Friday, January 19, 2007

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Sharwood's Lighter Curry Sauce

If I do an award for best packaged product at the end of the year then I have no doubt that this will win hands down. Not only did the products come in a padded box but they were also wrapped to the gills with bubble wrap. Apparently presentation is everything…

After unwrapping the sauces for 20 minutes I figured I’d see what makes them different to Sharwood’s usual curry sauces. A quick glance at the front of the packet reveals reduced salt, fat and sugar, now making each serving 6% of your daily calories, 9% of your daily fat and 15% of your daily salt equivalent. Those figures are based on sharing the sauce between three people so if you decide to share with less or go the whole hog yourself be sure to adjust the figures.

Once you’ve performed the maths/ calculated the weight watcher points / worked out the GI ratio / compared this to the food doctor diet / Atkins diet / 90-10 weight loss plan / or Slimming World group then you’re ready to start preparing a meal. With all that hard planning out of the way all you need to do is simply fry up some chicken till golden, add the sauce and some veg if you fancy it and simmer for 15 minutes whilst occasionally stirring.

Heaving already sampled Sharwood’s regular Korma sauce I can safely say that there is very little change in taste for this new healthier model but that’s not to say there haven’t been any modifications. The sauce is now less creamy and also seems to contain more spices or a higher concentration of them. Having said that the sauce still tastes great and it’s a small price to pay for a healthier option.

A few last tips before you all dash off to buy the sauce. Firstly when cooking the sauce make sure you stir constantly otherwise it'll start to lump together and by the time you come to serve it you’ll notice half the sauce has mysteriously vanished. Secondly If you want to make the chicken extra tasty marinate it in the sauce for a good few minutes before adding it to the pan. It’ll still cook the same but you’ll get far more of the taste when you’re done.

With those parting tips I leave you with my pitiful attempt at presentation. Thankfully in this case taste is everything, and it tastes goooood.

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