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Last week the MasterChef contestants had to use fish, fish, fish. David, one of the MasterChef Stalkers does not like fish. at all. and it was his turn to cook yesterday.

Luckily for him our rules are gentler than the actual rules so he was allowed to pick from the original choice of main ingredients for a curry. the options were fish, duck or lentils and tofu and pulsey-type things.


Last night he served us butternut and lentil curry. very yummy indeed.

here is his recipe taken from the interwebz

1 butternut
1 T olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
3 chopped shallots
1 T butter
Olive oil
1 T curry powder
4 fresh curry leaves
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup vegetable stock
1 cup red lentils
Cooking instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel and cut butternut into bite-sized cubes, then toss with olive oil and cloves crushed garlic. Roast for 40 minutes, or until tender.

Place chopped shallots in a pan with butter and a little drizzle of olive oil. Soften over a low heat for 5 minutes, then stir in curry powder and fresh curry leaves and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add coconut milk, vegetable stock and red lentils and gently simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked. Serve hot with the caramelised butternut

was very nice indeed

Next week Leaza has to make magic with pork – she is threatening pig’s ear but i am hoping for a pork roast.

we’ll see

fork more pork

Again with the David meat meal. I claimed way too recently to eat red meat a couple of times a month ago not to be slightly embarrassed by the fact that pork snuck into a meal so soon after the topside duo. But its only sort of red meat isn’t it?

I do love pork though – bacon is the one reason i could never be a veggie much as I know it is the right thing to do. and do not tell me veggie bacon is the same – it’s not. (do they even make veggie bacon? – i do hope not)

Anyway – I wanted to make a bit of a curry and at my local Spar a woman was promoting pork. I like pork but seldom think about buying it beyond bacon and ham. I decided to use pork for the curry for a change. Pork is surprisingly lean and is cheaper than the redder red meats so its win win all round (unless you’re a pig of course).


I started by browning the meat and adding the curry powder, turmeric and coriander to the meat. I let that brown and warm up and make the house smell amazing before I added onions, garlic, chilli, peppers, potatoes, turnips, a tin of Indian tomatoes and a tin of red kidney beans to the pot. Liquid went in in the form of ¼ of a bottle of red wine.

Again, I left it to simmer away while David and I drank a load of red wine. (I am beginning to see a pattern here!).


I served the curry with brown rice and a scattering of fresh coriander. I am a bit coriander mad so mine had loads more coriander than was strictly necessary. But it made me very happy.


Bf gave it 8/10

David gave it a plate licking (he really did) 9/10

And I though it about an 8/10 too


curried eggs

I like eggs but seldom remember to eat them. When I saw a recipe for curried eggs I thought I’d give it a bash.

To start I boiled 4 eggs until they were hard. I then peeled them and left them to cool. I made an error here and let them cool too slowly so the whites went a bit blue/grey. It didn’t damage the flavour but it looked less than perfect.


Anyway, I then gently cooked a diced onion, garlic, and some celery on a low heat with a good few teaspoons of medium curry powder. I let it all cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until it was all soft and golden. I then added a tin of tomatoes, about a cup of veggie stock, seasoning and a pile of broccoli. (You may have noticed that I used the veggies I had rather than sticking to any recipe rigidly.)

After about 20 minutes odd the sauce was thick so I popped the boiled eggs in, stirred it all up and let it them heat through.

It was actually quite nice and was very nice for school lunch today. Curry often is.