Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Beef Curry



I love curries and make them as often as I can (as OH is not that much of a fan its not often enough) but I indulge when I can. this one is a favourite!





2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1kg chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
steamed basmati rice, to serve

Method

  1. Combine coriander, cumin, turmeric, pepper, chilli, garlic, ginger and lemon juice in a bowl to form a paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add half the beef. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and beef.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add spice paste. Cook for 1 minute. Return beef to saucepan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, or until meat is coated with paste. Add tomato paste and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Cook for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until beef is tender.
  4. Remove lid. Cook, uncovered, for a further 15 minutes, or until sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Serve with rice.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Little Fruit & Spice Cakes



These little cakes are so simple to make & simply delicious to eat. I'm sorry there isn't really a recipe as such. I just use a basic cupcake/fairy cake recipe replacing white sugar with brown or raw sugar. I add a teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon (to your taste) and approx 3/4 to 1 small cup mixed dry fruit (you can soak it it tea/juice or for a treat perhaps brandy/sherry if you like, for a few hours or so) I usually find I need to add approx 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra liquid to the original cupcake recipe in order to accomadate the extra ingredients! I sprinke the tops of each cake with demerera sugar before baking!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Platinum Chef Winner

First can I apologise totally for my extreme slowness in getting this done! am truely sorry but have had so much going on. now to the challenge. for whatever reason (and I think its because my simple little blog is not well known) but I only had one entry! however that entry was a clever and creative use of the platinum chef challenge ingredients chose. and it was delicious. this Platinum Chef Challenge winner is Cookie from Workout then Cook. thank you so much Cookie for a fabulous entry and for your patience! please check out Cookie's wonderful blog full of really delicious recipes for details of the next Platinum Chef Challenge!

Cookie's Apricot Glazed Pork Chops & Mashed Butternut Squash