Tuesday, September 10, 2013

10 Minute Meal Project no #. 2 - Thai red Beef Curry

The things you take for granted, someone is praying for..

Hello, guys! It is the 10 minute meal project once again, and to those who are not familiar with this, this is my project which sprouted from me buying a 10 minute meal cookbook. I want to see if the author's cookbook is a myth or a fact.  I also want to know if these meals are good or not. 

It starts with preparation of the ingredients and when everything is ready, I set my timer to ten minutes. So here goes...
I set the pan and the fire on high heat and turn my timer on. I started with heating the oil and and browning the beef then I added the other liquid ingredients. I never cooked as fast as this. I feel like I want to give the book's author the opportunity to shine and  not challenge her claims of a ten minute meal, by me scampering to get this done within 10 minutes.

Because I was trying to beat the time, I am kind of worried that the meat will not be cooked but it was already brown by three minutes. I added the rest of the ingredients, let them boil and I got done at 9 minutes!


I think the secret is to set the fire on high and beef meat are really easy to cook as well, so the author is not lying. And the taste was very delicious. It is the first time I tasted red curry paste because I detested its color. It looks so spicy and gooey but I was wrong.Rather, curry paste was sweeter and it was not spicy .The combination of the curry paste, coconut milk and beef broth made this meal set apart from the rest of the Asian foods I tasted. It has a unique taste in it that I cannot describe. This one is oh so, delicioso!!!!

Next 10 Minute Meal Project # 3 : Sweet and Sour Ground Pork

1 tbsp peanut oil or any type of oil will do
1 1/4 lb beef strips
2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
3/4 can coconut milk
2/3 cup beef stock
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp prepared chopped ginger
1 lemon grass stalk (pound/ bruised)
2 cups diagonally sliced snow peas
1 cup bean sprouts ( I skipped this one because my store does not have bean sprouts)
1 tbsp thai fish sauce
small handful fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat
Add the beef and curry paste and stir fry or about 2 minutes, until beef is slightly brown

Add the coconut milk,stock,sugar,ginger.
Bring to a boil,then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes until snow peas are tender

Remove the lemon grass from the curry and stir in the cilantro

NOTE: If you have left over broth and coconut milk, just put them in a container and freeze them for future use.

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