Thursday, 20 June 2013


Every now and again you come across an addition to the store cupboard that makes you wonder how you ever managed to survive without it. A couple of weeks ago such a discovery was made.

Gran Luchito smoked chilli Paste does exactly what it says on the tin and is exactly what it says on the jar. The smokiness is delightfully balanced by the chilli punch and a tinge of sweetness, none overpowering the others.

The beauty of Gran Luchito is its versatility. My most recent adaptation involved smearing the paste all over rump steak but I've also spiced up breakfast, a minimalist spread on toast under a poached egg or blended with butter and rubbed under the skin of chicken, all ideas derived by the makers themselves but the opportunities for other uses seem endless.

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