Sitting in the middle of a row of terraced houses in Peverell, you could be totally unaware that one particular front door leads the way to an exciting new Punjabi inspired business.
We began working with Purdy a few months ago, a family friend that of mine that I hadn’t seen for years; both Purdy and ourselves were starting up new businesses when she approached us to create a logo and business cards for her venture.
Fast forward a few months later and Purdy is inviting our family into her home for a taster session of what she does best, cooking up some great tasting Punjabi cuisine. Naturally we were thrilled to be able see for ourselves how Purdy’s business runs, and after numerous photos of delicious looking food appearing on our social media feeds, we were ready to get stuck in!
We brought along with us two sceptical children who were a little put off by the thought of “spicy” food, though we encouraged Freya and Albert that for them that this was more about having fun with the preparation and sampling of new flavours, rather than sitting down for a full meal.
Purdy greets us at the door with a smile, her arms adorned with decorated bangles from her recent trip to India, she immediately puts them at ease. Stepping into the house, atmospheric music is playing and the warm aroma of incense fills the nostrils, you actively feel yourself relax - we are encouraged to make ourselves at home and to help ourselves to teas and coffees. (There is also the option to bring along your own tipple!) The children are soon slurping down squash and admiring various ornaments and beautiful paintings in her vibrant home.
Our places had been laid out with aprons, rolling pins and chopping boards, whilst we get ourselves prepared and wash our hands Purdy runs through the necessary health and safety information.
We start by watching the preparation of poppadoms, and get the chance to taste an interesting variation of flavours - we help to make dips, settling on two separate ones, mild for the children, and a bit more of a kick for ours.
We had selected our choice of meals before attending, and despite being ultimate curry fans we decided to go with more “hands on” foods that the little ones could get more involved with: Bahjis, Samosas and Chapattis. This proved to be a fun choice; we all got our hands dirty folding samosas, and moulding our dough for chapattis. We needn’t have had any concerns about our fussy eaters; both children gave all dishes a double thumbs up! Making the food ourselves we were encouraged to keep tasting as we cooked, adding spice gradually so that it was tailored to our individual tastes.
Levi and I eat Indian food fairly regularly and were so pleased with the outcome of our dishes, they were all beautiful, the sweet potato and aubergine bhaijs in particular were crispy, juicy and aromatic, frankly, the best we have ever tasted!
As an experience we all had so much fun and it was a real treat to be invited to partake in something so different. The children have been talking about it ever since, and are already asking to make some of the dishes at home. Purdy has schooled us on where best to buy the ingredients in our area, and emailed us a copy of all of the recipes that we followed during our visit. We were also able to purchase a bahji kit which means that for our first run we already have the ingredients measured and waiting for a rainy day family activity.
We have already been discussing visiting Purdy again for a more grown up evening, maybe next time we will go with grown up friends for the curry and red wine option 😉
We would highly recommend booking a cooking experience with Purdy, be it with the family, mates, a more interesting date night, or even a hen party activity. There were a range of veggie and vegan options to choose from and for no more than you would spend in a restaurant, you learn recipies that you can recreate again and again!
Find Purdy’s Punjabi Cuisine on Facebook or contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org