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Thai Garden Vegetable Curry!

Having harvested the green peppers, tomatoes, yellow courgettes and potatoes from the garden, it occurred to me that whilst we have a good little haul here, there really isnt enough of any one vegetable to make a meal from, and theres only so much homemade vegetable soup that we can make!

James and I have been trying to be a little more healthy these days and so I scoured my Slimming World cookbook and came up with an idea: Thai Garden Vegetable Curry! This is really a take on a classic chicken curry recipe that I found in there but with a bit of a thai twist:

Healthy Thai Garden Vegetable Curry

Three yellow courgettes, peeled into shavings (its the only way I can eat courgettes!)

Four potatoes

Four beefsteak sized tomatoes

Green or red peppers

Fish sauce (nam pla)

Lime juice

Coconut Milk, or coconut cream, depending on how thick you like it!

Two onions, sliced or chopped up depending on how you like them

Red, yellow or green thai curry paste

Rice or noodles to serve

Firstly, peel and chop the potatoes into cubes and boil for five minutes to soften them, a bit longer the softer you like them!

Chop the onions up roughly and fry in a little oil until sealed – you dont want them going brown!

stir in the thai paste and fry for a second with the onions

Add a tin of coconut milk, a splash of fish sauce, and the lime juice

Simmer for five minutes until liquid is hot then cut up and add all your vegetables EXCEPT for the courgette ribbons

Simmer with the lid on for about fifteen minutes, adding the courgettes in for the last five minutes (they dissolve otherwise).

Serve with noodles or with rice.

Nom nom nom!!! Cant wait to eat this for tea tonight!!

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Oh my gosh it really has been a long time since I have been on here!!! Well, we have had some successes and some failures over the ‘summer’ (If you can really call it that!!)

The raised bed has come along brilliantly and we have had some lovely yellow courgettes from the courgette plants that we put in  there. Our pumpkin is a MONSTER and is STILL growing!! By halloween it is going to be enormous!We also have some sweet peppers growing on the three pepper plants that we put in the raised bed, I cant wait to see what they taste like, we will try to leave them until they turn red but I’m not sure I will be able to wait that l0ng!!!

The giant sunflowers that we planted grew fantastically for a while but sadly one of them snapped in half when we had the bad rain. One of them is still doing well though and next year we will plant a whole row of these to hide the back of the ugly garage, as they look so cheerful!

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…I have to admit, I am not a massive fan of courgettes, but seeing as ours have done so well and are now ready for picking, and seeing as James is such a good cook, it would be a total waste not to at least try them.

James found a really lovely recipe (see below) and I have to say, I am converted!

http://aforkfulofspaghetti.blogspot.com/2009/06/warm-broad-bean-chorizo-and-courgette.html

Here is a picture of our scrumptious tea!

nom nom nom...

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Hellooo…sorry I have been a bit rubbish with the posts recently, this flipping rain has meant that we havent been able to do much on the garden at all,

HOWEVER it HAS resulted in some pretty spectacular vegetables!!! Today after work I picked the first broad beans and the first yellow courgettes from our garden!! I am so excited, here are some pictures of them!!

Now we are just waiting for the tomatoes to turn red, the sweetcorn cobs to appear and the climbing french beans to develop!

yellow courgettes

broad beans

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We had our first dinner tonight cooked with produce from our garden!!! James raided one of our potato plants, which had provided TEN big potatoes on its own!!! Next we cut some of the rocket which was getting lovely and leafy with a fab peppery taste. James boiled the potatoes and grilled a chicken breast, and voila! There was our dinner – chargrilled chicken breast with rocket and potato salad!

I had read that there is nothing like eating vegetables and fruit that you have grown yourself, and I have to agree – they were completely delicious. The potatoes have a lovely buttery taste and are so soft and fluffy, and the rocket is SO strong and peppery, and you can really smell it!

yum...my dinner!

Here is a picture of our delicious tea, my friend Lisa also sent me a photograph recently of a dinner that she had cooked using their own grown ingredients,she has had success growing broccoli and spinach and steamed it to create this lovely dinner….

Lisa's delicious looking broccoli and spinach

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…I would just like to report that I have had a really lovely Nibble box from www.graze.com today, it was delicious. I had korean chilli crackers (my favourite), golden hazelnuts (honey coated hazelnuts which taste like ferrero rocher, I am a fan!), fiery cashews (thai spiced cashew nuts) and honey bee good – a lovely mix of honey roasted nuts.

If you fancy a free Nibble or Fruit box, simply go to www.graze.com and enter in voucher code: HP4D87B3 and you will get one free and your next one half price! (they are normally £2.99). For more info see my earlier post on graze boxes in the lifestyle category! P.s it really is worth rating the food on there as that means you will get some yummy things in your next box!

Enjoy x

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Mmmm…… this afternoon I have cooked a nice dinner for James and I. Now unfortunately I dont have all of these ingredients ready in my own garden yet, but I hope to (apart from the cheese and the bread – although I would love a cheese plant….mmmm).

I cooked:

Italian garlic Bruschetta with roasted tomato and onion salsa.

Ingredients:

small punnet of cherry or vine tomatoes, halved

One white onion (medium size)

Three spring onions

Fresh oregano

Two cloves of garlic, chopped

salt and pepper

day old fresh bread, brown or white it is up to you, a french loaf or ciabatta is ideal

Two balls of mozzarella cheese

jar of red pesto sauce

Instructions:

Chop the tomatoes into halves, slice the onion up roughly and chop the spring onion into fine slices, finely chop two garlic cloves and add to the mixture.

Put these into a roasting tin

Drizzle with olive oil

Chop up some fresh oregano leaves and sprinkle over.

season with salt and pepper

Mix everything up with your hands

Put in the oven for half an hour on gas mark 6

Pop the bread under the grill for ten minutes to toast

Once toasted (you want them crispy) spread a thin layer of red pesto over each slice

When tomato mixture is cooked, take out of the oven and pour over the slices of bread

Add slices of mozzarella and a sprinkling of pepper to taste.

Voila! Apologies for the slightly vague instructions, but a good cook I am not. However, this came out surprisingly well and was really tasty.

We hope to have a good store of most of the ingredients involved for this recipe! We already have oregano growing in the garden and we are currently growing spring onions, tomatoes, normal white onions and garlic at the moment!

Who knows? Maybe having all of these delicious ingredients so close to hand may turn me into a cook yet!!

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