Formula 1 Dinner: Japan – Japanese Sweet Potato Cakes

Haven’t done one of these in a while so glad to get back into the formula 1 cooking spirit again.

Watched the race at 7am this morning but didn’t want to get up at 6 so I could make these so made them at lunch time instead.

This weekend it is sweet potato cakes based on a suggestion by Ben Pearson. Do I have a steamer? No. Do I have aluminium cup? No. I had a look at a few other recipes and then decided to make my own.
Japanese sweet potato cake ingredientsReady to fry sweet potato cakes


  • 2 Sweet Potatos (pealed and grated)
  • Egg
  • Chilli Powder and some herbs
  • Little sugar
  • Flour

The method is pretty self explanatory.  Mix it all together in a bowl and add flour so it isn’t too gloopy (sweet potatoes are very moist).  I wasn’t sure what they would turn out like given that some of the recipes I read resulted in a batter and others were definitely more cake-like.  These ended up like fish cakes, fried for a few minutes on each side they were lovely!
Yummy sweet potato cake
The cakes were very nice and Ben is still alive.

F1 Sandwiches! German Salami

Because Alonso’s “victory” in last week’s German Grand Prix wasn’t quite controversial enough for me I broke the rules this week.

Instead of having a meal at the weekend I had a series of very loosely German themed sandwiches throughout the week.  Sadly unlike in Brimingham I don’t have a large collection of German meats a couple of minutes up the road at Aldi so I had to be content with slices of Sainsbury’s “German Salami”.  How generic.  And I just realised I ate it after its use by date.  Hardcore.

I think I am going to get this Rob Smedley t-shirt from unlap in honour of the moment and the most famous formula 1 race engineer:

Formula 1 Dinner: Spain

I cooked Paella for my Spanish Grand Prix formula 1 dinner.


  • 250 grammes paella rice
  • Large red pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Pint of Chicken Stock
  • Frozen Peas
  • Cooked, Pealed Prawns
  • Sliced Chorizo

Chicken Satay for Malaysia

As briefly seen on TV in the run-up to today’s race (6/10) Satay is a popular dish in Malaysia so formed part of today’s Formula 1 dinner.

Photos and ingredients below:

Satay Chicken
Sauce: Peanut butter, soy sauce, little bit of chilli powder, water.
Bring sauce to boil in pan, let it simmer for a bit. Coat cut chicken breasts with sauce. Grill. Simples.

Coconut Rice (Nasi Lemak)
Loosely based on this recipe.
Rice, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, lots of water to continually top it up.

Served with salad. Apparently cucumbers are big in Malaysia. has a good selection of information about cuisine in Malaysia.

Annoyingly the peanut butter coating had a tendency to fall off whilst the chicken was grilling.  I made something similar before and didn’t have this problem so I blame our electric grill.  Who wants an electric grill?  It doesn’t even have a flame…

Not all my formula 1 meals will consist of chicken and rice.  I promise.

Up next:  China.  Lots of choice here.

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