Having decided that fish is the best way forward, I’ve since been experimenting with various fishy dishes and you can expect to see more over the coming weeks, as long as I don’t fall of the wagon and find myself gorging on pasta. It’s a possibility; I’m only human after all.
1 small white fish fillet (cod or haddock), roughly chopped
Handful of peeled cooked prawns, frozen
200g chopped tomatoes
1 white onion, quartered
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2cm piece of ginger, minced
1tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
150g natural yoghurt
400ml fish stock
Handful freshly shopped coriander to garnish
Toast the mustard seeds in an oil free pan for about 30 seconds. Set aside. Using one tablespoon of vegetable oil fry the onion and pepper pieces until soft, the onion should have some colour. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the garlic and ginger to the pan, with a little more oil, if required, cook until lightly coloured, then add the mustard seeds, chilli flakes, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and turmeric. Allow the spices to cook until fragrant; do not allow them to burn or the curry will taste bitter.
Add the pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and the fish and prawns and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes. Once the fish is cooked add the yoghurt and stir well. Serve immediately garnished with freshly chopped coriander.
|It’s about time we all banished our inner snob and got stuck into the reduced section.|
- Never shop when you are hungry – You will inevitably buy more
- Make a list, and stick to it – Sounds simple? Well, it’s not, but if you follow rule number 3 you’re more likely to.
- Create a weekly meal plan – This way you’ll know exactly what you need before you step foot in the supermarket. Let’s face it we’ve all come home with a can of chickpeas (thinking ‘oh that’s healthy’) and thought what am I going to make with these? Then they sit in the cupboard until they surpass their expiration date.
- Swap branded products for own brands – What’s so fine about ‘finest’ anyway, the packaging?
- Don’t be tempted by special offers – Unless it is actually something you need to, or were planning to buy anyway. Remember – do I really need 16 sausages?!
- Look high and low – Studies have found that supermarkets heavily invest in creating foolproof marketing tactics, such as placing more expensive items at adult eye level and products that are aimed at children will be found within their reach.
- Don’t need toiletries this week? – Avoid that aisle all together; the chances are, if you walk down it you’ll buy something. Remember that supermarkets are very clever at laying out their stores in such a way that means you’ll often have to walk from one end of the store to the other for your staple products, meaning you inevitably spend more.
- Leave the kids at home – I know this isn’t always practical, but I really think it could save you money. You’ll wiz straight past that horsey ride outside, and have a trolley free from sweets and items you’ve only bought to keep them quiet/ happy.
- Avoid the last minute purchase – supermarkets are great at this, stacking expensive ‘impulse buy’ items by the till. If you stand there long enough you’ll end up with at least one of them in your basket.
- Check the reduced section – It’s about time we all banished our inner snob and got stuck into the reduced section. You’ll probably find a few items you were going to buy at full price. Okay, so they are nearing their expiry date, but you’ve got a freezer haven’t you?