The idea behind Spice Pots started when my children were tiny, in about 2008 / 2009. I loved to cook curries (I spent 6 months in India when I was 19) but found it increasingly difficult with 3 pre-school kids in the house. Before my husband went to work, he used to measure, roast and grind all the spices I needed to make my favourite curries and put them in a jar.
What's the best piece of business advice that you could give?
Sleep on it and share it! I'm learning to take it slow and steady and to take advice from friends and family.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
I would like to have developed more Indian blends and possibly other ranges too. I am still a very new business but have a busy Autumn planned so I'm waiting to see how that goes before making too many grand plans. Ask me again in January!
If you could cook only one of your products, what would it be and why?
Spice Pots lamb bhuna served with brown rice and mint and coriander raita. This curry is so easy and so delicious. It has tons of flavour and is only medium heat so it's a good one for gatherings as not everyone can handle (or likes) too much chilli. And the mint and coriander raita just goes so well with the lamb. It's great for leftovers too – I think it tastes even better the next day- delicious in a pitta with the raita drizzled over!
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – who would it be and why? And what's on the menu?
It would have to more than one I'm afraid....
For the starter, I would invite my Dad (sadly no longer here), my mum and my 2 brothers. Joining us for the main course would be my husband and the wives of my brothers. For pudding, all of our kids , 6 of them, would join us.
On the menu would be a simple starter of artichokes served with home-made, herby mayonnaise or garlic butter. For the main course, roast lamb with minted potatoes and one of the many green vegetables or salad leaves they used to grow.
Just before I went off on holiday, Melanie kindly sent me five separate Spice Pots to try out. Each jar of Spice Pots comes with their own easy to follow instruction card which walks you through the cooking process and also outlines any addition ingredients that you may need. When I received my goodies I was just about to go off on holiday so made the decision that I would wait until I came home before putting Spice Pots to the test.