Sunday, 26 June 2011

Kids Curry...and a brilliant giveaway...

When we had guests to to stay recently, they commented on how easy it was now that the kids are happy to eat curry.

Olivia and Charlie and Lexie all really have gone through "stages" with their food preferences. Through the picky beige age and stage and the toddler food flinging stage I quietly despaired that they would ever eat 'adult' food. We persisted, and I am relieved that we did.

As a family we all now enjoy a few different curries together - this one is a particular favourite because it is mild and creamy so perfect for kids -  I made it last week in my new Microstoven from Kitchenware Direct

Creamy Chicken Peanut Curry

500g chicken breast, trimmed and cubed
1 medium onion, diced finely
1 red capsicum, sliced
3 tablespoons Malaysian Curry Powder spice blend - this is a blend of ground Coriander, Aniseed, Cumin, Cinnamon, Pepper, Star Anise, and Cloves. (I buy mine ready blended from an Asian grocer, or you can mix your own using equal parts the above spices.)
270ml can tin of coconut milk
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 heaped tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup of peas

Rice and poppadoms and cucumber slices to serve.

1. In a heavy bottomed non stick casserole, brown off the onion and the chicken in a tiny amount of spray oil.
2. Add the capsicum and stir to combine
3. Whisk together the spice mix and the coconut milk and a teaspoon of cornflour and the peanut butter, and pour into the casserole.
4. Stir whilst the liquid comes to the boil and thickens slightly.
5. Simmer very gently on low, either on the stove top or covered in a 150`c oven for 30 minutes.
6. Just before serving, add the peas and stir through.



I have used the Maxwell Williams Non Stick Microstoven for a whole host of recipes over the past few weeks - from the one above which a "new" recipe of mine, to some more traditional slow cooked casseroles.

(I am a fan of Maxwell and Williams kitchenware in general  - all of our crockery is the lovely plain white Maxwell and Williams basics...we were given it as a wedding pressie and I love it.)

I have, in the past, always used a slow cooker for casserole style meals, but ours really is on it's last legs. One of the downsides to a slow cooker, for me, is that I can never be bothered to brown off the meat first.

Now that I am using the Microstoven, our casseroles do, I hate to admit, have a better flavour, as I am encouraged to brown the meat off first, because this style of casserole dish makes it easy.

I have used it on the stove top, in the oven, in the microwave and in the dishwasher.

The above curry, for example, I made for the kids and I, on the stove top to brown the meat, and then I transferred it to the oven for a slow cook.

Then, later, I returned it to the stove top and added some additional chili for the lovely husband, for later.

When he came home, he heated the whole casserole back up in the microwave.

AND it's fully dishwasher proof. (All of my kitchen items MUST be dishwasher proof, otherwise I just don't end up using them ever...)

Whilst I am usually an advocate of gadgets with cords, but in this case, if you are in the market for a proper heavy bottomed casserole that has a multitude of uses, then this Maxwell Williams Non Stick Microstoven from Kitchenware Direct is brilliant. I was impressed. It feels and cooks like one of those very heavy and expensive casseroles made from cast iron and enamel. But it is much more reasonably priced.

It is an attractive casserole to dish up from at the table (as I tend to do when my in laws are visiting). And the clever thing we all noticed is that whilst the food inside is piping hot, the handles and the lid and the outside stay cool, despite just being taken out of the oven?! (I am not sure of the science that enables that, but I am finding it a very cool feature!)

I have one of these gorgeous Maxwell Williams Non Stick Microstoven (valued at $100) to giveaway to one of my readers, thanks to Kitchenware Direct.

All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is make sure you are following my blog, and leave me a comment telling me what you could cook in a lovely casserole like the Microstoven...








Australian residents only. Entry closes and winner announced  Monday 4th July
Disclosure - The review is all my own genuine opinion. I was not compensated or sponsored to write this post or review, but Kitchenware Direct did kindly supply me with a complimentary Microstoven.

56 comments:

  1. I've not got many pots or pans right now (just 2!), but I find it's quality not quantity. That said, I could REALLY use the Maxwell & Williams Microstoven to recreate my mum's famous beef & bean chilli. My boys are finally getting excited to help in the kitchen and getting to make a big pot of yummy comfort food hits all the right buttons! :)

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  2. Oh this looks awesome!
    I would cook my family up a big batch of minestrone and meatballs soup to get us through these terribly cold winter nights.

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  3. I would definately cook my Chicken Whatever in this! It's just chicken, with whatever veggies, herbs and/or sauces I've got in the pantry. I love making it, but it annoys me so much having to brown the chicken first, and then transfer to the slow cooker!

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  4. I don't think I'm eligible, being from overseas, but your curry looks delicious! I would choose to cook that, or perhaps a stir fry. Yum!

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  5. What wouldn't I cook in it? How about my beef and beer stew, or a chicken & green olive tagine... or a good old sausage and lentil hotpot... yum.

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  6. Hi! I would make a Mediterranean Chicken Casserole; lovely chicken fillet pieces with red capsicum, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes, infused in a tomato and basil sauce.

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  7. I am a big fan of Maxwell & Williams too..we had the white basic crockery set for a few years until we needed a new one and then got Cashmere..a finer white setting and have been really happy with that too. I would love to try the Microstoven as it sounds like a great piece of equipment for curries and casseroles!

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  8. AFTER I'd cooked that lovely curry, I'm thinking I'd do one of my beautiful Pumpkin soups. I'd roast the veggies first in the oven - pumpkin, sweet potato, parsnip, carrot, onion and whatever else looked good at the store - and then transfer to the slow cooker. Cover with some homemade veggie stock, and cook all day. Then a splash of cream before serving, and some garlic ciabatta bread on the side.

    Oh far out, I'm drooling!

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  9. I'd cook a lovely Lamb Casserole with lots of healthy vegetables and a rich gravy. Perfect for winter!
    I'm following your blog :)

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  10. i have wanted to try that Microstoven for ages - would love to win and try your kid friendly curry on my 2 girls who have refused to try it at all!

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  11. LOVE Maxwell & Williams! A friend got me hooked on their "white basics", and last year my sister in law gave me a beautiful set of mugs with fruit designs on them and matching coasters...I'd never heard of the Microstoven. Sounds amazing. I love everything slow cooked at them moment and am working on getting creative...let's see...a warming casserole with chorizo, red and yellow capsicum, red onions, paprika and sweet potato. Served on a bed of rice. A bit Spanish.
    Thanks for the chance to win one of these (just in time for my birthday, too)

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  12. Love the easy browning feature as less washing up and dishwasher proof too. The first dish I would cook in this cold weather would be Greek Lamb Shanks, my family favourite.

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  13. I'm so with you on hating having to brown the meat first, I avoid dishes where I have to do this its so annoying! I'd cook a delicious soup, something hearty and filling that I can leave to cook all day and enjoy with a loaf of fresh bread mmmm now I'm hungry!

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  14. Sound like a fabulous piece of kitchen equipment i would cook an apricot chicken curry.

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  15. How great is that name, Microstoven? Says it all really. Sign me up so I can make a batch of chilli con carne! Yeeha!

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  16. With Winter well and truly here, I would cook a hearty minestronie soup to warm up my family from the inside.

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  17. I'd make a beautiful chilli con carne with dumplings. The meat would be so tender it would melt in your mouth and the dumplings so rich they would make your tastebuds scream!

    I love, love, love Maxwell & Williams and we had so much of it as wedding gifts too. I just love its simplicity and generous sizing, it was just made for me and my ever growing family!

    Thanks for the opportunity
    Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans xoxxo

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  18. I'm now a follower of your blog, and I love the idea of the Microstoven as my slow cooker just gave up the ghost :o( I'd try out your recipe, along with making a nice chicken vindaloo. Yummmm I've gone all Homer Simpson at this end drooling at the thought of being able to cook in the Microstoven! Hugs Naomi

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  19. I just ate a Roast Beef for dinner, but this meal looks absolutely delicious. I still think i could devour a bowl of this lovely Curry right now, even if i would probably burst at the seems but atleast i would thoroughly enjoy tantalising my senses in doing so. Definately trying it this week. If i won a Maxwell Williams Non Stick Microstoven from Kitchenware Direct i would love to cook my famous Sheppards Pie with loads of tasty cheese on top. Yummy!

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  20. Your curry looks great. I will definitely use that recipe!
    If I had such an awesome saucepan I would cook much more than I do now. The kids would probably want me to cook some corned beef for them.

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  21. mmm looks yum! My kids would love it! thanks for sharing!

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  22. decisions decisions of what I would make in it... what wouldn't I make??!!!

    Beef and Red Wine casserole... Butter chicken... or Chicken tikka masala... or a oldie but a goodie.. Shepherd's pie...

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  23. My kid's love Garlic Mussels with a Garlic Turkish bread to soak up the excess sauce so that dish will be first on my list.

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  24. Great recipe. I would like to try a chicken korma in it as well as your recipe!

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  25. Great recipe. I would like to try a chicken korma in it as well as your recipe!

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  26. Thanks for sharing your curry.
    We tend to eat a lot of chicken dishes with as much veggie as I can fit in. Our kids eat many sorts of veggies si I am blessed.

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  27. Hi Lucy. I thought I was already following your blog as I came across a couple weeks ago and just loved it. Obviously not as I couldn't see it on Google Reader nor was my photo in your Followers, but I'm following now.

    I cook a lot in my slow cooker in winter. I love using cheap cuts of meat and fresh, seasonal vegies and adding a touch of an international cuisine like Greek Lamb, Moroccan Chicken & Chick Peas, Spanish Pork Potatoes & Chorizo or good old Curried Bangers.

    I'm the same as you and dislike that I can't brown meat in my slow cooker. It's one less step I'd like to do as I'm usually time poor. Fingers crossed!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  28. I'd love to make a few different recipes. Beer Stew for the hubby, Con Carne for all of us, Mexican Chicken for me.
    I'd love to make a few different curries, i love them but hubby isn't quite as keen.

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  29. Your curry's inspiring me to make some soon & the Microstoven will give me absolutely no excuse to not fry chilli paste before proceeding with the curry recipe. The hubs have a penchant for very hot chilli. Also, the Microstoven would give me the itch to make Chicken Cordon Bleu. Now that we're onto winter comfort food, perhaps Oxtail Soup wouldn't be such a bad idea too....

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  30. Minestrone soup with pinenut dumplings...so yum! Lots of different veggies, so good for you and those gorgeous tasty dumplings that cook over the hot soup in the last ten minutes...Microstoven would make it easy!

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  31. We eat a lot of slow cooker meals during winter, I would love another option...and I have a lot of Maxwell & Williams in my kitchen! I was looking at these last week. First thing I would cook is my chicken & mushroom casserole.

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  32. Fantastic Giveaway. :)
    I would cook a chicken stir fry!
    Already follow you.

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  33. Oh yum, that sounds great.
    Now I have cravings for curry type meals, so I would cook butter chicken in the Microstoven.

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  34. I would cook up a nice warm hot pot.

    thanks for the fab giveaway!

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  35. The timing is pretty freaky. My slow cooker died a couple of months ago (I didn't notice that Mr 3 had put a plastic lid in the bottom before I added the casserole dish and let it cook all day while I was out) and i have just dropped and smashed my last remaining casserole dish!

    As for cooking. I'd try your recipe. I'm having all kinds of trouble getting my kids to eat curry and i think that they'd give that one a try.

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  36. Im following as blossompetal


    i would make Nigellas Chicken muglai in it

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  37. I'd be cooking a hearty lamb stew but I think I'd be giving your curry recipe a try too!

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  38. I love Maxwell Williams plain white everything too.

    I would definitely cook this curry as my first dish in the Microstoven. I would also beef casserole, osso bucco and lamb shanks - yum! I love that it has cool handles.

    I think I need to feed the kids this curry this week. Looks so easy and delicious.

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  39. Sounds amazing - cooked in something as special sounding as this, my fussy son might even deign it worthy of being eaten :)

    My kitchen looks like a shrine to Maxwell & Williams - I adore their kitchenware! This little Microstoven would feel right at home among its cookware cousins!

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  40. Kathryn CJune 27, 2011

    I love the white basic range from Maxwell & Williams too! I received most of it for my wedding. What an awesome giveaway you have. I would love to cook yummy osso bucco in the Microstoven.

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  41. *puts hand up* Another fan of the plain Maxwell and Williams crockery here. I'm big on colour when it comes to food preparation, and love white as a base. Will be trying this recipe out too - but if I had this little gem I'd be whipping up my curried sausages for its first run.

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  42. I am a follower of your blog...

    I would love to cook mushroom soup and 2 minute maggie noodles in this wonderful Microstoven.

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  43. Thanks Lucy for your recipe; I've printed it off and am going to try it this week. Just as I have a 'uniform', I also have 'staples' that everyone in the family likes and will eat (spaghetti bolognese, barlotti beans with carrots and potato, and red lentil soup). But 3 staples is not enough! I am hoping that this might be another one that I can also keep in the freezer, ready for those nights (most nights) when cooking is the last thing we want to do.

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  44. i loooove me some casserole, anything with chicken would be nummmmm!

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  45. winter is here so i will make a beef cassorole with loads of vegies!! YAY a one pot meal!!!
    glad i found you today!!

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  46. Oh Lucy, I would have said a beef and red wine casserole which I just learned to cook... but I really do fancy that recipe you have put there. Will try it whatever, I know I'd love it and the big boys would... twins still shockers. Microstoven sounds fab.

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  47. Already following :)

    I would do either beef strog or beef & red wine cass, two favourite dishes here in this cold cold Adelaide weather!
    With crusty buttered bread .... yum!

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  48. I have just the recipe for the Microstoven... it's a chicken and pumpkin oven baked risotto! Apparently, you can cook the leek, chicken and rice on the stovetop, then add the stock and stick it in the oven to finish cooking! Genius! No more getting a sore arm from constantly stirring the risotto!
    Great giveaway Lucy!
    xx

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  49. I would make our family fave and go for spagetti. Okay, Okay, I'll admit it! I'm not much of a cook. I don't like cooking. It bores me, it takes away my 'me' time and personally, I'd rather pull out the cereal from the pantry for dinner! Perhaps it's because I don't have a Maxwell & Williams Microstoven.

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  50. Hi Lucy, I would cook indian chicken colma

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  51. This type of pan is just what I am missing in my kitchen right now. I would try yoghurt and honey lamb shanks. I attempted these in my electric slow cooker and I think the result would be better in on of these

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  52. What a great piece of equipment- versatile is what I love (read less washing up). I have become a master of 'the lot in the pot' meals since I live mostly alone and a microstoven would be just the ticket. Of course 'the lot in the pot' is traditional beef casserole with ingredients carefully substituted with whatever I happen to have on hand. Different every time!

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  53. I ruined our last casserole dish trying to make apricot chicken... so I would try it again, learning from my mistakes last time!!

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  54. I'm a new follower :) I discovered your blog on twitter, oh the joys of click click clicking. I love what you are doing, I too am creating a new healthy lifestyle, 20 kilos in I still have another 40 kilos to go. So finding your blog is very inspiring! Thankyou!
    If I was lucky to win a Mircostoven I think I would have to try out your Creamy Chicken Peanut Curry.
    Have a great day,
    xx Laure

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  55. Hi Lucy, I am a follower of your blog.

    The first dish I would make in the Mircostoven would no doubt be pumpkin or pea and ham soup. My kids and hubby are loving soups at the moment.

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