19 Dec 2010

I *heart* Stir Fry

The problem with doing the shopping for all the Christmas food and drink is, I end up with cupboard, fridge and freezer filled to bursting, yet somehow I have nothing to eat. Everything has been bought according to my Christmas plan and if I eat any of it it messes up the plan. In the interests of saving some money I am trying to make whatever meal I can from the odd bits of pieces that have been in the freezer or cupboard for goodness knows how long. I have a list of 5 possible meals for the week - 4 of them built around fish! For years I have thought I needed a big freezer and I just wasn't coping with the little compartment at the top of the fridge, or sharing a small freezer with 4 other girls while I was a student. Now I have a massive freezer and it's always full. But I forget there are things in there and never eat them. Unless it's ice cream, I never forget about ice cream!

So tonight cod was on the menu. I was going to make a sort of curry with cod, sweet potato, coconut milk and chilli. But when I picked up the sweet potato I put my thumb right through it, it was definitely past it's best. So I decided I would attempt The Greedy Girl's Steak with carrot and noodle salad. It wasn't quite the same as her's - obviously I was using cod and not steak.

I made the sauce with:
2tbsp lemon juice
1 pack pickled ginger from a sushi box
1/2 chopped red chilli
1tsp ground corriander
1 1/2 tsp dried mint
1 1/2 tsp light brown muscovado sugar

The cook was seasoned with salt and black pepper and cooked in the oven for 20 minutes

I heated 1tbsp groundnut oil and stir fried some frozen carrot and swede batons (found in freezer, no memory of buying these but they turned out really nice!) and added noodles (dried noodles which I had soaked for 5 minutes in boiling water). Once cooked but still crunchy (the veg, not the noodles!) I added half of the sauce and some chopped chilli almonds.

I served the cod on top of the noodles and vegetables, poured over the remaining sauce and some more chilli almonds.



I loved every mouthful! I wasn't quite sure about the mint and the lemon as I served up but it definitely just works so well! The chilli almonds were great! Would have been better with fresh herbs but doesn't need them I found.
Can't wait to try with lime and steak!

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