Amsterdam and Samosas
Holiday posts are usually stand alone posts based around food loosely. However, this holiday was a weekend spent in Amsterdam where we didn’t have a lot of food and what we did have was nothing special -so this post also includes a recipe!
First off Amsterdam – we (girlfriend and I – men everywhere now going why are you going with your girlfriend and not with ‘lads’ seeing a sex show?!? Different strokes for different folks. If you went to a sex show – I’m happy for you but we didn’t) flew Friday afternoon arriving there in the evening. We hired a taxi to the hotel Andaz. WOW – that is the correct word to describe the hotel. This was a hotel of awe. There was no reception, just two big tables with Ipads on for you to check in! The lift was spectacular. It was a glass lift and as you went up, you could see random lights and spheres and objects hanging from the ceiling going all the way (and all the way is quite far) down. This was my favourite part of the hotel.
The room was stunning as well. It was smart, sophisticated with a slight eccentric / random note such as a big art display of a spoon-fish, or fish-spoon (feel free to choose which name you prefer. I chopped and changed every time I said fish-spoon). Another cool little thing was the bathroom / make up / anything mirror and the toilets (I don’t often speak about toilets) wallpaper was funky and contained lots of facts about Amsterdam.
Have I exhausted recommending the hotel? If the answer is no, carry on reading this paragraph – complimentary wine 5-7 everyday, free soft drinks in the mini bar, a list of free things you could have (a few that stick in my mind are shoe horn and wine bottle opener). The hotel is next to one of the main canals and is in walking distance to everywhere. There was also a spa and sauna but we never used it. Breakfast was good but I wouldn’t buy it if it wasn’t included.
Right, enough plugging of the hotel, let me move on to what we did. Friday evening we went for a explore, drank alcohol, went to an Argentinian steak restaurant (seemed to be all the rage in Amsterdam) but it was mediocre at best. What truly put us off was my girlfriend having a bowl of chips, and there was a ketchup stain from a previous chip consumer! After that we went home. So the first night – beer, conversation, mediocre food.
Saturday was a day of sightseeing. We went to the Rjks museum (Art gallery), on a Canal tour and to the Heineken Museum. The Heineken Museum was the best part of the day so I shall skip over the other two attractions and go straight on to this one. It was an enjoyable museum -you learnt about how it was first made, the branding, the ingredients, and you go on a fun ride (which I won’t spoil) and get a couple of free beers. You were also taught how to drink a pint and the importance of a head -something the British (yes I am stereotyping sorry) has somewhat ignored.
Saturday food consisted of Hard Rock Café, eating a giant burger and being stuffed for the rest of the day. The burger was alright.
Sunday – flew home.
Everytime I finish writing about the event section and go onto the recipe section of the post (typical standard of a post I think – I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary. I’m not trying to change the world with my blogs. I just want to have lots of lovely recipes) Monty Python always pops into my head with
Now for something completely different
I may use the phrase again in future posts for introducing food!
Samosas! Indian Starter. I’m not a huge fan of Indian starters but my girlfriend is – so maybe this recipe is dedicated to her! She gave it the FADHopper approval to be on here. Indian food is her favourite cuisine. I really want a curry on here but all of our attempts have been rubbish so far. We shall keep trying though! If anyone has a fools proof curry receipe, please send it so we can make a lovely curry!
It had a nice kick to it and was well flavoured. It was good both hot and cold.
Samosa – delicious and vegetarian – win win.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
2 large potatoes, peeled, quartered
2 large carrots, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
1 green chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
Handful frozen peas, defrosted
1 tsp lemon juice
Small handful fresh coriander leaves
Samosa Wrappers / Spring roll wrappers
Boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water for 15-20 minutes, or until just tender.
Dice into small cubes, when cool enough to handle
Boil the carrots in a pot for 10-12 minutes, or until tender, then drain. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat.
Add the onion, turmeric, garam masala, mustard seeds and salt and black pepper.
Cook for 8 minutes, or until the onions are softened and translucent and the spices aromatic.
Stir in the garlic, chilli, potato and carrot.
Cook for a further ten minutes.
Stir in the peas and cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
Season with the lemon juice, stir in the coriander leaves and set aside to cool
Place a tablespoonful of the mixture in one corner of the wrapper/pastry.
Egg wash the outside of the pastry.
Fold over at a diagonal so that it makes a triangle shape.
Fold over again to make an even smaller triangle.
Brush the outside with egg
Preheat oven too 200 Deg C.
Cook the samosas in the oven for 15 minutes, or until crisp, golden and cooked.