A couple of years ago, my husband bought me one of those presents for my birthday when at the time he thought it was a really good idea and his intentions were really good. I, on the other hand, was not as sure as he was, I probably ended up crying about it, it definitely caused a bit of tension as I didn’t feel like my needs were completely being heard and in the end, after it all I actually conceded that it was a good present although it really could have gone either way. What was it? A cooking course! 😉
Right, let me explain…I had been complaining, uh, expressing, quite a lot my frustration of not being sure what to cook every night for supper as trying to take us into account, the kids, time, cost, health etc. can all get a bit overwhelming and I was running out of ideas of what to do. (it seems not much has changed in my world as you can read in Who knew planning meals could be so sexy?!) and here’s where the good intentions come in, my husband thought he was helping me out by getting someone to come in for the day and teach me some new recipes and give me some tips etc. Do I even need to explain how this gift can totally be misconstrued and taken in the wrong way? I knew my husband wasn’t saying I was a bad cook so it wasn’t that. It was the fact that I spend so much time cooking and he gives me a present where I end up spending MORE time cooking?! By the end of the day I was exhausted from cooking and standing the whole day so perhaps the accompaniment of a foot massage might have gone down a bit better, but, and here’s where I conceded, I did learn some great tips, I got some great recipes which have become staples and it inspired me to try different things as I do actually enjoy cooking. It gave me confidence to try things I hadn’t made before and it definitely took me a bit more out of my cooking comfort zone which I was very pleased about. And the teacher,Thekla Salmon from Domestic Goddesses, was lovely which made it all the better.
One of the recipes that I now make, Express Butter Chicken, makes a really great date night meal, especially in the winter months. In fact, I made it for our camping out at home date night. It’s so super easy to make and is such a delicious, impressive meal to serve.
If you want to add some indian flavour to your date night, light some incense and candles, serve up some poppadums, set the table with an indian theme and enjoy! 🙂
This recipe for Express Butter Chicken was one of the great recipes I received from Thekla so all credit goes to her. I also have some other great ones from her so do yourselves a favour and go have a look at all the deliciousness she gets up to over at www.domesticgoddess.co.za. She also does all sorts of cooking training in the home so go have a look.
Express Butter Chicken
1 Tbsp of oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp of ginger, minced
2 Tbsp of butter
1 Tsp of ground cumin
1 Tsp of ground coriander
1 Tsp of garum masala
1 Tsp of ground paprika
½ Tsp of chilli powder (or to taste)
½ Tsp of black pepper, finely ground (or to taste)
4 skinless free range chicken breasts, cut into small cubes (replace with paneer if desired)
115g of tomato paste
125ml of cream
125ml of yoghurt
1 Tsp of salt (or to taste)
On medium high heat, fry the onion in the oil until translucent but not browning. Add the spices and the butter and fry for a few minutes. Add the chicken cubes and fry for a few minutes until the chicken is almost cooked through. Add the tomato paste and cream and fry on medium heat for a further few minutes. Once the chicken has just cooked through add the salt and yoghurt and combine well.
Serve with fresh coriander, steamed rice, roti and or sambals. Can keep in the fridge for two days or will freeze beautifully.