Katsu Curry

Japanese Curry – very different from an Indian curry. Katsu curry sauce is so very easy to  make, there is no need to buy packs of Golden Curry ever again – as nice as they are, the sauce is much nicer freshly made.  This saves you shopping, cash and and it even freezes well too. 1…

Vietnamese Ginger Chicken

A.k.a.  Ga Rang Gang. /  Ga Kho Gung It has taken me a while to achieve this, the perfect recipe.  It’s easy to cook and has the authentic taste of the very best chicken and ginger dish I ate in Vietnam.  For the record it was a draw between was a small family restaurant in…

Thai Carrot and Lemongrass Soup

30 minutes | serves 2 | easy Ingredients oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped 1 lemongrass stalk, woody outer leaves removed and chopped 2cm ginger  chunk, grated 500g carrots, peeled and chopped 165 ml coconut milk (see alternatives below) 600ml vegetable stock lime 1, zested and juiced Method Heat a tbsp…

Bhajis (onion, or any veg)

Onion Bhaji recipe Just vary the ingredients to what you have. All you need are some veg(grated or finely sliced) and the gram flour, everything else is optional. Essentially, it’s possible to do this by sight. Grate the veg, sprinkle on the chickpea/gram flour, then add enough water that when stirred it all holds together…

Indian/Malay Cabbage

  INGREDIENTS: 1 tbs coconut oil (other oils are acceptable) 2 tsp brown mustard seeds 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Half /small onion finely diced. Half green chili, finely sliced (optional, but I like the random spice hit sometimes) 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 (small)Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly slicedl 1 tsp salt pinch ground…

Vietnamese Stuffed Squid

Serves four as a main course. Two tubes per person, as per the picture. This is quick, easy and very sophisticated ! Ingredients 600g.     Whole squid (10cm length). Cleaned and with skin still on. 1 tbsp     Shallots, minced/pounded 1tbsp      Spring onion, white part, very finely chopped 300g     …

Simple Chilli Toffee Shards

Great for finishing off a dessert with panache! 150g. Caster sugar 0.5 tsp dried chilli flakes Line a small baking tray with parchment. In a pan, using only a low heat, melt the sugar with the chilli. Don’t stir but move the pan around to help melt evenly. When the colour is a golden brown…

Pineapple and Mint ice Lollies

Makes 8 1 x 1.5kg pineapple, peeled and chopped 220g caster sugar 250ml water 125ml lime juice (approximately 4 limes) 2 tbsp mint leaves, roughly torn 2 tsp finely grated lime zest 1 Place the pineapple, sugar, water and lime juice in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook,…

Rich Chinese best beef stock from an OXO!

This is great for a beef stock when cooking a noodle soup, Chinese or Vietnamese style and you have no beef bones. It took me straight back to a Chinese noodle soup man where we had breakfast every day in Bangkok. It should not work, but it does! 1lt Water 1 Oxo cube 1 Onion,…

Lowest calorie Thai Prawn Salad

Spicy loveliness, a Thai and Vietnamese mix. This serves one person, easy to upscale for more! A very filling 170 calories. For the salad 100g Prawns (cooked and peeled weight) 1 Carrot, peeled & sliced using a vegetable peeler Handful Fresh mint leaves Handful Fresh coriander leaves 4+ Romaine Leaves, cut into strips 1tbs Red…

Foolproof oven baked Pilau/Pilaf

For 8 people Try the Mushroom Pilau or Salmon Pilau variations Both delicious! 500g basmati rice 100g butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 large sprig fresh thyme 2 bay leaves 2 cinnamon sticks 8 cardamom pods, split open 3 cloves 4-6 thinly pared strips lemon zest 1l boiling chicken stock or water Preheat the…

Spicy Indian green tomatoes

Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish. Fantastic with mackerel for a twist on the usual Indian curries. Great as a vegetarian main meal or as a side with a curry. Try cold as a salad too!  So versatile and great for using up all those green tomatoes if the…

Thai Chicken Drumsticks

Serves 8 Two small drumsticks each as part of a meal. Ingredients 8. peppercorns, white or pink 1tsp coriander seeds 5. garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1. shallot, roughly chopped1 1. stem lemongrass roughly chopped 2cm. piece of galangal, roughly chopped (use slightly if using less ginger)i 2. medium red chillies, chopped 1. kaffir lime leaf,…

Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

Try as a side dish with Indian or Japanese dishes. Also good with rice or salads. 2 Carrots – peeled & thinly sliced on a diagonal/julienne style 1 tbsp Salt – table or cooking salt 75ml. Cider vinegar – or white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 15g Sugar – caster is preferred Optional : add a…

Really Easy Miso Chicken

This mix is enough for 4 large chicken breasts, 12 boneless thighs or 4 spatchcock quails, 6 cod fillets etc etc 150g sweet white miso paste 2 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp English mustard 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Mix the ingredients and marinate for at least 1 hour. Bake in the oven…

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crispy Pancakes)

This pancake mix makes about a pint, which in turn makes  4 large pancakes or 8 small ones. For the pancakes 150g rice flour 1½ tsp ground turmeric 300ml coconut milk, or half coconut half water 1 spring onion, thinly sliced a pinch of sea salt a pinch of sugar For frying 4 tbsp vegetable…