January may be over but it’s still cold, it’s still wet and it’s still miserable outside. Kate and I rarely get to go out, but it’s important to spend quality time together once the kids are finally asleep.
This calls for cosy nights in with good food and entertainment to lift the mood. For the catering side of things, we chose to harness the power of frozen. Iceland party food is tasty and affordable. A particular bonus in the first month or so of the year.
It’s also easy to prepare quickly, which is great. After all, you don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen with a film waiting. There really is no time to lose with my propensity to nod off on the sofa!
As there are a fair few Chinese and American options in the Iceland party food range, I wanted to find a film that offered the same combination. Billed as the fastest hands in the East versus the biggest mouth in the West, Rush Hour seemed a great choice. Or choices, I should say, as there are two equally entertaining sequels.
We’ve always loved this series of films. Although there’s a British bad guy in the first one, they generally buck generic trends. They fuse action and comedy perfectly and don’t have a stereotypical lead. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are perfect foils for one another and the outtakes at the end seem to suggest that the cast and crew genuinely enjoyed working together.
Speaking of things that work well together, back to the food. As always, it was easy to find what I was looking for in my local store. I chose two packs of spring rolls – one vegetable and one duck – and chicken gyozas for the Eastern offerings.
For the American food, I bought some mini pizzas and chicken wings. I also got some mini chocolate eclairs. Of course, these are French rather than Chinese or American, but there’s a method to my madness: Rush Hour 3 takes place in Paris!
I decided to add an extra kick to the gyozas with some chilli flakes; the spring rolls went down a treat with the addition of some sweet chilli sauce. In fact, said sauce went nicely with the American-style chicken wings too – another example of differing things complementing each other.
All of the food was up to the high standard I’ve come to expect since trying Iceland’s food for the first time last year. In fact, going back to Rush Hour’s tagline, I think I earned both titles of fastest hands and biggest mouth – my plate was empty in a matter of minutes. Rush Hour indeed!
Will there be a sequel to this movie night with Iceland party food? Definitely!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.