Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Monk Fish Curry


1 tbsp. oil (vegetable is fine)
1 finely chopped onion (medium sized)
2 cm Fresh ginger grated
3 Cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp medium chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin (ground)
1/2 tsp coriander (ground)
3/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
2 monk fish fillets (ask your fish monger to debone and cut into large chunks)

  • Grab a heavy bottomed pan with a lid. Add your oil and warm it up 
  • Finely chop your onion and cook in a tablespoon of oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes, do not let it go brown. You want them nice and translucent.
  • Add your garlic and ginger into the onions.
  • Then add your spices and stir round for about 2 minutes letting all the aromas come out of the spices.
  • Then add your tomatoes along with the salt and sugar.
  • Cook (still on medium heat) for a further 3-5 minutes then add your chunks of monkfish and about 1/2 mug of water. Stir and put on the lid. you want to turn down the heat now so that it just simmers nicely.
  • After about 1/2 hour to an hour, remove the lid and add 3/4 tsp garam masala. Leave the lid of to thicken the gravy like sauce and simmer for a further 1/2 hour.
  • Once its thickened you can serve either with puri or roti.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Tutorial for paper pod pouches

Take an A4 or A5 sheet of paper or card.
Stick double sided tape to the shorter edge, roll into a tube.
Stick double sided tape into one end of the tube, squash down
Crimp 2cms of the stuck ond to get a pretty finish and a good seal.
Now the time to put any goodies inside your pouch before you seal the other end!
Good ideas are mini eggs, jelly beans, flower or vegetable sheets with mini growing instruction sheets! Possibilities are endless!
Take the other end of the tube and squash in the opposite direction to your previous crimped end.
Repeat the taping and crimping process for that end!
Viola! One paper pod pouch

Monday, 4 March 2013

Hand knitted cushion cover challenge

It took me so long to knit and cost a "real" lot of money to get enough squares (40) for one cushion!
Job done though and is now in my bedroom as part of my handmade bedroom challenge.

Setting out the patchwork squares

Finished cusion