Restaurant review

So you all know I love food! Well good food. Indian is one of my favourites. We’ve recently moved to a small village, its in the same town I’m from, but just a bit further out. There’s 2 pubs, a little supermarket, 1 Chinese take away, 1 fish & chip shop, then an Indian restaurant. It looks a bit like someone’s house from the outside! We’ve driven passed a few times, but never eaten there.

We don’t eat out a lot, mainly because I love to cook and I begrudge the syns when I can make it just as good and syn free. My husband however loves eating out, so I suggested trying it out tonight and he jumped at the chance!! I can cook a mean curry, but my favourite restaurant curry, I’ve yet to master to the same standard.

We hadn’t booked, we naively assumed it wouldn’t be very busy, being a village and early evening. How wrong were we, it seems everyone else already knew what we were about to discover.

Despite not booking, they fitted us in. The friendly waiters took us to our table and took our drinks order. They gave us enough time to peruse the menu. Even though I always have the same thing, I still like to read the entire menu! I try and predict what my hubster will order and sometimes I’ll try and influence him so I can try it 😉 Come on, you do the same don’t you girls. I also just like reading menus! Foodies do.

I always have either chicken rogan josh or dansak. These are both 10.5 syns for an average portion, which is 550g. I have boiled rice if doing ee, as this is a free food on Slimming World and then a side salad for my speed free foods. I’m a massive Dansak fan, I know exactly how I like it. This didn’t disappoint. I asked the waiter if I could have either zero oil, or a minimum amount. He said they would use as little as possible and the chef understands that some people want a healthier curry. We had a laugh about it, in other restaurants they’ve not been as accommodating. It either seems to offend them, or they simply refuse saying the chicken has already been soaked in oil!?! Or they’ll say ok, then it comes out swimming in it anyway! They were true to their word here. My husband ordered the desi chicken curry, rice and a chapati.

The curry came out in cute mini pans, the portion was deceptively generous!! The rice was as good as rice can be and the salad was amazing! It even had peas in it, which I loved!! The dansak was incredible. If you’ve never had a dansak, it’s a tomato based curry, with lentils and it has quite a kick. It should be fairly dry and quite thick. Some have pineapple in too, this one did. I’ve got high standards with my dansak and this one exceeded my expectations. It was thick, tasty, packed with really tender chucks of chicken breast and just the right amount of spice. I didn’t want it to end! I said to Chris, if I was at home I would’ve licked the bowl!!!! He was equally pleased with his curry, there was loads of chicken and it was the perfect level of chilli for him. He likes it really hot. Obviously I had to try his too, wow gorgeous!!!img_2601img_2600img_2602img_2603

 

You do feel a bit like your eating in someone’s living room, but it’s bigger inside than you think, I really liked it. It’s a really chilled atmosphere and the staff were so friendly, efficient and attentive. I had a small house red and Chris, a beer. He had poppadoms to start, with tons of beautiful sauces and pickles, plus my fav, the onion salad. I don’t have these, as a poppadom is 4 syns each, that’s without the sauces.

The bill came to £34, which was really good I thought. They do take aways too, there’s a 10% discount on these. We do t have dessert, but if you did want it they do all different flavours of gelato! Much better than some dessert menus in Indian restaurants.

So what’s it called!?! Shah’s. Their Facebook page is here. https://www.facebook.com/ShahsIndianRestaurantTakeAway/
Ignore any negative reviews, we loved it!!!!!!! It does have a good score, but I gave it 5/5 on my review. We did go early, so it wasn’t as busy as it would be at peak times, but from what we experienced, we’d both go back in a flash!!!

When I find somewhere I can eat out, I get so excited!! I normally leave feeling a bit underwhelmed, not tonight!!! They’ll be seeing a lot more of us now!! I can’t shut about it!!

Thanks for reading and if you go, I hope you enjoy.
For more info on eating out in Indian restaurants on Slimming World, read below. Happy Fopping xx

Creamy curries, rich rice dishes and non-stop poppadoms – a night in an Indian restaurant can amount to staggeringly high Syns (and that’s not including the lager to help it down!). But it’s not all bad news for your baltis; there are loads of tikka-tastic ways to enjoy a Food Optimising feast, Indian-style.

The basis for most curries is ghee (clarified butter); the addition of oil and cream is why the Syns start soaring. Indian dining doesn’t have to be a Syn slip-up however. Great options include dishes that come minus the creamy sauce, eg tandoori chicken (marinated in spices and yogurt) and rice dishes such as biryani (meat/vegetables mixed with rice).

Tandoori tips
Starters/side orders – curry accompaniments such as naan bread are a whopping 20 Syns each on average – popping a poppadom saves 16 Syns at just 4 Syns each. Low Syn dips include onion sambal (1 level tbsp is ½ Syn), cucumber raita (1 Syn for a level tbsp), lime pickle (1 level tbsp 1½ Syns) and mango chutney (1 level tbsp 2 Syns).
Chicken dishes – fab for a filling main, Chicken dhansak is 10½ Syns* on Extra Easy. Chicken jalfrezi is 13 Syns*, chicken vindaloo is 12 Syns* and chicken tandoori is 9½ Syns*.
Vegetable dishes – vegetable jalfrezi is 10½ Syns*, vegetable curry is 12½ Syns*, Gobi Aloo Saag is 12 Syns*and vegetable biryani 15 Syns*.
*For an average serving

Member Brian Semple has a top tip for eating out, Indian style.

Whenever I go for an Indian I ask for my meal to be ghee-free. No-one has ever said it can’t be done and it tastes just as good!
While these are some of the lower Syn Indian options, to enjoy a real slap-up Food Optimising feast, fill up on heaps of salad as an accompaniment to your dishes. An average portion of pilau rice is 2½ Syns, you can enjoy piles of boiled basmati rice for Free!

Watch out for… high-Syn starters such as meat samosas (2 small ones are 12½ Syns) and onion bhajis (8½ Syns each).

See the sw website for tons of syn free curry recipes.

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Date night before the stag and hen! 

Morning all! Actually it’s afternoon now isn’t it!! Done nothing except eat and watching tv this morning. We started off with a lovely cocktail at turtle bay, I wanted a gin and slim but they didn’t have slimline tonic! So I allowed myself one cocktail, it did have passion fruit in so it was sort of healthy lol 😉 
Then we went to a launch party of a new salon. My salon I go to in Warwick has opened a new one in leamington, it’s stunning!!!!! Check it out if you’re local. Nash white opposite cafe rouge. Had a little prosecco there. 
We then went to the restaurant, it’s a south Indian one called Kayal. The website said it’s healthy good food and it was! I had the Nadan Kozhi Curry. It’s boneless chicken cubes cooked with mustard, ginger, garlic and special home made spices. It does come with potato too, but I didn’t have that. I asked for as little oil as possible to be used and they were so good about it. I was going to have a biryani but they were really honest and said the rice was cooked in a lot of ghee. It always pays to ask or make changes, don’t be shy as you’re the customer. You couldn’t see any nasty oil oozing out like some curries and the chicken melted in your mouth!!! I had a gin and slim, then we shared a bottle of sv. 
We then ended up in another bar, then on to a club/bar. Stuck to gin and drank loads of water in between too. God we felt old in the last place!! Everyone was so young and soooooooooo drunk!!! It was fun though. We called it a night but then ended up in the kitchen drinking small bottles of beer & having d&m, (deep and meaningfuls), while listening to all of our wedding songs and watching our band on YouTube! When my h2b started trying to make a cocktail out of vodka, milk and squash, as that’s all that was left, I went to bed! We don’t do it often, so I’m not going to beat myself up.
Straight back on it today with a yummy cooked breakie courtesy of musclefood. Speed speed and more speed needed this week. I’ve got my hen do a week Friday so need to pull it back!! 
Here’s a few pics of our evening. I put one on Instagram last night and I had some lovely comments, it really boosted my confidence. When you’ve been bigger you are still insecure and self critical. Last night I got in a size 8 skirt and actually felt ok!! To then get lovely comments makes you think actually I should be more confident so thanks to all those lovely people, mwah. 
I’m currently watching X factor in my pjs trying to find some sort of motivation to get up and go shopping!!! I look like a gremlin lol!! I need quark though so I might have to crawl off the sofa and have a bower! That’s a bath/shower when you can’t be bothered to stand up!!!! 
Have a lovely Sunday all, Happy Fopping xxx

   
    
    
    
    
 

Sunday shopping, food and comedy

So I had such a fab day yesterday. I did my favourite thing first, apart from eating lol. Shopping!!! I’ve shared a pic of my purchases. I’ve bought loads recently but these are just Sundays presents to myself. I love going to the bull ring in Birmingham as it’s just got everything!! It’s already starting to get mad busy though with early Xmas shoppers so beware! I think I’ll do all mine online again this year!!!

I’m still hitting the speed foods, especially after I past my tipping point on unplanned drinks Saturday. Sssshhhh don’t tell anyone, I am human too.

I don’t know how you guys feel about eating out, but it does stress me out sometimes. I’m a control freak and I like to know what Im eating, how it’s cooked and I like to ensure it’s cooked the sw way. I like Indian as it’s easy to food optimise there, also Nandos and the harvester. I’m a cheap date!!! We wanted to go somewhere a bit nicer though Sunday. We looked at miller and carter but I was starving and I didn’t think it would be enough! Ended up going to a Brazilian restaurant called Rodizio Rico. OMG it was amazing!!!! Not cheap but it was so worth it!!! There’s a huge salad bar, which is all you can eat, there’s everything you can think of!! Then men come around with skewers of meat and chicken and cut it off for you. Then they keep coming round with more and more!! It’s all BBQ or grilled, no fat or oil. The quality of meat was fantastic! I had gammon, chicken, fillet steak, pork, rump steak and lamb! They just cut a few bits off. Then you have a card you can turn over when you need a rest and then turn back over when you want more. I didn’t turn mine over much ha ha. It was just so nice to eat out and not feel guilty about it. If you have one near you, go. It was £21 each on a Sunday, but I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. I’d go every day!! After that we went to see John Bishop, so it was a perfect day.

I promised I’d share the way I did my carrot cake porridge this morning with my fb page followers and Instagram friends, it was really nice and just a different way of adding speed foods without going over board on fruit.

All I did was weigh out my HEB of oats. Add a peeled and finely grated carrot, cinnamon, ginger and milk. I used coconut milk but you can use whatever you like as you A choice. Cook in the microwave to your liking and sprinkle on stevia after. Easy peasy. You can also add eggs to the mixture and do them as pancakes! With or without the oats.

Any questions on the food pics just shout.

I’m currently in a salon right now going ombre!!!! Eeeeekkkk scared but excited too! I’m so boring with my hair, I’ve been blonde forever!! Hopefully I’ll like it for a change.

Have a fab day and Happy Fopping xxx

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