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Need some menu inspiration for your next party? Indian Food is always a winner.

The hardest thing, for me, when I've got people coming for lunch or dinner is deciding on what to cook. I had my brothers and their families round for Sunday lunch recently and I didn't want to do a roast as I needed to prepare most of it the day before. I stuck to what I know best, Indian food. We skipped the starter as I knew the main course would be very filling. The Main Event: Slow Cooked Goan Beef, Medium Slow cooked (all ingredients from raw) for 8 hours on low Smooth Chicken Korma (curry without bits) as there were fussy children there Delicious Matar Paneer for some colour Tarka Daal - I didn't have enough onions to make...

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Snowed in? S'no Bother with Spice Pots

We are based in a village in Scotland, near Edinburgh and this is the 3rd day we've been cut off.  We are very lucky to have 2 shops and a very supportive community but stocks are now running low as deliveries can't get through.   However, it's amazing what you can make with the long neglected ingredients in your store cupboard and freezer.  We've put together a few recipes that you can make with the most basic of ingredients. Some may need tweaking if you don't have all the ingredients, but with our Spice Blends, you can make deliciously seasoned dishes, with very little effort. Satay Sauce - serve over roasted vegetables, chicken, pork Spiced Cous Cous - serve with any...

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Valentine's Day: Ditch the gifts and do the dishes.

Put the flowers back and leave the chocolates on the shelf. (If your loved on is still on their New Year’s health kick they might not even appreciate the temptation of a Milk Tray anyway). Flowers and chocolates are great - but sometimes it’s the simplest things that show someone just how much you love them. Here's our mini round up of the simplest ways to say ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day. 1) Get up early and tidy the kitchen, it won’t take long, it won’t cost you anything but they’ll love you for it! 2) Organise an afternoon out for you and the kids, without your partner. As lovely as it is to be together, it’s also a...

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The most exciting pancakes you’ll ever have!

The pretty snowdrops that have brightened our wintery walks are beginning to wilt, but with spring comes the daffodils and they will be here soon enough. The memories of the festivities are all that remain and the calendar has already turned to its second page. If you are anything like us you may have already had that that familiar ‘here we go again’ feeling. This feeling is something that we are desperate to challenge. In one guise or another, pancakes have been cooked for years. In the UK, Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, is a tradition where we use the last of the cupboard staples up in order to prepare for lent - a month of fasting...

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Burns Night

On January 25th, each and every year, Scots all over the world join together to celebrate the life of the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns. Although to the Scottish, the traditions carried out on this night are standard, to everyone else, it might take a bit of explaining. For some context, you might like to think of Burns as a Scottish Shakespeare. You can read all about his fascinating life here, and trust us, it’s a pretty good story. Anyway, one of the main features of Burns night is enjoying the Burns Supper, and we’re going to tell you exactly  how to do that… with a little Spice Pots magic of course. Cullen Skink This dish is a bit of...

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