Iceland has launched a new freezer aisle dedicated to air fryers and it is chock full of all sorts of goodies.
Created to help people save money during the cost of living crisis, the new supermarket air fryer aisles are said to be a world first and can hold over 287 items.
Consisting mainly of frozen foods, alongside instructions on how to cook it in the air fryer, the new aisle features treats like Greggs sausage rolls and Aunt Bessie’s Bacon Chicken Crowns.
Research from consumer company Which? found nearly half of UK households have purchased an air fryer in the past five years, and that 57% of respondents used their air fryers multiple times a week.
20% of air fryer owners said they used it every day, whilst 44% said they are using their regular ovens a lot less.
Most importantly, perhaps, 68% said they made the switch because it was more affordable for them, with research from Utilita Energy showing an average annual saving when switching from an electric cooker to be £80.50.
The appliances have become something of a TikTok sensation in recent years, with users on the social media platform proving that where there’s a will there’s (nearly) always a way.
Some of the most viral air fryer recipes to appear on the video platform in recent months include mac and cheese, PB&J, stuffed mushrooms and espiropapas.
What the videos have show is that it’s not just freezer food that can be cooked in an air fryer, and that, in fact, you can do anything from bake a cake to roast a chicken inside the tidy little gadgets.
Iceland is currently working on including air fryer instructions on a wide variety of different food ranges, not just frozen items, and has already begun making changes to 300 products.
Iceland executive chairman Richard Walker said: “We pride ourselves on knowing exactly what our customers coming through our store doors are looking for, matching their changing shopping trends with fresh ideas.
“Introducing the world’s first air fryer aisle at our Food Warehouse is another exciting example. As the popularity of air fryer cooking grows, this aisle will give customers easy access to products that work perfectly in this time and energy saving cooking appliance.”
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Namaste Nepal – West Didsbury favourite reveals new look and even more phenomenal curry
Namaste Nepal, one of the best restaurants in West Didsbury – if not all of south Manchester – has undergone a big refurbishment, with new menu dishes to boot.
The family-run business has become a local institution over the last 15 or so years, famed for its comforting, authentic Nepalese food.
For the first time since it opened, Namaste Nepal has had a full-scale cosmetic transformation to become a modern – but still cosy and welcoming – neighbourhood restaurant.
You’ll now find green suede, gold, and marble, in amongst the Nepalese artefacts on the shelves.
Namaste Nepal is known for its menu of curries and street food which takes influences from India and China.
One of its hero dishes is its handmade Momocha dumplings, which are stuffed with lamb mince and topped with a classic peppery, spicy sauce.
There are platters of mixed shashlik, the meat slow-cooked in the tandoor oven; fiery traditional Chwela; and Kantipur Methi, where Tandoori chicken and minced lamb are mixed together.
Curries range from the mouth-numbingly spicy (looking at you, vegetable naaga) to a crowd-pleasing Makhan Chara (aka butter chicken).
There’s plenty to keep vegetarians well-fed, from saag paneer to aloo gobi.
Namaste Nepal has been spicing up our lives since 2005 and is well and truly standing the test of time.
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”