Saag Daal and Buffalo Chicken Wings – Junk’s Manor

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Today’s lunch is a bit of a mishmash but definitely cheaper than my normal lunches. Bought a bag of spinach on the weekend and was wondering what to do with it. I hate that spinach always come in big bags. I know they shrink when cooked but 1 bag last at least 4 meals for me. There were some lentils languishing in my pantry and thought why don’t I give Saag Daal a try? So I’m having the leftovers from dinner last night with a few added extras.

Consulted a few recipes for Saag Daal online and they are variants along the same theme. Basically, you soak or boil the lentils till they are tender, fry up some onions and spices, bunk in the lentils with enough liquid and continue to boil, add the chopped up spinach and you are done! For my version, I added tomatoes, ginger and garlic and for the spices, I went with tumeric, coriander, cumin, fennel seeds, chilli powder and a bit of all spice. Turned out pretty good I think!

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Waitrose currently have a 1/3 off all chilled ready meals and I was tempted by the Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings. I believe after discount, it was £1.99 for 12 wings which I thought was a good deal. Since it’s from Waitrose and need to cater for the mass market, I knew it will never be that spicy but was quietly hopeful. Alas, my instinct was right, it’s not spicy at all and to add insult to injury, it’s sweet. Decided to use it to bulk up my lunch as the wings are too depressing to eat on it’s own. Will need to go back to the Orange Buffalo for my wing kicks soon.

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For the carb portion of my lunch, I went digging into my trusty pantry and found the last bag of Tilda’s microwave basmati rice. This time, it’s Coconut Basmati and I knew it will match my Saag Daal well as it says on the package “Perfect for curries”!

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In all, a very satisfying lunch. The Saag Daal brewed up overnight and I can taste the fennel and all spice coming thru the sweetness of the tomatoes and onions. The buffalo wings were ok after generous lashings of Tabasco sauce. As for the rice, not the best in the Tilda’s range but pleasant enough with quite a bit of shredded coconut scattered amongst the rice grains. I will definitely cook Saag Daal again in the near future.

Junk’s Manor
Somewhere in West London
Open 365 days a year (except leap years)
No dinner party plans as yet

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Curry Chicken – Chez Boom

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If you’ve been following my fledging blog, you would realise that I do spend quite a bit for lunch. Not being a fat cat banker, I do need to tighten my belt sometimes. Also, I’ve been promising an austerity lunch for a while. So today, it’s leftovers for lunch with some additions.

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Potato Bread

Last week, the Boom decided to make some bread, something he never had luck with. Finally he managed to make something decent and so I offered to make curry chicken so we can dip the bread he so lovingly made. According to him, the recipe from the Hairy Bikers is very trusty and consistent. Blame Boom if it didn’t work for you! I’m glad to say that for once, Boom’s bread tastes like bread! Crusty on the outside, Soft and fluffy on the inside. Nothing goes better with chicken curry then crusty bread with a slab of butter. Ok, white fluffy rice does the trick as well!

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I’ve been trying to replicate the curry chicken that my Mom used to make but somehow, there is a “something something” that always eludes me. Does not help that I don’t use precise measurements when I cook, then again my Mom don’t measure as well! On to my chicken curry, the list of ingredients include, shallots, fresh and dried chillies, ginger, lemongrass, curry powder, cardamom pods, coconut milk, spuds and a whole chicken cut into pieces.

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Don’t know why, but curries tend to taste better the next day after cooking so Boom and I ate most of it the next day after I cooked it but there was still some leftovers. So I’m having it for lunch today. Coupled the curry with Tilda’s Mushroom Rice and a small bag of mix veg from Tesco. Curry Chicken was from leftover so basically free, the mushroom rice was languishing in my pantry so free as well. The only thing I paid for was the mix veg bag from Tesco. It was 2 for £2.50 so £1.25 each. In all, not a bad lunch I’d say!

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Chez Boom
Somewhere in West London
Mon-Sun 24 hours
Only for the worthy
Strictly by invitation 🙂