Last weekend we had our blogger’s night in. We were very lucky to be provided with some very generous goody bags during the event. My love of cooking has been very excited when I saw so many different ingredients that I haven’t tried before, so I wanted to create a lovely meal using the ingredients provided to me during our event.
For the main meal, I have made a spinach curry provided by Tailor Spice, and accompanied it with rice from Tilda Rice.
I’ve never had a spinach based curry before, so was quite excited to try it out. The kit comes in easy to use pouches that open without scissors, is ready in around fifteen minutes if using meat, and has clear instructions in three steps.
I took the spice packet and put in a hot pan for twenty seconds to release the flavours before adding chopped up chicken (you can use any meat you like or a vegetarian option such as chick peas). After the meat had browned I added the base sauce which contained all the spices, and then finally adding the spinach based sauce and simmering until the meat was cooked through.
It really was as simple as that!
I served the curry with Tilda microwave rice. Ready in two minutes per pouch this made the perfect addition to this quick and easy curry. This rice is one of hubby’s favourites, and he was eager to try the new varieties that we haven’t bought before. I was pleased to see the rice didn’t stick together or clump after cooking, and two pouches went a long way to feeding three of us.
The flavours in the curry were strong, but yet the overall flavour wasn’t too spicy for 6yo to enjoy. Hubby thought his was lovely as he liked the slightly oily texture the curry had as he said it coated the rice really well. Personally I like my curry’s without the plentiful sauce, but it was a very nice dinner.
To accompany my curry, I chose to have a pomegranate and elderflower tonic water. Tonic water isn’t something I would have considered drinking a little while ago, but I tried it at the weekend, and would happily drink this on a night out. The flavour is subtle and slightly citrusy after taste which made the drink very refreshing. I didn’t try it with alcohol, but I imagine with some vodka it would work well.
Onto desert, which is almost my favourite thing. Soreen had very kindly provided us with a goody bag filled to the brim with Soreen goodies. It also included a recipe booklet and when flicking through, the flapjack recipe caught my eye immediately so I had to make them.
Taking rolled oats, butter, syrup and chopped up soreen loaf, I mixed all the ingredients together and cooked for around 15 minutes until the oats had a crispy top to them.
Once cooled, I melted Green and Black’s chocolate and layered over the top of the flapjack. After leaving overnight to set (this was very difficult), I cut into squares (well as much as the butterfly shaped mould would let me) and served up for desert this evening.
The flapjack has a lovely chewy texture to it, and a very chocolatey after taste thanks to the Green and Blacks chocolate. This went down well with everyone, so much so it’s all gone now, so I’ll have to make some more.
Disclosure – I was provided the food and drink items from the bloggers night in.