Cooking for Beginners

I don’t cook for myself very often, most endeavours include me popping things in the oven and coming back 20 minutes later to make sure I haven’t blown up the kitchen but I took it upon myself to cook Chicken Korma this weekend. Why? I have no idea. I don’t enjoy cooking at all, in fact I find it quite stressful and convince myself I don’t know what I’m doing.

I cooked for myself at Uni and whilst at first this was mainly a disaster (microwaving noodles without water and living off of pizza) I finally started being a bit more adventurous trying chicken casserole and stir fry.

However, this time I’m determined to ‘cook up a storm’ as they say. I’m cooking for 4 people and if it goes wrong we can always get takeaway…

So last night was the night I cooked curry and it actually went really well! I should probably stop sounding so surprised but having decided most of the recipes required too much faff, I was beginning to doubt my make it up as you go along technique. So what exactly did I do to make this brilliant curry?

I used:

250g of tinned tomatoes

4 tablespoons of greek yoghurt

A jar of korma curry paste

1 clove of garlic

1 onion

1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon of coriander

5 boil in the bag rice packets (cheating I know!)

6 chicken breasts


It was actually really easy. Anyone could do it.  I did some simple prep which included cutting up the chicken, dicing the garlic and slicing the onion. I put oil in a pan and fried the chicken until it was cooked.


Then I added a jar of curry paste.


I mixed this in well then added 250g of tinned tomatoes and 4 tablespoons of greek yoghurt. At the same time as this I boiled the water for the rice and added the packets.  Back to the curry, I added the garlic and the onion to my curry pan and stirred this in. Lastly, I added the 1/2 teaspoons of spices and mixed in one more time. That was literally it!

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All in all it took about 40 minutes. It wasn’t stressful, but was a bit messy (which is a typical Kerrie trait so probably won’t happen to anyone else!) Everyone loved it (or so they said!). I was really impressed with myself and would definitely do it again. The mango chutney was for the Naan bread we had which I did not make from scratch but just put a teaspoon of water on each and put in the oven for about 5 minutes.


What delicious easy recipes would you recommend I try next?



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