I am not the expert on these things but here is my top 5 as of today – 21st April 2013

  1. The new season of Mad Men (I actually mean Don Draper, but the rest of the show is pretty hot too…)
  2. Looser pants as a measure of weight loss – rather than the number on the scales (also means that shopping for new clothes is in order!)
  3. Peppa Pig parties
  4. Rain (according to the weather in Albany)
  5. Curry!!  The hotter the better in my humble opinion – especially with all this chilly rain

Has my “What’s Hot” list increased your desire to snuggle on the couch in your trackies with an episode of Peppa Pig followed by Mad Men while eating a healthy home made curry?  I thought it would.  Here is a recipe that will hit the spot (and yes, this recipe is really HOT!)

Some Like it Hot

What’s Hot Curried Noodles

1 pack of dried rice noodles, prepared as per instructions.  Make sure they are well drained

3 tablespoons of butter

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic

1/2 tablespoon of minced ginger

2 teaspoons of garam masala

2 teaspoons of cumin

2 teaspoons of chilli powder (reduce this if you want a milder curry)

1 cup tomato puree

150g plain yogurt

3/4 cup of almond milk (or whipping cream if you don’t use almond milk)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

3 chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces

350g cottage cheese

250g cream cheese

1 teaspoon of garam masala (yes, more)

1 teaspoon of cumin (yup)

1 teaspoon of ground tumeric

2 packs of frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Heat the butter on medium high heat in a large fry pan.  Add the onion and cook for about 4 minutes until the onion is soft & translucent.  Add the lemon juice, ginger, garlic, 2 teaspoons of garam masala, 2 teaspoons of cumin and the chilli powder and stir for 1 minute.  Add the tomato puree and cook, stirring for 2 more minutes.  Stir in the yogurt, almond milk, salt and cayenne pepper.  Add the chicken.  Cook, uncovered over low hear for 10 minutes and stir frequently.

In a large bowl combine 3/4 of the cottage cheese, the cream cheese and the rest of the spices.  Stir in the spinach and mix well.

Grease a large lasagne dish.  Add half of the chicken mixture.  Put half of the noodles on top.  Then evenly spread the chicken mixture on the noodles.  Add the rest of the noodle and then the chicken on top.  Bake, covered in foil, in the oven for 65 minutes.  Then sprinkle with the left over cottage cheese and bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve with naan bread.