This is a sponsored post for Woolworths
I’m a bit of a cooking show connoisseur, truth be told, and I actually very seriously considered entering Recipe To Riches back when they did a call-out for contestants. I spent a little while trying to figure out what I could make a huge batch of that would sell well, but had to bow out at the last minute, as I wasn’t sure I could juggle that with a newborn Pepper. I still don’t know what I would have made! Pepper’s pretty edible though.
Last night I got to watch three contestants battle it out on the show, each with a unique version of a popular product. Straight off the bat, Leo Panetta and his chimi churri sauce had my vote – anyone with the good sense to listen to NOFX had to be worthy! Despite the fact I wrote his name down as LEON Panetta (who was actually the US Secretary of Defense and the Director of the CIA), proving once again that my love of American politics has overtaken my brain.
After brief confusion as to whether coriander is actually continental parsley (hot tip – it’s NOT), my poor punk buddy was let go. His chimi churri was too lemony, sadly. And his pronunciation of “oregano” was making me think of the movie Heathers (although that is a Good Thing).
It was tough to choose who from the remaining two to back, (Nillawan the software engineer nearly had my vote, because NERD GIRLS UNITE!), but Manju and her threatening rolling pin was hilarious. I liked her gumption. I secondly liked the sound of her samosas. I thirdly liked how she had a flash mob at her product launch, although for half a second there before I knew what was going on, I thought the chick in the pink shirt sprinting over was actually going to crash tackle her or something – girlfriend was agile.
Now, can we talk about the samosas? OH MY GOD, THE SAMOSAS. I trotted off to Woolies the next morning to buy a packet (briefly getting lost because I couldn’t see through the misty glass in the freezer section), and took them home to try. They took longer than the 15 minutes stated on the packet, but boy were they worth the wait. Flaky, golden pastry and a flavoursome, spicy filling – exactly what you want when you grab something from the freezer. I also liked that it was written on the box that they were suitable for vegetarians. Very helpful.
I even got a second packet for Pepper’s party this weekend, but they’re a bit spicy for kids. I, however, will give them a good home.
Looking at the filling after getting over the joy of the first bite was even better – straight up you see actual spice, potato chunks and peas. They’re full of chana masala, garam masala, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chilli flakes and curry leaves. They are divine.
I’m also going to be giving a rundown of next week’s episode, which I’m very excited about – one of the products looked like some kind of caramel sauce, and if that wins I will be very happy indeed! Tune in Tuesday at 7.30 on Channel 10 to find out. And until then, grab yourself a box or two of Manju’s authentic vegetable samosas at your local Woolies. They’re only there for a week!