Admittedly, when I get home in the evenings, I don’t always want to lovingly prepare dishes from scratch, sometimes I get by with a little help from my friend, The Supermarket. Here’s three of these secrets I’ll let you in on…
Mae Ploy Green Curry Paste
Making your own chilli paste can be costly and time-consuming, but this curry paste takes all that out of the equation. Just fry, then add coconut milk, water, vegetables and meat and you’re done! The tub gives you eight portions and is around the £2 mark. Now you can have quick thai food without reaching for the takeaway menu!
Asda thai selection pack
Another thai one, this is perfect for making tom yam (recipe coming soon) and costs just 86p (price correct 9th March 2010, Fratton store). In the pack you get thai shallots, garlic, lemongrass, chillies and galangal. Buying all the ingredients seperately would cost a fair bit more! The only thing it lacks is kaffir lime leaves – I’m lucky I can pick frozen ones up at our local asian supermarket and just take them out when I need them.
New! Ambrosia Crumble Puds
I just tried these yesterday and I swear these are my new pudding cheat. The custard contains compote (there’s a few fruits to choose from, I had apple) and I warmed mine up in the microwave and sprinkled the crumble balls over the top. OK it’s not a proper apple crumble but they still rate top in my shop-bought desserts.