Posts Tagged ‘Jamie’s food revolution’

Chicken Korma

And they’re off……. the braces that is! I can’t tell you how good it feels. It’s been a long 2 1/2 years and they are finally off. Sorry no pic yet, trust me, I did not want the way I looked yesterday to be immortalized on the blog. My teeth looked fine before, but my bite was off which was causing extra problems with my TMJ issues, so now that everything is where it is supposed to be, things should be fine from here on out. I will always have some muscle soreness where my jaw joint slipped out of it’s socket when I was in college, but for the most part, I should be pain and problem free. Now, what does this have to do with chicken korma, you ask? Well, let me explain. We paid a little bit extra to have clear braces on my top teeth so that they would be slightly less noticeable (as if). The only problem is, that apparently even with all of the technology today, they can’t make elastic bands that are clear and don’t stain. So one cup of tea and they turn a dingy brown. Not good when I had to wear the same elastics for 5-6 weeks. Soon after I got them on, I made the mistake of eating a curry. It must have been the turmeric in it, but it turned my bands this luminescent yellow which I then had to deal with for the next month. Not good, not good at all. I love curry. Absolutely love it, and have had to avoid it for the last couple of years. When I was little we ate Japanese curry in Japan, and then when we moved to England, we ate Indian curries. I have literally been craving curry this past 2 1/2 years, so for supper on the day I got my braces off I made a curry. Boy was it good. I used the recipe in Jamie’s Food Revolution. I know, I know, more Jamie. What can I say, I love this book. I’m making my way through it and every single recipe I have made has been a keeper. Next time I make the curry, I will try making his recipe for the curry paste as well, as the only kind I could find was a teeny jar for not such a teeny price. The recipe was super easy to make and it was a big hit. I ended up putting just a bit of the curry paste in while I was cooking it and then taking out the kids portion at the very end before adding more curry paste to spice it up for Hubby and me. I will definitely be making this again, though I think I will try the Chicken Tikka Masala next. I’m on a curry making mission as I’ve got several years to make up for. If you like curry, what is your favourite kind?

books, food • Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 • 12 Comments »

Strawberry Cheesecake and a Meltdown

Have you ever had one of those moments? When normally you would be able to let something slide off of your shoulders like water off of a duck’s back? When if you weren’t already a little bit emotional, and slightly stressed about a family member’s health, and frustrated with a difficult financial situation, you would be able to just let somebody else’s grumpiness pass you by? But instead you turn into a blubbering baby because this just happened to be the straw that broke the camel’s back? Today I had an orthodontist appointment, to get part of my braces removed (the remainder of them to be removed in a couple of weeks). I showed up on time only to walk in and after a very nasty look, begin to be lectured about how late I was, like I was a naughty kid being told off at school. Needless to say, I was a little flustered, but remained calm enough to tell the receptionist that my appointment card said 3:45, not 3:15. Of course I was turned away at the door with a new appointment, and I held it together until I got to the car. As soon as I saw Hubby I burst into tears and started blubbering like a fool. Again, on a normal day, this wouldn’t have bothered me too much. I think it was the shock of someone who is usually so nice, who I have seen consistently over the last 2 1/2 years, suddenly be so rude to me. Obviously later, I felt a bit ridiculous, and I’m not really looking forward to seeing her again on Thursday. I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that she must have had a bad day and just taken it out on me. Oh well, I’ll get over it, and this strawberry cheesecake certainly did end the day on a high note. This is from Jamie’s Food Revolution, though I used strawberries instead of raspberries as that is what I had in the freezer. I just keep loving this book more, and I have not hit a recipe yet, that we didn’t love. A couple of things I liked about this recipe, one that it was a no bake cheesecake, so it was relatively easy to put together, and didn’t require the use of the oven (great for the kids). Another was that it was lighter than most cheesecakes, not fat wise, just density wise. Also, it had oatmeal in the crust, which was a really nice addition.

food • Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 • 9 Comments »

Oatmeal

How do we love thee? Let me count the ways…. apple blueberry oatmeal chocolate orange oatmeal banana cinnamon oatmeal As we have six people in our family, breakfasts need to be filling, nutritious, and cheap. Oatmeal often fits the bill. After a while oatmeal can get a bit boring, so when I saw these three recipes I knew we had to try them out. They are in Jamie’s Food Revolution, which was a gift for Christmas. The recipe actually called for blackberries, but we had blueberries, so it became apple blueberry. It was really good, with a sauteed apple, oat, and honey topping. The chocolate orange oatmeal wasn’t bad. The boys liked it allright, but I guess I’m just not really wanting any big bowl of chocolatey anything first thing in the morning. Our favourite by far was the banana cinnamon. With plenty of cinnamon, and a topping of sliced bananas, coconut, toasted almonds and a drizzle of honey, it was absolutely scrumptious. We will definitely be keeping these fruity oatmeals in our repertoire. The beef and ale stew I made last night was also from this cookbook, and boy was it delicious. Also a keeper, but next time I will have to double the recipe as there were not enough leftovers. Now I need to pick out some more recipes because if they are as good as these last ones, we’re in luck. What is your favourite breakfast?

books, food • Friday, February 5th, 2010 • 12 Comments »