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Spicing it up.

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My tiny chilli plant really delivered this time!

I do love spicy food.

By that I don’t mean food that burns my lungs out, or makes my tongue go numb, but I do love spices, and lots of it! Food can be spicy without any heat, of course! I generally like using spices in all my food, not only curries. I enjoy Indian and Thai food, and a mild to not-quite-so-mild sting is fine, as long a I can still taste my food. I also love Middle Eastern food, and Chinese flavours.

The other day I realized that I haven’t had a bit of spicy heat for some time, and the weather was perfect for some comfort food, so I decided to make a mutton curry (I prefer mutton to lamb.) I mostly do not follow recipes, so I cannot give you a recipe for this, but it did come out flavoursome and moreish.

First I fried some onions, fresh garlic and ginger, and spices together, then I added the meat to give it some colour.

I then added some tomatoes and water, and left the curry to cook slowly for a couple of hours.

I love using veggies in my curries, so close to the end I added potato cubes, baby marrow and a few florets of cauliflower. Served on Basmati rice, and voila!! Delicious.

My most used spices for curries are S & P (of course!), turmeric, coriander, fresh chillies (or chilli flakes, depending on what I’ve got handy), sometimes cumin and a piece of whole cinnamon. I taste and taste and taste until it has the degree of heat I want, the curry flavour I love.

Other favourites are butter chicken, and Thai green chicken curry. I want to explore and try out other curry styles like Madras, tandoori, tikka, etc., so I’ll be eating a lot of the good stuff during the winter months!

Let me know what your favourite curries or spicy foods are, and which one’s you’ve made yourself.

Have a good weekend folks! 🙂

Food, glorious food!

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Tonight’s dinner.

I looooove eating good food.

Also to be honest, I sometimes like eating stuff that might not be so good for me, but I do it anyway, like most people I know. (Like chips – or crisps as they are known outside of South Africa!)

I love a wide variety of food, and I also enjoy cooking and baking. Not to the point that I can compete in Masterchef, but I love making Italian food (who doesn’t!), or food with Eastern flavours, or Middle Eastern flavours. Curries! Yum…

Or plain, hearty ‘boerekos’ – which is a word that is somewhat difficult to translate, but let’s stick to ‘South African farm fare’ – roast chicken with potatoes, beans and pumpkin, or leg of lamb with roast potatoes, broccoli and gem squash. Not fond of Mexican food – am I the only one?

If I could, I would become a food critic, or a food journalist. I would love to have Andrew Zimmern’s job… But I do find that when I am on my own, I tend to not want to cook so often. I’ll eat more bread and junk food.

Maybe, to stop doing that, I should select a few new recipes to try, and if it is too much for me, freeze some for a next meal. I would love to develop my cooking skills as I cannot help but envy the ease with which the contestants on Masterchef make complicated dishes. And they are all so young!!!

I have to consider my general diet too – I don’t eat enough fruit and even vegetables. I fully intend to change that! Today I’ve got chicken, broccoli and cauliflower in the fridge – something different has to happen with it than the usual fry-it-in-a-pan chicken, and cauliflower with cheese. What to do, what to do??? Any suggestions?

Pinterest here I come!!!!