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A man living in North Hykeham has started his own family business offering authentic homemade Punjabi style curries for the local community.

Rizvaan Ashfaq, known to all his friends as Sid, launched Hadiqa’s Street Food Kitchen on February 15 after moving to the Manor Farm housing estate in North Hykeham last summer.

He runs it alongside his fiancée Raluca Nistor, a forensic psychologist for the prison service who runs the admin side of the business.

Mutton and potato curry (bottom and top left) and chicken and chickpea (top right). | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

There are currently three curries rich in flavour to choose from, which are priced at £8 and include traditional pilau rice. They are mutton and potato, chicken and chickpea, and mixed vegetable, with the latter suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Sid, who also enjoys bodybuilding in his own time, said the motto for his business is ‘Just heat and eat’ as the dishes are all prepared freshly and just required heating up by the customer.

Hadiqa’s Street Food Kitchen is based in North Hykeham. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The curries are all served with traditional pilau rice. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

He told The Lincolnite: “Takeaways are often very commercialised and people suffer in Lincoln and Hull who cannot get authentic Indian curries.

“I thought why not bring it local. I did some surveys on social media to gauge interest and the reaction was positive, so I started building my business from November. I launched on February 15 and it has been very busy.

“Normal curry houses or takeaways are often not traditional. We buy all the spices fresh and blend them by hand. We make it in an authentic way, they are tasty and people will get all my hard work and passion.”

Rizvaan Ashfaq, known as Sid, and his fiancée Raluca Nistor run Hadiqa’s Street Food Kitchen in North Hykeham. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The 39-year-old is originally from West Yorkshire and also works as a general manager/director of the cocktail bar Level Cafe Bar and Grill in Hull, which is owned by his uncle Zafer Yildiz.

The food is made freshly in the professional kitchens there before being transported to Hykeham in a refrigerated van ready for delivery.

People can order to North and South Hykeham, and Lincoln through Facebook, via email at [email protected] or by calling 07791542912.

Orders can be placed Monday to Thursday with the menu changing monthly, with the next one in mid-March. The customer can choose a delivery day between Friday and Sunday before being allocated a time slot. Delivery is within a four mile radius, with surrounding villages also eligible soon.

The Post Office in Lincoln city centre has relocated to the Stonebow Centre and officially opened on Friday.

The Post Office moved to Unit 7 of the Stonebow Centre on Silver Street on Friday, February 26 after relocating from Sincil Street.

Lincolnshire Co-op had operated the branch on Sincil Street until its closure on Tuesday, but the change of location has allowed for new management to take over in the form of Ash Singh, group director of VPS Group.

The company has also opened a High Street convenience store inside the new Post Office.

It is the 11th High Street convenience store and Post Office to be operated by VPS Group, including a branch in Spalding.

New opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm six days a week (closed on Sundays) will come with the change in management, offering longer Saturday hours than the previous store.

Hayley Brown, Post Office provision manager, said: “We are delighted to have been able to move Lincoln’s city centre Post Office to a new location and with an experienced Postmaster. This safeguards Post Office services for the community.”

The Post Office moved from Sincil Street as part of wider plans for the Cornhill Quarter development.

The City Square Centre. | Photo: The Lincolnite

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Co-op said: “The City Square Centre has been earmarked for development for several years and we have been exploring options for the Post Office for some time.

“We’re pleased to have worked with Post Office Ltd and VPS Group to secure a new location and operator for this service and we’d like to thank the team for all their hard work over the years.

“As part of the Cornhill Quarter, we plan to apply for planning permission to replace the centre with a new building in keeping with the rest of the scheme. This will provide a further range of amenities in the area.”

A Lincoln chef and distillery entrepreneur now also makes and sells a range of sauces based on the periodic table of elements, with some of them too hot to handle for many.

Nerd Sauce is the latest creation by Sam Owen, owner of the Salted Orange Food Company, and the idea came in the spring of 2020 when weddings and events were cancelled by coronavirus lockdown.

The sauces are inspired by the periodic table, with each sauce having its own elements of local ingredients and hot chillies.

The daunting Naga Death Sauce, containing one of the hottest chillies in the world. | Photo: Steve Smailes

The hottest sauce on offer is the Naga Death Sauce, at a mind-blowing 1.3 million Scoville units, and has a pretty intense slogan of “quite simply, this is how death feels”.

In stark contrast to that, the Sriracha inspired Kashmiri sauce has just 2,000 Scoville, the opposite end of the spectrum to the Naga Death Sauce.

There are a total of 12 sauces on offer at the moment. | Photo: Steve Smailes

Other sauces include a ketchup mixed with balsamic vinegar and paprika, and an American BBQ sauce with molasses, Worcester sauce and cider vinegar.

The first 12 flavours have now been launched by Nerd Sauce, and more creations are expected to come in the near future.

Beetroot ketchup puts a Lincolnshire produce twist on the classic. | Photo: Steve Smailes

Owner of Nerd Sauce Sam Owen said: “As a chef, I believe that flavour and quality is everything, and through Nerd Sauce I wanted to bring something new to the table (pun intended), something with locally sourced, naturally good quality ingredients, and that isn’t filled to the brim with water or thickener.

“I believe that sauces are much more than their ingredients, and the range we have launched today, has something for every taste from the Sunday roast right through to the Friday night takeaway, some have been inspired by the classics, whilst others are like nothing you have tasted before.”

You can browse the selection online on the Nerd Sauce website, with prices varying from £2.85 to £5 a bottle.

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