No need to deliveroo this one

All credit to this Reddit Gif recipe from u/pumpypurbrakeskid for the lion’s share of the inspiration and guidance.

Takeaways are great and with deliveroo it’s almost too damn easy in London these days. Instead of going for our usual Thai takeaway (the best one, Rosas, doesn’t seem to be on deliveroo anymore in any event), I whipped up a Thai green curry with chicken the other night. Absolutely tasty and just the right amount of kick.

I made a paste rather than dumping the coconut milk in right away which means we have another bit ready to go in a couple of weeks for the next one!

Best part is that it can easily be made vegan if that takes your fancy.

Chicken Green Thai curry (2 – 4 portions)

Ingredients – curry paste

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • Handful Thai basil leaves
  • 3 green chilliest (1 1/2 deseeded to take out kick)
  • Handful coriander
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 eschallion shallot
  • 4-5cm worth fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin

Ingredients – full meal

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 100g green beans
  • 1 green pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 tin bamboo shoots
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips


  1. Blend all curry paste ingredients into a paste in the blender. It should be a pesto like consistency without the oil. (I used a little oil so it would blend easier and then oil to seal it in the jar so it would keep in the fridge for next time).
  2. Brown chicken strips in a wok or big pot.
  3. Remove and stir fry the veg and bamboo strips.
  4. Add back chicken and then stir in curry paste.
  5. Add coconut milk and simmer for 5-15 mins.
  6. Serve with rice of your choice or just eat as is.

Why buy Ciabatta rolls from Tesco?

The other day I bought some hummus and an olive ciabatta roll from Tesco for lunch. I saw a colleague do it and as I’m always on the lookout for something new, or at least slightly different, to divert me from the repetition of Pret, Eat, Leon and the other usual suspects. There’s actually plenty of choice, frankly we’re spoiled, but variety tends to be the way to go with food for me. Anyway, the hummus/bread combo is about half the cost.

I was really happy with the result both in taste and satisfaction with a slightly different lunch, so of course I decided to build it up myself. I think I was semi successful – they look great but I’m not sold on taste just yet.

The recipe

I used this recipe from which I think worked out quite well, though I’m pretty sure I screwed the poolish a bit, that my kitchen was way too cold for rising properly and that I didn’t bake it quite right.

Key differences from the recipe were:

  • I used khorasan flour for the poolish
  • I used fairly sloppy conversions from cups to metric system measurements
  • I didn’t have an oil mister so just dabbed the dough with oil when instructed to mist
  • I baked them all in one batch, and
  • I didn’t have a spray bottle for the oven so I muddled through.

Anyway, the featured image above is the result. They look good and taste decent. Tomorrow for lunch I’m going to try them out with some homemade hummus which I’m making tonight in order to give this one I found on reddit a go.