chorizo hash.

you know when you get in from work and you’re hungry and the only things in your fridge are runner beans, new potatoes, tomatoes, chorizo, eggs and a red onion?

yeah, well… this is for those days.

you will need:

runner beans

new potatoes

tomatoes

spinach

chorizo (cut into strips)

1 egg (poached)

red onion

garlic

smoked paprika

chilli (i used flakes because i didn’t have any fresh)

olive oil

salt + pepper

what to do:

1. boil the potatoes, drain and cool

2. heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry potatoes

3. add the chorizo, garlic, onion, chilli, tomatoes, paprika and fry off for a few mins

4. add the spinach

5. serve with a poached egg on top and season

date night (bingo and a curry).

there are a lot of places to eat curry in tooting. i have been to dosa & chutny more than 3 times because it is cheap and literally at the end of the street where i live. it has won a few food awards and is always busy which i think is a good sign. i feel i should warn you though that if you are a wuss when it comes to spicy food, this place probably isn’t for you. last night i ordered a chicken bhuna and my lips are still burning today. but it was worth it.

our bill came to £28 and we had: (don’t judge, we were drunk by this point)

– poppadoms

– paneer majestic

– chicken bhuna

– lamb rhogan

– pilau rice

– garlic naan

– 2 cobras

if you like to drink cheap beer and trying to win money, i thoroughly recommend a night at gala bingo (this is nothing to do with the fact that they are one of our clients). i didn’t win during the bingo game but i did win 20p on a fruit machine, so it was a pretty successful night.

red thai chicken curry.

this may come as a shock to you but i had never made a thai curry until today. i didn’t really know what i was doing so i just looked at a couple of recipes online and decided to blag it. my friends have been saying i am really arrogant about my cooking but i don’t care because it was really nice (and they agreed AND had seconds).

it’s such an easy meal to make and even though it looks like you need a lot of ingredients there are loads of different variations that don’t use as many, i was just showing off.

you will need:

juice from 1 fresh lime

2 stalks of lemongrass finely chopped

runner beans

5 fresh tomatoes

1 tin of coconut milk

3 tbsp of red thai curry paste

2 cloves of garlic

1 onion

1 tbsp brown sugar

knob of ginger

1 chilli

handful of coriander

400g chicken

2 tbsp fish sauce

basmati rice

pak choi

what to do:

1. finely slice the garlic, onion, lemongrass, ginger and chill and fry in a little vegetable oil

2. add the curry paste and chicken, then mix together until the chicken is coated

3. next add the coconut milk, fish sauce, tomatoes, sugar,  and runner beans and slowly bring to the boil

4. once boiling reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 mins until the chicken is cooked. stir the curry a few times while it cooks, to stop it sticking

5. wash the pak choi and fry in a wok with a little garlic and soy sauce

6. cook the rice, drain and mix with chopped coriander (my friend roxy hates people that mould rice but i think it looks clean and i have ocd)