Thursday, July 31, 2008

Store cupboard saviours

I am big on keeping my pantry stocked with the kinds of things that mean I can make a meal in a hurry without having to think too much. This meal is one of my favourites, funnily enough it is not one that I would generally make if we were having guests, although I have been known to substitute the tinned salmon for fish and prawns to make it feel a bit more like something special. But as much as I would reluctantly serve my store cupboard version up to visitors, I happily feed it to my family who all love it. I think somehow it is the feeling of cringe I get when I think of tinned fish with curry, but it strangely works- well I am more than happy to eat it anyway and I am as fussy as they come (ask my mother!!!!).

As always the recipe here is a guide, I will try to be as exact as I can (this serves 4)

Storecupboard Salmon Curry

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
oil for frying
1 tsp curry powder (or more if you like it spicier, this is the mild version for our spice averse daughter!)
1-2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely diced
1/2 c frozen peas
1/2c frozen corn
2 tins red salmon (400g approx)
1 tin coconut cream (400 ml)
4 boiled eggs (I like them just past soft)
Chopped coriander or flat leaf parsley to serve
Basmati rice to serve

Fry onions and garlic in oil til soft, add curry powder and fry a little longer. Add celery, carrots, peas and corn and soften. Drain salmon and get rid of bones and skin, then flake into pan, incorporating with the veges. Pour in coconut cream and simmer for 15 or so minutes, stirring every now and then.Serve on the cooked rice with the eggs quartered on top, then sprinkled with coriander or parsley (and a lemon or lime wedge for squeezing over if you fancy!)


Coby said...

I am really funny about tinned fish. I love Nigella's fish patties though, and I just have a feeling I would love this too. I think the curry would take away some of the 'fishiness' I can find hard to take in dishes that heat it.

I LOOKS pretty enough to serve up to guests, yet it has the feel of home-food about it (and really what guest wouldn't love 'home-food' anyway?).

If I am ever over your way Linda, I would feel very fortunate to be served such a meal:)

Thinking About Food said...

Aaaah, how kind Coby, it would be lovely to cook for you!:)

hungryandfrozen said...

This sounds delicious Linda...quite similar to something my dad often makes :)

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Looks tasty Linda. The everyday family favourites are always best aren't they.