Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Good Morning to you,

Are you busy at the moment?

I know I am.

Christmas is a busy time for us, icing Christmas cakes, baking Mince pies and making all the other traditional foods our families enjoy over the Christmas season.

There is one thing for certain, as much as I love the run up to Christmas and I love cooking, I do not want to be  left in the kitchen, spending all my time cooking. I want to give my family good food but I also want to enjoy their company and enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities.

So, with this in mind, I have decided to cook some meals in advance, which I can place in  the freezer. These meals will  be taken out of the freezer the night before they are needed. This will allow me to  chat, drink coffee and yes enjoy the odd glass of wine or two  in the company of family and friends.

This is one of the recipes I have made.

This is a delicious curry which I make with turkey. No, not with the left over turkey, but with fresh turkey steaks. I serve this curry with rice or Bulgar wheat, which ever takes our fancy on the day.

If you are a vegetarian, then you can add Paneer, which will absorb the flavour of the sauce and be delicious. On days when we want to have a meat free meal, Paneer is what I use.

There are quite a few ingredients,  but do not let that put you off, as they are mainly the spices, which are easily assembled.


2 tbsp sunflower oil
600g (4) turkey steaks
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1 inch piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
400g tin of tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 pint of water
sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Cut the turkey steaks into bite size cubes

Add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil to a pan. 
Place the pan over a medium heat,
 cook until golden brown.

Lower the heat and add the ground cumin,
ground coriander, turmeric, chilli powder,
grated ginger and garlic to the pan

Keep the onion mixture moving in the pan
 and cook for 1 minute

Add the tomato paste and cook for a further minute to cook out the acidity.

Add the tin tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes

Add a pint of water and bring to the boil,
then reduce to a simmer

As you can see, I forgot to take a photo of the chopped
turkey meat, it was put into the pan, before I realised
I hadn't taken the photo! 
Add the cubed turkey meat and cook
for 30 minutes.

...and there you have it a rich spicy curry, which I know my father would have enjoyed, as he loved curries, the hotter the better.  His favourite curry was a very spicy fish curry, which was cooked for him by his Sri Lanken friend,  when we lived in Cyprus, many moons ago..... wonderful memories!

Now back to reality, this curry can be enjoyed now, or it can be  easily frozen and enjoyed when needed.

If you decide to freeze this dish, please make sure you take the time to defrost it thoroughly, overnight in the fridge. Also make sure it is thoroughly heated before serving.

This week I shall be joining,

 Have a lovely day, and I shall see you later in the week.


  1. Good morning Daphne! What a lovely recipe and such a wise thing to do ...make meals and freeze ahead of time! I believe I will do the same. Curry is not something we are familiar with around here so maybe I will give it a try. Have a lovely day!

  2. looks delicious! love that your recipes are in grams. Enjoy your family and Merry Christmas

  3. I love recipes with curry and cumin in them. I have zero freezer space however. Have a lovely day, Olive

  4. Would you believe I've never had curry? Looks delicious!

  5. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this with us. I think making meals ahead is a very good idea. I might do this myself!!! :)

  6. Hi Daphne! You're so smart to make meals ahead of time like that, especially at this time of year when everything can get so hectic. How nice it must be to just reach in the freezer and your dinner is already taken care of! And this one looks delicious, as they always do. Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a great week!


  7. Hi Daphne. this post for your wonderful quick & easy curry seems to have failed to pop onto my blog !! I've just been browsing on Mary's Lavender & Linen & found it there. Don't know how that's happened? I thought I'd missed seeing you. Thanks for a recipe I could make & put in the freezer for my family coming from far & wide. It will certainly make life easier for spending quality time together.
    Look forward to catching up with again soon.

  8. Good Morning Daphne-
    What a fabulous idea, about freezing some meals.
    I wanted to ask you- you mentioned in the post, before this one, about Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce. This is not a dish I am familiar with, could you please share it with me? Is this a traditional English dessert? Just the words pudding & brandy sound too good to resist.
    Have a good day.

  9. Good Evening Daphne, Sounds as though you are very busy, but that is the only way to do it. It is wonderful to have the time to sit and enjoy our family and friends during the holidays. Lucky me, my daughter cooks for the family at Christmas, and of course we pitch it. She loves to cook, and I love that she loves to cook. In fact, she will love this curry recipe. Whole lotta love going on here. Have a wonderful evening Daphne.
    Take care,

  10. You are so smart to cook ahead for the holidays. I wish I had some flavorful dishes such as your turkey curry in the freezer when I'm dog tired. What a great idea. And my husband would love your turkey curry.

  11. YUM! That looks delicious! I can tell you are such a good cook!

  12. Daphne,
    This look delicous, I will have to give it a try. I need to find a recipe for mince pie as well, if I made that for my dad it would make his Christmas. Have a lovely weekend.

  13. Hello, Daphne

    I think you must eat very well in your house. This looks like a wonderful meal.



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