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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. **

Friday, 22 August 2014

Strawberry and Lime Cheesecakes

I made these treats on a Sunday afternoon last weekend for our pudding that evening.  We'd had a busy day gardening and tidying up the house so a tasty pudding was well deserved.  This recipe serves 4, as I didn't have any due to my strict gestational diabetes diet.

Strawberry and Lime Cheesecakes

100g digestive biscuits, crushed 
50g melted butter
6 Tblsp/90ml sweetened condensed milk (not the light version)
250g mascapone cheese
zest and juice of 2 limes
150g strawberries, sliced

Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter.  Divide evenly between glasses or ramekins and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. 

In a bowl, mix the condensed milk, mascapone, juice from both limes and zest from 1 lime together until thoroughly mixed and creamy.  Spoon into glasses or ramekins on top of the crushed biscuit base.  Chill until ready to serve, or for at least 15 minutes.  

Just before serving top each cheesecake with some sliced strawberries and the zest of a lime.

I'm entering these cheesecakes into Dead Easy Desserts, created by Sarah and hosted by Slice Off Me for August.  The theme this month is Strawberries.