Random Red Thai Curry

When I started this blog I had no idea where I was going with it. And I still don’t. Apparently best practice dictates you have a theme. And you stick to it. So you get food blogs. You get travel blogs. Photography. Films. Books. Politics. And so on. I started by trying to be funny. That didn’t work.

So then I did a post where I made a chicken curry using a Chinese curry paste. And I got loads of likes and comments. So I carried on. But food blogs are dangerous. You eat what you make. And I don’t really do exercise posts.

So the Happiness Stan Blog has turned into a kind of food blog liberally sprinkled with observations about what is going on in the small world it lives in. It’s not an Epicurian’s delight. I cheat and cut corners where ever possible. Take Thai Curry for example. You can (and I have) create the curry paste from scratch – chop the chillis, peel the lime grass etc. Or just buy a jar of ready made and be done with it:

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Making it up as I go along – with chorizo

That heading (minus the chorizo bit) could go on my gravestone.

When I go food shopping after a hard day slaving over spreadsheets and Powerpoint I have a habit of buying random things in the hope that I will think up something to do with them later on.

Combine this potentially irritating (not to say expensive) trait with a tendancy to enjoy ‘cooking with wine’ and the culinary creations that result can be interesting to say the least. However in this instance (with a random packet of chorizo to hand) everything went according to (the nonexistent) plan:

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Seafood Chowder with San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Mid-week feeding can be quite difficult. Thinking up something to eat that doesn’t involve 3 hours of preparation and also doesn’t involve picking up a phone and ordering sweet and sour chicken balls. Well here’s an easy enough quick fix: Seafood Chowder (no mussels in this one)

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Penny Lane Fish Pie

‘Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
Four of fish and finger pies
In summer, meanwhile back…’

So sang Sir Paul McCartney way back when. Here is a recipe that has little to do with the B-side to ‘Strawberry Fields’ but it went down a storm at our house.

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When does Paella become Risotto?

The joys of cooking with wine are myriad. However for the devil-may-care, bon viveur pitfalls are never too far away. Take for example this week’s creation. Simple Paella.

What can go wrong? Rice, chicken, stock – easy right? No. The main issue is over-exuberance with the vino. Lets try and identify the critical mistakes that effectively turned paella into risotto!

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