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Tandoori Potato Curry (V)

Tandoori Potato CurryOkay so I’ve cooked this potato curry a couple of times in keeping with my New Year’s resolution of having more vegetarian meals. But I also decided to serve it up to my sisters and their hubby’s when they came over for dinner on the weekend to see what they thought. I served it alongside a yummy chicken curry, mint yogurt raita, naan, rice and my easy seekh kebabs in onion ketchup sauce. It went down so well with my little sis and hubby, they took some back home to London, and this is what she sent me…

Sis message

Yay! It was a hit!!

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Sloppy Joe Kebab | Using up leftovers

How many of you have heard of a ‘Sloppy Joe’ in England? It’s not a common meal, but this messy beef burger is an American classic and one the kids will love.

I first decided to make a ‘Sloppy Joe Kebab’ because it was a great way to inject some life into my left over Aloo Keema (mince and potato curry), by disguising the meal from the night before so there wouldn’t be any food wastage. And sure enough this meal went down a treat! I simply swapped the traditional burger bun for a nice chunky naan from the supermarket and served it up to the family as a kebab. Now I always aim to team the two meals together.

Sloppy Joe Kebab with Ketchup_label

Below is my base mince curry recipe. Add potatoes and peas to make a yummy curry or use it to make your Sloppy Joe Kebab.

SuperFoods included – olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes
SuperSpices included – cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper

Total cooking time: 40-45mins (If using the next day like me, 10mins to prepare)
Serves a family of four

50ml (2fl oz/ ¼ cup) olive oil
1 onion – peeled, finely chopped
2 small cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods – whole
2 black peppercorns
2 tbsp minced ginger
2 tbsp minced garlic
500g (1lb 2oz) lean minced/ ground beef or lamb
½ tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground paprika
200g tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
Salt to taste (optional)
Ground Cayenne pepper to taste (optional


Heat the oil in a pot and add the onion, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black peppercorns and stir-fry the onions on med-high heat until golden and a little crispy looking.

Add the ginger, garlic and stir-fry for 30secs, followed by the minced beef or lamb. Cook until sealed and use the spoon to break up the meat to avoid any clumps.

Add cumin, turmeric, coriander and paprika. Cook the spices for a minute and add the tomatoes and tomato puree.

Stir and simmer (covered) for 30-40mins or until the meat is thoroughly cooked. Check halfway and add little water if the curry looks a little dry, then replace the lid and continue to simmer.

Once cooked, remove a serving for the kids and set aside. Then add salt and cayenne pepper to the main pot and stir. Serve to the family on top of soft fluffy naan topped with freshly cut salad and:

  • Kids 2 years – no tomato ketchup
  • Kids 3 years plus – a little tomato ketchup
  • Adults – chilli sauce and garlic mayonnaise

So there you have it… my Sloppy Joe Kebab. I was really keen to share this recipe with you all in the hope that you’d find it as useful as I have.

I’ve already started thinking about other meals I can transform my simple mince curry left overs into. Next on my list is Cottage Pie…. top the beef mince with freshly cooked mashed potato (grill for a golden crust on top), served with gravy and fresh vegetables.

Feel free to share any ideas you may have too. I’d love to hear them.

Back to Reality | Crumbly Beef Goulash

This week was back to reality with a GIANT THUD being my first week back at work after the Christmas and New Year’s break. The holidays feel like a dream now and I find that I’m dragging myself around the office with a serious case of the holiday blues. That said, I like to look at the holiday blues as a positive, so here is my personal diagnosis of what the holiday blues is really about.

holiday blues quote

There you go… do my words of wisdom help you feel a little better about getting back into the old routine??

Anyway, old routine resumed (grudgingly) and the quick family meal recipes are once again back in demand. So I cooked this beef goulash recipe last night after work. It’s a Hungarian classic with a dash of Indian spices to make this a delish family meal.

crumbly beef goulash

I call this goulash a ‘crumbly’ goulash because I’ve chosen to use minced beef in this recipe over the usual chunks of beef so it’s much quicker from stove to table. And this satisfying, hassle-free meal and is even quicker because you simply serve it up with a freshly baked baguette from the supermarket. Or other alternatives are:

  1. Part-baked baguettes which you can buy from the supermarket. I LURVE these – ready in 10mins, warm, soft and fluffy straight from the oven. They keep in the cupboard for a few weeks too so a great purchase for your food cupboard.
  2. Garlic bread. Definitely not the traditional way to serve this meal but it tastes good so I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. Another one that keeps for a while… just whack it in your freezer.

Finally just before I get to the recipe, here’s my usual summary of the superfoods and superspices included in this meal:

SuperFoods included – olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, green bell pepper, yogurt
SuperSpices included – paprika, cardamom, black pepper, cayenne pepper (if used)

Total cooking and preparation time: 35-40mins
Serves a family of 4

Drizzle of olive oil
500g (1lb 2oz.) lean mined beef – washed, drained
1 onion – peeled, chopped
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. ground paprika
2 cardamom pods – green, crushed
1 x 400g (14 oz.) can of chopped tomatoes
120g (4 oz.) macaroni pasta
250ml (8 fl oz. / 1 cup) of water
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 green bell pepper – washed, de-seeded, diced
Salt to taste (optional)
Ground cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Greek style yogurt – to serve

Heat the oil in a pan, add the mince and stir-fry until browned (approx. 10mins).

Add the onions, garlic, paprika and cardamom and cook for 2mins. Then add the tomatoes, macaroni, water, black pepper. Stir, cover and simmer for 7mins.

Add the bell pepper, stir, cover and continue to simmer for a further 7-8mins until the peppers, macaroni and beef are all cooked.

Serve with a dollop of greek style yogurt and a baguette of your choice.

Tip: If you want to add salt and chillies to your serving but don’t want to include any in your kids meals, simply remove a serving or two from the main pot and set aside for the kids. Then feel free to add salt and chillies to the main pot and stir.

Tilda Kids Range Review

When I was approached by Tilda to review their brand new range of Tilda Kids rice and veggies pouches, my initial thoughts were no thanks, I prefer to make my own rice hence my post on how to make ‘perfect basmati rice for kids’.

But then I thought there are probably a lot of working mums with very little time to spare that would be interested in this range, and would be keen to know more about it (plus I was intrigued) so I gave it a go…

There are four different varieties available:

tilda kids 4

  • Cheese and Tomato Rice
  • Mild and Sweet Curry Rice
  • Sunshine Vegetable Rice
  • Sweet Vegetable and Wholegrain Rice

I decided to give the Sunshine Vegetable Rice pouch a go simply because it sounded yummy! It includes steamed basmati rice with butternut squash, sweetcorn and carrots.

tilda kids_sunshine veg

The pouches are very simply to cook. Simply place upright in the microwave (after making a little cut at the top of the pouch) and cook on high for 40 seconds.

Mind your fingers when removing it from the microwave as the pouch was fairly hot.

Open the pouch, pour the contents into a bowl and fluff with a fork. That’s it! It’s done in about a minute from beginning to end.

Tilda kids bowl

Now I personally have an issue with nuking rice in a microwave. I just don’t think it steams as well as it does in a pot. There’s also something less authentic about cooking basmati rice in the microwave. So needless to say I was a little sceptical and was expecting the rice to be dry. But after having a sneaky taste I was very pleasantly surprised! The rice was soft and tasty.

The rice pouches can be used as a quick accompaniment to curry’s and stews, but are tasty enough to serve on their own too. With ‘hidden’ vegetables in the rice, Tilda claim that one pouch will equate to ‘1 of your little ones 5 a day’ which is great news for us busy working mums.

When I served the rice up to my little one, the response I received was ‘nummy’ (my daughter’s equivalent to ‘yummy’) followed by munch munch munch. That’s all I needed to hear, the seal of approval had been given.

So my overall view… a great idea. The pouches are super quick, tasty and nutritious. I personally will continue to cook my own basmati rice as it is very easy to add fresh vegetables and natural colourings to rice to make it tasty and appealing,. But if I have to stay late at work to hit a deadline and I still want to ensure my child is eating well, these pouches are great to keep in the cupboard and can be whipped out ready to serve within seconds.

The new Tilda Kids range is available in Tesco stores and most Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda stores and on Ocado, with an RRP of £1.15 for a 125g pack.