Vini and Bal's curry sauce review

Vini and Bal’s curry sauce review

I’m a massive fan of a curry, but I’ve made a few failed attempts of recreating the tastes and flavours at home. My husband has a bit more success, but if we make it from scratch, buy a ready meal or from a jar it never matches up to what you get from your local curry house. I was approached recently from Vini and Bal’s and asked if I would be interested in trying out the range of their packet curry sauces and of course I was more than happy to oblige.

Here is an extract from their website to give you an idea of where they are coming from-

Here, at Vini & Bal’s, we use the finest blends of authentic Indian spices in our range of cook-in-sauces so you can create mouth-watering traditional Indian curries in your own home. All our ingredients are freshly prepared so there is no chopping, no mess and no fuss…just the great taste of Rustic Indian curry. Our sauces are healthy, nutritious, vegetarian, gluten free and nut free.

Simply select your choice of meat, seafood, vegetables, lentils or paneer to be cooked straight in the Curry sauce – Indian food made Easy in just 10 minutes!

I eagerly awaited my parcel and was keen to start cooking. You really can’t go wrong with getting these sauces right as you literally throw your meat or fish in the pan and let it cook whilst you cook your rice. I decided to work my way through the sauces starting with the most mild the Shashi first which was a hit with me and my youngest (22 months). The sauce was mild, creamy, but still full of flavour. We soon arranged a weekly curry night and worked our way through the rest of the sauces. My favourite was the Tharka which has quiet a kick to it followed closely by the creamy Shashi. My husband loved the Fiery Mirchi, but for me it was a bit too spicy for me.

I think it’s safe to say we are now Vini and Bal’s converts and will be sticking with our weekly curry nights alternating through the range. I’m hoping to get more adventurous and try to add in lentils and paneer to make them even more diverse and fun.

Vini and Bal’s sauces are sold at Morrisons and I would recommend giving them a try. Check our their website here for some great recipe ideas

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Our family visit to see Father Christmas at Frosts

As we did last year we decided to come back and visit Father Christmas at Frosts Garden Centre Willington . Last year we had such a lovely time and it wasn’t even an option not to come back. I decided it was best to get in early and avoid the crowds and to get us in the Christmas spirit after a bad few weeks.

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We booked our tickets online and arrived in good time and found it easy to park straight away outside the main doors. Inside the garden centre looks amazing and has really outdone it’s self this year. They’ve added some lovely new displays to have pictures with including a giant polar bear, Aslan the Lion and a unicorn. Miss J was ecstatic about getting to have a picture with a unicorn, but Mr T didn’t feel the same.

Mr T wasn't loving the unicorn like Miss J
Mr T wasn’t loving the unicorn like Miss J

We went off to Santa’s grotto and got all booked in and got to meet the lovely elves and real reindeer’s. The young ladies working as the elves had really got themselves into character and they put so much effort into entertaining my two whilst we waited. With the early booking and start time we were the only ones in our group so we had quiet a special, personal experience.

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The elves took us in for a sing-song, a few silly jokes and some making of reindeer food. The elves enthusiasm was magically and my daughter gave it her best to get stuck in despite being a little shy. Mr T was loving the lights and was keen to try and eat the reindeer food.

We were shown into see Father Christmas and sat down for a lovely story, another sing-song and a mince pie. It was lovely to see the same warm, kind face and real beard from last year and Miss J’s face lite up with excitement. Everything about it was magical and everyone kept in character perfectly and actually looked like they loved what they were doing. After a picture and chat we headed off to pick a present and were presented with some candy cains. Miss J took her time deciding from the large selection of toys and settled on a glitter tattoo and bead set whilst Mr T become besotted with an owl puppet. We said our farewells to the lovely elves and made our way back to the main shop.

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We spent another hour looking at the toys, displays and getting some new decorations and decided it was time for a pit stop at the restaurant. We got a lovely table over looking the large pond and had some lovely tea and cake before heading home.

We had a great day and have made some lovely Christmas memories. We will be back again next year I’m sure.

Miss J was a bit tired after all the excitement.
Miss J was a bit tired after all the excitement.

 

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