The Spice Tailor

I recently received a free kit from The Spice Tailor (they were giving them away through online food shops) – who supply a range of products from Indian sauces, chutnis (spelt the Indian way), naans to daals. These products are also made with recipes that are developed by British Indian food writer and TV chef, Anjum Anand.

As I have and love using Anjum’s ‘Indian Food Made Easy’ and ‘I Love Curry’ cookbooks – since they supply very easy to follow guides on making fresh, tasty and light Indian meals – I had a feeling this would be one of the only ‘ready to use’ Indian products that actually tastes like home cooking. So I knew I needed to have a go, and you know what? I like what I discovered…

I was sent the Punjabi tomato curry pack and my first impression of the product was the sweet packaging with a simple approach. Everything is laid out neatly (always a plus for me!) along with: a list of the contents in the package, a step by step process on using them, facts about the product, along with a little recipe book that gives ideas on different dishes you can use the sauce for.

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This info said that the sauce is very versatile and can have the addition of meat, vegetables or paneer. I happened to have paneer in the fridge so that’s what I went for.

See below the process…

 

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Tempering stage by adding the whole spices into the oil

 

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Adding in paneer till lightly browned. I added onions too but it didn’t need it, I just needed to use some up!

 

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Add the base sauce then main sauce and mix it through. I added some peas too.

And that’s pretty much it! There’s a handy section in the information, where it tells you how to customise the dish – based on what you’ll use in the sauce to how you can garnish it. So it’s very thorough but manages to add a bit of inspiration too.

The sauce was very tasty and the whole process was really straightforward. It’s almost boring compared to normal cooking really, mainly because I find cooking exciting and energising – but I mean this in a good way because it takes out a lot of work for you and that’s what these sauces are all about.

So in all honesty, I’d only use this product as a go to if I literally needed something quick and easy, based on the circumstance at the time. Although it is one of those ‘throw it all in and you have Indian food within minutes’, it’s very far away from the jarred sauces you get (I cringe at the thought of them!) but of course real home made food will always have it’s own distinct flavour. But I wouldn’t mind stocking up on a few of these and keeping them for those days when you do not feel like cooking, or if you happen to have some people coming over but no time to prepare anything long winded…

Have you used them yourself below? Get in touch and give me some recommendations as I’d love to try out more!

 

 

 

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Wapping Wharf, Bristol

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Bristol’s new and exciting development that is Wapping Wharf has been all over foodies social media recently, and there are plenty of reasons why…

A part of town in its own right and seen as a new entrance to the city centre, contains flats with spaces underneath and recently, newly added cargos – both that are taken over by bars, restaurants and cafes, even some places to shop. It’s no surprise how well it’s taken off in such a short amount of time, with rumors that it’s growing still.

With only an hour to spare whilst doing other bits in town, I decided to have lunch at both Woky Ko and Lovett Pies – quite random to eat at 2 places, but since they both offer the chance to try small dishes, I thought, why not?

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Woky Ko, opened by Masterchef finalist in 2013, Larkin Cen, offers pretty delicious and satisfying Asian food; from bao (one of my absolute favourites) to sharing plates, noodles and rice dishes, plus Asian salads and desserts.

They’re in a quite small space that actually reminded me of my travels to Japan – as I ate in many small ramen or as they called it, ‘two bowls’ places in Tokyo and Kyoto; starting with a sliding door to go in, a stylish and welcoming interior with umbrellas on the ceiling and wooden tables and long benches to sit at.

I love how, what initially seems like a tight space, feels open and welcoming, along with the sounds of the hustle and bustle coming out of the kitchen, which – as you can see in the image – is open for all to see.

Greg and I had a duck bao each, which was delightful and what I would expect: a crispy (and not chewy) duck, a slightly tangy peking sauce that’s rich and gets cut through well with the spring onions and cucumber – all in a soft, pillow-y bao. I was happy with this and would happily have one again!

We also got the crispy beef from the small plates selection to give it a try, and we were both pleased with that too, though this was similar to many crispy beef dishes in many Chinese restaurants and possibly for a cheaper price and larger portion – saying that, if it were alongside many small plates, it’s a great dish to have amongst the selection for sharing.

I’d definitely return and go for the selection of the small plates – especially the sea bass, which has been the rage on social media and dammit I don’t know why I didn’t get one! Next time…

Lovett Pies, based a couple of doors down from Woky Ko, is a cute space serving delicious, humble pies, but with interesting flavour combinations using seasonal and local ingredients and thankfully, in proper hearty and filling pastry.

Having spoken to one of the ‘pie connoisseurs’, Phil, told us they’ve been doing this for about 5 years and have moved around to different farmers markets and festivals, and now this is their first shop. I couldn’t be more excited for them as it’s such a great place to be based in!

The pies were really great too and it’s worth going a few times to try the different flavours. Greg and I got a pie on its own, but you can get sides and hot drinks too – so it’s a great place to visit in the colder months coming up for a cheap and cheerful fix.

So this is just a tiny, tiny glimpse of the places that have opened up at Wapping Wharf. With such an amazing selection already, I look forward to more of what’s to come and can already tell I’ll be visiting regularly – in fact, the plans are to go back at least another couple of times before Christmas to make our way around the different offerings!