It’s curry time! Curry puff puffs, curry filo puffs and curry cups

thebigfatnoodle's curry puff puffs - stay away if you can't handle spicy food!

Curry in a hurry If there’s one type of food that the Brits have truly taken to their hearts and made their own, it is the curry. It’s Britain’s favourite take-away and I daresay the number of Indian restaurants could rival the number of pubs in the UK quite easily. Anyone know if that might … Continue reading

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Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and tomato jelly

Pea shoots set in tomato jelly.

Jelly making with a savoury twist Some of you may remember that last year, my husband and I visited London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building to have dinner at Searcy’s restaurant on the top floor. The most memorial part of that night out, apart from the architecture, turned out to be the amuse bouche that we were … Continue reading

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An oriental twist on streaky slices – sweet, sour, spicy and sticky

Streaky slices oven-baked in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce.

What do you think you smell of? My mum used to say that she could tell where people came from by how they smelt. She’s a bit bonkers is my mum, and I stopped trying to reason with her on matters like this a long time ago. The last time we had this discussion was … Continue reading

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My favourite Chinese soup of all time: Spare rib and mustard green soup

You can also use duck instead of pork but I prefer using ribs - the bones provide extra flavour.

What do you eat when you’re ill? I have decided that I am impossible to cook for when ill because I become a very horrible patient. Colds are f–king annoying! One’s not sick enough to be confined to bed but the snot-filled, streaming-eyed person it turns one into means one isn’t fit for company either. … Continue reading

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Cooking with fruit: hot and spicy peachy wings

Hot and spicy peachy wings

Cooking with fruit I love chicken wings. They are my favourite part of the chicken to eat. In summer, chicken wings are a barbecue staple; however it’s autumn now; doesn’t mean I have to stop eating them though. I came up with this marinade because I wanted to create one that, after cooking, would effectively … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 30 minutes

My 30 minute quick and easy, Friday is for fish dish :) Sweet and sour prawns

Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 20 minutes Whenever my friends and I talk about food, nothing divides the group more than when we discuss what goes into a ‘sweet and sour’. I’m firmly in the anti-pineapple camp but that’s because my husband makes a wicked pineapple dipping … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful 30 minute suppers: Vietnamese-style spring rolls

Magic rice paper

This is another one of my lazy but easy 30 minute mid-week suppers. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and works brilliantly with cold chicken or prawns, beef, lamb, tofu – just about anything! On top of that, it’s a really affordable dish as the rice paper wrappers are really cheap. Because I’m … Continue reading

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a salad that bites back – guilt-free thai sum Tom (with tempeh or chicken)

Thai tom sum - my all-time favourite oriental salad

It’s been a happy, happy few days for the bigfatnoodle and the bigmonster. Our local Thai grocery store in Guildford has started selling fresh green papaya, yippeeee! The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I freely admit it; the last few weeks of thebigfatnoodle have been a teeny bit of food fest. Our livers, not to mention our … Continue reading

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