Because of the planned winter picnic for today (see yesterday's blog entry) I hadn't planned to do a roast dinner today.
I had planned to do a Curry. Whilst this causes in itself other problems. It now feels like a Friday - so there should be beer in the house and I have two more days off = yeah!!
I decided to carry on regardless.
I reached for my Hairy Bikers Chicken and Egg book with slight trepidation at 7pm, knowing that a read of the recipe a couple of hours previously would have been an inspired idea.....but was pleasantly surprised. The whole meal was made in under thirty minutes.
Peel and slice one onion and having heated a tablespoon of oil in a pan put the onion in to cook through slowly (over a medium heat)
Meanwhile peel and slice four garlic cloves, and chop the stalks from a handful of fresh coriander. Once the onion has become translucent add these to the pan with the onion, and a generous tablespoon of medium curry powder. Add a little more oil if needed to stop the curry powder burning.
Fill and put the kettle on.
Taking five chicken thighs or two large chicken breasts, cut in to bite sized pieces and add to the pan
With the boiling water make up 600ml of chicken stock and add to the pan with 100g of red lentils.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 15 minutes until the lentils are cooked and beginning to break up. Stir frequently to ensure as is reduces the lentils don't catch on the bottom of the pan.
Add 200g of fresh spinach and the juice of half a lemon. Stir/turn to allow all the spinach to wilt down. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the Coriander leaf to finish (or as we have one family member who can't stand coriander we added the leaf to the dish when we served it up.
This is perfect served with a few naans for a lovely warming tea, but I couldn't resist doing a little rice and Bajis to add to the Indian platter effect.
Verdict? Well my husband is the Curry king in this house and it's really unlikely me to cook a curry as a result However he said that it took him straight back to India. Which I think is a compliment.
Thanks Si and Dave x