Lockdown Larder – Day 50

The curry that nearly wasn’t…


Have you ever opened a packet of supermarket chicken pieces and found they smelled funny? Yep, that happened tonight. It was a packet of chicken breast fillets that I intended to turn into curry, but they ended up going straight into the bin. I’d frozen them within half an hour of them arriving in the grocery delivery, but there must have been a problem with them somewhere. It happens.

So there I am, with a jug full of curry sauce, ready and waiting for something to use it on. Had it been just myself, I’d have made a potato and pea curry, and tossed in whatever other veggies I could find, but Hubs and Son are committed meat eaters. There was nothing else in the fridge that would work, so what did I have in the freezer that would thaw quickly?


I nuked them on the defrost cycle for around ten minutes, until they were soft enough to separate and chop into chunks, and then fried them in the skillet. In went some chopped raw potatoes, and my jug of sauce, and I left it to simmer for around an hour.


Son was sceptical. I explained it would be like a standard sausage casserole but with a curry sauce instead of tomato. I checked the taste, added a big spoonful of mango chutney (gives a delicious sweetness) and served it with basmati rice, roti, plain yoghurt and the mango chutney.


It was unexpected, and quite delicious. #Winning.

Had we not been in Lockdown, I would have abandoned the idea of cooking and headed straight for a takeaway, and so I was proud I worked through a solution instead.



This is the last night of this level of Lockdown. At midnight we move up to Level 2, with some restrictions lifting. For the time being I’m still working from home, and we don’t expect our daily lives to change. This blog will continue 🙂


New Zealand is still under Lockdown restrictions. This blog intends to avoid the bad news about rising numbers of victims. It focuses instead on food, and the challenges of cooking fresh meals every day – with the ingredients from my larder. A much nicer message 😊



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