, sherry, cornflour, soy sauce, Reggae Reggae Sauce and honey in a bowl and mix it well (that's the marinade). Cut up the chicken and dump it in the marinade. After a few minutes of marinading, throw the whole shebang in a very hot wok and brown the chicken.

As that's happening, cook the noodles, drain and splash with soy sauce and some sesame oil. Then add the fresh mango, spring onions and pak choi to the stir frying chicken and cook for a couple of minutes until all the veg is hot but not too soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve. Eat. Get angry. Switch chopsticks for fork. Eat. Love.

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K (well, the Fulham Sainsbury's actually)



"Just been for my weekly shop down at the Fulham Sainsbury's," says Reggae Reggae Blog reader and fellow South West Londoner T-Bone. "And there was no sign of Reggae Reggae Sauce anywhere. Perhaps it was once where that gap is on the bottom shelf? If not, where the hell is it?!"

Thanks for bringing this to our attention T-Bone. We'll look into it straight away and get back to you. But first, as is customary on these occasions, some theories:

Has the Fulham Sainsbury's let the side down and refused to stock RRS? Do they think their proximity to the trendy Kings Road means they're too good to put some music on the shelves?

Or do Levi and Peter need to up production at the Reggae Reggae plant to meet consumer demand?

We shall see.

The Clo show

Our new friend Pesky Clo over at Plump Fiction has shared her experiences of marinading chicken in Reggae Reggae Sauce. We admire her brevity, honesty, and use of nice pictures.

She's said we can publish them too, so in our book she's well cool. Go Clo.



The least we can do in return is give Clo a review of her meal. Here goes...

The main thing we love about your meal, Clo, is the wide colour palette. From the turquoise plate (we used to have one that looked EXACTLY the same at college! It even had that chip on the edge!) to the green beans, orange chutney, beige cous cous and the vivid reds, blacks and browns of the Reggae Reggae chicken, we're full just looking at your dinner.

It's pretty healthy too. Almost a perfect carb / protein / fibre ratio. We even forgive you for using another sauce for dipping as we like mango chutney so much. Fine work.

If we were going to give you some constructive feedback, though, we'd suggest you improve on the presentation. Those beans could be in a nice criss-crossed pile, or at least all facing the same way. And that cous cous is just a splat. Tut tut. Ever head of a timbale?

Verdict: Rustic, both in flavour and presentation. 8/10.

Oh my cod! Surfing on some rocket



Here's a tasty snack when you've got back from a heavy night out seeing your favourite French electro-ambient duo play some soaring futuro-prog-trance.

What you need:

A wholemeal pitta
2 x fish fingers
Some rocket (posh people spell it roquette)
Tartare Sauce
Reggae Reggae Sauce

Bit of a balancing act this, as you're working with two sauces. You may need practice to get the proportions right, but stick with it.

Grill the fish fingers and toast the pitta. Split the pitta open, and put a small layer of tartare sauce on each side. Cover both sides with rocket leaves, then arrange your fish fingers on top of the rocket. Drizzle a line of Reggae Reggae Sauce down the length of each fish finger to give those bad boys zing.

Close up the sandwich and eat, preferably with two pints of water and some paracetamol before bedtime.


(Air @ The Forum, Kentish Town)

Bit on the side: Eggy Eggy Sauce



Here's another lunchtime special (particularly if you've just been to the gym like us - smug grin). Whip up a nice omelette and salad with a dollop of Reggae Reggae Sauce on the side.

We choose a cheese and mushroom omelette, with a spinach and cherry tomato salad to go with it for that extra kick of self-congratulation.

Reggae Reggae Sauce is not intrinsic to this dish, so we won't give you the recipe. To be honest, we don't really know how to make omelettes. It's more a case of using the force and hoping it doesn't turn into a burnt mess of scrambled egg, ruined pan and stinking kitchen.

But a bit on the side don't 'alf make it taste nice.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

Undercover sauce: Down at the Niki Noodle



We've just returned from a very satisfying dinner at the Niki Noodle.

We had a lovely chicken and rice dish thing, with some kind of spicy curry sauce stuff. And a chicken miso soup thig, with noodles and ginger and beansprouts. And some pork belly with chilli sauce.

And we took our little box of Reggae Reggae Sauce, with which we augmented the dish when the (very nice and friendly) waitress wasn't looking.

See? Conclusive proof that every night can be a Reggae Reggae night. Even when you're in an unfamiliar environment.

Who thought Reggae would be so well received in the Far East*?

*South West London, actually.

The take-away: Reggae Reggae Sauce on the move



It had to happen. Sooner or later our hectic social life / surplus of charisma was to going to mean we had to out for dinner.

Not to worry - we had a take-away. By which we mean we took some RRS away with us. In a little tupperware box, concealed in an inner pocket.

Would we get away with it?

Thursday, 15 March 2007

So nice they made it twice: Spaghetti Arrabiata



We won't go over this recipe again, as it's the same as the fettucini arrabiata except with... Spaghetti. And look, we put a bit of salad on the side. And we ran out of parmesan, so had to use some swiss cheese.

Anyhoo, we felt it was important to point out the juxtaposition of the red, white and green of the Italian flag (the pasta) with the green, yellow and red of the...

Hang on a minute. Isn't Levi and his family from Jamaica? The Jamaican flag is green, yellow and black.

Where did the red come from? Wait... They can't have...

It's bloody Lithuania!

eBay auction update: RRB reader makes contact with the buyer

The £7 bottle of standard, Sainsbury's stocked Reggae Reggae Sauce is holding steady on eBay.

A Reggae Reggae Blog reader contacted the current highest bidder to see what the HELL they were up to.

Here's the response they got:

Hello,
I am keen to purchase this item.
I probably mistyped £7.00 instead of 4.00.

Of course! Silly us! That makes total sense. Thanks for clearing that up...

(By the way, if any of you lot really want to go on eBay and spend ridiculous amounts of money on some RRS, go here. All proceeds go to Christie's, which helps the Christie Hospital in Manchester diagnose, fight and help people with cancer. Far more sensible than buying a normal bottle for just because some scammer's conned you into it! Lesson over.)

Lunchtime special: 'The Busker'

We just created a new recipe for lunchtimes.

You need:

Any Subway sub
Reggae Reggae Sauce

Buy any Subway sub (we choose a foot-long Chicken & Bacon Ranch on Honey Oat bread). Add Reggae Reggae Sauce. Eat.

Get it? Reggae on a subway. The Busker.

Sometimes we actually don't know how we do it, we really don't.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Why eBay is cool - Reggae Reggae Sauce for £7

There is a lot of Reggae Reggae Sauce for sale on eBay.

Our favourite is this 'brand new, sealed and unopened' bottle that is (at the time of writing) up to £7 in the bidding, with £2.75 P&P. Stay tuned for the results of the auction in 2 days, 17 hours time.

It's a standard bottle of sauce! It's £1.49 in Sainsbury's! Any Sainsbury's! There are 600 of them!

Nice work eBay seller creek_bench. You amaze us. And as for current top bidder bestiea - what were you thinking?! You'd better be American...

Back II basics: Jacket potato, cheese, baked beans n' ham



This is a very basic recipe. It's student food. But it's quick and nutritious, so don't diss it.

You need:

1 x large jacket potato
2 x slices of swiss cheese (we like Jarlsberg)
1 x thick slice of ham (we like fancy Wiltshire ham)
Half a tin of baked beans (we like Whole Earth baked beans cos they rock)
Reggae Reggae Sauce

We're not going to tell you how to make this. It's too easy. But make sure you add RRS to the beans while you're heating them. And have some on the side.

This is a simple meal that's good for you (particularly if you buy Whole Earth beans). It's also by far the best experience we've had so far with the sauce. It just works. In fact, it was so good we actually wept.

Verdict: 10/10. Touchdown.

Panic! Panic! We're over the deadline!

In small print on your Reggae Reggae Sauce bottle it says:

"Once opened, refrigerate and use within 5 days."

Look at the dates of the post on this blog. We're now six days old. It's the SIXTH day. The bottle's not finished. Dear lord, what have we done?

Quick! We need some options:

1. Tip the remaining Reggae Reggae Sauce down the sink, consigning the music to the London sewers forever. Buy another bottle and ensure future RRS servings are larger to reflect the five-day deadline.

2. Carry on and finish the bottle regardless, risking life and limb (and the possibility of mild food poisoning) in an attempt to save money / not waste any saucy goodness.

3. Leave the sauce in the fridge and glance at it nervously from time to time, stuck in a fraught and harrowing limbo over whether to go with options one or two.

4. Keep the bottle that started it all as a) an experiment to see what happens when Reggae Reggae Sauce goes bad and b) for posterity.

5. Invent time travel.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

I've got the brains, you've got the prawns. Let's make lots of curry.



This is a good one. Can't beat a good curry. Particularly if it's a Reggae Reggae prawn curry.

You'll need:

1 x pack of cooked king prawns
1 x onion
1 x garlic clove
1 x small tin of chopped tomatoes
1 x teaspoon of curry powder (mild, medium or hot - your choice)
A squeeze of clear honey
A splash of RRS (and keep the bottle handy for some side dipping)
+ rice + veg to serve

This one's so easy it'll be done before you can say "I'm a prawn-again reggae fan".

Fry up the garlic and onion until tender in some olive oil, then add the prawns (cut up, if you like). Dump in a teaspoon of curry powder and stir for a couple of minutes. Throw in the tomatoes with a squeeze of honey and a splash of Reggae Reggae Sauce for some depth, heat and spice. Serve with rice (and some veg - perhaps some bok choy?) and extra RRS on the side.

Feel free to make this with whatever curry powder floats your proverbial boat. We used mild because we're posh, and added a bit of music with the RRS. But if you love hot food, have masochistic tendencies, or are from a region that prides itself in the spiciness of its cuisine (India, many parts of Africa, Birmingham) feel free to go crazy.

Verdict: 7/10. Not for everyone. But versatile and prawn jokes are funny.

What's so funny?

Paul says: "Levi Roots had instant brand appeal for me... I have to say that I can't stop snickering at 'jerk sauce'."

Peter Jones (or someone) speaks (or types)!

We couldn't help but share our blog with Reggae Reggae Peter (Peter Jones, one of the dragons off the telly) via the feedback link on his website.

Today, we checked our email and saw this:

From: contactreceipt@peterjones.tv

Thank you for drawing this to our attention, it's great!

No no. Thank you, Peter (or whoever).

Monday, 12 March 2007

The Italian Job: Fettucine Arrabiata



Royston from Bromley sends us this warming slice of the Mediterranean - Reggae Reggae fettucine arrabiata.

Ingredients:

1 x onion
1 x red chilli
1 x clove of garlic
1 x tin of chopped tomatoes
Pasta (whatever type - there's no need to be picky)
Reggae Reggae Sauce

It's pretty simple to make: just fry up the chopped onion, the finely chopped red chilli and a crushed clove of garlic in a pan (using olive oil, of course). Then add a tin of chopped of tomatoes and a splash of RRS (for extra heat) and simmer for 5 minutes. Top a bowl of pasta with the sauce and add grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

We're totally bought into this. We like Italian food. We also think the RRS will add some gentle heat to this recipe.

What we are concerned about, Royston, is that you're serving this on some kind of satanic altar. Who eats spicy pasta off a marble plinth surrounded by church candles?

Verdict: A heavenly 9/10. Please don't kill us.

Flying Reggae Reggae Sauce spotted in Balham

We like people that correct people's English, then make mistakes in the English as they do it. It shows a complete contempt for our bland, structured society and fosters an environment of music and creativity.

We like Dave.

What's in a name?

Trinifood takes the debate to a higher level on her blog Can Cook, Must Cook.

She says quotes Tony Sewell, who wrote this about Roots in his weekly column for The Voice:

"On one level, some of us could say there is something a bit crass and stereotypical about a product called Reggae Reggae Sauce. However, I think this is a smart name, a wider audience can relate to this, a bit like Bob Marley’s Punky Reggae Party. Levi Roots has made his journey from the margins to the mainstream, he has done this and kept his integrity.”

What do you think? Has Trinifood made highlighted an important point? Is RRS really a statement from Levi's place on the margins? Is he bridging the gap between one man's passion and the machine that is Big Business? Has he brought a slice of Caribbean sunshine to Balham Sainsbury's?

Or has she just put too much music in her food?

The Jazzie B - halfway point



We decided to try the Jazzie B for ourselves. This is half-way through.

Comments include:

"Beautiful."
"It was a spicy symphony."
"A smilin' face, a thumpin' bass, for a happy race."

'The Jazzie B' - Reggae Reggae falafel sandwich



Tash from Littlehampton shares her late-night weakness: The Jazzie B.

All you need is:

2 x mini wholewheat pittas
4 x falafels
Some Reggae Reggae Sauce
Soul II Soul's Club Classics: Vol. 1

Instructions: Heat falafels. Toast pittas. Put falafel in pittas. Add Reggae Reggae Sauce. Put on Club Classics: Vol.1. Enjoy.

This sounds like quite an inspiring snack - although the high fibre content of the falafel and wholewheat pittas could lead to bloating should you not be used to a high-fibre diet.

Overall, however, this is a low-GI meal that's modular enough to scale up to a full dinner (perhaps with the addition of a salad or some chips.)

Verdict: 6/10. Will fill a hole, or several.

Saturday, 10 March 2007

Get your Roots done



Any of you that haven't tried RRS yet - Levi judges you.

Just not cricket?

Awesomest gambling site Blue Square is allegedly offering a free bottle of RRS for everyone who bets more than £10 on the first round of the Cricket World Cup.

There are numerous links to this story - like this one and this one. We can't find a link on Blue Square itself though.

We also have no idea about cricket.

Too many condiments?



"Is ten too many condiments to own?" asks Barnes from Twickenham.

I dont think so. Not if you have a varied diet, anyway. After all, one needs something to go with everything. You never know when someone might pop round with some obscure fish that needs an ad-hoc tartare-mango mulch.

Nice to see you've got some music in your collection...

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Friday, 9 March 2007

"Hey, I might even buy a bottle!"

Listen, Adem. You're in no position to comment right now on if you're yet to put any music in your food.

According to my own, admittedly made up, calculations, nobody in the UK is ever more than 17 feet away from a Sainsbury's. In the Ramsgate area alone there are 20 stores.*

In addition, one bottle of RRS is only £1.49. That's so cheap, it even beats Cattleman's Classic BBQ by 20 pence. And that's a WORLD CHAMPION sauce.

Get out there, have a try, and get back to us with your comments.

Peace and good cookin'.

* I hear Thanet is great for parking and the Whistable bogs are ace. (They'd need to be, after the long drive.)

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Stir-fried chilli veg with rice n' peas



Hmm. An interesting way to spice up this lazy pile of dreary, proteinless, quasi-Asian mess. The chilli and Reggae Reggae Sauce will have blended together to create some nice heat. Often we hear that RRS is hotter than people expect. What did you think Levi meant when he said it 'puts music in your food'? It's hot, you idiot.

What's that white crap though? Mayo? Throw it out. There's only room for one sauce in your eco-fridge.

Apart from that, this meal is healthy and natural. Looks like a nice combo of french beans, broccolli and a light smattering of courgette. Sweet. If that's brown rice, it's full marks for health. Dr Gillian McKeith would be proud of you, if she wasn't so busy rummaging through your 'business'.

Verdict: A hot and healthy 7/10.

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