A Brief History of India Pale Ale
Aug25

A Brief History of India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale (IPA) has seen a huge increase in popularity in the last few years, originally from the craft brewers of America (we can’t laugh at their fizzy rubbish anymore) and now from the many micro-breweries popping up in the UK. So what is IPA? History has it that IPA was the answer to supplying beer to the far flung corners of the British Empire in the 18th century, and more specifically to India. The...

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Popular Asian desserts reviewed
Sep04

Popular Asian desserts reviewed

Many restaurants offer a selection of Asian desserts, frozen or freshly prepared, for those of us who like to finish the meal off with something sweet, so we decided to give some of the most popular a try. Here’s what we thought… Funky Pie Ice Cream The Funky Pie is a biscuit crumb case, filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with toffee and crushed hazelnuts. The base we found to be very gooey and rather like a flapjack...

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Hena’s Luxury Chocolates review
Aug23

Hena’s Luxury Chocolates review

We all rate a meal experience on the food, service and atmosphere but it’s usually the attention to detail that’s the difference between a good meal and a great one. Branded cutlery and crockery instil a sense of  sophistication and a perception of higher quality and it’s these subtle additions that can differentiate a restaurant from its competitors.  There are many other items that restaurants choose to personalise...

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Chicken tikka masala – Taste test
Aug10

Chicken tikka masala – Taste test

Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes in Britain and has become something of a national favourite. Usually, the dish contains diced and roasted chicken in a mildly spiced masala sauce. The sauce is usually creamy and slightly reddish, orange in colour. Today we carried out a taste test of four of the most popular supermarket’s chicken tikka masala ready meals – all in the interest of scientific...

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Bipin’s Masala Pastes
May04

Bipin’s Masala Pastes

I recently read a piece in Red Magazine about Bipin’s Masala Pastes, a convenient way to make authentic Indian cuisine in your own kitchen.  Tempted by the lure of a ready-made product that would fill my home with a delicious spicy aroma, but without the pounding of hard-to-find spices and seeds, I decided to give them a try. I ordered the variety pack of 3 masala’s on their website, which were sent direct to my door, together with a...

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Chaat-tastic Tamarind Sauce
Mar22

Chaat-tastic Tamarind Sauce

A few weeks ago we received a product to review – “Chaat-tastic Tamarind Sauce“. We gave it a go and here is what we thought. The story of  Chaat-tastic is that of a family – the recipe goes back over a century in the Shabi family history where it has been passed down faithfully over the years. Where’s the name from? Chaat-tastic is obviously a pun – Chaat meaning “taste” in Hindu and...

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