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.

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.

sarsons-pickles

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.

wyke farm

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

potter's herbals

 

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.

 

Barbecue Party – review

Barbecue Party is a fun family game from Drumond Park for ages 4+ RRP £19.99 and has had us all giggling with its easy to learn gameplay.

Barbecue party has already won a few family awards. We found it quick and fun set up with the addition of googly eyes to the food and we were ready to BBQ! Barbecue Party is a great balancing game, for 2-4 players. The winner is the first person to successfully cook and rescue 3 food items from the grill( 4 for adults). The winner will be crowned master chef! The box contains, the Barbecue party grill base and doesn’t need battery’s. A grill plate, 16 assorted foods, a pair of tongs and 17 cards.

barbecue party

Set up of the grill is simple with a switch to the side of the red barbecue, place the grill on top and you are ready to play. Play starts with the youngest, and you take it in turns to take a card and place that item of food on the barbecue. If your card matches a food already grilling on the barbecue then you get to take it off. Remove it without upsetting the grill and you get to keep it with the card. Send the food flying and it will all be returned to the middle and you start again. There is one joker card allowing you to remove any item from the grill.

barbecue party game

We found this game very simple and fun, and think it will be perfect fun for ages 4+ although we agreed that maybe it was a bit too easy for the boy. Granny enjoyed the game, and loved the silly faces on the food. We certainly had lots of giggles adding eyes to the food, even if this was only for setting up the game for the first time. It certainly put a smile on our faces, and I can imagine the giggles it would cause from younger children playing this game. I love that it didn’t need batteries, so the barbecue will be ready to go whenever you fancy a party!

Barbecue party drumond park

If you would like the chance to win your own Barbecue Party game from Drumond Park, then enter my Gleam app below, and lets keep our fingers crossed we can have some proper barbecue weather this summer.

Barbecue Party

Disclaimer: we were sent this game to review the words remain our own and have not been altered

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Cooking up a Feast – Puzzle Review

Cooking up a feast is number 7 in the perplexing puzzle series from Ravensburger, this 1,000 piece puzzle is suitable for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.

This is the first time I have tried one of the Perplexing puzzles, and cooking up a feast was a fun puzzle that brought back memories of my Nan’s kitchen. I particularly liked the rabbit jelly mould as this was part of my childhood, along with the bone handled butter knives. Cooking up a feast is a photographic puzzle, and at first glance didn’t look as if it was going to be particularly difficult as there is plenty of colour in the picture.

cooking up a feast

I started with edges and the bright pink, orange of the rabbit jelly mould, next the red of the strawberries, jam and tea-pot. After this the puzzle was a little more difficult but certainly not impossible. There were enough little details in the cooking up a feast puzzle to keep my interest and it took about 4 hours to complete the puzzle. I loved all the vintage packaging and can imagine my Nan’s cupboards having things like these in them, I certainly remember the hand turned mincer!

cooking up

 

I didn’t find cooking up a feast was more of a challenge than some of the Colin Thompson puzzles that I have previously completed, but it was certainly still fun. The quality of a Ravensburger puzzle is faultless, and the pieces always sit well together. Have a look at the Ravensburger website for more of the Perplexing puzzle series or have a look at my affiliate link below.

cooking up a feast finished puzzle

 

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Cravendale our #milkdrinkersmilk story

We have been challenged to try Cravendale milk as part of the Brit Mums #milkdrinkersmilk challenge. This wasn’t going to be difficult for the dragon family as we love Cravendale. Dad dragon likes his milk fresh as it makes a great froth for his cappuccino. I like it as it hasn’t got a strong milky smell. As a non milk drinker I find it easier on the nose on my cereal in the morning. Cravendale is great for cooking macorroni cheese our family favourite. But most of all Cravendale is best natural and fresh out of the bottle. The fact I can shop once a week for my milk and it stays fresh for the whole week is a bonus. Perfect for when the boy wants his bedtime milk with a biscuit, perfect to help him sleep soundly. So we all love Cravendale milk as it is the perfect fresh white stuff!

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The Roundstone Pub Restaurant – Review

The Roundstone Pub Restaurant is part of the Whitbread group and with pub restaurants all over the country we were excited to be invited to try out their new family friendly summer menu. The Roundstone Pub can be found just outside Worthing on the A259 and is conveniently located between Worthing and Littlehampton. We often pass the Roundstone on trips out as a family and I have often wondered what their food was like.

The Roundstone had a lovely feel to the place from when we were greeted and seated. There are lots of little alcoves around the building and this gave a lovely feel of having your own private space, and not upsetting any of the other diners. The Roundstone was quite dark when we went in, but we were seated at a lovely bright table overlooking their outside space. We were welcomed by the manager and waiting staff, and soon had drinks while we decided what to try for our dinner.

the roundstone

The summer menu had plenty to choose from, there was also a Sunday roast menu, specials as well as a great looking kids menu with a Horrid Histories theme. I was pleased to see that the kids menu had a great selection to choose from and with a buffet style choice you could mix and match your kids favourite foods for £3.99. This included either a pudding or starter.  You also had the option for £4.99 to have mini versions of the adult mains, this would be perfect for families with tweenagers. The boy loved the Horrid Histories kid pack which came with crayons and kept him amused for a good amount of time while we waited for food.

Dad and I decided to skip on a full starter and share a bread board, as we wanted to save room for pudding. Dad and I had lots to choose from, and soon had picked something tasty. Dad chose surf and turf, something which is a very special treat, I don’t oftern cook steak at home. I chose to try out the vegetarian pie, with a spicy tomato pastry and fresh veg, which came with the Sunday roast trimmings and I do love a good Yorkshire pudding. The waiting staff were very friendly, and seemed to know lots of the other diners. We soon realised that this friendly pub has lots of very loyal customers, and the waiting staff enjoyed time to chat and get to know their customers which makes the Roundstone pub a family friendly place to eat.

roundstone food

The food was quick to turn up, and was hot and looked great. I did think that the plates were rather large and this meant that it looked like you had less on your plate. The boys hot dog looked very lost! The food was very fresh and tasty and Dad was impressed that his steak was exactly as he likes it, and he said the prawns were very tasty. My vegetarian pie came with roast potato’s, Yorkshire pudding, and the carrot and sweed mash was lovely. The boy wasn’t feeling quite himself and while he enjoyed the mash and peas said that the hot dog didn’t look very appealing. I thought it looked like a nice hot dog with a traditional style English sausage, something I think on a good day the boy would have enjoyed.

We made sure that we saved room for pudding, and I had my eye on the banoffee pie, while dad had to try a jaffa cake sundae. The boy chose to have a pudding from the specials rather than the kids menu, choosing an eton mess. The kids puddings looked great fun though with coffin puds with chocolate mouse and body parts. Our puddings looked amazing, and tasted just as good. Dad said he was inspired for us to make him more jaffa cake sundaes. My pudding was the nicest I have had on a meal out, and they were all very reasonably priced too, starting at £3.49.

roundstone puds

I have to sum up that the Roundstone pub has been a great place to stop off and eat, and will be a new family restaurant to add to my list. Our meal including drinks came to £59.46 and we thought for the amount we had was good value for money. I will certainly keep the Roundstone in mind as children eat free on a weekday before 5pm and also for breakfast. There are plenty of offers on the website as well as joining the Tasty reward card, where you can eat for free on your Birthday. The roundstone pub is a great place to take family and I would recommend it as it had a lovely warm friendly family feel, and lovely staff.

Disclaimer, we were asked to try out the Roundstone pub and were given credit to spend on our food. Our opinions remain our won and have not been altered.

 

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.

green giant

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