Dear readers, I don’t take you for fools. I know you realise that peanut butter is almost always vegan, and is a delicious pantry essential. You might already have a jar of Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter or some other worthy brand in your kitchen.
Smoke and Fire is a super crunchy peanut butter, stirred through with organic cayenne chillies, natural manuka smoke and Spanish smoked paprika. The result is a warm, savoury blend of heat, smoke and peanuts. The jar suggests trying it on sourdough with avocado and tomato; it’s also special enough to eat with a spoon.
We used Smoke and Fire peanut butter in last night’s dinner: peanut udon with kale from a Food52 recipe. You don’t need to add Sriracha if you use Smoke and Fire peanut butter, and you can just leave out the fish sauce from the recipe to make it vegan. We also added chopped fresh coriander, which complemented the chilli and smoke flavours well. So good.
I bought my jar of Smoke and Fire from Flotsam & Jetsam in Ponsonby. Other places you can find it in Auckland include Farro Fresh (in Grey Lynn, Mairangi Bay and Mt Wellington), IE Produce (in Takapuna), through Ooooby box delivery, at La Cigale French Market on weekends, and at Pinguino Gordito online.