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Thai-style Yellow Curry | Recipe

Something a bit different for today – a recipe for my favourite curry. I actually cook it without referring to a recipe, but I wrote it up for a friend, so here it is.

This makes a pretty big curry, so depending on how large your oven dish is you may need to adjust the quantity of vegetables.


5 potatoes
1 large sweet potato
3-4 carrots
4 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tin coconut cream (could substitute coconut milk if necessary)
2 tins of chickpeas
2 heaped tablespoons of curry paste (my favourite is Mae Ploy yellow curry paste, but you can use whichever brand you like)
2 mugs of boiling water
Olive oil


-Prepare & chop all vegetables. Regarding size, do whatever you like, just keep in mind that the larger the pieces, the longer it will take to cook. I usually do the root vegetables in cubes approximately twice as large as a die.

-Put all vegetables and the drained chickpeas into your oven dish  – something with a lid, either glass or ceramic is good – and stir.

-In a cup/mug, mix 1 tablespoon of curry paste with a cup of boiling water. Stir until dissolved and pour over curry. Repeat.

-Add tin of coconut cream, and salt and olive oil to taste (e.g. teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of olive oil).

-Stir well. The liquid should almost, but not quite, cover the vegetables – add water if necessary.

-Put it in a preheated oven of 180*C (don’t forget to put the lid on)

-Bake for 15-20 minutes, then take it out and give it a thorough stir. Poke the sweet potato and decide how much longer it needs, around another 15-20 minutes.

-Serve with couscous or rice

Book review: Pyramids

Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A humorous contemplation of the nature of tradition, religion, and belief.

Belief is a force. It’s a weak force, by comparison with gravity; when it comes to moving mountains, gravity wins every time. But it still exists, and now that the Old Kingdom was enclosed upon itself, floating free of the rest of the universe, drifting away from the general consensus that is dignified by the name of reality, the power of belief was making itself felt.

Pratchett is refreshingly oblique. I enjoy his lack of dogma.
This may not be my favourite Discworld book – there are too many excellent ones to choose from – but it’s a great read. I see some interesting parallels with one of his later books Small Gods.

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Book Review: Eric by Shaun Tan

Eric by Shaun Tan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A heart-warming gem of a book. The illustrations are beautifully done –

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Book Review: Sprinkle with Murder

Sprinkle with Murder
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Disappointing. I enjoyed Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery #1), but this book isn’t as good.

-the characters, plot and setting were overdrawn
-shallow characterisations – each person has a couple of defining traits without any real depth
-predictable – I guessed every major plot point, it would have been nice to have a suprise or two Continue reading

Mini Book Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Not bad, but not one of Kinsella’s best. The narrative voice was repetitive and got quite annoying, and Rebecca’s character seemed a bit inconsistent at times.

I recommend I’ve got your Number or Can you Keep a Secret? instead.

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