Guess Who’s Back, Back Again (Hint, It’s 80p)
Hello loyal, patient Endless Simmer readers who come to this blog just for 80p. It’s been a while, to say the least, since I have put fingers to keys. Fear not though, my cooking prowess has not jumped by leaps and bounds in the past few months. But I thought I would take a moment and write about this dish that I have made 3-4 times now. Being an average cook, when I end up with something on a plate that looks like that, I just act like I’ve been there before and smile…then blog about it.
Two things are essential to this dish, Thai Curry Paste and Coconut Milk. Beyond that, you can add pretty much whatever you like. I usually dump in chicken and a veggie or two (this time green beans from the farmer’s market). But back to the beginning: this paste can be found at almost any supermarket, especially an Asian market. The brand I usually buy is called Maesri, but I’m no expert, I’m sure they’re all about as good.
To start with, spoon a couple of tablespoons of the paste into a large pan and add about a cup of coconut milk. Let that come to a boil. In the meantime, dice some chicken and prepare whichever veggies you want. Then, just throw those ingredients into the mix. Since the milk tends to boil off, you probably will need to add some more, especially if you don’t like really spicy food. In fact, this was the mistake I made last night. I let the dish boil for too long and it came out really really really spicy.
So buyer beware, this is not a paste for the timid. If you don’t like spicy fare, I would just reduce the amount of paste.
Finally, this dish just calls out for rice, which brings me to my last point: rice cookers. For so long, Gansie and I have suffered while cooking rice the old fashioned way, and honestly I think it made us avoid making the stuff. For such a little grain, it sure is stubborn. You need to right amount of water, the right temperature, you can’t open the lid to look, and you definitely can’t stir to check the water level. So even though I feel like rice cookers might be considered cheating, I don’t really care. Making rice sucks, and rice cookers (thank you Aroma) make it not suck. So there.