Recently, I saw someone tweet about how cooking for one can be a chore. I get where they are coming from, but having predominantly lived on my own for the last 5 years I can honestly say I think I learnt ways and means to make cooking more interesting!
I think the best way, is to become a feeder; taking cakes and all sorts into work or to friends and family and making them eat it all so food never went to waste!
I recently came across this recipe on BBC Good Food and thought I would share it. This Vietnamese Fish Curry can be used to serve 4 as a (very) light meal, or serve 2 as a main meal.
So here is what you need and how you whip this up!
- 400g white fish fillet, cut into big chunks
- 1 green chilli (or more if you like a good kick!)
- 1cm piece ginger, grated
- 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
- 200ml chicken or fish stock
- 2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 halved
- big bunch of coriander, chopped
- fish sauce, to season
- 150g rice vermicelli, cooked according to packet instructions
1. Put the fish cubes with the chilli, ginger and garlic in a large pan.
note: I used frozen fish, so the fillets were whole, but broke up whilst cooking.
2. Add the stock and bring gently to a simmer then add the juice of 1 lime. Allow sufficient time for the fish to cook (until it becomes opaque). Stir in the coriander (I used a dash of ground coriander) and season with fish sauce.
note: I cannot stress enough how imperative the fish sauce (or you can use soy sauce) is to this recipe! Without it, it is very bland as I learnt when I forgot the first time to add it.
3. Spoon over bowls of rice noodles and serve extra lime to squeeze over!
Ta dah! …A meal in 15 minutes! I dished up both servings, ate one and out the other in the fridge! A home cooked ready meal for the next day!
I sourced the vermicelli noodles in my local supermarket. They can be found in specialist food stores and even health food stores! Thankfully I worked out how to cook them with the aid of Google as no instructions were on the packet! I soaked them in warm water for 15 minutes then boiled them for 2-3 minutes!
Nutrition per serving (when serving 4): 112 kcals, 19.9g protein, 5.8g carbohydrate, 12g fat, 0.1g sat fat, 0.3g fibre, 1.03g salt