I began to feel a bit better late this afternoon and suddenly got a craving for rice pudding. It is one of Alan's favourites so I decided to put some in the slow cooker. I have made it with great success in the past... Apart from one time, when my poor Sister and her Husband ( who loves rice pudding and I had made it specially for him ) came for a meal....I had put it on low instead of high and we ended up with very crunchy rice pudding! They were very polite but it was a disaster darling - those of you that watch Strictly 'may' have read that in Craig's voice ;) Oh! writing that out I have just remembered another time when a lovely on line friend and family came to visit..I did the same thing then and it was still hard..like raw rice in fact! So, today I made sure it was on high and I have just grated some nutmeg on top and it is smelling wonderful. Ready to eat in half an hour or so...bit late for a pudd after tea but a lovely early supper :)
I had planned ( pre Migraine ) a butternut squash curry for tea. This morning it looked like oven chips and egg would be on the cards. Luckily, as I began to feel a bit better, I felt able to make the curry. Alan did the prep for me and I just had to put it all together.
I use this recipe and adapt it a bit depending on what I have in...Alan had cubed the squash for me and roasted it for 45 minutes ( ish ). A couple of reasons - I think this gives a nice deep flavour and - as it was today - it can be done earlier than is needed and be ready to go in the dish. It also cuts down on time I have to cook it on the hob.
The first step is to sweat off a chopped onion in some olive oil. Then I add the roasted squash.
Stir that around and then add two heaped tablespoon's of Patak's madras curry paste. Aren't these colours just gorgeous! very Autumnal :)
Give it a really good stir and then add the tomatoes ( I use tinned ) and chickpeas ( I didn't have any - as Asda was out of them - so I used haricot beans )
Last night - whilst we were having our romantic stroll through Asda :) - I bought some pakora and vindaloo samosa's. They went in to the oven to warm whilst I finished off the curry and rice was put on to boil
I had some spinach that needed using up so added that along with chopped coriander and I also decided to add some kidney bean's as the tin of haricot bean's had been a small one and it needed more...
About twenty minutes from start to finish and tea was ready. I love this curry ..It is so much nicer than any meat curry I have made. It is light but so flavoursome.
Some boiled rice, curry ( enough left - even after seconds - to freeze for another meal ) a samosa and pakora, with a dollop of the hot sauce on the side and hot buttered pita. Strictly on the tele...Bliss :))
A couple of hours later and the rice pudding was ready. Thankfully soft and creamy :)
A different day to the one expected....A bit of feeling sorry for myself but a lot of love and care from Alan and cuddles from Milly soon pulled me out of that :) Today has ended well and I am pleasantly full of delicious food :)
I'm not going to say anything about how the migraine has lifted. Ooooh no I am not...... Don't want to tempt fate ;)