Thai Red Chicken Curry and Egg Fried Rice….

I often find when making a curry that you need so many spices and ingredients and it can often take me a long time to prepare. Why not try Verstegen spices and pastes. I used the Red Thai Curry paste to make this recipe. They are so so easy to use and take away all the pressure and extremely tasty too!

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You Will Need:

  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250g skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into wide strips
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes
  • Verstegen Red Thai Curry Paste
  • 100ml of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of water

Preparation Method:

Thai Red Curry:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and add the chicken. Cook over a medium-high heat for 4-5mins, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is sealed and browned.
  2. Add the sweet potato and fry for 4 minutes
  3. Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes
  4. Add the water and curry paste and simmer for 5 minutes

Egg Fried Rice:

  1. Boil 1cup of rice to 2 cups of water for ten minutes
  2. whilst this is boiling chop you spring onions very finely and throw in a frying pan with a little oil
  3. Then break two eggs into the frying pan and scramble
  4. Then add your rice, covering it with your egg and onions and fry for 3 minutes

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Crumb Corner…. Gingerbread Men

Its coming up to Christmas and what better time than to get the Kids involved with making gingerbread men to share with friends and family!

You will need:

  • 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g/4½oz butter
  • 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • Writing Icing

Preparation Method:

  1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown.
  6. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing.

 

 

A long hard day….

Its been a while since Ive blogged but life is so manic! Its so very busy working for my magazines, but I love it!!! This past week has been espically busy because we have been closing on two issues. I think in two days Ive made over two hundred calls!

Today though, I got back from work and was met with the smell of Italy! My sister had made me meatballs and spaghetti in a tomato sauce.  Classic yet yummy. A quick, comforting dinner that should be accompanied with a glass of red wine. :0)

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g/5oz onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 900g/2lb freshly minced beef
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs,
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 110g/4oz onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g/5¼oz fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans tomatoes

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy stainless steel saucepan over a
    gentle heat and add the onion and garlic. Cover and sweat for four minutes,
    until soft and a little golden. Allow to cool.
  2. In a bowl, mix the minced beef with the cold sweated onion and garlic. Add the
    herbs and the beaten egg. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Fry a tiny bit to check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Divide the
    mixture into approximately 24 round balls. Cover the meatballs and refrigerate
    until required.
  4. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a stainless steel saucepan.
  5. Add the sliced onion and the crushed garlic, toss until coated, cover, and sweat
    on a gentle heat until soft and pale golden.
  6. Slice the canned tomatoes and add, with all the juice, to the onion mixture.
  7. Season the contents with sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper.
  8. Cook the tomatoes uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until the tomato
    softens (while this is cooking make the meatballs).
  9. Heat a frying pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes in about three
    tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. When cooked add them to your tomato sauce
  11. Serve with spaghetti

 

 

Tip of the Day

Whole eggs can be beaten and frozen, or you can separate and freeze the whites and yolks. This is particularly useful if a recipe calls for one part of an egg but not the other.

Just make sure you label the freezer bag with the date you froze them and how many are in there.

London in the Sun!

What a day today! After my mammoth mission of cooking an Indian Banquet for two last night, today I was up at 6:30 and went up to London for the Chinese New Years Celebrations. I thought tonight for a change I’d tell you about some of the sights as well as tastes of our great capital city.

The day started for the best breakfast after and early start of driving and bus journeys…… a breakfast stack! This was made of a sesame toasted bun with a sausage cut in half, a rasher of bacon, mushrooms, a hash brown and a fried egg on top. My sauce of choice was a good tomato ketchup!! Heaven in a bun. Of course this was washed done with a big cup in fact more of a bowl of coffee.

We then headed across to Trafalgar square where I bought sesame oil, chilli sauce all kinds of ingredients hehe. Sadly it was already very busy, despite having got up super early so we couldn’t really see a lot but we were able to soak in the atmosphere. I have lots of pictures.

From here we walked down to Buckingham Palace stopping at a wicked gallery, which had some amazingly old abstract magazines. Genius!! As my day job is working in media, I found it rather interesting, if only now we could have an art Deco design, well maybe I should suggest it for a new magazine :0)

I had never realised quite how pretty parts of Buckingham Palace are until today, I was able to get some lovely photographs of the beauty sparkling in the sun light. We were terribly lucky with the weather, a little cold but still a brilliant bright sun in the sky. We took a wander from here through St James’s park. The squirrels are so brazen! One ran right up the bench I was sat on! They don’t care who you are as long as you come bearing food hehe. I saw a beautiful heron as well and swans.

I often take trips up to London, just to walk around it helps me to reflect. Most of today I still had one part of my brain thinking “ooo I must blog to anyone who reads about London”. I thought that maybe you may like to see some of my day in pictures. So please take a look and share in my day with me.

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