Blogoversary Bonanza Giveaway

It’s all about anniversaries right now down at the Apple Chapel.  It’s almost a year since I got my dream job and moved from my home town once again.  It’s almost the fourth anniversary of mine and Hungry Hubby’s wedding.  On Monday, it is our 14th anniversary as we had been together for a full decade before the Hungry one finally proposed ;).  But today, today is a very special day.

It is the third anniversary of my first post on this blog!

There is an awful lot to celebrate this July to August so you may have expected I created a new cake to mark this momentous occasion but I’d been seduced by a smoking hot little mama of a recipe instead, which  I will tell you all about shortly.  First though, here’s your chance to celebrate with me and win this gorgeous and equally smokin’ red-hot traditional weighing scale, brought to you by Dotcomgiftshop.


I’ve always had a soft spot for these sort of scales. Of course we live in a digital age and to stop and ponder on the technological advances us human beings have conceptualised over the blink of the eye we’ve been on this planet blows my mind (*pop*!) but you can’t replace the romance of a good old-fashioned balance and spring weighing machine. The fact that it matches my Candy Apple KitchenAid almost exactly is just serendipitous ;)


Now to talk about the recipe I’ve chosen to fly on my scale’s maiden voyage. Chipotles en adobo sauce, adapted from Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers. I first came across this American/Latin American invention when reading this post by The Pioneer Woman some three years ago. She was a big inspirational force in me starting my own blog as I loved her writing and her style of photography instantly appealed to me.

Whilst I have made very few of her recipes as are they are so over the top indulgent (I just can’t bring myself to use that much butter and sugar) I love to read her and this particular pulled pork recipe was trailer trash but not so heart-stoppingly bad for you I really wanted to make it. Alas, chipotles were no where to be found in England at that time, or at least, not easily found) and certainly not in the magical adobo sauce so I never got around to trying it. I will be rectifying that now!


A chipotle chilli is simply a smoked jalapeño. When you rehydrate then cook them in a sweet but sour, tomatoey barbecue-esque sauce, they become en adobo. I think I’m right in saying that in the USA, you can buy the chillies still whole but in the adobo sauce in a can. That seems to be the most common way I’ve seen them on American blogs anyway.

Tommi blends hers to make a thick, paste-like sauce which thrills this chilli addict’s heart! They cook so well even from dried form that you could leave them whole if you wish – they are hot, hot, hot though so you may not want to bite into a whole one!


The variety of chillies available in the UK appears to be growing steadily and you shouldn’t have much difficulty in finding them online. A friend gave me a bag of chipotles and I bought another from eBay to have enough to make this sauce. It may be that I got particular soft dried chillies but they cooked quickly and the sauce came together faster than I thought from reading the recipe.

I used a whole head of garlic which I cut the top off, drizzled with olive oil then wrapped in foil and baked until soft whilst I had the oven on to make some bread. Reason? It’s so much easier to squeeze out soft, roasted cloves of garlic than peel a whole head of the raw ones! Plus you can’t deny the sweetness of roasted garlic is a beautiful thing.


I used some to make myself lunch yesterday – I cooked some mushrooms with garlic then put them at the bottom of a small ovenproof dish. I then cooked some canned tomatoes with red pepper, spring onions, oregano and a full tablespoon of chipotles en adobo before topping with an egg and baking. Another very worthy destination for the sauce would be in my whole spice chilli.

Apart from the already mentioned pulled pork recipe, you could swirl some into mayonnaise to serve with burgers or to make Subway-esque sandwiches at home. Stews would dance to the Rumba Beat with a dollop of it too. Chilli fans will find many other ways to use this fiery condiment I am quite sure – I’m already chalking up recipe ideas in my head for the rest of this admittedly rather large jar.


Without further ado, let’s get onto the competition rules.

  • You need to head to my homepage and sign up to receive email notifications for my blog.  Don’t worry – all you will ever receive from me is a heads up that a new recipe is up and running; you’ll get no spam from JoJo!
  • Leave me a comment on this post – entries on my FaceBook page, Twitter Account or other social media WILL NOT COUNT!  Sorry for shouting.
  • Here’s the bummer – you have to have a UK postal address in order to qualify for this giveaway.  I can only apologise to my international friends, next time my friends!

And that’s as simple as it is.  The competition will be open for 2 weeks and the winner will be drawn at random with the help of Hungry Hubby on Saturday 26th July 2014.  I’ll update the post when we have a winner.  I want as many of you to be included as possible so if you want to enter and have a friend or relative with a UK postal address then please go ahead and enter.  The prize will be sent directly from Dotcomgiftshop after the draw is made.


Leave me a comment in the box below after you have subscribed to the blog.  Don’t be shy!  I love to hear from readers and if you just want to say hello, then do so.  Or why not tell me how you would use this sauce or why you would love this beautiful scale?  If you can’t wait to see if you are the lucky winner, then head on over to Dotcomgiftshop to check out their summer sale.  It’s a beautiful site jam packed full of gifts any house-proud, self-proclaimed foodie would be thrilled to receive.

Enjoy the recipe and GOOD LUCK! :D xxx

Thank you all for entering :D
Mwah xxx

[recipe title=”Chipotles en Adobo Sauce” servings=”Makes approx 750ml of sauce” print=”true”]


  • 100g dried chipotles chillies, stems cut off
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 1 small-medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh if possible if not dried works
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 175ml cider or white wine vinegar
  • 25ml good balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3.5 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt



  1. Slice the top off the garlic then rub with a little oil and wrap in foil.  Bake at approx 180°C until soft – about 40 minutes usually (I do this when the oven is on for something else).
  2. Rinse the chillies well as they are often a little dusty.  Cover with water then simmer until soft – about 30-40 minutes.  Drain and discard any excess seeds (unless you like it super hot).
  3. Whiz the garlic, onion, all the herbs with three of the chillies and 100ml water in a food processor or with a powerful stick blender until you achieve a thick, cohesive paste.
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat then add the paste and cook for a a few minutes stirring all the time or it will catch and burn.
  5. Add the vinegars, tomato puree, sugar, salt and about another 50-100ml of water stirring well until combined before adding in the reserved cooked chillies.
  6. Either return to your food processor or use a stick blender in the pan, off the heat to blitz the soft chillies to a soft, pulpy paste.  Return to the pan if you used the food processor.
  7. At this point, cook until the sauce thickens and comes together as a rich paste.  I found I needed to add a splash more water or it would have been too thick but feel free to thin it down as much or as little as you like.
  8. Pour into a sterilised jar and once cool, seal and store in the fridge. It will keep for months.


Recipe adapted from Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers
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  1. Nicole 12/07/2014 at 10:21 - Reply

    Jodie that sauce looks AMAZING i think i will be making this (it would be FAB as a christmas present for a few of my friends) I am already a subscriber :)

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 10:22 - Reply

      Tommi says that in her book Nicole – little jars of it would be gorgeous to gift :). Best of luck with the competition! :D

  2. I’m going to have to see about getting some chipotles, because that sauce sounds right up my street!

  3. Jen Collins 12/07/2014 at 10:40 - Reply

    They look amazing and now I have free time with Ian being off I’m most definitely making them.

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 11:13 - Reply

      They wolf be ace in Allegra’s baked beans :D

      • Jen Collins 12/07/2014 at 11:36 - Reply

        Great idea.

  4. Maggie 12/07/2014 at 11:43 - Reply

    The scales look amazing and I can use my daughter’s address and she would bring them out here for me when she visits. If I win, can you include some chipotle chillies please as they are impossible to get here in Spain .

  5. Genevieve Gonzalez 12/07/2014 at 12:04 - Reply

    Have fallen in love with the scales!! Hope it’s ok to have a british postal address but only live there half the year ( other half in Spain!) ;-)

  6. Jayne 12/07/2014 at 13:39 - Reply

    The sauce would make a great addition to homemade gift boxes, and the scales look fab :-)

  7. Francesca 12/07/2014 at 13:50 - Reply

    Happy Anniversary Jo. Hope you have a lovely day with your husband and the sun is shining for your picnic together :) Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I love these traditional style scales :)

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 13:55 - Reply

      Thank you Francesca – we’ve just got home from our picnic and it was a lovely little trip in the sunshine x

  8. Ellen @ From Scratch 12/07/2014 at 14:26 - Reply

    I so wish that I lived in the UK! Darn revolution. ;) Those scales are gorgeous, and the recipe looks delicious! At least I can give the recipe a go!

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 14:33 - Reply

      I’m sorry Ellen – it was out of my control this time but who knows what goodies I’ll be able to giveaway next time? :D

  9. Sharon Cundell 12/07/2014 at 14:30 - Reply

    Love these scales old school :)

  10. Helen G 12/07/2014 at 14:49 - Reply

    That recipe sounds amazing!!! <£ All signed up :)

  11. Zoe 12/07/2014 at 14:53 - Reply

    Sauce sounds really great! (hope it’s not too spicy)
    Lovin’ the scales!

  12. Jacqueline 12/07/2014 at 15:22 - Reply

    Ooh, those scales would so match my Scarlett Kitchenaid! They are beautiful!

  13. Baby June 12/07/2014 at 15:33 - Reply

    Happy blogoversary!!! :)

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 15:35 - Reply

      Thank you June – I’m out of the terrible twos at last ;)

  14. Claire 12/07/2014 at 16:29 - Reply

    Sauce sounds fab. These scales are lovely and although I dont have any red in my kitchen they would be right at home in my Mums x

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 16:31 - Reply

      I love a bit of clashing personally, if you fancy keeping them should you win… ;)

  15. Laura 12/07/2014 at 21:40 - Reply

    Happy anniversary!! For all of them! As much as I love the precision of my digital scales they will never beat the aesthetics of the traditonal AND red is my favourite colour.

    • Jo Blogs 12/07/2014 at 21:43 - Reply

      Aye these will be no good for measuring yeast but they are just grand for the bigger jobs. And thank you!

  16. Maxine 13/07/2014 at 09:56 - Reply

    looks a great sauce! I think it would make a great marinade for tofu to be then added to vegetarian tacos or fajitas

  17. Brian Jones 14/07/2014 at 11:35 - Reply

    Oh go on then, it would be rude not to as our kitchen is Red ;)

    I like the sound of the sauce too, I think we have some Jalepeno peppers growing this year so may try smoking some as an experiment!

    • Jo Blogs 14/07/2014 at 11:46 - Reply

      Sounds ace Bri but you can’t enter if you don’t have a UK address for Dotcomgiftshop to send the prize too :P

  18. PAULINE 14/07/2014 at 11:47 - Reply

    !Ole !ole ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw! You go Speedy Gonsales. Nothing like a good bit of chilli to set the house on fire. Huevos Rancheros here I come. BTW my beloved Camilla (with a UK address) would be proud to have this in her kitchen’ so this is for her.

  19. June Benson 17/07/2014 at 10:22 - Reply

    Love love love the sound of this and yes would definitely make great prezzies!! I love anything with Chipotles in it, particularly mayo :) Hope you enjoy all your upcoming celebrations, great blog!! I’m so glad its in the UK as well, mainly cos I’m lazy and means I won’t have to convert the ingredient list! lol :) Have fun xx

    • Jo Blogs 17/07/2014 at 15:55 - Reply

      Lol well I’m really pleased you approve June – I do hate feeling I must make something but can’t because of recherché ingredients!

  20. sueslade 17/07/2014 at 13:57 - Reply

    Looks a fab recipe and love your blog :) Happy anniversaries :)

  21. Joanne Graham 17/07/2014 at 23:56 - Reply

    This lools fab. Woild love to get a go at balancing these xxx

  22. Judith Fryer 18/07/2014 at 20:53 - Reply

    I NEED those scales !! x

    • Jo Blogs 18/07/2014 at 20:55 - Reply

      Well then, sign up and become a subscriber and best of luck to you! ;)

  23. Jane Scott 20/07/2014 at 17:15 - Reply

    Jo this is such a fab giveaway!! conngrats on the up-coming anniversary, love the luck of these scales x

  24. Katie 21/07/2014 at 17:52 - Reply

    OMG I have only just found our blog and it is amazing. I have killed the battery on my phone and my laptop looking at all the amazing food! I have pinned so many things that I want to make. Thanks for the inspiration

    • Jo Blogs 21/07/2014 at 18:12 - Reply

      Oh Katie thank you so much – I don’t know what more a blogger gal could want to hear :’)

  25. Angie 25/07/2014 at 08:44 - Reply

    Love those scales, would go perfect in my kitchen.

  26. susanbarrie11 25/07/2014 at 09:16 - Reply

    Happy Blog-anniversary! :-)

  27. melaniejanecannon 25/07/2014 at 10:15 - Reply

    Ohhh, aren’t they lovely jo! I love my digital scales for preciseness, but the battery died on me the other day right in the middle of baking so I had to kind of guestimate – realllly could have done with some old school scales then! have subscribed to your blog, although I aready read it as I follow you on FB. mx

    • Jo Blogs 25/07/2014 at 10:22 - Reply

      Well good luck to you Melanie – sounds like you really need them ;)

  28. Alice Hargrave 25/07/2014 at 14:11 - Reply

    oh snazzy! I’m in, what a clever bean, Alice

  29. Victoria Thwaites 25/07/2014 at 14:16 - Reply

    Fabulous blog, I love that smoked Chipotle flavour.

    • Jo Blogs 25/07/2014 at 15:53 - Reply

      Thanks Victoria – it’s moreish, addicitve stuff :)

  30. Paula 25/07/2014 at 15:19 - Reply

    Wow loving your blog,! I’ve just subscribed. I too have a red kitchen aid mixer and those scales would look just gorgeous next to it!.

    • Jo Blogs 25/07/2014 at 15:54 - Reply

      Thank you Paula! And lovely to have you :D

  31. Helen 25/07/2014 at 15:44 - Reply

    My kitchen NEEDS those scales! They’re gorgeous!
    Thanks for all the amazing recipes – only problem is I don’t know which to try first!

    • Jo Blogs 25/07/2014 at 15:54 - Reply

      Well here’s to hoping you’re the lucky one ;) I find the same problem with my To Do list of recipes :D

  32. marion king 25/07/2014 at 17:14 - Reply

    thers only one word A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

  33. Jo Blogs 25/07/2014 at 17:32 - Reply

    Aw that’s very kind of you to say Cheryl, thank you! Welcome to my blog :) x

  34. Fay 25/07/2014 at 22:09 - Reply

    Looks fab, thanks, x

  35. Helen 26/07/2014 at 00:28 - Reply

    Just signed up.

    Will need to get some chillies and try this out. Thanks!

  36. whatiatelastnight 27/07/2014 at 07:36 - Reply

    I recon those scales would look rather perfect on my kitchen side ;) And if I don’t win, then I’ve learnt something at least – I never knew that chipotle chilli is a smoked jalapeño! #everycloud

  37. Jo Blogs 27/07/2014 at 07:58 - Reply

    But comments are always gratefully received :D xxx

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