Make the most of strawberry season with this delicious dessert
Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 25 mins
- Serves: 6
Place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and process briefly until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then slowly add the egg. (If you don’t have a food processor, rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and then stir in the egg.)
In a wok or large frying pan, heat the oil until very hot, then drop in the garlic and cook until golden, this should take only a few seconds. Don’t let it go very dark or it will spoil the taste. Spoon in the curry paste and stir it around for a few seconds to begin to cook the spices and release all the flavours. Next, pour in the coconut milk and let it come to a bubble.
Stir in the fish sauce and sugar, then the pieces of chicken. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
Tip in the potatoes and beans and let them warm through in the hot coconut milk, then add a lovely citrussy flavour by stirring in the shredded lime leaves (or lime zest). The basil leaves go in next, but only leave them briefly on the heat or they will quickly lose their brightness. Scatter with the lime garnish and serve immediately with boiled rice.
Most people are now familiar with the 5 a day vegetables and fruit message, but do you know why the 5 portions are recommended? Generally people in Mediterranean countries consume large amounts of vegetables and fruit and research shows that on average these countries have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than other western countries. The World Health Organization has estimated that consumption of around 400 grams per day is associated with significantly lower rates of these diseases—so we recommend at least five portions of around 80 grams each day. It might seem easy to reach the target by drinking a lot of fruit juice—not so I’m afraid. Public Heath England, the government body tasked with giving us nutrition advice, now suggests that fruit juice shouldbe limited to one small portion (150 millilitres) each day. This is because juicing releases the free sugarsfrom fruit, which can contribute to tooth decay and possibly weight gain. Fortunately, there are not restrictions on strawberries, which are rich in fibre and relatively low in sugar. Depending on size, about five to seven average strawberries would make up an 80 gram portion. As they are so delicious, it should be pretty easy to reach your 5 a day at this time of year!
DR Juliet Gray, company nutritionist