Flavoursome Curry

We did something today we haven’t done for years………. bought a whole chicken.
What’s even more of a surprise, was that it was a ready cooked whole chicken and still hot.
The last (frozen) chicken I purchased for a Sunday roast was nearly all carcass, and instead of the three meals I was expecting to get (roast, sandwiches and curry usually for a family of four), I was lucky to get two for the pair of us.
roast chickenYesterday Hubby bought a bag of mango chutney flavoured potato chip snacks, which were OK, but would actually have tasted better with a curry or sweet and sour, so we sealed the bag ready for tonight.

Our local supermarket is in the middle of a revamp (must be catching) and things ain’t where they used to be! When we eventually track them down, the price has either gone up or you get less, but they usually do a good line in cooked chicken breast which is great for a meal for the three of us……… not that Maggie gets the fancy seasonings, her portion of the cooked meat goes in her bowl before I start to add anything else and she’ll have a couple of spoonfuls of plain rice added to that when it’s cooked.

Tonight when shopping for our ingredients, the packs of chicken breast I normally buy were nothing but flaky crumbs and scraps, and at £2 for 240g, a bit on the pricey side, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this whole chicken reduced from £4 to £2.47 and thought
‘That’ll do for me.’

Hubby stripped it and there is enough for some decent sandwiches tomorrow and I decided on curry tonight as I haven’t made one for a while.

Now curries are ‘chuck anything in’ as far as I’m concerned, and tonight was no exception.
I mix curry powder, turmeric and a stock cube in a cup of water for my ‘sauce’, plus a teaspoon of sugar, *total cost 12 – 15p.
As well as the chicken (I used just under half of it, so let’s say £1.20), these are the rest of the ingredients, and I must say, the taste explosion was exquisite!

1 thinly sliced carrot ( I know, I use these a lot)  11p
1 chopped onion                                                           5p*
2 cloves garlic                                                               2p*
fresh chopped ginger                                                  2p*
2 chopped mushrooms                                             16p
large handful sultanas                                               10p**

When serving, sprinkle the top liberally with desiccated coconut, 10p**.
* estimated cost as either already in the boat* or part of a packet**.

Add the mango chutney crisps (potato chips) on the side, and you’re ready to tuck in.
All for about two pounds, excluding the crisps (and that’s for the two of us).

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Flavoursome Curry

  1. I have noticed all the new container that are coming onthe market. I am sure that there is less than before. Today I noticed the results of the fires that consumed large area of the nortwest United States this summer. The main one was were the cattle were raised. There was hardly any beef cat food available. Birders are reporting birds in areas that they are seldomseem.

    • It’s strange isn’t it. Paying more for less in the shops, and then shortages of items due to unforeseen circumstances which gives them another reason to put the price up. Someone on the marina said we were in for a hard winter this year as the swans have stayed close to ground.

  2. DM says:

    there is a whole chicken in the oven @ this very moment @ our place 🙂 Picked it up a month ago @ the local farmers market when I dropped off some apples at another vendors. I like to use my grandma’s recipe..first I brown it, then throw it in the oven until tender. (I used to stay over night @ her house each Wednesday for a few years when I would have piano lessons…we had moved to the farm and so I would miss the school bus, end up staying with them, she would always cook my favorite meal..and then round out the evening with a game of cards. Now that I am older, I can appreciate her perspective…

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