My name is Melanie Auld and I am the Founder of Spice Pots. I often get asked why Spice Pots? Well it all started back in 1993 when I went on a life changing trip to India. I worked in an orphanage in Madras for 3 months and then travelled all over India, eating my way around the country!
I returned to the UK when I was 19 and although there were a few years at university where I ate nothing but pasta, pizza and peanut butter sandwiches, when I moved to my first little flat, I began to cook the dishes that I had loved in India; the curry and the street food.
I had learned to cook curry the proper (and very time consuming) way! Roasting whole spices, grinding them and then adding other whole spices to perfectly balanced dishes. I loved this, when I had the time. However, in 2006 we moved to a very isolated (but beautiful) house on the West Coast of Scotland and had 3 sons in 3 years!! No supermarkets delivered here so I used to make a special trip to the supermarket once a week, with 3 kids under 3. It was fairly taxing as you can probably imagine. During this time, I decided I needed a shortcut if I was going to continue to cook homemade curry.
I asked Mr Spice Pots to batch blend my favorite spice combinations. It worked a treat! I soon started giving the blends and little recipe cards to my friends and family. Eventually, in 2014, when my youngest son started school, I decided to launch it as a business. And then came Spice Pots.
We have come along way since we launched. I cringe a little bit when I look at the first branding but it’s all part of the journey!
My goal has remained the same; to give busy people the tools (the blends and recipes) to create simple, delicious family food.
I hope Spice Pots will make your weekly cooking just a little bit easier.