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Spicymonkey is a small business run by Ian Nixon with a lot of help from his wife Gemma and some help from other poor family members who get caught up in it all.

The business was started as a way of funding their wedding and honeymoon an after great feedback and early success the business was taken up full time by Ian in 2009. Spicymonkey develop all their own recipes, many of which were inspired by their travels all over the world. Fresh ingredients are used and the company grind their own spices and spend hours peeling, chopping and cooking to make their huge delicious range.

During my recent trip to the Living North Spring fair that I attended with my good friend Katie  I came across the Spicymokey stand, knowing they are a local company who make the items themselves make the products so much more appealing to me.

The Monkey curry sounds delicious, it’s a curry blend which has evolved over the past 7 years. It’s also the powder used for the very popular ready-made sauces.   The main flavours are fenugreek, mustard, curry leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

Spicymonkey Heat rating: – 4/10.  50g – approx 5-10 servings

Ingredients: –
Coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, chilli, turmeric, fenugreek, mustard, cardamom, curry leaves, cinnamon, cloves

It wasn’t until I was researching information for this blog post that I realised I already owned a Spicymonkey product from my Larderbox in the form of my large Ras-E-Hanout packet!


If you are a regular reader of my blog you will be aware that I am greedy, very greedy, I live breathe and eat food in all forms so you can imagine my delight when browsing a local based artisan online store when I came across a subscription box for food lovers!

If you read my lifestyle blog Madame G’s Lifestyle you will know that I subscribe to a variety of beauty boxes, each month is like your birthday when a box of treats arrives, makeup you can put on your face which is all well and good but food is where its at at this box had me squealing with delight!

A couple of days after ordering, my first box arrived on my doorstep (pictured above) There was a personalised envelope which contained information about the brands in my box.

Davenport’s Chocolates were the first item to be pulled out.  I’ve never tried anything from this brand before but I have heard a lot of good things so I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Next out was tea from The Teashed, I adore the packaging of these teabags, no boring boxes here!

I adore Ras-E-Hanout so was over the moon to pull out a very large packet of it!

Can you honestly think of anything better than Toffee Apple Jam?  I can’t actually wait to open this, I have so many ideas of how to use it!

Finally a bottle of rosemary infused rapeseed oil.

I am so happy with this box of treats, I can’t actually wait for next month!

If you want to try a box for yourself there are a couple of options, £19.95 gets you a monthly subscription, you can cancel at any time and £99 gets you a six month subscription making the boxes work out at £16.50 per box.

You can sign up here: http://www.thelarderbox.com/