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.