Thursday, 30 June 2016

Stockpile Dinner - Massaman Curry


On Saturday night the Posh Boy's boys, came over.  That made 6 for dinner as one of the usual Boarding School boys was at a wedding.  No matter, we werent expecting them, they had a hasty chat by email.  We have no roof, whahhh, the rain is coming in whahhhh...  And an hour later they poured in from 3 counties, with their sleeping bags in hand, to keep our spirits high.

Thankfully we still have power in the garage, meaning there was cold drinks in that fridge.  The boys all found it hilarious that we have hot water coming out of the cold tap and cold water from the hot taps, where the builders did something silly with the water pipes.  They will sort it, I need a roof more than I need that changing back.

What did I feed everyone, when I dont live near a shop and didnt want to go back out after a day in Stoud?  Store cupboard massaman curry.

Please excuse the builders tray.  Everything else is in a box somewhere...  Lets pretend this is a really gorgeous picture,  OK.  Hmm lets move on.

The massaman curry paste was on offer, 20p a packet, reduced to clear.  The tempura flour was 12p a bag, also on clearance.  Got to snap the bargains up.  On Saturday I used 2 packets of the curry paste, 2 cans of new potatoes, 3 cans of coconut milk, also on offer, 2 for £1.  And the star of the show?  Not chicken or beef or any meat.  Yep, you have guessed  it TOFU.  Also from the store cupboard.

We ate all the tofu in the store cupboard, 3 cubes to be exact.

Now I know what you are thinking...  Sol, you really use silken tofu?   Well yes I do.  Here is how.  

Break open the box with scissors, dont squeeze it out.  Cut open the other end.  Using a spatula push it gently out.  Leave it to drain for as long as you can.  Say, 20 minutes.  Then carefully cut it into nice cubes, think how you would cut chicken for a curry.  Now you are going to use the tempura batter.  You arent making batter.  You are going to use the tempura flour as a coating.  Lightly press the cubes into the flour.  And then fry gently in some oil.  Do this in small batches.  

To make the curry sauce up, follow the instructions.  Something like lightly fry the paste from the packets, and then add the coconut milk from the cans.  Whisk it in.  Heat through.  If you had it in your pantry roughly chop 2 big onions.  Heat in some oil on high in the pan you used for the tofu, burn some bits on it.  Then open the cans of potatoes, make them bite size.  Put the onions and the potatoes into the curry sauce and cook for a few minutes.    When you are ready to serve, add the tofu to the curry very carefully and bathe the cubes with the sauce and gently stir.

Serve with boil rice from your stock pile.

You can also make this with beef or chicken.  I have never tried fish but I am sure you can, if you can do it with tofu you can do it with anything.

Be careful, massaman curry can and will stain your clothes.

So much easier than pounding all of the ingredients like I did at Thai food cookery school.

Heres what it looked like in Thailand.  I forgot to take a picture before they ate it all.


One of the boys called it Zombie Apocalypse curry...  Not bad for everything coming out of pantry right?

Monday, 27 June 2016

I Will Huff and Puff and Blow Your House Down

It show the new head height.  Our super duper heating system.  Picture to the North

Picture to the south where the old roof is still there.  You can see where the tiles are coming off already.  There will be another dormer that end.

Neighbour to the North .

Lets hope there is no more rain.   

P.S part of the bathroom ceiling has fallen down and it smashed part of the bath  Ho hum... They said they will replace it and fix the ceiling.

Some {Grand Designs music with a twist}.  You have got to laugh.  I love it, "your house looks like a TESCOOOOs"  LMAO  Dodgy sound but I love it!!!

Have a good day everyone!