Saturday, 19 February 2011

Not taking photos of my lunch

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.

chicken katsu curry-ish

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 ...


  1. wow, amazing and complicated homemade lunch cooked from scratch, whilst looking after small baby. and you think you aren't doing much bloggable. think again. xxx

  2. It looks yummy Helen. I do know what you mean about the days when you have a small baby. They seem to be full but with little to show for it. It soon passes on so hang on in therre x

  3. I've checked. I have the stuff in the cupboard. We're having it for dinner. Yummy yummy yummy.

  4. It looks so yummy I can almost smell it!

  5. Drooling. Japanese comfort food at it's finest.

  6. I don't even have the baby excuse. Plus all I had for lunch was a cheese sandwich...

  7. Hmmm, I love that dish at wagama's too! Not sure I would have the where with all to make it though. It looks yummy!

  8. Impressive! We got their cookbook about 2 yrs ago but we've still not delved into it yet. Am now feeling inspired!

  9. that looks bloody lovely!

    And, I know what you mean about the blogging/baby thing. it's hard to find the time, no?!

  10. Oooooooh - if it was tea time and my husband liked Japanese food we'd be eating that tonight!!!

  11. Looks yummy! Don't be too hard on yourself about the blogging - my 'baby' has just turned 2 and I'm still only managing to do it about 4 times a year!

  12. I'm the same!!!! If i go to wagamama I am LOATHE to try anything else because I love this so much - i like the veggie version too ... yum yum! I think i might whip some up for tea tonight! xx


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