Since lunchtime I have been feeling increasingly Bleurgh!!! Sore neck, heavy head and aching bones …… just as the sun comes out I come down with a cold.
Still I am not alone in my misery – both kids came in from school reporting the same symptoms. Team Colliar is out sick!!
Oh No!!! DS2 decided that he still wanted to go to his swimming lesson – woop Honest!! Just what I needed – hot and noisy changing rooms and a room full of Mums wanting to make conversation and stuff. But I pulled my BGK on and got dinner organised for when we got back – cos I was predicting that the last thing I would feel like doing when I got home was cooking – indeed I could barely be bothered to eat.
So – a Thermal Cooking Bag recipe to the rescue – a fragrant fluffy chicken biryani. Lots of flavour but light on the tummy. The spices are supposed to be good when you have a cold as well aren’t they?
Also – cheap as anything as make as its mainly rice flavoured with a little meat. some vegetables and a little spice and I know the boys will wolf this down no matter how poorly they are feeling.
If you don’t have a thermal cooking bag you can do this on the hob – about 15 minutes in a closely covered pot at the very lowest heat should do it – VERY low mind otherwise it will catch and burn at the bottom.
for four servings
- 3 small chicken fillets ( or one chicken breast)
- 200g basmati rice
- 500g boiling water
- 1 carrot – cut in half and sliced
- Half a chopped onion
- Dozen green beans – cut into 1″ pieces
- 1 tablespoon biryani paste / curry in a hurry paste
Chop the chicken into thin pieces – I used just three of the chicken mini fillets cos I got some cheap – but boned turkey thigh would be even more tasty ( and much cheaper)
As soon as the chicken begins to turn opaque – chuck in the carrot and onion and allow to soften for a few minutes.
Stir in one tablespoon of curry paste and the 500 ml of water before tipping in the rice and stirring. Pop the heat up nice and high and return the liquid to a boil.
Pop the lid on and cook for three minutes at a brisk rolling boil.
Throw the beans on top and cover again – cook for another two minutes (that is just five minutes in total) before snuggling into your thermal cooking bag.
Then chuck your kid into the car and head off for his swimming lesson. Back an hour later to scoop this:
from the pot straight onto the plates and onto the table. It got scoffed in about ten minutes and both boys headed off for showers and jammies ………………… and bed!! Yup, BOTH boys headed off to their rooms at 6.30 pm.
I kinda wish I felt better as there is masses I could do between now and midnight …………….. but I do think I may just have to join them pretty soon. Sods law isn’t it – a child free evening and I can think of nothing but my duvet and a hot water bottle.
Still – cheap night in LOL. makes it the third No Spend Day in a row too – YAY!!!
So – erm! Talk amongst yourselves I’m off to make a honey and lemon and go snuggle down. Happy Days!!