Bath’s Top Rated Indian Cuisine: A Review 

While the winter blues have us all begging for a bit of spice in our lives, I’ve investigated Bath’s top Indian restaurants that are sure to add pizzazz back to our palettes.

The Rajpoot

If you are looking for an award-winning meal, all fingers point to The Rajpoot. A favourite of many, this restaurant caters to Indian food gurus and the “extra mild spice, please” beginners. The Rajpoot offers a romantic but functional environment that can fit a work event or date night. If you are aching for a fine-dining, fully ethnic Indian food experience, the Rajpoot has what you are longing for.

Bombay Lounge

For friendly service, great décor and a comforting meal, the Bombay Lounge has you covered.  This place has an extensive menu that can please both vegan and carnivore, with loads of customisable options to meet your needs. If the coziness of your home has you wanting to lounge in pyjamas for the evening, have no fear: Bombay Lounge is featured on Hungry House, a takeaway app that allows you to browse through menus and have your cravings delivered to your doorstep.  Bombay Lounge is also budget friendly and definitely does not compromise on quality.

The Boojon Tandoori

Named one of England’s best curry places, Bath’s The Boojon Tandoori is a local hotspot. Although traditional curry is winning the title at this location, the menu option ranges from poppadum’s to pilau rice to vegetable Jalfrezi. The Boojon Tandoori boasts quality and quantity without forfeiting your newly established budget for 2017: most dishes are in the £5-£9 range.

Bengal Brasserie

Meat lovers, you will love Bengal Brasserie off of Milsom Street. Locally known for the most succulent chicken and lean lamb, this restaurant has a beautiful interior and top-notch staff.  For vegetarians, do not fret: Bengal Brasserie also offers a generous meat-free menu to please everybody at the table.  If you are in a hurry, takeaway options are available here (and at a 10% discount on weekends!)

The Eastern Eye

For a glamorous dine-in experience, I recommend The Eastern Eye. With beautifully decorated murals on every wall and domed ceilings, you will quickly be transported out of Bath and into another world. Voted restaurant of the year for the Southwest Region, The Eastern Eye has an extensive and detailed website that promotes its many features and offers a history lesson on the beautiful building. The menu is user-friendly and offers a variety of options included a lovely buffet. For those seeking the full Indian food experience, The Eastern Eye is where you want to be.

Disclaimer this is a collaborative post.

#ShareTheLove of baking this Christmas

I love to #ShareTheLove of baking at Christmas with friends and family. Sometimes this is with a simple baked cookie, or gingerbread. I have made jam and cakes and even my own mincemeat. This year I wanted to get the boy involved and #ShareTheLove of baking and decided that I would dig out our old family favourite Christmas cake recipe.

Our family recipe for Christmas cake is from our neighbour from when I was very small. Aunty Ursula was the lady in the road that all the kids used to go to for cake and sweet treats. My mum made friends with Ursula not long after we moved to Sussex, and was a source of much of my mum’s baking knowledge. A few years ago I was given the piece of paper with Ursula’s Xmas cake recipe. The paper almost as memorable as the cake itself and since then I have vowed to recreate the cake of my family Christmases.

#sharethelove

Ursula’s cake is a lighter fruit cake, which can be baked right up until before Christmas as there is no need to feed the cake, unless you wanted too! I have also slightly altered the ingredients as me and the family don’t like mixed peel so I like to add chopped stem ginger into the mix. The recipe is also in pounds and oz. This is no problem weighing ingredients with digital scales but makes it interesting when trying to buy my ingredients.

I love the boy helping me in the kitchen as I remember helping my Nan who was the real baker of the family. It’s great to #ShareTheLove at Christmas even if the most I can get the boy doing is weighing the ingredients and having a wishing stir. Ok so he also enjoyed licking the spoon and declared the mix a success.

Whitworths are encouraging family’s to #ShareTheLove with the best ingredients and a beautiful story book of family and the true meaning of Christmas. Visit the website  and download this sweet tale, and their cake recipe from the story. Sometimes its good to have time to spend making and baking gifts that you can share with family and friends. I love traditions and maybe one day the boy will #ShareTheLove with his family and have a slice of cake that will remind him of his childhood Christmases too.

Disclaimer we were sent a selection or Whitworths ingredients so that we could bake our cake and share our story with you.

Pink Onions with Sarsons

I have wanted to make my own pickles and have had a go at chutney’s, and regularly use vinegar for cooking and cleaning. I had plans to pickle lots of produce from the garden. Sarsons sent me some products so that I could have a go at pickling and it was much easier than I thought it would be!

sarsons

The Sarsons website has lots of pickling ideas and I thought pink onions would be a great choice to add to my Boxing day table. The recipe is easy and the ingredients are:

  • 1 medium red onion, very finely sliced
  • 250ml Sarson’s Speciality Pickling Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small clove of garlic, halved
  • 3 small sprigs thyme
  • 1 small dried chilli

I didn’t have the dried chilli’s so added a small amount of chilli flakes to the mix. You could customize the mix to your taste. Once you have sliced your onions you will need to par blanche them. Place the onion slices in a sieve and pour boiling water slowly over them. I separated the rings and this made it easier to make sure they were all blanched. Meanwhile gently heat the other ingredients in a pan with the Sarsons pickling vinegar. Place the warmed vinegar mixture and onions in a storage jar of your choice and then leave to cool.

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The onions will store in the refrigerator for a few weeks so you could bottle them now in plenty of time for the boxing day table. I love having different pickles for the cold buffet on boxing day and pink onions are a great addition. Sarsons pink onions look so pretty as they change colour in the jar to a sweet pink, and would make a great gift.

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Have a look at the Sarsons website for more inspiration on how to use their range of vinegars to make homemade store cupboard pickles of your own.

Disclaimer I was sent a range of Sarsons products in return for this post, the words remain my own and have not been altered.

School lunchbox Tips with #HartleysYourLunchbox

Its time to start thinking about the school lunch boxes, and I have been thinking about trying something new for the boys lunches. I am lucky that he like a big variety of different foods, but over the last few weeks of term decided that he didn’t like having sandwiches any more. This made lunches a little tricky as I find I get stuck in the rut of the same things each day.

Our school have a no nut policy which is fine, but the boy does love peanut butter so that is ruled out. So I decided over the holidays to try out a few easy school lunch ideas. My first thought is to try lots of easy to eat foods, cucumber and tomatoes always go down well. I also found chopped peppers and gherkins with cubes of cheese went down well.

Wraps have been a great compromise as they are less bready than a sandwich but I can still sneak in a few bits of lettuce with plenty of chicken. I found wraps are great for picnics and I could make them the night before so there would be no mad panic in the mornings before school. I like to add in some dairy and have found a frozen tube yoghurt keep the rest of the food cool, and is defrosted before lunchtime.

school lunch

I always add fruit, and this makes a great colourful lunch. Adding a pot of Hartley’s Jelly is a little treat. With the no added sugar option you don’t have to worry about too much sugar. This summer Hartley’s are offering you the chance to collect 12 of the special edition green lids from their jelly pots. In return you will receive a free Hartley’s Lunchbox and stickers, perfect to personalise your back to school lunches.

My final back to school lunchbox tip would be to make your lunches personal to your child. Mine loves sushi, so loves a pot of rice and fish. Sometimes I even send in a small amount of tortilla chips and a pot of salsa. I have found the boys taste has changed over the years at school, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly

Wyke Farms Cheesy scones

Wyke Farms are celebrating a whole host of awards including being the first dairy in the UK to be awarded a triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. Knowing that Wyke Farms are doing their bit for our planet somehow makes their cheese and butter even tastier (if that is possible).

Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.

I decided that I would try out a simple Cheese scone recipe with my Wyke farm cheese and butter. For this recipe you will need: 225g self raising flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 25g butter, 150ml milk, 30g Wyke Farms strong cheese.

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Preheat the oven to 220 c, and sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Next lightly rub the butter into the flour to form breadcrumbs. mix in the Wykes Farm cheese, and then combine with the milk to make a dough. the less you tough the mixture the lighter your scones will be so I mix in with a knife, and try not to handle the dough too much. Then its time to press out the mixture, and cut out your shapes. Place on a baking sheet, and either glaze with milk of beaten egg.

wyke farm scones

Cook at the top of the oven for 15/18 minutes until risen and lightly coloured. Cool on a wire rack. We enjoyed ours warm from the oven with lashings of Wyke farm butter, and some carrot chutney. Wyke farm cheese and butter is available from the dairy section of your supermarket. We love Wyke farm cheese, and hope that the farm continue their success in the coming year.

wyke farm cheese

Disclaimer, we were sent a range of Wyke farm products to try, the words remain our own and have not been altered.

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract

When I saw this recipe for oat energy bars from Potter’s Herbals and thought it would be a great after school snack for the boy. I am always on the lookout for easy foods for him in the after school hours when he would happily eat everything in the fridge. I was interested to read about the properties of Potters Herbals Malt Extract and finding out about the slow release of the sugars in malt extract mean that this recipe is a perfect energy choice.

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract ­ a traditional, nutritious and versatile malt extract. Can be spread on bread and toast, added to cereals, used as a replacement for refined sugar in bread, cakes and general cooking, or taken by the spoonful as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

  • Made using pure barley extract.
  • Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
  • Sugar in Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract is in the form of maltose, which converts to glucose during digestion. Glucose is stored as glycogen, which can be readily converted back to glucose for sustaining blood glucose levels and energy release.
  • Prepared by low temperature concentration to preserve the natural ingredients in an easily digestible form.

Potter’s Herbals orange, raisin and cranberry oat energy bar

This protein packed energy bar has the citrus zing of the orange, combined with the sweetness of the dried fruits and the nutty tang of peanut butter. The malt, peanut butter and oats all create a slow release energy bar that will keep you energised throughout the day.

Makes: 12 Prep time: 10-15 minutes, plus cooling Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

100ml orange juice

75g stoned medjool dates, chopped

50g dried cranberries

50g raisins

75g Potter’s Herbals malt extract

75g peanut butter

150g porridge oats

50g pistachios, chopped

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1 Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C fan, gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.  

2 Place the orange juice, dates, cranberries and raisins into a pan, bring to a gentle simmer and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Pour into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Pour into a bowl then stir in the malt, peanut butter and porridge oats until combined and sticky. Stir through the pistachios and spoon into the lined tin.  

potters herbals malt extract

3 Flatten down with a spoon and bake for 15 minutes, until just golden around the edges.  Remove from the oven and immediately score into 12 energy bars, then leave fully to cool in the tin. 

4 Once cool remove from the tin and place onto a chopping board. Cut into bars. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Tip: For an added treat, you can stir 100g white chocolate chips/chopped white chocolate into the mixture.

potters herbals energy bars

I substituted a few ingredients in my bars as I found I didn’t have raisins so added cherry’s and currants instead. We didn’t add the nuts as the boy is not keen and I think my next batch might have to include banana chips as they are one of the boys favourite. My finished Potter’s Herbals cereal bars smelt amazing and tasted even better, they certainly went down well with the boy who loved the peanut buttery taste.

I was sent malt extract to try out this recipe, and would recommend it as a better alternative to refined sugar. Potters Herbals range can be bought online, or in Waitrose, Boots, Holland and Barrett and health food stores. Visit their website for more information.

 

Green Giant Minion Challenge

We have been asked to take part in the Tots100 & Green Giant Minion challenge, and as Minions are everywhere at the moment this seemed the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Our challenge was to create something incorporating sweet corn that was fun, and of course minion related.

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The minions film is now out at cinemas across the country and we went to see it last week so have been inspired to make some Green Giant sweet corn Minion mini omelettes. The ingredients are simple and something most people will have in their cupboards, so our minion omelette would make an easy mid week meal.

To make 2 mini minions you will need 2 eggs, one tin of sweet corn and a splash of milk. We used the peel from cucumber with some peas to decorate.

We whisked up the whole eggs with a splash of milk. Drain and rinse the sweet corn. Heat up a mini frying pan, or if you don’t have one a chefs ring in a larger pan would work fine. Then add half of the mixture to the pan, and sprinkle a handful of sweet corn into the omelette mixture. cook until the eggs have gone solid and flip to brown the second side. Once cooked pop on a plate ready to decorate.

green giant minion

For decoration we used thin peelings of cucumber, or you could use bacon strips, olives or peppers to decorate the minions cheeky faces. we cut two long strips for the sides of the minions goggles, then used a small slices of cucumber for the eyes with a pea in the middle. We cut out small pieces for mouths and you could make tufts of hair too. Now you have your very own Bob, Stuart and Dave creations.

minion challenge with green giant

We hope you will have a go at making your own fun minion food creations, if you have been inspired or would like to look at some of the other fun Minion foods then why not check out the #greengiantminions on twitter and instagram.

minions green giant

 

 

Beanies Coffee – Review

Have you tried Beanies Coffee? No neither had we, and we were offered the choice from a great range of flavours which made the Soup Dragon Dad’s eyes light up.

I am not the coffee drinker in the house, but Dragon Dad is, and we get through tons of the stuff! In the run up to Christmas he tends to go a bit mad and loves to try all the flavoured coffees and thinks he is a bit of a cognisor! Beanies have a great range of both ground and instant coffees, so he was the perfect Dragon to try them out!

beanies coffee

Dragon Dad was spoilt for choice, so I chose for him with Cappuccino, Chocolate Cherry, Christmas Pudding, Tiramisu which can come as ground coffees and also Decaf. Dragon Dad started with the Chocolate Cherry and Cappuccino flavours and has been suitably impressed. He said the flavours were really nice, and he liked the hint of Cherry. He has been saving the Christmas pudding for the festive season, and I will admit it certainly smells yummy. Beanies have an amazing range, and something for all coffee drinkers. I was impressed to find that the Beanies range starts from £2.75 for a bag of ground and £2.50 for instant which means they are affordable as well as flavoursome.

The Verdict:

Dragon Dad, says he loves the flavoured coffee and would defiantly ask me to pick it up with the shopping again. He found some flavours very sweet which meant he needed less sugar, and his favourite so far is the Cappuccino Flavour.

Beanies has been available to buy in Sainsbury’s for some time and now and have just launched with two instant flavours in Tesco. To celebrate the Beanies Amaretto Almond, and Irish Cream instants being available now in a Tesco store near you. I am offering a pot of each to three lucky winners!

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Simply complete the Gleam app below and don’t forget to like the Beanies Facebook Page to find out more about the Beanies range.

Beanies Coffee

 

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Fruit Frollipops from Fruit Bowl – Review

Fruit Frollipops are the latest fruit snack from Fruit Bowl. These are a strawberry rocket shaped lollypop treats with no added sugar and are one of your five a day. Fruit Frollipops come in multi packs of 5 with one treat in each individual packet.

This is the first time I have been disappointed with a Fruit bowl snack, as we have enjoyed many of the others, our favourites being the sea shapes. These Frollipops come on a plastic stick, something I don’t particularly like. The Fruit Frollipop itself was fruity and also sticky so was difficult to get out of the package. It had a nice fruity flavour of strawberry’s, but was gone very quickly leaving me with a fair amount of plastic rubbish.

fruit frollipop

Fruit Frollipops are better alternative to sweets or boiled lollypops, I think we will stick to the other Fruit Bowl snacks as a sweet treat as we enjoyed them much more than the Frollipops.

For more information on the Fruit bowl range visit their website, and Facebook page.

Disclaimer we were sent this product to try the opinion remains our own and has not been altered.

My Angel Delight Moments

I can’t remember the first time I tried Angel Delight, but I know it was a big part of my childhood memories. Angel Delight was one of those puddings that was a real treat. My Mum I think hated the grind of cooking after school, and even back in the 70’s when I was little there wasn’t the convenience food that we have today. Meals were all home cooked, and there never seemed to be time for pudding.

Angel Delight became one of those quick easy and I am sure slightly good for you puddings. I hated milk! Even now the smell is enough to make me feel a bit queasy. I think the smell of the warm school milk was what started my hatred off. I was a fussy eater and my Mum was always nagging me to eat so I guess Angel delight became a good way for me to get my daily intake of calcium. All I know was Angel delight was something we were allowed to make ourselves. Me and my brother used to add banana toppings and hundreds and thousands which we called ants. Chocolate Angel Delight was amongst our favourites but Butterscotch was at the top.

angel delight moments

 

Fast forward 20+ years and it was good to rediscover the love of Angel Delight through the eyes of the boy. He likes to hide surprises at the bottom of the bowl, sometimes fruit and sometimes chocolate. Sprinkles have gone the colours of the rainbow, and now we have squirty cream. He says to add height!

So when the boy gets home from school today and sees his surprise pudding I hope he will be as excited as I was all those years ago to be having an after school pudding treat. Even if it is just so I can use up the left over milk before we go away on holiday!

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge you can find out more about the new Bubblegum flavour Angel Delight on the webpage here