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Spice up your world responsibly this Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated every year on the 22nd of April, is a moment to reflect on the incredible planet we call home and recommit ourselves to protecting its precious resources. Here at Banhoek Chilli Oil, we believe that delicious food and environmental responsibility can go hand-in-hand, which is why sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Sourcing sustainably: From seed to bottle

Our handcrafted chilli oil isn’t just about tantalising taste buds; it’s a testament to our unwavering commitment to eco-consciousness. Our journey towards sustainability begins with the careful selection of our ingredients. We source our fiery chillies locally from the Cape Floral Kingdom’s Fynbos enriched fertile soils, ensuring freshness while reducing our carbon footprint. Sun-drying, a traditional method, removes moisture naturally, eliminating the need for energy-intensive dehydrators. These sun-kissed chillies are then hand-crushed, preserving their full flavour profile.

The Canola oil difference

We are equally passionate about our choice of canola oil. Our golden canola oil, sourced from the Overberg region, is guaranteed GMO-free. This not only supports local farmers but also avoids the environmental concerns associated with genetically modified crops.

Crafting with conscience: minimising waste

Crafting Banhoek Chilli Oil is not just about creating a delicious condiment; it’s about doing so with a conscience. We are committed to minimising waste throughout our production process, from sourcing to packaging. By embracing green energy solutions and implementing on-site recycling practices, we strive to operate as sustainably as possible.

By choosing Banhoek Chilli Oil, you’re not just adding a burst of flavour to your dish; you’re making a responsible choice for the planet.

Celebrate Earth Day with a sustainable twist

As Earth Day approaches, we encourage you to join us in celebrating the planet and taking action to protect it. Whether it’s choosing products that prioritise sustainability, reducing your carbon footprint, or supporting environmental initiatives in your community, every small step makes a difference.

By incorporating sustainable practices into our daily lives, we can work towards a greener, more resilient planet for ourselves and future generations. So, this Earth Day, why not spice up your world with Banhoek Chilli Oil and join us in making a positive impact on the environment? Here’s a few ideas on how to get started:

  • Shop local: Seek out farmers’ markets and local producers to minimise food miles and support your community.
  • Embrace reusables: Ditch single-use plastics and invest in reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and containers.
  • Reduce food waste: Plan your meals, buy only what you need, and get creative with leftovers.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day not just for a day, but by making conscious choices throughout the year. Together, we can create a world where delicious food and a healthy planet go hand-in-hand.

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Behind the Scenes – the Banhoek Secret

Behind the Scenes – the Banhoek Secret

A true romantic doesn’t kiss and tell, and a magician never reveals their secrets, but at Banhoek Chilli Oil,  we’re too proud of our top-quality sustainable ingredients and loving infusion processes to be quiet about it. Read on to find out how our passionate founders transform just two pure ingredients into an award-winning, internationally adored artisanal chilli oil.

The Heart of Banhoek Chilli Oil

We spent uncountable hours experimenting with our chilli oil recipe, until we were absolutely sure that the spicy, flavourful bird’s eye chilli was the perfect pepper for the task. Although originally introduced by Portuguese and Spanish colonialists, the affectionately nicknamed ‘African devil’ chillies are notoriously hot little peppers. Even so, their core essence remains fruity and earthy.

All our chillies are locally grown, harvested from farms nestled into the Stellenbosch landscape, amid the Cape’s leading vineyards and wild fynbos. Our flower-powered chillies receive all the fragrant goodness that the fynbos biome infuses into the soil, giving them a nuanced flavour unique to the region. 

Our hand-picked chillies are sun-dried to a gorgeous, rich scarlet and hand-crushed for perfect infusion.

Why Canola Oil?

There are a variety of oils that can be used to make infused oil products. We chose pure canola (rapeseed) oil because it has a high smoking point and because we’re able to heat our oil to an optimal temperature, we facilitate a richer, more robust infusion process with our fiery little flavourants, and ultimately provide a tastier, more deeply-infused chilli oil.

Our GMO-free canola oil is produced from golden fields that blanket the rock-and-rolling Overberg hills.

A secret infusion

Every batch of Banhoek Chill Oil is handcrafted, tenderly infused using induction technology to ensure an even extraction from a meticulous measurement of crushed, dried chillies. The freshly infused oil is drained and allowed to cool, before passing through sixteen stages of filtration. The result is a silky-smooth consistency that focuses on flavour.

A labour of love

Our commitment to quality raw ingredients, the simplest recipe imaginable, and impeccable precision is what produces the unwavering quality of chilli oil that our patrons come back for, time and again. But we’d venture to suggest that the love that goes into every bottle amplifies its goodness, as much as the passion and caring that goes into taking care of our people, our community and the earth.

  • Local economic empowerment sits at the heart of Banhoek Chilli Oil’s values. We invest in developing skills and forging new career pathways for individuals whose natural abilities might otherwise have remain undiscovered.
  • We look for every opportunity to uplift our lovely little valley by hiring locally and keeping our supply chain as close to home as possible. We’ve also been able to institute an innovative farmer’s programme, resulting in greater economic and employment prospects for our local community. 
  • Because we’re so grateful for what Mother Earth has gifted us, we craft Banhoek Chilli Oil with conscience. We minimise waste, use green energy and recycle on-site to reduce our environmental footprint.

From a crisp, ripe chilli waiting to be picked from the sunny Banhoek Valley, to the beautiful designer bottles that adorn our shelves, the Banhoek promise remains: a consistent chilli oil that will enhance the taste of any dish, with the perfect bite of flavour. 

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The secret garden: How fynbos infuses Banhoek Chilli Oil with South African heritage

At first glance fynbos is a low-lying, scrubland vegetation that carpets the landscape in olive green and grey tones. It’s easy to miss the beauty of fynbos and you must look closely to appreciate its amazing diversity and, especially in flowering season, its riot of colours.

Stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, this area of 90 000km2 is known as the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest of the six plant kingdoms but the most rare, diverse and dense. There are nearly 9 000 different plant species, with 69% endemic to the area, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else on the planet.

Despite its size, it’s home to 3% of the world’s plant species and an impressive 20% of the African continent’s, making the area more botanically diverse than the Amazon rainforest. It’s one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hot spots and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fynbos grows in impressive environments that are not particularly nourishing, from sandy soils to limestone cliffs and the slopes of rugged mountains. Apart from their ability to survive in these thin soils, fynbos is also dependent on periodic fire for regeneration.

As far as uses for fynbos, they’re as varied as the species. Medicine, cosmetics, food, wine and gin, these are just some ways the unique floral notes and taste flavours of fynbos are infused into products. But the most famous use is rooibos tea, loved and appreciated around the world.

The earthy fynbos influence is also felt in the Banhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, where the chillies for Banhoek Chilli Oil are grown, and in the Overberg, home to golden canola fields and our canola (rapeseed) oil.

These unique-tasting ingredients pay homage to the country’s natural heritage and infuse Banhoek Chilli Oil with a depth of flavour that’s captures the spirit of South Africa and is unmatched in the world. 

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Spice up your Valentine’s Day with Banhoek Chilli Oil

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lovers around the world are searching for unique ways to ignite passion and kindle romance. This year, Banhoek Chilli Oil (BCO) invites you to spice up your love with an unforgettable culinary experience.

Known for its tantalising heat, Banhoek Chilli Oil is the perfect ingredient to turn an ordinary date night into an extraordinary celebration of love. Whether enjoying a romantic evening at home or exploring the vibrant culinary scene of Cape Town, BCO promises to add a touch of excitement to any Valentine’s Day affair.

Savouring Sensations: The Banhoek Chilli Oil Taste Kitchen

For those seeking a taste of adventure, the Banhoek Chilli Oil Taste Kitchen offers an immersive dining experience like no other. Situated in the heart of the Banhoek Valley, this culinary haven invites guests to enjoy a sensory journey through the world of spicy cuisine. From fiery starters to mouthwatering mains, each dish is expertly crafted, leaving diners craving more.

Intimate Indulgence: BCO-Infused Recipes for Romance

For couples preferring the intimacy of home, Banhoek Chilli Oil offers a range of delicious recipes designed to spark romance in the comfort of your own kitchen. With aphrodisiac qualities attributed to spicy foods, BCO-infused dishes are sure to set the mood for a night of indulgence.

Starters to Set the Mood: BCO Oysters

For starters, why not tantalise your taste buds with our BCO Oysters? Delicately drizzled with Banhoek Chilli Oil-infused dressing, these succulent appetisers are sure to awaken the senses and set the stage for a magical evening.

Decadent Delights: BCO Chocolate Mousse

And for dessert, indulge in the BCO chocolate mousse. Creamy, decadent, and infused with a hint of heat, this decadent treat is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.

Banhoek Chilli Oil is not just a culinary delight but also the perfect gift for your loved ones. Available online and at select retailers, Banhoek Chilli Oil is committed to providing food lovers with the highest quality chilli oil. Made from 100% natural ingredients and loved for its versatile use, BCO is the secret ingredient to elevating any dish and creating memorable culinary experiences.

This Valentine’s Day, join Banhoek Chilli Oil in celebrating the power of love and the joy of great food. Whether you are dining out or cooking up a storm at home, let BCO be your guide to a romantic evening.

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Banhoek Chilli Oil Chocolate Mousse

BCO Chocolate Mousse

Heat up your dessert game! Experience the fusion of chilli and chocolate in every spoonful! Our Chilli Chocolate Mousse recipe, crowned with Banhoek Chilli Oil, is a match made in dessert heaven!

Dark Chocolate Mousse:

Ingredients:

  • 125g 70% dark chocolate
  • 10g butter 3 eggs
  • 75ml cream
  • 35g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 30ml Banhoek Chilli Oil
  • 2ml chilli flakes

White Chocolate Mousse:

Ingredients:

  • 125g White chocolate
  • 125g Cream
  • 3 Egg whites (Be careful not to get any of the egg yolks in the egg whites, once a yolk breaks in the whites you have to start separating again)
  • Pinch of salt

Method for each mousse:

  1. Separate the eggs (Very important to not let the yolks and the egg whites mix).
  2. Whip the cream and icing sugar till a stiff peak is made and set aside.
  3. Beat the egg whites and the salt until stiff peak stage.
  4. Melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir then for another 30 seconds and stir to make sure there are no lumps.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into a metal bowl (make sure the chocolate has cooled but still liquid) and stir in the egg yolks one at a time.
  6. Mix the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture till fully incorporated.
  7. Gently fold in the whipped egg whites in two batches to make sure the mousse is airy and light.
  8. Add the Banhoek Chilli Oil and the chilli flakes and gently fold into the mixture.

Plate the two mousse together and garnish with your choice of toppings. We have used crushed pistachio, strawberry slices, gooseberries and sugar comb biscuits. Enjoy 😍

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Cauliflower steak with caper and roasted pepper salsa

Cauliflower steak with caper and roasted pepper salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 red peppers
  • 20ml rapeseed oil
  • 2 cauliflower heads (cut into equal sized steaks)
  • 20g smoked
  • 100g kalamata olives (pitted and halved)
  • 20g capers
  • 60ml white wine vinegar
  • 20g parsley (chopped)
  • 20ml Banhoek Chilli oil
  • 40g almonds (roasted and roughly chopped)
  • Salt to season

Method:

  1. Place the peppers into an oven proof dish with a drizzle of oil a pinch of salt.
  2. Cover with foil and roast at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or until completely soft.
  3. Remove the skin and dice into small cubes.
  4. Remove all the cauliflower leaves and with a sharp knife cut into equal sized steaks (approximately 2cm thick).
  5. Blanch the cauliflower steaks in boiling salted water for 2 minutes and place on a kitchen cloth to dry.
  6. Once the cauliflower steaks are dry, season with paprika and salt, drizzle with oil and roast in the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. In a bowl, add the roasted peppers, olives, capers, vinegar, parsley and Banhoek Chilli oil and mix until combined.
  8. Remove the cauliflower steals, plate and evenly top with the salsa, finish with a sprinkle of chopped almonds. Enjoy!
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Give your festive recipes the perfect bite of flavour

‘Tis the season to indulge in culinary delights, and what better way to elevate your festive feast than with Banhoek Chilli Oil? This holiday season, treat your taste buds to a tantalising journey filled with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice and all things nice.

While we wholeheartedly suggest incorporating Banhoek Chilli Oil into all your cherished holiday dishes, we also invite you to explore our three festive recipes poised to shine as the stars of your Christmas table: Banhoek Chilli Oil Prawn and avocado starter, Banhoek Chilli Oil Christmas Gammon and our Banhoek Chilli Oil Brussels Sprouts and Bacon.

1. Banhoek Chilli Oil Prawn and Avocado Starter

Prawn and Avocado Starter

Elevate your appetiser game with the Banhoek Chilli Oil Prawn and Avocado Starter recipe—a tantalizing combination of succulent prawns, creamy avocados, and the bold flavours of Banhoek Chilli Oil. This mouthwatering dish not only promises a burst of flavours but also adds a touch of sophistication to your culinary repertoire.

Impress your guests with this easy-to-make, yet sophisticated starter that is sure to leave a lasting impression: https://banhoekchillioil.com/shop-rsa/2023/12/18/prawn-and-avocado-starter/

2. Banhoek Chilli Oil Christmas Gammon

Banhoek Chilli Oil Gammon

Our Banhoek Chilli Oil Christmas Gammon is more than just a centrepiece – it’s a culinary masterpiece designed to bring joy to your festive celebration. Crafted with care and packed with festive cheer, our Gammon Glaze adds the perfect bite of flavour to your holiday table. This glaze combines richness and sweetness with a kick of spice, creating a symphony of tastes that will have your guests coming back for more.

Discover the secret to the perfect Christmas Gammon here: https://banhoekchillioil.com/shop-rsa/2023/11/28/banhoek-chilli-oil-christmas-gammon/

3. Banhoek Chilli Oil Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Banhoek Chilli Oil brussel sprouts and bacon

Embark on a culinary adventure with our Banhoek Chilli Oil Brussels Sprouts and Bacon recipe! Immerse yourself in a melody of sweet, salty, and nutty flavours that will leave your senses tingling with joy. This festive dish is a celebration of simplicity and deliciousness, making it the ideal accompaniment to your holiday spread.

Let the festive feasting begin, take a look at our delicious Banhoek Chilli Oil Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe here: https://banhoekchillioil.com/shop-rsa/2023/11/27/banhoek-chilli-oil-brussel-sprouts-and-bacon/

Spread the festive cheer with Banhoek Chilli Oil

At Banhoek Chilli Oil, we believe in uniting people through the joy of food and the perfect bite of flavour. While Banhoek Chilli Oil makes an ideal spicy twist to your gift-giving, our festive recipes are a delightful way to explore your new favourite kitchen essential.

Crafted to make your holiday celebrations memorable, filled with laughter, warmth, and, of course, incredible flavours, let Banhoek Chilli Oil be the secret ingredient to spice up your festive feast and kick-start your holiday season!

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BCO – The Perfect Gift with a Spicy Twist!

As the festive season jingles its way in – let’s talk about the ultimate game-changer in the gift department – Banhoek Chilli Oil (BCO)! This bottle of fiery goodness is not just a gift; it’s a flavour-packed journey waiting to unfold.

Now, the first decision: do you wrap that sleek BCO bottle in festive paper, making it a mystery to unravel, or let it shine unwrapped, showcasing its chilli-infused allure? Whether it’s a hidden surprise or proudly on display, the thrill remains intact. Let’s take a look at the top reasons you should give the gift of Banhoek Chilli Oil this festive season.

  1. Available around the world

What makes BCO a truly global gift is its availability around the world. Regardless of your loved ones’ whereabouts, this spicy companion knows no borders. The unique blend of chilli is an international delight for friends and family alike. We are easily available in the UK, SA,USA, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.

  • Enhance your dishes with the perfect bite of flavour

BCO transcends the realm of a mere kitchen condiment; it’s a culinary accomplice ready to turn your festive cooking into a symphony of flavours. From traditional feasts to experimental creations, BCO is the secret ingredient that elevates every dish into a celebration of taste.

  • The perfect gift for everyone

Consider those tricky recipients – colleagues, teachers, or that family member who’s a bit hard to read. Banhoek Chilli Oil emerges as the answer, catering to diverse palates and delivering a fiery kick. Versatile and bold, it’s the perfect bite of flavour for those who savour the thrill of spicy delights.

  • The perfect table condiment

And let’s talk about the heart of the holiday season – the food. BCO isn’t here to steal the spotlight from your favourite dishes; it’s here to enhance them. Imagine your cherished festive classics with an added zing – a gift that doesn’t just sit on the shelf; it becomes an experience in every bite.

  • Add a spicy twist to all your festive favourites

For all the food enthusiasts, BCO is your kitchen’s secret weapon. It harmonises with a variety of dishes, from comforting stews to sizzling grills. Gift your go-to recipes the flavour boost they deserve, making BCO the unsung hero of your culinary adventures.

This festive season, share the joy of flavour with Banhoek Chilli Oil – because a well-seasoned celebration is a gift in itself. In a world where gifts often fade, BCO stands out, leaving a spicy imprint on every palate it touches. As the fiery oil transcends borders, it brings people together in a shared experience of taste and tradition. So, unwrap the excitement, savour the adventure, and let Banhoek Chilli Oil be the highlight of your festive season. After all, when it comes to gifts, the best ones leave a lasting flavour.

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Banhoek Chilli Oil brussel sprouts and bacon

Banhoek Chilli Oil brussel sprouts and bacon

Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey with the perfect combination of sweet, salty and nutty in this Banhoek Chilli oil, brussels sprouts and bacon recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a meal that is both flavourful and delicious!

Ingredients

300g brussels sprouts (rinse and cut in half)

100g streaky bacon (cut in pieces)

1/3 Cup Walnuts (roughly chopped)

2Tbsp Honey

2Tbsp Parsley (chopped)

1Tbsp Balsamic vinegar

10ml Banhoek Chilli oil

50g Salted butter

Few grinds of black pepper

Pinch of dried chilli

Salt to taste

Method

Put a medium size pot on the stove with salted water and bring to a boil. Blanch brussels sprouts for 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl of cold water to delay the cooking process.

In a smoking hot pan, toast the walnuts. Once toasted remove and set aside.

Wipe the pan, add bacon and fry until crispy. Transfer bacon to a separate dish and add sprouts to the same pan with the remaining bacon fat.

Cook the sprouts to a chard green finish, then add butter, Banhoek Chilli Oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Cook on a high/heat flame for about 2 minutes, then add bacon, nuts, chopped parsley and dried chilli. Season to taste, serve and enjoy!