A couple of weeks ago Mari’s World got chosen to be one of the blogs to promote the fabulous web site Wish.co.uk and I got to trial run the Three Month Curry Kit, the brainwave of The Spicery. I was excited. For one it was food and we love our food in this house and for two, it was a chance to get to grips with making my own curry, something that I had always thought was too difficult unless it came in a jar to add to cooked chicken.
Like all of the best ideas The Spicery started in James Ransome’s spare room with £5000 of his savings and his mum stepping forward as his first customer. James is a former chef and knows that spices are so much better when they’re fresh, so The Spicery grinds and blends in small batches before sending out.
In fact I think it was the blending of spices that always put me off making my own curry, I imagined all this time that either I would blow people’s heads off or not use enough and serve up a bland curry, so I have spent all these years phoning up take aways or using Ready Made jars, which I’m not knocking as I love them too but I couldn’t help but wonder just how difficult it would be to make my own.
The Spicery have a number of different options to choose from and the more I look at them the more I am tempted to try others, now I’ve bitten the bullet and had a go at my first. Should you like to try out for yourself or give as a present the Three Month Curry Kit then each month a different meal is put together, the spices are chosen and blended and packed separately in individual bags for each step of the cooking. All neatly labeled, trust me you can’t go wrong – well unless you don’t read the labels that is.
Along with your spices you receive two cards, one with a shopping list of all the fresh ingredients you need to buy ie I had to get chicken, spinach for the saag aloo and other bits and pieces that I didn’t have in my cupboards (fresh ginger!) and then a method step by step card which if you follow correctly, your meal will all come together at the same time. The only extra I had to prepare was my Naan breads, a few minutes in the oven sprinkled with water.
So with no further ado I give you Moghul Chicken Korma, Saag Aloo and Raisin and Rose Chutney.