Monday, 29 September 2014

The Hairy Dieters Chicken Jalfrezi - Recipe

An update on my previous recipe share (incidently my most popular post to date!) here, again, is the Hairy Dieters Chicken Jalfrezi recipe, this time made using homegrown chillies from my good friend Ester.

Much better!

Chicken Jalfrezi (from The Hairy Dieters)

Homegrown Chillies (from Didcot, Oxfordshire)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Curry for Change

 Whilst everyone else is chucking buckets of icy water over their head or running 10 K under the moonlight, or whatever else for charity, I've finally found something I could enjoy doing in order to raise money for a good cause. Curry. Curry for Change to be precise. Find your Feet is an organisation that helps families in India, Nepal, Malawi and Zimbabwe to grow enough food so they don't have to go hungry, to strengthen their voice so they can speak out against injustice and to earn enough money so they can find their feet.  To help change lives, they asked me (and many others) to simply host a curry evening. My kind of evening. How could I refuse? Cooking and eating curry, one of my favourite things, with some of my favourite people, in order to help people... 

Hosting a curry evening could be either cooking a curry (well, of course!), ordering a takeaway, or indeed going out to one of the participating restaurants, and then simply ask your guests to donate whatever they wish (suggesting the amount they would usually pay for their curry). Every penny you help to raise will be matched by the campaign partner Natco, which means we can make double the difference to the lives of families suffering from hunger. 

There's still time if you wish to do the same, until the end of October. Find your Feet will send you a fundraising pack with recipes and spices and Natco will double your donation!

Donate online by clicking here.
Or Text FEET00 and the amount you wish to give to 70070.

 Thanks to the Rhona and Lauren for their generous hostessing.
And all our gorgeous guests. 
What better way to celebrate being friends for 20 years?
Pappadoms, with homemade mint sauce and onion salad.

Homemade onion bhajis and prawn pakoras by Rhona.
With just a little help from Gordon and Rick. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

With homemade pilau rice and peshwari naan.
The chapatis didn't turn out so good!
And there was some saag aloo along the table too...

Friday, 19 September 2014

Kikkoman One Pan Chicken - Recipe

 This is a gorgeous, simple, Japanese one pot recipe which takes hardly any effort and tastes divine. I took it from a little recipe booklet I got from the Kikkoman event I went to last year and still use it often. Love it.
As ever, I have adapted it to suit the contents of my fridge.
Prep: 5 mins plus one hour marinating
Cook: 20-30 mins
Serves: 4
For the marinade:
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp muscovado sugar
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tbsp olive oil
For the chicken:
8 medium chicken thighs
2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
1 pepper, sliced
To serve:
Boiled rice, or roasted new potatoes
Heat the oven to 200 C.
Place the chicken in a roasting dish with all the marinade ingredients and the onions.
Cover and marinate in the fridge for about an hour.
Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
Serve with the rice or potatoes.