Curry corned beef with cherry tomatoes and spinach

I had to dash home for a 7 pm international Skype call. I got home at 6.30 pm, threw a week’s worth of shirts into the washing machine and then quickly fried up some curry corned beef.


  • Tinned corned beef
  • Curry powder
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach leaves


  1. Put a tin of corned beef into a frypan, heat it up and cook until it’s broken down and starts to release its juices.
  2. Add some curry powder and stir in.
  3. Add the tomatoes and spinach leaves, put a lid on and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Be careful the tomatoes are really hot.
  5. Serve and enjoy.
Curry corned beef with cherry tomatoes and spinach. Gary Lum.
Curry corned beef with cherry tomatoes and spinach.

Curry chicken and frozen vegetables

Tuesday tea. Curry chicken and frozen vegetables.

Photograph of Curry chicken and frozen vegetables. Gary Lum.
Curry chicken and frozen vegetables

Tonight’s meal is an experiment. I want to cook the chicken thigh with a meat thermometer in a covered frypan with some frozen vegetables.


  • Chicken thigh
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Capsicum
  • Black beans
  • Coconut cream
  • Curry paste
  • Ginger
Chicken MEATER™ graph. Gary Lum.
Chicken MEATER™ graph


  • In a frypan and laid down some frozen vegetables.
  • In a cup of hot water I mixed a couple of tablespoons of red curry paste.
  • I poured the curry water into the frypan.
  • I inserted the thermometer into the chicken thigh.
  • I put the chicken thigh on top of the vegetable layer in the frypan.
  • I put the lid on the frypan and turned on the heat.
  • I followed the cooking process by monitoring the internal temperature of the chicken.
  • My aim was to achieve 76 to 78 °C. When the target temperature was achieved, I removed the chicken to rest and then added coconut cream to the cooked curry vegetables.
  • I continued cooking the vegetables until the coconut cream had thickened and the curry past was incorporated into the coconut cream.
  • I poured the vegetables into a bowl and laid the chicken thigh on top.
  • I ate the meal using a knife and fork. Chopsticks were an option if I dissected the muscles from the femur prior to serving. I didn’t do that.

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Red curry-flavoured sous vide duck breast and squid rings

Sunday tea. Red curry-flavoured sous vide duck breast and squid rings.

Photograph of Red curry-flavoured sous vide duck breast and squid rings. Gary Lum.
Red curry-flavoured sous vide duck breast and squid rings


  • Almonds
  • Black beans
  • Capsicum
  • Coconut cream
  • Corn
  • Curry
  • Duck breast
  • Ginger
  • Lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Peanut paste
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Red curry paste
  • Squid rings
  • Tomatoes

Last night I cooked duck breasts and squid rings by sous vide. I sliced up a leftover breast and set it aside with the squid rings.

I put the lime leaves and coriander from the sous vide bag into a frypan and fry off with some frozen corn, capsicum, black beans, and baby peas.

I added in a tablespoon of red curry paste and incorporated it with the vegetables. I then poured in some coconut cream, stirred it through and simmered everything while the coconut cream reduced.

There was a splash of fish sauce and the juice from a lime too before adding in the duck and squid rings at the end to warm through. 

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