I do believe we are officially experiencing summertime. It’s glorious. And with this season comes a whole array of foods to eat which compliment the heat. In my head I have time to flick through recipes, buy new ingredients and potter in the kitchen, presenting my boys with yet another piece de resistance. The reality is, there is never really enough time, and I end up, most of the time, falling back on old faithfuls. Things which I have the ingredients for, that don’t take too long to cook, and that I know everyone will enjoy.
When I was growing up, the summer staple was always some sort of food, with salad. And every time we had salad, big Dave would exclaim something along the lines of,
‘Rabbit food again then?’
As a friend of mine once said, ‘I don’t do greens. I don’t do anything with fibre’
There’s nothing quite like the soul destroying feeling of someone’s dinner disappointment.
So, with this in mind, I have incorporated a red Thai curry into my repertoire, which I believe ticks all the summer food boxes, without instigating the ‘summer salad’ conversation. And it’s a doddle to make.
I usually use either a meaty fish (cod), pork or chicken strips, but sometimes I break the mold and just use vegetables. Oh yes, living on the edge. Anyway.
What I start with is a teaspoon of Mae Ploy Red Curry Paste, bought in a tub from my local supermarket which cuts out the faff of mixing together all the things I don’t have, and it keeps in the fridge for an eternity. I think. I add this into a wok with a splash of oil, a teaspoon of soft brown sugar, a splash of fish sauce and a dash of lime juice. Mix together, warm through and add the meat. If you’re using fish, skip this stage and add the fish in with the coconut milk as otherwise it breaks up too much.
Cook for five minutes or so.
I then add sliced red onion, orange, red and yellow peppers if I have all three, if not I put in whatever I do have, stir around for a wee while, and add a tin of coconut milk. Next I add mange tout, sugar snap peas, green beans, (once again, whatever I have in), and let them all cook in the milk until they look as though they’ve seen some heat**.
And that, my friends, is it!
If we’re eating it with noodles, I also add them, if we’re eating it with rice, I cook that alongside the curry and serve the two separately on the plate.
I do like to add some fresh chopped coriander right at the end, but more often than not, if I haven’t bought some that day, the stuff I have has either wilted or been semi frozen by my temperamental fridge.
It may not be totally authentic, but it tastes devine.
** Just a final thought, the peppers, beans, whatever you fancy veg really could do with having a crunch to them otherwise it does taste like ‘old people’s home’ food.