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Menu Plan & Meal Prep for September 13 2021

This post contains affiliate links.  My husband likes to garden, but gardening in our area of Arizona is challenging.  Every year my husband plants Armenian cucumbers, and if we’re lucky, we get about three or four cucumbers.  But this year, thanks to one of the wettest monsoon seasons on record, we’re swimming in cucumbers.  That’s why you’ll notice that we have cucumbers for a side dish many times this week. Meal Prep I had a rather lame meal prep this week.  I only made Power Balls, and I didn’t even take a picture. Menu Plan Saturday (My husband was at work all day, so the kids and I had nice, easy meals.) Lunch–Leftover taco meat as nachos & mini tacos,...

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Red Curry

What’s a farang like me doing talking about Gaeng Ped? I can’t tell you how to make an authentic red curry, but there are plenty of books that make this claim. I can tell you that I was there back when Prasit Pratteeprasen was dishing it up at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. I became hooked, and this is the result of experimentation and my decidedly western tastes: warming and aromatic rather than something to blow yer socks off. The most important ingredient is the paste, which should be the real thing, e.g. Mae Ploy or Maesri, both of which should be available in your local Asian supermarket or, failing that, on the electric interwebs. Green paste (gaeng keow) benefits...

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Sesame Chicken Curry

If you’re looking to prepare a warm, home-style, thick curry, this easy and delicious recipe will do the trick! It pairs perfectly with either rice or roti and has the goodness of sesame (til) seeds, and the robust flavour of all the added spices. FOLLOW ME Facebook Instagram: @thedaniverse YouTube Serves: 3-4 Ingredients (1 cup= 250ml / 8 oz.) Chicken, on bone- 1kg Oil- as required Tomatoes- 500gms / Tomato Juice- 2 cups Dry Red Chillies- 6 Onions, small- 2 Garlic- 3 flakes Cloves- 3 Cinnamon- 1.5 inches Coriander Seeds- 1tsp Fennel Seeds- 1/2tsp Peppercorns- 3 White Sesame Seeds, lightly roasted- 20 gms or 1/8 cup Green Chillies, slit- 2 Green Capsicum, small, cut into strips- 1 Maggi Cube- 1/2...

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Mango Dal with Chicken and Vegetables

This week’s recipe came about because of a video from Beryl Shereshewsky on YouTube regarding how the world eats mangoes. I love watching her videos because she is so young, yet so worldly. She understands several languages, including Russian. I wish I was that worldly myself. One of the dishes presented in this video was Mango Dal. I’ve made lots of dal, but none with mango and especially not with the peel left on. I’m definitely curious. The recipe is simple. I will make this in an Instant Pot to make it easy. I’m also going to add some extra veggies to make it high in vitamin A. The mango already has plenty of vitamin C. I’m making this over...

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Katsu-style Chicken Sandwich

Tonight tea took a slightly different spin to originally planned – it just took on a shorter, more convenient approach. Frozen crispy chicken, cooked as per packet instructions, was stuffed into ciabatta bread with lettuce and cheese then smothered in curry sauce. The original plan was to make my own curry sauce but after being woken at 2:20am by my little man and a testing day at work, convenience won:2 tbsp mayflower medium curry sauce was mixed with 1 tbsp mango chutney, 1 tbsp dark soy, 1/2 tsp naga chilli chutney and boiling water. Whisked and heated in a small saucepan until thickened.

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