- Some of you might have known that I have recently been feeding largely off spinach and fruits. No, I have not turned into a rabbit (though I still and always will, twitch my nose) it is just that there is no halal meat shop in Bath. However, I can still eat seafood and from my recent discovery of ready to eat mixed prawns, calamari and mussels – look what I came up with. TA-DA!!! Mixed seafood Curry Mee!
- Place a handful of spinach into a microwavable bowl and cover with cling wrap. Microwave it on high for two minutes.
- Place a dollop of butter/margarine/oil whichever one you prefer, and whirl it around until the base of the pan is evenly coated. Drop a large tablespoon and a half of the curry paste and stir it around until the whole house smells of it (but don’t set the fire alarm off). Pour a quarter cup of water and stir until even (you can use coconut milk here if you want the extra oomph! And the extra calories).
- Once the curry starts to simmer, add in the egg noodles. Then again, it depends on how many people you are cooking for. Coat the noodles evenly with curry and noodle it around.
- Always add in the seafood last because these babies will shrivel if cooked for too long. You can substitute the seafood I used with cod or mackerel, and if you have a fatter wallet, salmon.
- Pour the contents of the pan into the bowl with the spinach/vegetables in it and mix them around. Your curry mee is ready to be served.
All the ingredients are bought from Sainsbury’s. You will need:
Thai Red Curry Paste (£1.00), Egg noodles (£1.00), Spinach (£1.50 for a 200g packet) or Stir Fry Vegetable with Mushroom mix (£1.50 for 350g), Ready to Eat Mixed Seafood (£5.00 for two packets = 4 or 5 servings of curry mee).
Obviously you don’t need the whole bottle of curry paste or the whole bag of spinach to begin with if you are only cooking for yourself. The actual shopping list was as follows and it yielded 6-7 large portions of curry mee. University life makes me a hungry person.
Note that if you are using the Stir Fry Vegetable mix, stir fry the vegetables first. I know it is common sense, but well. . .
Anyway, one thing I like about the supermarkets here is that nearly everything is ready to cook – the Stir Fry Vege mix I referred to is washed and cut prior to packing. This makes it convenient for busy people who doesn’t have the leisure to cook meals which require a lot of preparations.
Then again, I noticed a lot of instant food – even housewives are depicted on adverts, satisfying their hubby’s appetite by relying on microwavable meals in a bag.
This makes me think, where is the love? The love that comes from the “air tangan” or the personal touch of the cook? The feeling when preparing the food? Or has the love been traded for instant gratification and convenience?