Archive | May, 2011

It’s not just any ice cream…it’s Percy Pig ice cream

20 May

In my job I do a lot of work with a famous ice cream brand so frozen treats are firmly on my radar. And I have good news: In a stroke of genius, Marks and Spencers has launched its iconic Percy Pig sweets into the ice cream aisle. Percy Pig-aholics are going crazy and our curly-tailed friend is even trending on Twitter as we speak.

Yum!

Oink your way to the freezer. It's Percy Pig ice cream

Malaysian curry with a twist

11 May

My cooking style is quite experimental. I’ll often create a dish that the boy and I savour every mouthful of, knowing that I’ll never remember quite how to create it again. I’m hoping that regular blogging will change all that. Last night I cooked a curry which I was told was “one of the best I had ever made,” an accolade indeed. So, here’s the recipe, partly to share with the world and partly for my own benefit. Maybe we’ll eat it again one day!

It’s a take on a Malaysian, coconut based curry:

For the curry paste: Fresh ginger, 1 x tbsp coriander seeds, 1 x fresh green chili, 1 x tbsp cumin seeds, 2 x garlic gloves, 1 x tbsp turmeric

For the curry:4 x Chicken breasts, 1 x carton coconut cream, 2 x tbsp tomato puree, 1 x green pepper, 2 x tbsp peanut butter, 1 x onion

Grind the ingredients for the curry paste in a pestle and mortar whilst the onion and green pepper are frying. Then add the paste and stir. Add in the diced chicken until the meat is cooked through. Finally, add the tomato paste and peanut butter for that extra flavour. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then serve with rice.

Apparently one of the best I've ever made (that might say more about previous meals than this creation!)

Dear Morrisons…

4 May

I was delighted to hear that as of May 3rd you would be extending your opening hours until 10pm on an evening. “This is going to revolutionise my Monday nights” I thought. No, I actually did. I really am that sad. Every Monday night (or pseudo Monday just like yesterday) I tootle down to my local Morrisons store in my Ford Ka  and fill up its boot with as much food as the weekly budget will allow. This is a task in itself given my love of an after work wine, my partner’s hearty appetite and our part-time four-year old with a taste for pizza, mini sausages and baking buns.

I do not complain about the store’s car park being on a hill (not easy to negotiate a trolley around) or the fact that which ever spice I have run out of from my collection, the shop is sure to be out of it. NO MATTER which one it is.

I have never mentioned the fact that the self-checkout machines do not work and that there is no phone signal in the store at all, other than next to the chicken breasts and minced beef. I am patient when I need to phone home to find out if we need loo roll or toothpaste and simply park myself next to the fresh meat to make that quick call.

However, may I please suggest that if you’re going to be open until 10pm at night, you fill up the shelves with enough food to fulfill these hours. Last night’s shopping efforts were made very difficult when Morrisons Rothwell had run out of nearly everything. And it was only 7pm.

Thank you.