Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Cookbooks Galore + Win a Cookbook!

As you know, I love a cookbook and here I review a few more that I have recently received.  Don't forget to read to the bottom - there's a giveaway of one of these cookbooks to be had!

The Food Lovers Guide to Europe
by Cara Frost-Sharratt

From the publisher:An informative guide to the tastiest destinations in Europe, The Food-Lover's Guide to Europe blends practical travel information with hand-picked selections of the finest culinary treats that Europe has to offer. Appealing to both food obsessed travellers and travel obsessed foodies, The Food-Lover's Guide to Europe presents an outline of the cuisines of 25 European countries, before focusing in on their most exciting gourmet destinations. Picking out local specialties, the most highly-rated farmers' markets, and a selection of the best restaurants for all budgets, The Food-Lover's Guide to Europe showcases national dishes and regional delights, with recipes to try when you get back home.The Food-Lover's Guide to Europe presents a range of things to do in each destination, from food festivals and events to foodie sights and attractions there are a host of delicious new discoveries to be made, from San Sebastian to Salzburg and from Cornwall to Croatia.

 

Strictly speaking, The Food Lovers Guide is not cookbook, it is what it says it is - a guide.  Covering 25 European countries this is an outline guide to the specialties and local produce of the region, things you should not miss, the markets and shops and of course where to eat.  The guide also features one or two local recipes for each country.

The places covered in the guide weren't places that would immediately spring to mind for me and I liked that it gave me different ideas for trips.  I quite fancy the Seville Tapas Walking Tour in Andalucia or fancy going Truffle Hunting in Tuscany? I do!   There is of course a section for the UK, reminding me that we have great events here like the Ludlow Food Festival and the Arbroath Sea Fest. I sometimes forget what great local produce we knock up in this country!

The guide is perfect for people who like to travel and who like food!

The Food Lover’s Guide to Europe is published by New Holland Publishers, price £14.99.
Enter the discount code athome to get 25% discount plus free P&P
when ordering the book through our website.
(Offer valid until 30th September 2011 to UK residents.
Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other offers!)


 
Special Cupcakes 
by Wendy Sweetser

From the publisher: Cupcakes are little treasures, mini cakes that bring joy to adults and children alike. The passion for cupcakes shows no sign of diminishing as people seek out more sophisticated designs and fantastic flavours. Cupcakes have moved on from being just a treat for children and it is not unusual to see wedding cupcakes and boxes of cupcakes sent as gifts whether to celebrate a new baby or as a Mother's Day gift. This gorgeous new book contains over 50 recipes for exciting, new and special cupcakes. There are cupcakes for festive celebrations such as Christmas, parties, Valentine's Day, Weddings and Baby Showers as well as recipes for cupcakes using interesting ingredients and unusual flavours. There is also a chapter on not-so-guilty treats such as carrot, orange and cinnamon cupcakes and beetroot and bitter chocolate cupcakes. 

I know, I know, yet another book on cupcakes. I must admit I own more than most I should imagine! This delightful book from food writer Wendy Sweetser has some interesting cupcake ideas.  The book starts off with an introduction to the equipment and basics of cupcake-making, including a basic recipe and some hints and tips before launching into the recipes.


With 50 recipes in the book there is something for everyone, from ideas for kids cupcakes to elegant tastes like pistachio, rosewater & grenadine or lavender & lemon.  There are some more extravagant options like tiramisu & mascarpone or chocca-mocca & peppermint or you could try one of the more interesting suggestions of gooseberry struesel or sweet potato & orange.


The recipes are clear and concise and the photography is good, with a large, clear picture of each cake so you at least have some small idea of what it should look like when you're done!  My personal favourites that are going on my "to try" list are the rocky road, festive spice with brandy cream, pina colada and peach melba.

Yes, it's another cupcake book but it's a good one with some interesting new ideas.
Special Cupcakes is published by New Holland Publishers, price £12.99.
Enter the discount code athome to get 25% discount plus free P&P
when ordering the book through our website.
(Offer valid until 30th September 2011 to UK residents.
Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other offers!)
 

 One More Slice
by Leila Lindholm

From the publisher: Following on from the huge success of her book A Piece of Cake, Leila has now brought together another fabulous collection of delicious recipes. The focus in this book is on wood fired pizza, pasta, bread, pancakes and waffles, as well as sweet desserts like ice cream, cheesecake and sweet pies. Although there is an Italian feel to many of the recipes, Leila has taken inspiration from all over, from American apple pie to French pastries to Belgian waffles. Filled with over 150 delicious recipes and over 200 beautiful photographs, One More Slice will inspire and delight.
This is the second book from the Swedish TV chef Leila Lindholm, you can read my review of the first book here.  Like her first book, this is an extremely well-presented, good quality book with great lifestyle photography.
The book is divided into the following sections: Pizza Amore, Say Cheesecake, Pancakes & Waffles, Ciao Tortano, Brownies & Blondies, I Scream Ice Cream, Boulangerie, American Pie and Pasta Pronto.

Similar to the first book, Leila takes a basic idea and gives you several variations to work with. For instance there is a recipe for New York cheesecake followed by seven different adaptations or five variations on classic waffles. I like this idea as it means once you've got something nailed, you should be able to work it into something different quite easily.

There are a few things I might like to try from the book, however the ice cream bombe with raspberry meringue definitely stands out to me!
One More Slice is published by New Holland Publishers, price £19.99.
Enter the discount code athome to get 25% discount plus free P&P
when ordering the book through our website.
(Offer valid until 30th September 2011 to UK residents.
Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other offers!)
And now here is your chance to win. I have a brand new copy of "One More Slice" by Leila Lindholm to giveaway to one lucky reader! If you would like to win this book, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favourite flavour of cupcake is.

Please can you also send a quick email to me at athomewithmrsm@btinternet.com so that I am able to contact the winner.  After the giveaway has ended, your email address will be deleted and will not be used for any other purpose.  The giveaway is one entry per person and is open to UK residents only, sorry!

The giveaway will close on Friday 10th June 2011 at 5.00pm and the winner will be chose at random (using the Random Number Generator).

Good luck, and thank you to New Holland Publishers for sending me the books to review.
love & kisses
Mrs M x

Monday, 30 May 2011

Nasi Goreng (Fusion Taste Team: Challenge 4)

 
Here I am with the fourth challenge for the Fusion Taste Team which was to use the Nasi Goreng paste that came in our hamper. 

I had high hopes for this dish as I love Nasi Goreng and recently blogged a recipe I use (so do bear with me if it feels like I am repeating myself!).

Nasi Goreng literally means fried rice in Indonesian, where it is the national dish. Apparently there is no single recipe for Nasi Goreng - there are many many different variations which makes me feel a bit better as I wasn't sure my previous recipe was authentic and this time round I've elaborated a bit.


I wasn't disappointed with this, I absolutely loved it and I think out of the four challenges I've done for World Foods so far, this was my favourite.  The paste was fragrant and full of flavour. I found it incredibly spicy, although Mr M thought it was okay - which is odd considering I am normally the one who likes hotter food, however it didn't take anything away from the meal for me, I still enjoyed it immensely.

The recipe below is Nasi Goreng as I made it tonight. In fact, I have been reliably informed that what I actually made was "Nasi Goreng Nanas".  This amount served two of us. (Yes, I was hungry).

Nasi Goreng Nanas

Ingredients

cooking oil
2 large eggs
4 tbsps WorldFoods Indonesian Nasi Goreng paste
2 skinless chicken breasts, sliced
190g cooked and peeled prawns
227g tin of pineapple chunks
200g cooked rice (precooked, or leftover - but must be cold)
1/3 cucumber, diced
1 tomato, deseeded and chopped
2 spring onions, thinly sliced

Method

Beat the egg and season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat 1tbsp of oil in a deep, wide, non-stick frying pan or wok, over a medium heat.  Add half the egg to make a thin layer and cook for a few minutes.  Tip out and allow to cool before shredding and repeat with remaining egg.

Heat some cooking oil in a large wok and add the 4 tbsps of Nasi Goreng paste. Cook for one minute until the paste is aromatic. 
Add the chicken slices and fry in the paste for approximately five minutes until cooked.

Stir in the rice, prawns and pineapple and cook for a further 4-5 minutes until everything is heated through.

Garnish with the shredded egg, cucumber, tomato and spring onion and serve immediately.

As I previously mentioned in the Tom Yum blog post, if you're short on time, you can cook the rice and cool it down quickly under the tap before chilling it whilst you prepare the rest of the meal.

This was a delicious and satisfying meal which I am sure I will make it again. 

Please check out the World Foods Fusion of Flavours Facebook page to see what the other members of the team did with their Nasi Goreng paste.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Meal Planning Monday (30th May 2011)

Well last week was a little more successful for me on the Meal Planning Front! I managed to catch up with my Fusion Taste Team challenges and we had eleven people sharing their meal plans with us in addition to mine - that was our best ever week and I want to thank you all for joining in!

This week there is a vague plan although it could go a bit awry because it's half term and Mr M is home for the week. This means we could take off the day at any given time and therefore the meal plan would be thrown out of the window! We were meant to be going to Suffolk this week but we've cancelled it because the weather is pap and we figured we could save that £350 we were going to spend and have a better time with it when the weather is nicer.

So coming up this week are some easy meals including another challenge for the taste team and the puttanesca that dropped off the menu last week!


Week commencing 30th May 2011

Spaghetti Puttanesca
Nasi Goreng
Green Chilli
Mackerel and Beetroot Salad


It's a light plan this week as I know it will go wrong at some point and we have a meal out planned on Saturday.

Looking forward to seeing everybody's plans for this week - as always the Linky for submitting your entry is below!


love & kisses
Mrs M x

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Stir-fried Noodles and Beansprouts


When I blogged the Ayam Percik the other day for one of my Fusion Taste Team challenges, I mentioned that I served it with stir fried noodles and here I am sharing the recipe I used which originally came from BBC Good Food.

They made a really nice accompaniment to the dish and I am pretty sure that these will be become a regular in our house, especially as they are something that both my children would enjoy as well.

Very simple, very tasty! This recipe service 4-6 and amounts can easily be adjusted to suit.

Stir-fried Noodles and Beansprouts

Ingredients

3 nests medium egg noodles
1 tsp vegetable oil
4 spring onions, sliced
300g beansprouts
soy sauce

Method

Place the noodles into a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for around 8 minutes - the noodles should be tender.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large work and fry the spring onions for 1 minute.  Add the beansprouts and fry for a further two minutes, stirring all the time.

Drain the noodles and add to the wok with a good splash of soy sauce. 

Stir-fry for a further minute and serve immediately.

I am very generous with the soy sauce as I'm quite fond of a strong taste so you can add as little or as much as you like. 

I think this noodle recipe would be a great base for a chow mein style dish just by adding some bigger chunks of onion and perhaps some chicken and prawns so I may try that another time.


love & kisses
Mrs M x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Tom Yum Fried Rice (Fusion Taste Team: Challenge 3)

For Challenge Number 3 we were given the task of using the Tom Yum paste that was included in our hamper.  Tom Yum paste would normally be used to make a soup however as Mr M and I aren't huge soup fans I decided not to do this. Actually, I've got that wrong, we are soup fans, however I am just not keen on homemade soups. I know by rights I should be, but I am not!

I decided to make a fried rice dish with the Tom Yum paste instead which we had as a quick dinner after work this week.

To make fried rice, the rice you need to use is cold, cooked, leftover rice. I don't often have leftover rice mainly because I'm worried about food poisoning and secondly, because any leftovers go to the chickens so when a recipe calls for leftover rice I turn to advice that I read from Jamie Oliver once and which I shared on Twitter this morning. Cook the rice as normally, cool it down and chill for about 30 minutes. It's probably not ideal but it has always worked for me and if you're short on time and can't prep the rice well in advance then it's the next best thing.

This recipe serves 2-3 as a main meal.

Tom Yum Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 large eggs
300g cooked rice 
8 mushrooms, halved (quartered if they are big)
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
190g cooked and peeled prawns
2.5 tbsp WorldFoods Thai Tom Yum Paste

Method

Beat the egg and season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat 1tbsp of oil in a deep, wide, non-stick frying pan or wok, over a medium heat.  Add half the egg to make a thin layer and cook for a few minutes.  Tip out and allow to cool before shredding and repeat with remaining egg.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a wok. Add the chopped ginger and stir fry until fragrant. Stir in the Tom Yum paste and fry for a further minute.

Throw in the mushrooms and prawns and stir fry for 2-3 mins before stirring in the rice and cooking for a further 5 minutes until everything is heated through.

You can add other vegetables if you like. I kept it simple this time but in future I might add some carrots or beans to bulk it out further.  I'm not sure the egg I used was anywhere near authentic but it added something to the fried rice dish. (I know the egg on my picture looks scarily yellow - that's because they were fresh out of my chickens bottom!)

Tom Yum is a hot and sour taste. To start with I wasn't entirely sure whether I liked it or not but by the end of the meal I was almost licking my plate!

Do check out the rest of the taste team's experiences on the World Foods Fusion of Flavours Facebook page.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Boy crushes: the 2011 version

I'm bored tonight and It's been like nearly 18 months since I last shared with you my (weird?) boy crushes. 18 months is a long time and a lot can change.  

Of course I am still loving all those men that I blogged about last year but now I have new ones to perv over, I mean lust over.

I mean, I didn't even mention Robert Pattinson who frequently enters my dreams...


or even Jackson Rathbone who I love. Almost more than life itself.


How about the actor Matthew Goode? We like him, we do.


and Henry Cavill, the future Mr M.


and how about my reignited love for Leonardo Dicaprio who, lets face it, just seems to get more gorgeous with age.


How I forgot the gorgeous Ryan Gosling is beyond me.

So there is my updated list for 2011. It's not exhaustive, I reserve the right to update this when necessary with hot new additions and I also cannot be held accountable for what I might do if I happened to bump into one of these delectable young men in a dark alley...

I'm thinking my taste in men has improved drastically since 2010, although there will always be a place in my heart for Brandon Flowers.
Come, tell me your recent boy crushes (or just laugh at mine if you must...).

love & kisses
Mrs M x

A very Duplo birthday (and your chance to win!)

As you will see from the badge on the sidebar (look right, a bit further, over there - you see it?) I am a Duplo Expert, allegedly. One of the perks of being such an expert is that was occassionally get sent a product to review, which I will talk about in a moment however one of the greatest things is getting one of these:


Yes, a Duplo cake! What more could you want on your fourth birthday but a big red cake shaped like a piece of Duplo. We were also sent a birthday park which consisted of a birthday card, dinner placements that can be coloured in, balloons, stickers, paper plates, paper cups, napkins and empty party bags - twenty of everything!

Duplo are also giving YOU the chance to win one of these birthday packs and fabulous cakes so you can have your very own Duplo party.  All you have to do is drop an email to duplocompetition@digital-outlook.com and let them know who you would like to win the birthday pack for (it doesn't matter when their birthday is).  The winner will be picked in early July so get emailing now!

The boys birthday also coincided with the arrival of a Duplo product for review - the Duplo Police Truck
This was received extremely well by my (now) 4 year old who couldn't wait to get it out of the box. I think he was most impressed that it included a burglar! He enjoyed whizzing it around the floor and telling the burglar off. 

I find that Duplo really encourages him to role play more, especially alongside his older sister as she is getting better at making up stories that they can act out.  I like to see how inventive they can be with all the bricks and also how different they are with them. My daughter, who is 5, will almost always build things "properly", in the way they are intended whilst my son prefers to free-range - which has meant this week that all the loose Duplo bricks have been attached to the top of the police truck.  For what purpose? I don't know, but he likes them there and that's what matters!

As all the other Duplo toys we have experienced, the truck is well-made and I can quite comfortably predict that it will be able to put up with all the abuse it is surely to receive at the hands of my children. Thinking about it, it's rather hard to break Duplo isn't it? It's pretty hard-wearing and it's not like it ever goes out of fashion either is it? Mr M's mother recently dug out all of his old Lego and it's still in great nick. (I'm not going to tell you how old that Lego is for fear of shaming Mr M in public, he wouldn't like that...)

You can buy the Duplo Police Truck direct or from other good retailers and it retails at £19.99.

Now, go enter that competition to win yourself (I mean you child) a Duplo birthday cake!
love & kisses
Mrs M x

Monday, 23 May 2011

Ayam Percik (Fusion Taste Team: Challenge 2)

I've fallen ridiculously behind on my Fusion Taste Team challenges. Today I was sent number four and I hadn't even got around to number two. Yikes. Luckily if you've seen my meal plan for this week, you'll know that I had planned to do numbers two and three this week and this is me getting back on top of myself (I'll get around to my email inbox later...).

So, challenge number two.  Ayam Percik. I'd never actually heard of this before but it is a Malaysian barbecued chicken dish which translates as "splash chicken", named so because the traditional thing to do is splash or splatter more marinade onto the meat as it is cooking. 

At the start of the challenge we are sent a basic recipe which we can meddle with if we so choose, and meddle I did! First of I didn't barbecue or grill the chicken because, whilst it might be the end of May and therefore by rights almost SUMMER, if you've stepped outside in the past day or two you'll notice that it's flippin' cold when that wind blows and then there's the rain...  Secondly, I made an addition to the marinade - I added a sachet of coconut cream as I had been told it was rather spicy.  One of the most noticeable exclusions in my Ayam Percik is the shallots you would usually find in the dish.  This is mainly because I forgot them but we'll gloss over that.


In the end it was just the right amount of spice for me, I could take it hotter but this was a pleasant heat rather than a peel-the-skin-off-your-lips kind of heat.  I enjoyed this dish. It was a quick meal to make (if you ignore the marinating time) and was simple enough for even the most basic of cooks!  I served the chicken alongside some stir-fried noodles and beansprouts (recipe to follow) and we both thought it was delicious.

The recipe and method here is the way I cooked it tonight - it may not be authentic but it was good!   The amounts below will serve two and I used the majority of the marinade.

Ayam Percik

Ingredients

1 bottle WorldFoods Malaysian Chilli Coconut Marinade
1 sachet coconut cream
3 skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp cooking oil

Method

Dice the chicken breasts and put into a bowl with the marinade sauce and the coconut cream. Mix well to ensure all the chicken is coated and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a tbsp cooking oil in a griddle pan over a medium heat.  Add the chicken and marinade to the pan and keep over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for around 20mins or until cooked through.

The suggestion is to serve this with white rice or bread, however you could serve it with noodles like I did as I think they went really well.

Onto to challenge number three!  In the meantime, don't forget to check out the WorldFoods Fusion of Flavours Facebook Page and see what the other members of the team did with their Ayam Percik challenge.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Meal Planning Monday (21st May 2011)

Thanks to all those who joined in last week - we had nine people sharing their menus for the week which is the most since I started doing this.

I'm almost embarrassed to do this post today as I am going to have to admit what a big fat failure I am!  Whilst I have been meal planning every week, I've not exactly been sticking to it. I've tried, but there has just been so much stuff going on in the evenings, I've got all out of synch.  Anyhow, I am going to try really hard to stick to the plan this week as I have fallen behind with my taste team challenges and need to get them up on the blog ASAP.  

Week commencing 21st May 2011

Ayam percik with stir-fried noodles and beansprouts
Tom yum fried rice
Spaghetti puttanesca
Buffalo chicken nachos
Roast chicken & trimmings


I am out with friends one night to Jamie's Italian and Mr M will have beans on toast or another fine delicacy...and one night Mr M & I will go somewhere that can supply me with breaded mozzarella as I am having the biggest craving right now! (and no, I am not in the pudding club).

Lets see if I can stick with the plan, huh?

Your turn - use the Linky below to link to your own blog posts. I look forward to reading them!

love & kisses
Mrs M x
 

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Worth sharing?

I stumbled across this and found myself nodding and agreeing so I just had to share this with you guys. It's a little bit American but you get the gist and I bet there's a lot of them that you can identify with too!

Truth for Mature Humans

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dang it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my ass everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Spicy Chicken Nasi Goreng


I've been a bit absent this week and for that I apologise. I still haven't got around to commenting on everybody's posts from Meal Planning Monday but I'll do that next.  Truth is, it's such a busy time at the moment that blogging has kind of gone on the back burner - my email inbox is scary.  I thought to easy myself back in, I'd share a quick recipe with you.

I have made this a couple of times and always been really pleased with it. It's pretty quick to put together and very simple. It also makes a mountain of food so if there's only two people eating it, you may want to halve the recipe!

Spicy Chicken Nasi Goreng

Ingredients
3 medium eggs
3 tbsp vegetable oil
6 shallots, finely sliced
3 tbsp medium-hot curry paste
2 skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
300g freshly cooked basmati rice
200g small cooked and peeled prawns
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
Handful of fresh corainder, roughly chopped
Prawn crackers to serve

Method

Beat the eggs together in a large bowl and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat 1tsp of the oil in a deep, wide, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add half the eggs in a thin layer and cook for a few minutes. Tip out, roll up and allow to cool, then finely slice. Add another tsp of oil to the pan and cook the remaining eggs as before.

Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the shallots for a few minutes until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Discard the oil and wipe the pan clean.
Heat the curry paste in the pan, add the chicken and stir-fry for 3-4 mins until the chicken is nearly cooked through.  Add the rice and prawns and stir-fry for 1min tossing well in the curry paste.

Remove from the heat and stir in the sliced egg, crispy shallots, cucumber and coriander. Toss well together.

Divide the nasi goreng between wide bowls and serve with prawn crackers.

There's not much I would change about this dish as I am very happy with how it turns out. However, last time I was eating it I did think that a tasty addition would be to throw in some sultanas and/or cashew nuts so I might try that next time and will report back!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Monday, 16 May 2011

Meal Planning Monday (16th May 2011)

Cripes, Monday is here again? How did that happen?

I've seriously lost my mojo recently, big time. Not just with cooking either, with everything but I can feel it creeping back slowly so lets hope that today is a productive day after the slow past few days.

The emphasis this week is on things I can prepare quickly as I have something going on after school every night this week as well as working a couple of days. There's no way I will have the motivation to make an epic effort in the kitchen so quick and easy it has to be. 

For some reason everything I wanted to cook this week involved chicken so I had to rejig!  There's also my second challenge for the World Fusion Taste Team coming up this week as I didn't fancy it at the weekend and because I know that I will fail at some point this week, I've left space for an emergency chippy tea night!


Week commencing 16th May 2011

Ayam percik and pineapple rice
Red Thai chicken and potato curry
Creamy mushroom and lemon spaghetti
Poached egg and chorizo salad
Frittata (of the garbage variety again!)


Saturday night will most certainly be a takeaway due to the fact that my son is having a birthday party in the afternoon and I shall be frazzled. An Indian takeaway and a glass of red wine will most definately be on the menu!

So what about you? Any menu plans this week? As ever join in the Linky below and let me know - I'll be visiting them all to check them out!

love & kisses
Mrs M x