All posts tagged: curry

National Curry Week 2016

Living in Tooting, we’re fortunate to be very close to a number of excellent local curry restaurants, although we do enjoy cooking curry at home. Over the past few years we’ve tried out a few curry ‘kits’, some of which include a few fresh ingredients, others which just include the spices, and they’ve always been really good. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that at university I used to buy the jar mixes of various curry sauces (hey, I was a student after all!) but I wouldn’t touch one any more, knowing how delicious the curries are that you can create with one of these kits. Did you know that this week is National Curry Week here in the UK? To celebrate, the fab team at Kingfisher sent me a box of Kingfisher beers and a curry spice kit from Tyga, as well as some peanut sprinkles from The Cheeky Food Company. I was looking forward to cooking up a storm! Kingfisher has always been my go-to beer when dining out for a curry. It’s India’s …

Fine Indian Dining at Salaam Namaste, Bloomsbury

Last week I was invited for dinner at Salaam Namaste in Bloomsbury. As with most reviews, I always try not to read up too much on the restaurant or its menu in advance, so it comes as a nice surprise. I knew that it was an Indian restaurant (one of my favourite cuisines) but that was about it. My friend Kelly joined me and we met at Russell Square station and walked for just under 10 minutes to the restaurant. It was a little bit in the ‘middle of nowhere’ down a side street and to be completely honest, it didn’t look to be anything particularly exciting or different from the outside. But we were still looking forward to seeing what food would be on offer. We were dining fairly early (6.30pm) on a Thursday, but there were already a couple of tables occupied, and by the end of the evening it was pretty much full. As soon as we sat down and opened our menus, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be your …

Foodie Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day and June in general is a bit of a tough time for me – I lost my Dad in 2013 and as if that wasn’t hard enough, it happened just a few days after Father’s Day. But we love occasions like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day in our household. Some people are cynical about ‘made up occasions’ like these, but we always like to celebrate them, and buy each other gifts and cards. So just because my Dad sadly isn’t here anymore, I didn’t want that to stop me sharing some great Father’s Day finds with you all, especially if your Dad is anything like mine was, and adores food! Some of these I’ve tried myself (or other similar products from the company) and some are simply gifts I’ve come across online that I liked the look of. For the sweet-toothed Dad! Personalised Dad’s Big Breakfast Tin, from Biscuiteers, £43.50 As you may know from my previous blog posts, I love Biscuiteers. You might think that £40+ is a bit expensive …

#FoodieFriends – Ceri’s Squash, Red Lentil & Coconut Curry

This is the very first post in my new series ‘#FoodieFriends’. Many of my friends and family members are also into good food, so I thought it would be fun to dedicate a section to them. They’re not bloggers, so it gives them a place to share their recipes, restaurant experiences, and more! The first of these posts is from my amazing bestie, Ceri, who I’m sure you’ll have already read about on here. Here she is, looking stunning as my bridesmaid on my wedding day:   Ceri’s Recipe: Squash, Red Lentil & Coconut Curry, by Hemsley + Hemsley “I spotted this recipe on the Hemsley + Hemsley Instagram account as their recipe of the day and was keen to try it out having heard such good things. It was easy to make, apart from the cutting of the butternut squash (a sharp knife and arm muscles would have been useful!). It was worth it though, in not much time at all I had a delicious, heart-warming curry. I topped up the amount of chilli flakes …

Spicy Curry at Assado, Waterloo

On Friday night, we planned to meet up with my sister-in-law, Pops (who I’m sure you’ll be hearing more of on this blog!) and her partner, Pete, for dinner. With us living in East London, and them in Wandsworth, Waterloo is usually a good central point for us to meet. But we’d all been busy and hadn’t got round to booking anywhere in advance. There are plenty of chain restaurants in the area (Wahaca, Ping Pong, Wagamama etc) but you can’t book on a Friday night and the queues are insane – we’d learned our lesson from doing this many times before! Pops has a Tastecard, and I found that there was space at one of the restaurants in the Tastecard programme called Assado, a ‘Goan Canteen.’ The website describes how chef Cyrus Todiwala found a natural correlation between Goan, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine during his travels and combined this with the food of his Indian homeland. It certainly sounded interesting!     The restaurant, located a short walk from Waterloo station, just past the Old Vic …

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!   …