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curry and rainy weekends

October 25, 2010

Happy Monday all!   I was actually looking forward to Monday which is rare but it was just an all around lousy weekend.  It was rainy and cold which meant no walking, no sitting on the balcony  and no kicking 2 fighting teenagers out to the beach (yes I have to make them go to the beach at times!).   On Sunday we decided to take the girls to the mall to see a movie. Big mistake! like us, everyone else in Sydney had the same idea, so after waiting 25 min to find parking we made it, only to have 1 movie out of 12 not full and it was Eat, pray, love. I’d rather lock myself in a room with no t.v. or internet and the above mentioned teens then sit through that movie.  shiver

So we came back home and I did what I do best on a lazy Sunday afternoon….I cooked!  I cooked a lot.

First I made a huge green salad followed by huge fruit salad.

The mangos are starting to come into season and when they’re at their peak in Australia, you’ve never had one like it!  Perfect for tropical fruit salad.

Next I made one of my favorite meals.  Chicken curry.  I love chicken curry but I never order it out as it’s always loaded with cream and butter as well as the chicken thigh which has always kind of grossed me out.  Once I get a fatty piece of chicken or even worse, a chewy tendon…..I’m done.  ew    Mine has none of the above and I skip the butter and use a low-fat coconut milk.

2 large onions finely diced

4 cloves of garlic minced

2 to 3 tbsp minced ginger (I like a lot of ginger in curry)

2 to 3 tbsp red curry paste

1 tbsp chili sauce (I use hot)

2 large chicken breasts diced

1 small can diced tomatoes

1 can low-fat coconut milk

1 tsp each curry, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, garam masala, salt n pepper

2 cups frozen peas

juice of 1 lime

Fry up your onions, garlic and ginger until a bit brown and crispy.  Add all spices including chili paste and stir well. Add diced chicken,  coat it with mixture and stir while frying at a high temperature for about 5 min.  Lower the heat and add tomatoes and coconut milk.   Let this simmer at a very low heat for about 1 hr with no lid.  Finally add your peas and the lime (this will seem like a lot of liquid but it thickens nicely).  Serve over brown rice with a dollop of plain yogurt.  I like it over roasted veggies.

Indian food always makes me feel better.

And finally…..desert!  Truth be told, I had no interest at this point in  making one more thing but the man started opening and closing cupboards in that typical where’s the cake? thing he does every night (right after asking me to slow down on the sugar stuff).   So I made a quick batch of Oatmeal bars

Unfortunately I didn’t write my ingredients down (I had lost my love of being in the kitchen at this point).   I will redo them in the next day or so because someone had six of them for breakfast with his protein shake this morning!  yes six! For me, rainy weather = productivity.   I now have food for the week!

How do you spend rainy days?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    October 25, 2010 7:24 am

    Well that WAS a very productive day! I spend rainy days cooking as well – in fact today is one of those days which is perfect because there is nothing to eat in this house.

  2. MOM permalink
    October 27, 2010 6:12 am

    I am laughing at your girls. Somthing has rubbed off. This is me all over again. NOT sure however if this is a good thing but for years that is what I have done. COOK all day sunday or all rainy days that I am at home. I still do it and I have to feed other people now because I cook away too much for just two of us. But I still love to cook. I still have the need to keep my cubboards loaded just in case. You sisters need to get together and open your own restaruant.

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