Lockdown Day 12 (Sunday)

Minestrone – see RECIPE below
Bread and butter
Sliced oranges with yogurt

Lamb curry – see RECIPE below
White basmati rice – see RECIPE

Lamb curry – Recipe

There is still frozen cooked lamb left in the freezer from my birthday party which never happened because of the lockdown.


a thumb sized piece of ginger
3 garlic cloves
small bunch of coriander (or 2 tbsp frozen)
1 large onion
2 tbsp spice mix (see below)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
300g cooked lamb, in small pieces
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tbsps ground almonds
3 tbsps natural yoghurt


Whizz up the ginger, garlic, onion, coriander and spice mix in a food processor (or chop all the ingredients quite finely and mix together).
Heat up the vegetable oil into a heavy based saucepan and add the spice mix. Fry 2-3 minutes.
Add lamb pieces and cook for another 2-3 minutes stirring well.
Add coconut milk, ground almonds and 2 cups of water or more, as much as is needed to cover the meat and spice mix (you can also use vegetable water or pasta water). Cook 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add yoghurt and broad beans, and more water for required consistency, and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Serve with rice.


1 tbsp of each of
fennel seeds
cumin seeds
coriander seeds
fenugreek seeds
whole cardamom pods
1 tsp cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp salt

Lightly toast 1-2 minutes in a frying pan.
Whizz to a powder in a spice (or coffee) grinder, or pound in pestle and mortar.
Keeps well in jam jar with a lid.

It’s another glorious sunny day. Our local park closed today because too many people were sunbathing yesterday.
Keir Starmer interviewed on the Andrew Marr programme today was encouraging. Definite yet informal tone, no hedging around or giving formulaic answers.
The Queen addressed the nation this evening. It was unexpectedly moving. “We should take comfort that, while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” But when?
And Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital, Dominic Raab is in charge.

Funny column by Catherine Bennett about the outpouring of opinions on how we should get through the lockdown. “If you’ve got no room for hens, get yourself some sheep.” “As terrifying as it would have been for anyone stuck in the London described by Defoe or inside Camus’s Oran, these imprisoned citizens were, at least, spared survival tips dreamed up in the remote homes and gardens of fund managers, celebrity chefs, professional tidier-uppers, titled brand ambassadors, “tablescaping” experts.”

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