“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch” – Orson WellesThis is a little bit of a variation on the usual Thai red curry. I’m usually perfectly happy to follow the instructions on the back of the box of red curry paste but I’ve done the Thai green and red box curries so many times it was fun to do it a little bit differently this time.What you’ll need:

1 ½ tetra packs of coconut milk (300 ml)
½ kg chicken (boneless)
¼ cup paste made of peanuts and oil ground together
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
½ cup flour
Chilli powder
Vegetable oil

How to:

1. Mix together the coconut milk, peanut paste, broth, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, curry paste, ginger, garlic and red chilli powder. Pour into sauce pan and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. Keep stirring.

Foodnote: Easiest way to make sure any cooking turns out right is always to keep tasting. Check your coconut milk mixture and make sure you like how it’s turning out. If not, feel free to add more of anything you think you need.

2. Preheat oven to 180°Celsius.

3. Drop the flour and some salt and pepper into a bowl, whisk to mix. Pop your chicken pieces into this flour mix and coat evenly.

4. In a skillet, cook your chicken in hot oil till brown (keep turning so you don’t burn one side!). When nice and brown transfer to your baking dish. Pour your coconut milk mixture on top and plunk into an oven for about 30 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with cilantro or finely chopped up carrots and cucumber. Serve with hot cooked rice.