Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Indian Butter Chicken

First time cooking an Indian dish and trying it as well.  It turned out delicious and not hard as I thought..!

If you are looking for an easy, quick, and delicious dish that your family will for sure love, you should try this!

Indian Butter Chicken


4 pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Bite Size Pieces 
5 cloves Garlic, Minced 
1 teaspoon Salt 
½ teaspoons Black Pepper 
½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (I omitted it since my son will eat)
¼ teaspoons Ground Coriander 
¼ teaspoons Cumin 
¼ teaspoons Cardamom 
1 Lime, Juiced 
1 Onion, Diced 
¼ cups Butter 
1 can Tomato Sauce 
2 cups of Whipping Cream 
1 bunch Chopped Cilantro, to taste 
Cooked Basmati Rice 


Combine first 9 ingredients and marinate overnight.

Saute the onion in the butter until soft. Add marinated chicken and cook about 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes over medium-low heat with the lid on. Add the whipping cream and cilantro just before serving over Basmati rice. 

Note: this is a little spicy, but you can cut back on the cayenne if you want.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Crispy Homemade Fish & Chips

We love fish & chips!  – it was surprisingly simple to make, and so delicious.

The secret to the ultra-crispy batter is a combination of baking soda and bubbly soda water, this is what gives the first the crispy texture you are looking for!

For a cocktail party, try cutting fresh fish into small bits for bite-sized fish and chips to dip in tartar sauce.  

The tartar sauce was homemade.  It was the first time I make it! Below is the link to the site I got it from. 

Crispy Homemade Fish & Chips


3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
500gr of preferred fish fillets 
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1/2 cup soda water
canola oil, for cooking
Salt, pepper, paprika, per taste


Put 1/4 cup of the flour into a shallow dish. Cut the fish fillets on a slight diagonal into 1-inch wide strips.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, salt and other spices and soda water – the mixture should have the consistency of thin pancake batter.

In a heavy pot, heat about two inches of oil until it’s hot but not smoking. Pat the fish strips dry with paper towel and dredge in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip one or two pieces at a time in the batter to coat well and gently place in the oil. Cook, turning as needed, for 4–5 minutes, until deep golden and cooked through. Transfer to paper towels to drain and cool, then sprinkle with salt.

Serves 4.

The chips/fries were made oven baked and you can check its recipe here 

Recipe for the tartar sauce found here


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Simple Orange Cake

This cake is super simple and so delicious.  Not very sweet, and so soft.  Great for breakfast, snack or tea party!

Simple Orange Cake

Ingredients + Method:

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
rind of 1 orange
1/4 cup oil
3 tablespoons sour cream or yogurt
Whisk all the above together
Add to the wet ingredients:

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
juice of one orange
Continue to whisk these last ingredients and then pour into a greased and floured pan and bake in preheated 177 C oven for 25-40 min depending on oven.

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