Talking about food, I've been meaning to tell you about what I made last weekend. Why it was that I was soooooo busy!! But I obviously got distracted during the week - anyhow! Well a couple of years ago, Boyfriend's mum gave me a wonderful book for Christmas: Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible. It is so beautiful to look at, I thing I might have been slightly put off by it because of that reason. It just looked so perfect, I didn't feel I could achieve any of it. But I changed my mind recently and decided it was about time I tried some of the recipes in there. So last week, I went through the whole book and stuck post it notes on recipes that should be given a go. I think I picked some of the easiest ones, or at least some which take the least amount of time/ effort to get ready. You have to start somewhere!!! So anyway, as we had a whole chicken in the freezer, I decided to make a whole roast chicken curry. And boy was it good. I feel so proud of it, it was utterly delicious. DE-LI-CIOUS. I'm not joking. You have to try this!!!! I mean look at it, doesn't this make you want to???
It certainly makes me want to do it all over again! All there was to it was making a sauce to marinate the chicken in. That was made up of lemon juice, tamarind paste, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped chilli (I used some of our home grown habaneros to give it a good kick), some ground coriander, ground cumin, a pinch of salt and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. I put it all in a pestle and mortar, gave it a good bashing and spread it on the skinned whole chicken (yes you have to remove the skin, not exactly the most pleasant thing to do but oh so worth it - and make large slits in the breast and thighs). Wrap it in foil, leave to marinate for 30min, then put in the oven at 200 degrees C for an hour, after which you need to open the foil and baste the chicken with the juices. Close the foil and put it back in the oven for another 20-30min (depending on the size of your chicken). It comes out really wonderful, and so very moist! Yum!
To accompany the chicken, I cooked some plain basmati rice and a veg dish. The veg dish was tweeked to fit what I had: potatoes, mushrooms and frozen peas. It turned out delicious as well, even if I do say so myself! I pretty much followed another recipe from the book, and discovered this amazing spice: asafoetida. Has anyone else heard of this before? It was really interesting, and definitely gave an oniony taste to the dish. This was really simple to get ready as well. Basically start off by heating up some oil in a frying pan. When hot add cumin seeds and some asafoetida, followed by your potatoes cut in cubes. Brown off the potatoes, add the frozen peas and mushroom, barely cover with water, mix everything and bring to a boil. Turn the temperate down, cover with a lid/ foil and leave to cook for 15min. After that time, take the lid/ foil off and cook for a further 10min until the water has evaporated. Five minutes before the end, add some chopped fresh tomatoes and dried curry leaves if you have any. So there. I seem to have written lots about this, but honestly, it was easy. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
And now to leave you with something sweet for the weekend! I made little chocolate cookies for Boyfriend's family last weekend. I used a Nigella recipe but instead of making 12 (she is so greedy!!!!), I made about 20 bitesize ones, and I still had about 2 thirds of the dough left over. So it's now in the freezer, waiting to cheer us up on a cold day!
Sorry about the photo, I forgot to take one when the box was actually full! Have a nice weekend all!!! xx