Curry Prawns

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If you’ve seen a lot of my posts you’ll know that I feature prawns quite often and I am always looking to improve on the sauce that goes with it. In today’s recipe I’ve used a little coconut cream which has quite a distinctive flavour but adds a beautiful creamy texture to the sauce. Also, recently I have been making meals for one which makes this a really quick dish to create even if you are short for time.

As you can see from the image I ate these prawns with fried dumpling and sweetcorn, which is a little inspiration however, I can imagine that rice and other vegetables would be just as good.

Recipe: Curry Prawns (serves 1)

Ingredients

Handful of prawns

Sprinkle of salt, paprika and chilli powder

1 garlic clove – crushed

1/2 tsp curry powder

Pinch of oregano

50ml water

5g creamed coconut

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1 inch spring onion – sliced

Pinch of sugar

Method

  • Season the prawns with a little salt, paprika and chilli and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the garlic for a few minutes.
  • Next add the curry powder and oregano.
  • Stir in the water, creamed coconut and tomato ketchup and leave to simmer gently until the coconut has melted and the liquid has reduced slightly.
  • Then add the sugar, spring onion and prawns for 3 minutes until the prawns are piping hot.

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Jamaican Fried Dumpling

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Fried dumplings are a great accompaniment to many dishes and go well with a variety of ingredients. These fried dumplings have a deep golden outer layer but are super soft. Although this is a popular Jamaican side dish I have added a few ingredients that give it that little extra flavour. Usually the dumplings are fried in a dutch pot which enables the oil to be heated to a high enough temperature for cooking the dumplings (or other food items) like an alternative to a deep fryer.

Recipe: Jamaican Fried Dumpling (makes 6)

Ingredients

160g self raising flour

20g oats

Sprinkle of salt and basil

60ml water

Oil for frying

Method

  • Heat some oil in a dutch pot.
  • Add the flour, oats, salt, and basil to a bowl and slowly pour in the water mixing to form a smooth dough. Add more flour if needed.
  • Shape the dough into 6 flat circles.
  • Once the oil is hot add 3 at a time frying for 5 minutes before turning over to fry for a further 2 minutes.
  • Once cooked, take out and place on a kitchen towel to drain off the excess oil.
  • Best served hot/warm.

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Brown Rice and Chicken

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is something I would usually eat on a Sunday afternoon for my dinner with some veg and salad on the side. It’s quite a simple nutritious meal with protein from the chicken and fibre and magnesium from the brown rice. Sometimes the idea of eating healthily might seem quite difficult but a simple switch of white to brown rice makes such a big difference. I’ve not included a recipe or measurements here as I didn’t follow a recipe but you can get an idea of what ingredients to use below. I’m all about flavour with food.

Recipe: Brown rice and chicken

Ingredients

Brown rice

Diced Chicken

Salt

Chilli sauce

Curry powder

Chicken stock

Tomato ketchup

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Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Cheesy Potato Pie

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I have another simple side dish to make for any occasion. It is nice and cheesy with crispy edges. This pie was very tasty and is best enjoyed hot. Also, if you are a gravy fan, it would be nice to drizzle some over the top.

Recipe: Cheesy Potato Pie (serves 4)

Ingredients

6 potatoes

100g red Leicester cheese – grated

Splash of milk

1 tsp butter

1 tsp oil

50g kale

1 tsp diced onion

Method

  • Peel and dice the potatoes, wash and place in a pan of water to boil until just cooked.
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a small pan and add the onion and kale cooking for 5 minutes, then leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, pour off the water and mash with milk and butter until smooth.
  • Add the kale and cheese to the mash and mix well, spoon the mixture into an oven dish, grating more cheese on top.
  • Cook the pie in the oven for 45 minutes until the cheese has melted and gone crispy.

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