Amazing Punjabi Wedding food

We attended a fantastic family friends wedding and reception yesterday in Bradford. I could talk at length about the lovely ceremony, the clothes, the venues and the entertainment but I would be writing for hours….so I’m concentrating on the food. This was traditional Punjabi (North Indian) food.

On arrival at the venue we were treated to refreshing fresh fruit juices and mango or strawberry lassi. I opted for lassi and it was sweet, creamy and went down well. There was a fruit station and traditional street snacks called gol guppa. These are spherical puffed fried flour balls which are hollow and contain mini cubes of cold spiced potato and chick peas. The idea is that you add a shot of the liquid (pani-spiced tangy water) into the ball and consume whole. Takes a bit of practice but is so worth it!!!

For starters there were bowls/platters served to our table and accompanied by chutneys and salad. It was all very sociable and everyone helped themselves. Vegetarian selection was chilli and garlic paneer, palak (spinach) rolls and Polti samosa (like a dumpling). The non veg option was chicken tikka, fish massala and gloati kebab (lamb). We filled our plates and bellies and then had a great dance!!!!

For mains it was buffet service and the veggie options were tarka  daal and aubergines, for the non veg there was chicken masala and Karahi lamb. To go with it was rice, nan and raita. I had a bit of everything and all was very good but my favourite was the lamb!!

The dessert was different- chocolate cake, ice cream, gulab jaman, cheese cake and chocolate samosas, yes you read right chocolate samosas and they were soooo good!! 

Back on the dance floor to burn it off and then it was homesky! The venue, Cedar Court Hotel is well versed in Indian weddings-my wife and I got married here and had our reception in this very room 11 years ago on 10th July 2005!! The caterers then were the same ones as now,Apna Khana and their food then was just as tasty!! Looking forward to attending another one soon!!

Punjabi hot sauce 

Been visiting family in England and came across this fantastic hot sauce “Mr Singh’s Hot Punjabi chilli sauce”. It was mind blowing!!! Full of flavour, colour and taste…..very versatile as a dipping sauce or marinade. The secret you may ask is………….the brown sugar, red Chillies and soy sauce. I’m looking forward to cooking with it!!

Punjana tea wins awards

PUNJANA BAGS TOP ACCOLADELocal Company Wins Top 3-Star Award for NI’s Favourite Tea


Belfast based Thompson’s Family Teas, has won the maximum three stars for its hero brand, Punjana, Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, at the prestigious UK Great Taste Awards 2016. Three stars is the highest achievement a product can win and is normally reserved for exclusive and specialised products rather than an affordable everyday product.  


In this year alone, the family-owned business amassed a record breaking total of 23 Star Awards. Another blend, Thompson’s Irish Breakfast tea bags also achieved top honours with the maximum 3 Stars.


Punjana tea bags now stand alone in their category – winning more Great Taste Awards than any other blended teabag in the UK and ROI over the past 10 years.


Cousins, Ross and David Thompson, who blend all of their company’s teas, have long held a passion for blending. Ross comments: “I feel that with this latest endorsement, we have come one giant step closer to our ultimate goal of blending the perfect everyday cuppa.”


The recently aired television advert, which features Ross and David on their tea journey, finishes with the line, “Punjana is everyday tea, but when the Thompson’s make it, everyday is special.” This award comes as a timely endorsement to their lofty claim.


Other winning tea products include Thompson’s Signature Blend tea bags, Thompson’s Everyday tea bags, Thompson’s Decaf tea bags, and even Punjana’s brand leading loose tea which was accredited with 2 Stars.


The Thompson’s recent development into the luxury loose tea sector, serving the growing demand for special tea drinking occasions, was rewarded with a raft of awards for their exotic infusions, including Hedgerow Heaven, Scent of a Rose and Rhubarb Spritzer.


The Great Taste Awards are commonly referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drink world and are run annually by the Guild of Fine Foods in England. Food and drink entries are blind tasted by up to 40 judges in six different locations across the UK with less than 2% of all entries making it to the hallowed 3 Star status.


All Thompson’s Family Teas are imported into their state-of-the-art blending and packing facility in Belfast, before being distributed to outlets across the province and beyond to markets stretching from the United States to Australia.


David Thompson concludes: “Our factory has achieved BRC Grade A accreditation and is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced tea packaging and blending machinery, indeed our factory now produces tea for over a third of the country’s tea drinkers, equating to more than 1 million tea bags every day, in Northern Ireland alone.”


To find out more, visit or like us on facebook at The Official Punjana Tea.

Lunch at Piggly Wiggly

I treated myself to a spot of lunch today at the Ballyhack favourite Piggly Wiggly.

Vic and Sid took over the place last February and have some amazing plans. These include:
launching a new menu in September- to possibly include more pork dishes-so please everyone suggest to the guys your favourite pork dishes, competitions to win a meal for two,
birthday/ Halloween parties,
steak night Thursdays,
Bollywood night,
to name but a few!!!!

Vic cooked me a mouth watering 4 chicken goujon stack topped with bacon and cheese, drizzled with BBQ sauce and served up with garlic potato cubes and all for under £8. Signature dish is the club sandwich which looked fab!! Vic said that the frys are to die for and are the best seller, with many regulars coming in just for these 7 days a week!!

Get down to Piggly Wigglys and tuck in…’s a BYO also.

Tonight was date night with the missus at Frankie and Benny’s Dine in the Dome at Victoria Square!! We arrived at Frankie and Benny’s around 6.45 this evening and relaxed over a drink whilst we looked at the 3 course menu for our special Evening meal in the Done at Victoria Square. 
We were escorted to the Dome by Justin the manager. On arrival there was a glass of Prosecco each, which we passed as we were both driving. We shared the starters of garlic mushrooms and Calamari. For mains we had the salmon and haddock fish cakes with fries and peas and chicken parmigiana which was served with garlic fries and spaghetti. The meals were tasty and portion sizes were big but I felt the chicken batter was a touch salty. For dessert we shared the banoffee basket and cinnamon waffle crunch. These were rich, creamy and sweet……

The Dome was elegantly decorated and there was entertainment provided by a DJ spinning some chilled out tracks and songs from yesterday year. There were nine other couples enjoying the evening. The staff were fantastic and very courteous. What a fantastic experience in a truly remarkable venue!!! Well done Frankie and Benny’s and Victoria Square.

Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle

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My two daughters and I spent a wonderful day out at the Dalriada festival in the beautiful setting of Glenarm Castle Grounds.

This was our first time at the festival. Armed with a picnic rug, wellies (which thankfully we didn’t need) and enough snacks to keep us going for a week, we arrived around 11am. Car parking was plentiful but beware the cow pats and be prepared to walk!! There was camping facilities also.

Once inside there was lots to do. Plenty of military stalls, even a spitfire! There were bands playing, dancers dancing and singers singing. There was also a super Cossack horse rider who performed excellent stunts.

My kids were very keen to see Paw Patrol and were duly obliged by high 5’s from Marshall and Chase!!

We rested in the Walled garden and had a cuppa and snacks before heading off to the Food area.

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