All posts tagged: chicken

Cooking Korma at Home with Tastesmiths

As many of you may have seen, I attended a Tastesmiths event last week, where we were given a lesson in cooking with fresh ingredients, using the Tastesmiths kits. You can read my full write-up here. At the event, we were given the choice of trying out the Madras or Korma, and my cooking partner and I went for the Madras. I was allowed to take a kit with me to try at home, so I thought I’d give the Korma a go this time. Korma is one of  my favourite curries, simply because I love the flavour. But I’m always a bit embarrassed to order it when out at a restaurant with friends, as it feels a bit like the ‘wimp’ option. What I loved about the Tastesmiths kit, is that you could make any curry as spicy as you want – including Korma! It’s the solution I’ve been looking for all this time! On Sunday evening, Tim and I used the kit for dinner – it was really fun to cook together, as …

Tastesmiths Event: Cooking Fresh!

Last night I was invited to an event hosted at Food at 52 for a new company called Tastesmiths, run by a fab mother and daughter duo from Birmingham, Sally and Stef. The message behind Tastesmiths is simple: you should always try and cook with fresh ingredients! And in order to do this, they sell clever ‘kits’ of such fresh ingredients for a wide variety of recipes, giving you the exact quantities you’ll need. No more buying countless bottles of herbs and spices that end up sitting in the back of the cupboard, rarely being used. Sally commented that when researching some of their curry recipes, if they had bought all ingredients from scratch, the bill would have racked up to around £25+, without even taking the meat into consideration. This is something I’ve experienced myself – our herb and spice box is overflowing and we seem to have some form of ‘cinnamon amnesia’, as we have about 5 different bottles of the stuff in various forms. So these kits are such a brilliant idea!   …

Lunch at Bodean’s BBQ, Tower Hill

One of our guilty weekend pleasures is going to Bodean’s BBQ, so on Saturday, amidst our cook and bake-off, we thought it would be wise to get out of the house for a little while and go for some lunch, so we thought we’d go for one of our faves. The Tower Hill branch is located on the opposite side to the Tower Of London, just a little further up the road. It looks small from the outside but most tables are located downstairs, underground. It might be a little claustrophobic for those who like natural light!      The restaurant is normally packed out, but it was a bit quieter on Saturday, As such, I felt that being told that we could have the table for an hour and a half was a little unnecessary. It was just the two of us, not a large group that would be more likely to linger, so we were hardly going to take more than an hour and half. The other thing that annoyed me, was that …

Lunch at The Chicken Box, Boxpark, Shoreditch

Today I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages for a quick lunch in Shoreditch, where I got to try out another of Boxpark’s eateries. This time, it was The Chicken Box.     The basic premise of The Chicken Box is fairly simple, as the photo above implies. You choose whether you would like a quarter chicken with one side (£5.50) or a half chicken with two sides (£9.50). Then you choose how you would like it cooked, out of a choice of BBQ, Jerk, Roast, Buttermilk, Honey & Soya or Tandoori. There are then a wide variety of sides to choose from, including slightly more unusual options, such as potato gratin, basmati rice, and mac n cheese.     They also offer ‘already put-together’ options, such as Mexican Chicken Fajitas and Jerusalem Chicken Livers. I went for one of these options (largely because I hadn’t quite decided when the waiter came over, and I thought it would be easier to choose one of these, rather than having to put something …