bouteillebleu: (Neko Arc)
Made this curry yesterday afternoon/evening.

Substitutions/changes:
- Quorn pieces instead of chicken. Seemed okay except they fell apart a lot.
- Can of Tesco green lentils (apparently the same as brown lentils?) instead of both red and brown.
- Powdered ginger instead of fresh, as we don't have any fresh.
- Chilli powder (mild) rather than fresh chilli, as it was either that or some dried crushed chillis and I wanted to err on the side of not hot enough rather than too hot. (I needn't have worried; see below.)
- No coconut milk, as we don't usually keep it in. Instead, 200ml water, 50ml semi-skimmed milk, and 100g of sliced almonds that had gone through the blender and were mostly meal/flour-like in texture (with some that hadn't blended). Worked okay as a thickener, I think, but didn't give much flavour.
- No mustard seed, as we didn't have any, and I reckoned substituting Dijon mustard would not have worked. I didn't expect it to be the biggest change.

The texture's good, and I'm very glad that the butternut squash came out well - I left the skin on, and while it was very very tough when I was chopping it, after three hours of simmering it'd softened very well.

However, missing out the mustard seed left it with no heat at all. it doesn't taste bad, but what taste there is is very subtle. Possibly the mildest not-quite-korma in the whole world.

Still edible enough to have it for lunch at work all this week, though! I've brought a chilli shaker in to add maybe a little more heat. (Also, I forgot to season it at the end, which can't have helped; at least we have seasonings at work too.)
bouteillebleu: (Eye (rainbow))
Went through fridge today to see what'll have gone off by the time I get back from Christmas and New Year holiday. It turned out pretty much everything would keep apart from a pint of milk (most of which can go onto breakfast cereal or into tea for Dad tomorrow, and the rest can be poured away) and a box of Cauldron garlic-and-ginger-marinated tofu pieces.

I'd been meaning to try making a vegetarian form of Oyakodon, so finally got on with it and had a go. Notes I took while cooking are here at the request of [livejournal.com profile] bambooaxe on IRC. :)

Notes are here - not quite recipe form, since I jotted most of this down on the back of an envelope as I was cooking. :) )

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