Recipe Review: BBC Good Food’s Red Thai Salmon Curry

My first attempt - easy peasy and delicious!

This recipe is one of the easiest things I have ever cooked in my life. If you’re often pushed for time but like eating great food or if you’re entertaining guests but aren’t the best chef in the world then this recipe will become a lifesaver. It tastes far more impressive than you’d think given how quick and effortless it is to make.

The only thing that might catch you out is that you may need to experiment a few times with the amount of curry paste you put in. The first time I made this I didn’t put enough in, but the next time I doubled the amount and it was perfect. Red curry pastes vary hugely in how spicy they are so I’d recommend finding a brand you like and getting used to how much to add. I bought Gang Ped Red Curry Paste from Taj in Brighton which isn’t particularly hot – I found about 4-5 teaspoons was enough, without being blow-your-head off spicy.

Another tip is to steam the green beans for a couple of minutes before adding them to the sauce as I’ve found that the salmon ends up overcooking before the beans are tender enough.

Now, I’m no expert, but if you’re looking to pair this dish with a wine, I thought it went very well with one of my personal favourites – the Kiwi Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc which is available at ASDA and Sainsbury’s for about £5.99.

Recipe of the Week: BBC GoodFood’s No-Fuss Shepherd’s Pie

My gorgeous, golden-brown masterpiece

Everyone loves a great Shepherd’s Pie. It has GOT to be one of the most comforting, hearty, English dishes around. After experimenting with various twists on Shepherd’s pie such as topping it with cheesy mustard mash, using half potato/half sweet potato mash, adding baked beans, making it with veggie mince or adding mint to bring out the flavour of the lamb, I decided to find a recipe that took the humble Shepherd’s Pie right back to it’s roots. Ta-da! Here it is.

The BBC GoodFood website is often a saviour of mine when I have absolutely no clue what to make for dinner. So I tapped in Shepherd’s Pie and after wading through a number of recipes with various  ‘twists’, I settled on this No-fuss shepherd’s pie. Without a baked bean, handful of grated cheese or spoonful of mustard in sight, this recipe is remarkably simple and totally delicious. Crucially, it contains the most magical of ingredients that no pie, ratatouille, bolognese or chilli con carne can be without: a massive glug of Worcestershire sauce.

Just add some peas and Bisto Best... Nom nom nom

When cooked, it just remains to add some Bisto Best Lamb Gravy (which is gluten-free), some peas on the side and a big glass of red wine to accompany it to make this one of my favourite home-cooked meals. Lovely.

Recipe of the Week: BBC GoodFood’s gluten-free sun dried tomato bread

Batch No.2 - my house now smells good enough to eat!

If you suffer from gluten intolerance or allergy, then you’ll know just how difficult (and how blimmin’ expensive) it is to find a half-decent loaf of bread. Even though I adore baking cakes, the thought of kneading dough and leaving it to rise for hours is something I just don’t have the time (or inclination) to do – so I usually end up nipping down to Infinity Foods in Brighton for their freshly-baked gluten-free loaf if I need a quick carbohydrate fix.

But lo and behold! Imagine my delight when my boyfriend found this absolute GEM of a recipe on the BBC GoodFood website… a bread that is so super quick to make it left me thinking I couldn’t possibly have done it properly. In fact, this bread is so simple it’s probably harder to get it wrong than to get it right. Just mix the dry ingredients together, whisk the wet ones in a separate bowl, fold them together, whack in a handful of sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan and Bob is actually your Uncle. It’s that easy. No kneading, no rising, no waiting. I made it for the first time yesterday and my second batch is already in the oven to take along to my Book Group this evening to wow my girly friends with my immense baking skills. YUM.