Jamie’s South East Asian Chicken Curry with Fluffy Rice

Now I am slightly biased, I would eat anything Jamie Oliver put in front of me. I have nearly all his books, dvd’s, eaten in his restaurants and had a cooking classes at his recipease store. I can honestly say he is the reason I started cooking and growing. His Jamie at home book is my favourite recipe book (and I have a lot of recipe books) and the accompanying series I could watch again and again. But.. none of this has influenced my review of this dish. Honest.

I love it, i love it, i love it. I love Jamie, I love this curry. Seriously though I cannot find fault with this. As a quick midweek curry this was as good as it gets. Its a basic curry with good natural, fresh flavours. The fresh coriander and the lime juice are the winning elements. Its easy for a curry to get bogged down and taste heavy. This on the other hand tasted fresh and vibrant while still satisfying that curry need.

So, fry your onion and pepper till soft. Then add the garlic, ginger and the finely chopped stalks from the coriander. Once these have softened add the curry powder and turmeric and keep cooking for a couple of minutes. This will release all the lovely flavours and aromas from the spices. Put the chicken thighs into the pan and cook for a few minutes to seal and then pour in the coconut milk and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. For the last 5 minutes add the cherry tomatoes. While this thickens cook the rice in twice as much water for 7 minutes then remove from the heat and steam with the lid on for at least another 7 minutes. Once the curry has thickened add lime juice and if you have some, some mango chutney, season to taste. When serving scatter with the coriander leaves and give every one a slice of lime. Once they taste how well it goes they will want more.

P.S. I love Jamie

This meal is from our hello fresh box Www.hellofresh.co.uk

Chicken Fajitas with Pickled Chilli and Zesty Sour Cream

Tender chicken, soft red peppers and onion, zesty sour cream green chilli and cheddar cheeser. A wholemeal wrap Contains the goodness.

This had so much going for it, in the end though we both agreed the fajita packs you can get that has everything in are actually better. The only thing I can think of was the wrap, usually have a softwhite wrap. These however were wholemeal (and smaller but that’s just me being greedy) so they feel like your being healthier. We all know that wholewheat is made with all three nutrient rich parts of the wheat berry, the bran the germ and the endosperm. Where as white flour only uses the endosperm. Thus only giving you the starchy part between the inner germ and the outer bran. If we were talking bread and this was a sandwich i’d be all over the wholemeal, singing its praises and telling you that although being raised on Mighty White I have since converted to its wholemeal counterpart whole heartedly. Mainly for the taste, now i feel white bread bland and flavourless. The only time white bread will pass my lips is when it sandwiches five or six rashers of smokey bacon swimming in Daddies brown sauce. Wraps however are different, I cannot tell you why. All I know is that while I was eating this, my mind was on another wrap.


When you have nearly cooked the chicken add the mexican spice and cook till done. Simply cook the pepper and onion till soft and add the chicken to keep warm. Heat the tortillas in the oven while adding the lime zest and juice to the soured cream with a little salt and pepper. Fill your wrap with the chicken and veg mix, drizzle with the sour cream and top with the green chilli’s that have been pickling in the other half of the lime juice. Top with cheddar cheese and wrap.

This meal is from our HelloFresh box Www.hellofresh.co.uk

Jamie’s Paprika Spiced Chicken Thighs with Herby Bulgher and Skinny Slaw

Succulent chicken, flavour packed bulgher salad, tangy carrot and apple slaw and fantastic feta cheese crumbled all over.

It’s hard to know where to begin with this dish. There were so many flavours, yet they all managed to fit cohesively together. I’ll start with the chicken. Chicken thighs are our new favourite piece. There is so much more flavour and it is so much more juicy than the breast. For this we coated them in paprika and a little oil and pan fried them.  Once they were rested we Sliced them into 1 cm thick slices.

The Bulgher wheat was cooked in stock. While it was cooking I chopped the spinach, spring onion, chilli and parsley, some olive oil and half a lime’s worth of juice. Once the Bulgher wheat was cooked, drained and cooled slightly, it got mixed in with the herby mixture.To make the slaw we just grated the carrot and apple together added some chopped parsley some of the lime juice and a little olive oil.

With all these flavours going on its hard to imagine that you could improve it but then along comes the feta cheese. Every now and then you get that salty tang that comes with real quality feta. Apparently in 2002 feta became a protected designation of origin product. This means only cheeses produced in a traditional way in particular area of Greece, that are made of sheep’s milk, or a mixture of sheep’s and up to 30% goats milk (from the same area) can be called feta.

This meal is from our HelloFresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Jamie’s Spiced Chicken Noodles with Chilli and Chinese Leaves

So much flavour and colour in this dish that you’ll forget how good it is for you. Cabbage, sugar snap peas, garlic, ginger and chilli all mixed in a fantastically good, good for you dinner.

It’s hard to pick anything specific about this meal that makes it so nice. There was plenty of flavour and textures. The sugar snap peas were a great edition, as was the lime. The warmth from the chilli rounds everything off nicely.

This is not a hard dish to make but there is a lot of prep work. There is so much to chop I’m sure some people will be put off, me however loves this part. There is nothing more satisfying than chopping and slicing. It does help having a really sharp knife. See my previous post for my knives if you are interested.

This meal was from our hellofresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Food Fact Friday

This week, Lime’s. There are so many amazing things about this fruit it was hard to stop adding them. Here are just a few,

Adding citrus juice to green tea stabalises it’s catechin content, boosting the level of antioxidants that survive the digestive system up to 13 fold

Lime has a scent which causes your mouth to salivate before you have even tasted it and this actually aids primary digestion

Limes and other citrus fruits are considered great for diabetes. This is because the high levels of soluble fibre found in limes make it an ideal dietary aid to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream

That same soluble fibre which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol).

The flavonoid-rich oil that is extracted from limes is extensively used in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporisers, and inhalers due to the presence of Kaempferol. Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief for congestion and nausea.