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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Asian Potato Cakes and Salad with Zingy Dressing/Sauce

I was recently sent a hamper of products from Amoy and challenged to give a British classic dish an Asian twist.  The challenge is to celebrate the Amoyzing Meals in a Minute campaign – a series of recipes that have been created by celebrity chef Ching He Huang, which help busy Britons on the go to make authentic Asian dishes, without the fuss.  You can check out her fab recipe videos on the Amoy YouTube Channel.

I chose to make Potato Cakes accompanied by salad and an delicious, flavoursome sauce.  This recipe is fab for a lunch or light supper, great for using up leftover mashed potato, and was an adaptable and tasty addition to our Meal Plan last week.

Asian Potato Cakes

Leftover mashed potato
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 or 2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 small tin sweetcorn, drained
1 pepper, finely diced
1 or 2 Tblsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 chili finely diced, optional
1 free range egg, beaten
plain flour

Mix the mash, garlic, spring onion, sweetcorn, pepper, coriander and chili (if using) together until well combined.  Form into potato cakes then coat in flour, dip in beaten egg and coat with breadcrumbs.

Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the potato cakes for a few minutes each side until warmed through and crisp on the outside.

Zingy Dressing/Dipping Sauce

2 Tblsp syrup from a jar of stem ginger or 2 tsp grated ginger and 2 Tblsp caster sugar
2 Tblsp soy sauce, I used Amoy infused with Kaffir lime and lemongrass
2 Tblsp rice wine
4 Tblsp rice wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients together well. Use as a dressing for salads or dipping sauce for Asian Potato Cakes.

** Disclosure: I was compensated for my time, expertise and ingredients used when creating this recipe for the Amoy campaign. **

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Pizza or Curry, why not both?! 'Currizzas' Review

Our neighbours regularly order a pizza or curry on a Friday night, quite often the delivery driver knocks on our door by mistake.  So far we've managed to resist the urge to claim the meals for ourselves.  We very rarely have takeaways, due to the expense, but when we do there is always a great debate about which takeaway to have.  

When I was recently asked by Curry Dave if I would review some of his Curry Pizzas aka 'Currizzas' I immediately accepted as I knew our neighbours would be eager to try them, as would my husband and children.  The 'Currizas' are a great solution to the pizza versus curry debate when wanting a takeaway.  This way you can have both.  

We had a shared lunch last weekend with our neighbours and they, along with my husband and three daughters, sampled all 4 varieties of 'Currizas'.  They went down very well indeed!  The adults preferred the spicier pizzas and the children preferred the milder ones.  The Spinach and Sweet Potato was enjpyed by everyone.

The currizzas pair Indian flatbread bases with Indian inspired toppings. The range has four topping flavours to choose from: Chicken Madras, Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Spinach and Sweet Potato.

Chicken Madras

A naan bread base covered with madras sauce, grated mozzarella and marinated tender chicken, finished off with sliced hot green chilli and coriander. Spice rating: hot

Chicken Korma

A naan bread base covered in Curry Dave sauce, grated mozzarella and marinated tender chicken, finished off with chargrilled yellow peppers and coriander. Spice rating: mild

Chicken Tikka Masala

A naan bread base covered with tikka masala sauce, grated mozzarella and marinated tender chicken, finished off with roasted red peppers and coriander. Spice rating: medium

Spinach and Sweet Potato

A naan bread base covered with curry sauce, grated mozzarella and topped with sweet potato, roasted red peppers, spinach and coriander. Spice rating: medium

You can purchase Curizzas for rrp £3.00 each from Ocado or take advantage of the current special price of £2.25 each.  You can keep up to date with product news via the Curry Dave website and connect with Curry Dave himself on Facebook and Twitter.

** Disclosure: I was sent samples for the purchase of review and compensated for my time completing the review. **