5 Ways to Use Thai Curry Paste (without making a curry)

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You know me, I’m a huge fan of Thai Food; it’s fresh, it’s fiery and full of flavour. And, it’s so quick and easy to cook – it’s been my mid and end of week hero dish for quite a while now (done in twenty minutes and great for using up whatever veg you’ve got bashing around at the back of the fridge at the end of the week!). While Thai Yellow Curry will forever be my absolute go to and favourite when I’m craving Thai Food, I’m always on the look out for ways of mixing things up and using those flavours in a different way. Because a pack of Thai Curry Paste doesn’t just have to be for making curry. Whether it’s red, green or yellow, that little pack tucked away at the back of your cupboard behind the dried pasta and tin of chopped tomatoes can be used in so many different ways to inject heat and flavour into a dish – any dish.

Thai Potato Rosti Cakes

Potato Rosti, Hash Browns… whatever you call them and however you eat them – a tablespoon of any curry paste stirred into the soft, shredded potato and onion mix before you go ahead an get frying is DY-NA-MITE. Add a couple of poached eggs and you’ll be in for an extra special, extra spicy Sunday brunch.

Liven up Vegetable Soups

I’ve always been a fan of boring vegetable soups to be honest. For me, it doesn’t have to be anything special – and after a wet walk with the dog there’s nothing like a bowl of steaming hot soup with a tonne of chunky veg floating in it in my book. My husband however, HATES it. He finds the flavours bland, the soggy veg like baby food and whenever there’s soup on the menu he’ll roll his eyes and whinge his trademarked phrase, “Soup’s not food, it’s sustenance!!!” Ugh. But mix in a spoonful of curry paste and suddenly it’s like he’s staring into a whole new bowl.

Fiery Fish Pie

I’m a recent convert to Fish Pie – it’s just the perfect Autumn comfort dish and I recently posted my go-to recipe: Fish and Lager Pie. But why not mix it up and inject a little Thai spice into the mix? Super easy, just swap out the double cream for coconut milk and spoon in as little or as much curry paste as you fancy!

Thai Omelette

Thai curry paste and eggs go together like a dream, so the next time you’re feeling too knackered to cook and utter the words, “Do you just fancy an omelette tonight?”, why not slip a little curry paste into the mix and take that lazy omelette to a whole new level?

Marinade for Meat

And finally, what better way to liven up the meat on your menu than to inject it with all the flavour packed into just a couple of spoonfuls of curry paste. There’s no end to what you make after letting your meat marinade overnight in the stuff – from kebabs to the fiery Thai-style Burgers topped with Asian Slaw that I whipped up over the weekend using a few ingredients sent to me by Discover Delicious. (Scroll down for the recipe…)

If you’ve never heard of Discover Delicious before then think of them as your one stop online shop for fantastic Welsh food and drink. They’ve got a fully stocked food hall full of groceries made by locally by Welsh Independents – often family run – from cheese and crackers to gin. They also offer gifts and experiences – so if you’re on the hunt for some early Christmas presents, then look no further. From the package of goodies they sent me (including aaaall the pregnancy snacks I’m going to need to get me through the next couple of weeks – including Welsh Cakes and Toffee Waffles, my faves!) I immediately fished out the Thai Yellow Curry Paste and Hot Thai Style Chutney.

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Thai Burgers with Asian Slaw

makes 2
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 65g Thai Curry Paste (I used Yellow Curry Paste)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Milk (use the fattiest, creamiest bit from the can)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 beetroot
  • a couple of purple cabbage leaves
  • Chinese Leaf
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 Brioche Buns
  • (Optional) Calon Lan’s Hot Thai Style Chutney to serve
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Method
  1. First things first, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and then place them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together your marinade: that’s the Thai Curry Paste, Olive Oil and Coconut Milk. Combine the two, ensuring both chicken breasts are fully coated and submerged. Leave to marinade for at least an hour, but overnight would be even better.
  2. When you’re ready to cook, whip up your Asian Slaw. Finely shred the carrot, beetroot, cabbage and Chinese leaf into a bowl. In a clean bowl, mix together the dressing: that’s the sesame oil, ginger paste, garlic paste and maple syrup. Combine the two, ensuring the veg is all coated. Set aside.
  3. Shallow fry your marinaded chicken breasts on a medium heat for around 20 minutes, turning over half way.
  4. All that’s left is to assemble! Lightly toast the brioche buns, then stack with the cooked chicken breasts, Asian Slaw and freshly chopped coriander, then serve. I’d totally recommend adding a blob of Calon Lan’s immense and fiery Chutney – it really spiced the burgers up!

Have a great week! 💛

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10 Welsh Makers and Brands to Watch

With St David’s Day literally just around the corner, I thought I’d give a lil’ shout out to some local brands, creators and amazing entrepreneurial babes.  There’s so much creative talent here in Wales that we’re almost spoilt for choice!  So, if you’re on the hunt for a present for someone, or fancy treating yourself to a little somethin’ somethin’, you can’t go wrong with these fab local brands. 🙂

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Cymraes Badge from Dyfal Donc, Jumper from Oliver Bonas.

1. Dyfal Donc

I get a little misty-eyed seeing all the traditional welsh dress costumes in the kids section this time of year because it reminds me of wearing one myself as a kid.  So, instead of pinning an oh so traditional daffodil on my jumper this St David’s Day, I’ll be wearing my new ‘Cymraes’ (Welsh Woman) pin from Dyfal Donc to remember my Welsh Hat wearing days as a kid!  If you’re up on your Welsh proverbs you’ll recognise Dyfal Donc from that old phrase “dyfal donc a dyr y garreg” (Steady tapping breaks the stone – hard work always pays off in the end).  I love the saying, and I love almost everything in Dyfal Donc’s colourful online store, selling bilingual stationary, mugs, cards, pins (I’ve got my eye on their pink “Hogan Ddrwg” pin) and children’s clothing. 🙂

2. Liz Mosley

I first came across Liz’s beautiful hand drawn and lettered stationary over on Instagram and had total handwriting envy (yes, that’s a thing!).  From enamel pins and washi-tape to cards, gift wrap and prints she’s got your next birthday covered, and also does branding design and custom orders.  (And she also blogs 🙂 )

3. Welsh Girl Problems

My “Don’tcha” mug is my Monday Morning “let’s do this” mug (and also a sneaky reminder to my English husband that he bagged a good ‘un when he put a ring on this Welsh gal’s finger 😉 ). But there’s more than a cheeky mug or two in the Welsh Girl Problems online shop; the Rugby and Chill and Brenhines (Queen) jumpers are essential Six Nations wear for every Cymraes in the crowd.

4. Gold Freckles

A while back I noticed one of my favourite American Instagrammers wearing a lovely hand-knitted jumper and did the usual tag trawl to find out where it was from and couldn’t believe it when I found out it was handmade in Wales.  Goldfreckles is run by Saskia Thomas, who’s taken her hobby for knitting and opened up a made to order shop selling her gorgeous bell sleeved chunky knits.

5. Miss Patisserie

If you’re a Cardiff local and haven’t dropped by the Miss Patisserie store in High Street Arcade (right opposite another of my Cardiff faves, Barker Tea House), then you need to stop by pronto tonto as the products are just as sweet and as indulgent as the name suggests.  If not, fear not because you can also find their gorgeous Vegan Bath and Body products in Boots.

Miss Patisserie “Rosie” Bath Bomb

6. Maykher

“Be Bold, Brave, Bright and Kind for Womankind.”  I love the story behind Maykher.  Based in Cardiff Bay, ethical fashion brand Maykher sells women’s accessories created by “makers not machines” (from fabrics and materials traditionally created by makers in India, Haiti and Guatemala) and donate 10% of their profits to educating girls in poverty around the world.  ❤

7. Rhian Kate Makes

You all know how much I love my yellow tassel earrings from Rhian Kate Makes; I’ve barely taken them out since I got them.  As well as tassel earrings in every shade, Rhian creates beautiful pendants, necklaces and earrings each with her unique, handmade textured pewter moons.

Yellow Tassel Earrings by Rhian Kate Makes

8. Spectrum

Run by sisters Sophie and Hannah, Spectrum Brushes started up in a garage in Barry and now roll around the makeup bags of the rich and famous!  Their super-soft synthetic makeup brushes are not only vegan and cruelty-free (with handles made from FSC-certified wood), but are also the most colourful brushes you’ll ever own.

9. Sadler Jones

Created by designer Cath Jones and based in Cardiff, Sadler Jones is definitely one to watch if you’re a full-on stationary nerd like me! 😉  I’ve got a few of their cute cards in a drawer in my office for whenever a card-emergency arises!  But, they don’t only sell greeting cards, notebooks and gift wrap, they also sell pins, beautiful makeup bags and children’s clothes too.

10. Delicious Monster Tee

Run by Claire, Delicious Monster Tee sells oh so Instagrammable hand-embroidered T Shirts with slogans like “I’d rather be in Ibiza” and “Sorry, not sorry”, with even the option to create your own!

Who are your favourite Welsh designers and brands? 🙂

Lan Llofft

Back in the day a trip into town with the girls meant a slow swagger up Queen Street (We’re talking long before the days of St David’s 2…), a cheeky Maccy D’s and then the bus back.  I’d whinge all the way back because we’d never get round to going into all the quirky, unique shops and boutiques hidden around Hayes and in the Arcades.  These days you can’t keep me away; they’re first on my shopping hit list and there are so many lovely places worth a look – like, Lan Llofft.

The West Wales ladies fashion boutique recently migrated east to Cardiff and set up a cosy little shop inside Yr Hen Lyfrgell on the Hayes, and last week I was invited along for a little sneak peek of their colourful spring picks 🙂

So many gorgeous colours, fabrics and prints from brands like French Connection, Sugarhill Boutique, Darling and Great Plains. There’s a little something for everyone, and if you’ve already booked in a long list of summer weddings then Lan Llofft is the place to find yourself a banging outfit 🙂

I fell in love with this pretty, patterned jumpsuit ♡ – what d’you reckon?

As well as plenty of choice from the rails, they’ve got plenty of statement jewellery, patterned clutches, unique pieces and shoes to complete the outfit.

…I’ve got my eye on a Flamingo Clutch for the summer…



If you’re around The Hayes why not pop in and say shwmai to these lovely ladies? 🙂