My new life — if you can call it that — means new things. It means cooking things, on occasion. This is a big deal for someone whose tag line on Twitter used to be something like “American in London. Likes food but not cooking.”
I now love cooking Asian things most of all. I could eat jasmine rice all day long. So no one had to twist my arm too hard when Amoy invited me over to a lovely kitchen in Waterloo to hang out with TV chef and personality Ching He Huang and watch her cook with all sorts of Amoy products. Ching is seriously one of the nicest and sweetest people I’ve ever met. I am now a HUGE FAN and I am very grateful that we all received a copy of her cookbook Wok Yourself to Health in our goody bags after the event.
Amoy is part of Kraft Heinz. Everyone thinks Kraft bought Heinz but here is what really happened. Brazilian private equity bought Heinz and slashed costs. Then the same Brazilian private equity teamed up with Warren Buffet to buy Kraft and merge it with Heinz. Boy am I glad I don’t work in Accounting or HR at either firm.
Work…I have been working a lot lately. So I have been very remiss at writing up anything about anything really, and particularly this wonderful and lovely event. The kind PRs have been knocking at my door quite frequently, gently, oh-so-gently reminding me about the wonderful event I attended on their dime. As always, I admire all the bloggers out there who can so quickly write up an event! How do you do it?? Please teach me. (The event was September 2nd.)
During the event, Ching whipped up a couple of dishes. My favorites were the popcorn chicken, a great starter that is highly addictive, and also the bacon chow mein, which although on the saltier side, is definitely a crowd pleaser. I am such your friend my dear readers because look! I am giving you the recipes for my two favorite dishes! Thank you, Amoy and Haygarth PR!
I am seriously thinking about the popcorn chicken right now and my mouth is watering as I write this. Amoy has created a video of Ching going through how she made this. You should watch it and then you should make this addictive stuff for your next house party.
This is the bacon chow mein. Excellent. I will make this again. Not that I made it the first time, but you know what I mean.
And then of course, here is a lovely photo of all the things in Amoy’s new range. (I did not take this photo, obviously. It’s too good. Look at that depth of field!) What’s new to the range is Amoy’s cooking sauce pouches. The new range features Thai Green Curry, Malaysian Laksa and a Thai Massaman Curry in 300g pouches, all made in Thailand, Suggested retail price of £1.49. Now that’s an exciting price point! Particularly exciting for someone like me who really doesn’t have too much time to cook because you know, I’m busy WORKING. (But do you know what’s even more exciting? I AM GOING TO THAILAND NEXT YEAR. Where I am going to take some time off from working.)
This was a great afternoon out. To the people at Amoy and Haygarth PR, I am very sorry it took me so long to write this up. Thank you for being so wonderful and thank you to Ching and thank you for the wonderful goody bag. I am very grateful.