Home grown spuds and dinner!!

Just over 4 months ago, on the 23rd April and well into lock down, I planted 7, well sprouted potatoes or ‘spuds’.

Today I got to pick them. I knew there would be some as the plants grew quite tall. I was pleasantly surprised when I carefully plucked the plants from the ground and pulled out potato after potato.

When I dug the rest of the soil I revealed more of varying sizes. I then readied the plot for the winter.

As can be seen I managed to get a good harvest!! The spuds scrubbed up well and felt heavy and had a lovely colour. There were a few which had nodules on them and I managed to get over a dozen seeds for next year!!

My two daughters were thrilled and had picked the dinner menu- ‘bangers and mash’. So I thought well this would be a nice meal before school starts tomorrow.

I had some pork sausages, which I cooked in the halogen and also made a tangy and spicy king prawn dish. My eldest daughter cut a salad. I peeled the spuds (about 10 small/medium sized ones) and was amazed at how hard and dense they were and how well they kept their colour. I then boiled the spuds, mashed them, added butter, spring onions and chives and now my mash had become ‘champ’

We polished off the food in quick time and we all agreed that the home grown potatoes were the stars of the dish!! I still have lots left so what will we have during the week?!?!

Eat Out to Help Out at Mama Masala

During this fantastic promotion to help our beleaguered Hospitality and Catering industry, we chose to have a meal at our local Mama Masala restaurant. Mama Masala is a superb Indian and Italian restaurant and is 3 years old.

While we (wife, sis, brother in law and I) browsed the menu we nibbled on poppadoms and chutneys whilst washing down with Cobra, Kopparberg, Diet Coke and sparkling water.

We chose 4 starters, which we shared. These were Tandoori King Prawn, Chicken 65, Chilli squid and hot wings. They were really tasty and our favourite had to be the Chicken 65.

For mains we ordered Mix Tandoori grill with pilau rice, chilli chicken tikka masala with keema Nan, Punjabi pizza (topped with chicken tikka, paneer, onion, sweet corn and mushroom) and Punjabi style penne pasta.

The food looked and smelled delicious, we were a bit gutted the mix tandoori didn’t come out sizzling!! The meats were all succulent and charcoal flavoured and the pizza and pasta were spiced up Punjabi style and all went down very well. Great flavours and four of us were impressed..

Our bill was £92 less the £40 discount and worth every penny!! Ps had to take a doggy bag!!