I seem to have slipped into a fallow phase, blog-wise. There are so many things that I meant to blog and just haven't. I know it's got a lot to do with the small baby and her (and therefore my) sleep patterns, but I've got to the point where it feels like it's forever hanging over my head yet I haven't got the get-up-and-go to do anything about it. You know, suddenly I almost feel like people may not actually want to read about what I had for lunch yesterday.
Thing is though, it's either blog about my lunch and such or not blog at all, as it's only really the small day-to-day stuff that's actually happening around here. And I think, on balance, my lunch is probably slightly more interesting than the fact I cleaned the floor, or scrubbed the kitchen tiles, so let me tell you about a really good lunch I had the other week. I have long been a huge fan of wagamama's chicken katsu curry - I'm so obsessed with it that it's really the only thing I'm prepared to order if I go there, as I don't want to waste the opportunity of a meal out on something I might like less. So a long while ago, when meeting up with Florence, Joanne and Lisa in London, Joanne helped me to buy the wherewithal for my own homemade version in the Japan Centre on Piccadilly.
So with my shopping list of S&B golden curry, some K&K panko breadcrumbs, and a pack of free-range chicken breasts, I got cooking. Dipped the chopped chicken breasts in flour, in beaten egg, then in the breadcrumbs. Shallow fried them briefly in batches in sunflower oil, then baked them in the oven on a greased tray. Meanwhile, I cooked my rice, fried onions and chopped 4 curry cubes (half a pack) and added them to 750ml of water on the hob which my veg had been boiling in and stirred a bit till it thickened.
When I'd dished it up and was just about to carry it to the table, my husband asked in frank amazement 'Aren't you going to take a photo of that?'
'Why?', I asked.
'For your blog,' said he.
'But it looks like a pig's dinner,' said I.
'Go on, you know you really want to,' he replied.
And so I did.
It may not look much, and I did add in lots of random fridge-vegetables (courgettes and green beans), and it's missing the lovely pickles, but it wasn't half bad!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I seem to have mislaid my baby ...