Real Food in 10 Minutes – No Cheating
This sounded good to me so I bought the book. I’m a big fan of Ainsley Harriott’s Gourmet Express, after all, and ideas for good food in ten minutes naturally appealed to me.
Xanthe is very much in favour of good home cooking and makes a big thing about not cheating:
I’ve also avoided ‘cheats’, the kind that involve whipping up a clever casserole with a tin of mushroom soup. There are three main reasons for this. I don’t want to send you schlepping round shops for a particular brand which is the only one that will work; they often contain doubtful ingredients; and on top of that they can give homemade food a shop-bought taste – and what’s the point of that?
The contents section of the book includes:
- Fast ingredients
- Basic rules for fast food
Thai green curry is one of my favourites, so I thought I’d look at Xanthe’s version.
Green Chicken Curry
This is a nod to a Thai curry, although aficionados will notice that it’s not authentic – no shrimp paste, no holy basil, no lots of things. Never mind – it hits the right buttons when you want a whiff of south-east Asia, on a tight budget and without a cupboard full of esoteric ingredients. Oh yes, and in 10 minutes. Boiled rice is the thing to eat with this, but it’s impossible to cook rice from scratch in less than 12 minutes, so use a cooked pouch of rice for the microwave.
Eh? For the sake of an extra two minutes you’d buy ready cooked rice? Also I thought I read in the introduction, “I don’t use a microwaves [sic] either…”
This is starting to remind me of Delia Smith saying one thing and doing another, such as when she announced that ready meals were sad.
I’ll concede that the above is some kind of green curry but to suggest it’s anything like a Thai curry is just ludicrous. It’s no more Thai than a Cornish pasty. How I wish that people would stop calling things Thai just because they have a Thai ingredient in them. BBC Good Food is the worst culprit for doing that.
Anyway, here’s my version of Thai green curry, which admittedly takes a lot more than 10 minutes to make.
Despite getting off to a bad start with this book, I shall probably return to it later but I’ve written enough for one day. The book certainly has some rave reviews on Amazon so it can’t be all bad.
10 Minutes to Table by Xanthe Clay
Hardback, 176 pages
2009, Mitchell Beazley
ISBN 978 1 84533 4956