Saturday Night Curry

veggie curryFor some reason I haven’t put my recipe for curry up yet – I’m not sure why because it is one of my go-to dishes that you can pretty much throw anything fresh and veggie into. I like a nice strong curry, using madras paste, but if you’re not such a fan of the heat use a mild curry or tikka paste instead. This is the perfect meal for a saturday night in front of the telly, with a beer and some poppadoms, naan and chutney – awesome.

You will need: 1 onion, 100g lentils, 2 tbsp madras curry paste, 150g mushrooms, 1/2 courgette, 200g cauliflower,  1 tin chopped tomatoes, a handful of peanuts (and whatever else you fancy – chickpeas, raisins, aubergine – go crazy!), 50ml water and a little oil for frying.

Dice your onion and pop into a pan with a teaspoon of oil, then cook on a high heat until the onion’s soft. Add your curry paste so that it coats the onion and then add 1/2 tin tomatoes. Stir everything together, then chop all your veggies into good sized chunks. First of all add the lentils, leave for 5 minutes then add your cauliflower, then after a couple of minutes add your courgette, turn the heat down. veggie curryPop your rice in a pan of boiling water and simmer about now! Add your peanuts then your mushrooms, give it a good stir, then add the rest of the tomatoes and the water until the sauce is the consistency you like. Taste your curry, add salt if you fancy, then simmer for another ten minutes. veggie curryThere we go – serve with heaps of basmati rice, poppadums, naan bread, chutney and enjoy a proper feast on your saturday night.

Love, Mrs Gardom

Super Easy Stroganoff

2014-02-13 08.38.36When most people want a quick, easy tea they bung a ready meal in the microwave, make a piece of toast or order chinese. I make mushroom stroganoff. It genuinely takes about 20 minutes to cook, tastes delicious and is far healthier than the usual quick tea. Here is my recipe.

You need: 250g basmati rice, 200g mushrooms, 3 garlic cloves, 150ml vegetable stock, 50ml double cream, lemon juice, butter for frying, salt and pepper.

First of all boil the rice in a pan for about 15 minutes. While that is cooking crush your garlic and quarter the mushrooms. Fry the mushrooms and garlic in a tablespoon of butter in a large frying pan until soft, then add the stock and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cream, and a dash of lemon juice stir and take off the heat. 20140116_190808Plate up your rice and make a well in the middle and then pour your stroganoff into the well.

And that really is it. It probably isn’t the same recipe that you’d find in a top restaurant but it is my simple version of a lovely dish.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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