Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting......

We saw Karate Kid today, a pretty great remake in my opinion.   Jaden Smith, Will Smith's son rocked the part and Jackie Chan was just brilliant in the role of Mr Miyagi although the name changed to Mr Han.   There was no 'wax on, wax off' or 'paint a fence' but something similar was portrayed in true Karate Kid style.   The kids enjoyed it, we adults enjoyed it and I'd recommend a viewing during the long and for us wet summer holidays.

Last night I made an almond cake; I'd gotten all the ingredients out to find my scales were broken so I guessed them.   Now, guessing is ok for a stirfry or even a pie but not so much for baked goods.   I wanted some cake though; it seemed easier to just make it than put the ingredients away and really, that's as good as any a reason for pouring and dodding flour, butter and eggs into a bowl, willy-nilly.  

With fingers crossed, I baked the cake on a low heat for 1 hour; it looked good and smelled ok but the jury was still out.   By the time it had cooled, husband had arrived home and we had a slice with a mug of tea....pretty darn tasty, luckily, even if a little sweet.   I think I overdid the sugar somewhat but the ground almond and almond essence made it almost like a bakewell tart...something I'll be cooking soon...and has inspired me for a few more variations...with scales this time.

Almond Cake with Crunchy Topping!

 
Absolutely brilliant for breakfast

There is always curry in my freezer so when all else fails, leftover curry with freshly made flatbread is the order of any day:
 Leftover Curry for dinner yesterday.....

Cumin flatbread brushed with butter and salt

Thick, sweet, cumin flatbread with crushed almonds

Tomorrow is a new shopping week although we have friends coming over on Saturday so we'll split the shopping into two, that for the week ahead and a separate shop for entertaining.   The budget will remain £50 for 7 days worth of meals with an extra day added at the end for excluding Saturday.   Menu to follow.

18 comments:

Edie said...

LOL - now I have that silly song in my head! Love Indian food but the family doesn't but never thought to freeze the leftovers for lunches. Your curry and flatbread looks awesome (are the recipes on your site?).

5thsister said...

I am always in awe of what you are able to bring to the table. I am somewhat melancholy today because despite preparing a colorful meal (spinach ravioli w/basil pesto and a cucumber tomato salad) and steamed broccoli I was told my meal was monochromatic. Go figure.

aladdinsane12 said...

i thought "karate kid" was pretty good, too! jayden smith was really funny.

i swear i can smell that curry through the computer screen. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Sumandebray said...

Hope to watch the new KK sometime soon.
The flat breads looks too good.... Never thought of using almond powder

Unknown Mami said...

You have a gift. The best part is that others get to feast on your gifts.

gaelikaa said...

You must have been Indian in your previous life. Flatbread and curry, wow! Great post, Helen!

p.s. waitng for your mail....

Helen McGinn said...

Edie, I have a paratha recipe on the blog but I'll link to it next post and post recipes...you'll be amazed at how easy they are.

5thsister, bwahaha! Is it wrong that made me laugh out loud? Monochromatic indeed! Fling in a tomato next time. *L*

aladinnsane, it's my new scratch and sniff blog....

Sumandebray, it seemed to work well with a little sugar caramelised on there too. You should definitely see it, great fun!

Unknown Mami, thank you hon. That's a lovely thing to say; wish you could share it too.

gaelikaa, I think that's true! Email was sent, will go find it.

Live Out Loud said...

Yet another amazing post!

Please stop by my blog! to pickup a Versatile Blogger Award I want to pass on to you.

Christa Terry said...

What's in the crunchy topping? Or it is one of those things where the top turns crunchy on it's own?

Debbie said...

I need to keep curry in my freezer. What a brilliant idea!

mise said...

Almond clementine cake is a top favourite - perfect for guests who want gluten-free and even better on day three or four. Chocolate almond makes a children's party. And I often bake without scales in my foolhardy way and suffer for it. Have fun with the visiting friends!

Melissa B. said...

Both the remade Karate Kid and that almond cake look pretty delicious to me...

Helen McGinn said...

Live Out Loud, thank you lass, I so appreciate it!

Christa, it's a mix of brown sugar, flour and butter! It looked a lot crunchier on the photo in the recipe book but was still somewhat crunchy on mine.

Debbie, curry is brilliant for the freezer!

Thanks mise, it was great and share that clementine cake recipe, please, missy mise!

Melissa B, well tasty...both of 'em! ;O)

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