Newport traders create Nato-inspired food

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TRADERS across Newport are jumping at the chance to launch a range of Nato summit-inspired foods.

Following the success of Nato burgers at Turner A D & Sons, Newport trader, Rachels’ Curry Kitchen, has launched a Nato samosa.

Rachel Masterman, of Rachels’ Curry Kitchen based in Newport market, has launched a NATO Samosa as part of her bid to be a food trader at the September summit.

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for us as a business and for Newport,” she said.

“It is a fantastic thing that will benefit the city.

“There is so much negativity about NATO coming to Newport but it is a good thing for the city.

“I have put my bid forward to be a trader at the at the Celtic Manor and I am waiting to hear back whether or not I am successful.”

“For the summit I have created a NATO Samosa which is made up of chicken or lamb called a ‘Keema’.

“It is double the size of a normal samosa.”

Newport curry restaurant Popadoms have jumped on the Nato food bandwagon with a Barack Balti in honour of the US president.

Launching this Friday, the curry consist of Welsh vegetables and Welsh lamb as pet of the resultants ethos of ‘keeping things local.’

Co-owners Faisal Rahman, 33, of Maindee, and Belal Ahmed also of Maindee, came up with the idea along with manager Mohammad Wassem, when it was first announced the Celtic Manor would host the summit.

“We are launching the Barack Balti this Friday and it will run until the Nato summit," Mr Rahman said.

“It will consist of Welsh vegetables from local farmers around South Wales,Welsh Lamb from a butcher in West Wales and spices from India.

“We like all of our produce to be sourced locally to support the local economy.

“We came up with the idea when the initial talks about Nato were going on and wanted to show Newport in a particular was as Newport is a very diverse city.

“If it is a big hit we will put it on the menu permanently -especially if Obama himself tries it!”

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