Christmas Treats – Blogmas Day 14

I was pretty chuffed with Tesco this week as they gave me a delicious Christmas box of yummy treats. There was Thornton’s Toffee, Fudge and Caramel, Sponge Pudding, Options Hot Chocolate, some Fruity Flapjacks and Magical Reindeer food!

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I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about the Magical Reindeer Food. It is described as a magical mixture of oats, carrot and edible glitter! It is designed to be left outside on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer so don’t eat it. Somehow, I think all the wild birds will get there before Rudolf does!

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers revealing what they put in to their Christmas boxes or hampers and although it’s not something I had thought about until recently, I think that it could be a lot of fun for next year. This is what I would put it in mine:

  • A Christmas tree craft kit – Lots of colouring, cutting paper, glue and glitter
  • Something festive to wear – a novelty jumper, reindeer antlers or an elf’s hat
  • Treats for Santa and the reindeer food to leave out before bed
  • A customised plate – this isn’t something we have but I’ve always wanted to design with the children and have printed
  • Stationery to write Thank You notes to Santa, family and friends
  • The Snowman movie
  • A CD or music playlist of Christmas songs

Speaking of Christmas boxes, when I was at school, I learnt that the 26th December became known as Boxing Day because the rich used to put their left over food in to boxes and donate it to the poor. I was thinking about this recently because I noticed that a lot of supermarkets were leaving boxes out for people to fill with longlife goods for foodbanks. It may have evolved slightly but I think it’s nice that a generous tradition of giving back still continues today.

Anyway, is it traditional in your home to have a Christmas Eve box or hamper? What do you or would you put in yours? Let me know. Bx

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Red Thai Curry Cottage Pie

I first thought about creating Thai fusion dishes about three years ago after I dreamt that I was on Masterchef. When I woke up in the morning, my head was filled with an abundance of ideas and this Thai curry cottage pie was one of them.

Recipe:

500g of mince pork (although you can use Quorn, beef, chicken or any mince really)
400ml of coconut milk
2 tbsp red Thai curry paste (available at most supermarkets and Oriental grocery stores)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 potato
1 sweet potato
1 handful (approx 100g of Cheddar cheese)

Method:

Peel the potato and sweet potato and cut into chunks.

Boil in a saucepan of water on a medium to high heat.

In a frying pan add half of the vegetable oil and fry the mince.

Drain the excess water that appears in the frying pan using a metal sieve.

Return the mince to the frying pan and continue to cook until slightly golden in colour.

Remove from the frying pan and place in an ovenproof dish.

Add the remaining cooking oil to the frying pan as well as the red Thai curry paste.

After a minute start adding the coconut milk gradually. (I didn’t use all the coconut milk on this occasion as this particular brand was really creamy and wouldn’t have made my mixture spicy enough so try it at this stage and see what you think. Bear in mind that the mince and potato will make it less spicy too so you need the sauce to be slightly spicier than you would normally eat.)

Leave to simmer on a low heat while you drain and mash the potato and sweet potato.

Remove the curry sauce mixture from the heat and add to the mince in the oven proof dish.

Top with an even layer of the potato mash and then the cheese.

Place in a preheated oven, gas mark 5 (375 Fahrenheit and 190 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden and slightly crispy.

Serve with seasonal vegetables or a garden salad.

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Please let me know if you try out my red Thai curry cottage pie recipe. I really hope you like it. You can watch me make this dish on my YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to like and subscribe… It’s free. Bx