Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday dear me, happy birthday to me! Yep, its my special day. I'm 39 today, 1 more year before I hit the first stage of being old. I'm lucky enough to get to share my birthday with my daughter Brinlee who turns 8 today. She was the best birthday present ever! I get to spend today renewing my drivers license (since I've put off doing it for 3 months and now it expires today) and pulling apart my shower that is experiencing the effects of old age and has exploding pipes. Is that what I get to look forward to? Exploding pipes? Yeah, not going to think about that today!
Since I was dealing with shower issues yesterday, I had to have a quick and easy dinner last night. I've only used curry a couple of times. I've stayed away from it because I thought it would be to spicy for my kids. But au contraire, they love it. I was intrigued by this shepherd's pie curry and a little bit nervous, but it got a good review, so I gave it a try. This is from a Taste of Home magazine.
Curried Chicken Shepherd's Pie
10" dutch oven
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
In a 10" dutch oven, saute onion and celery in 1 tablespoon butter until tender over a full spread of coals. Add frozen vegetables and remaining butter; cook 2 minutes longer.
Stir in flour and curry powder until blended; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Add the chicken, parsley, salt and pepper.
Top with potatoes; sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Use 1 1/2 rings of coals on top and 1 ring on the bottom. Yield: 4 servings.
The Finished Product
I was really surprised by how good this was. My hubby, my pickiest eater, had 2 plates. All my kids loved it and there were no leftovers. That smells like a successful meal to me. This would be a good camping meal because its really easy. Its the perfect weeknight meal. I'll be making this again. Grade B+.