Archive | April 2015

Chicken Tikka, Garlic Chilli

Here’s another recipe which I have tried and tested, And to be honest it’s one of my favourites.

It comes into parts and I use to different websites, one for the curry and one for the chicken tikka.

https://www.cookipedia.co.uk/recipes_wiki/Garlic_chilli_chicken

http://www.curryfrenzy.com/curry/recipes/Chicken-Tikka.html

The first thing that needs to be done is the chicken tikka. This needs to be prepared in advance so it can have at least 6 hours in the fridge to marinate.

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First prepare all the spices, chop the chicken, grate the ginger and crush the garlic.  Put the spices ginger and garlic in a bowl,and add the lemon juice and a splash of water to create a paste.

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Add the food colouring (if using) to the paste and mix well with the yogurt.

Add the chicken pieces and stir until all the chicken  is covered.

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Put in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

When the chicken  has had enough time to marinate, place it on skewers. Turn your oven to the highest setting and place the skewers on a baking tray, ideally resting on each side.

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Cook for around 30 minutes on the top shelf.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the spices and other ingredients needed for the curry.

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Put a saucepan on high heat and add the cumin seeds. When they start to pop turn the heat down and add a splash of oil. Add the onions and garlic mixture to the pan and cook until the onions are translucent.

Add the spices and stock. Once the chicken is cooked, carefully take it off the skewers and add to the saucepan. Simmer for around 30 minutes.

At this stage I like to add a bit more chopped garlic, as in my house we all love garlic.

When it’s had time to simmer add the chillies tomatoes, tomato puree and more water if needed.

Cook for a further 10 minutes.

At this stage it’s a good idea to start cooking your accompaniments. So if your like me and like rice with a curry now’s a good time to cook it.

Serve with coriander and maybe a bowl of natural yogurt if you want to take away some of the heat.

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Spicy Chicken Jalfrezi

I really fancied something spicy for dinner tonight so I decided I would make a chicken Jalfrezi.  This is one of my favourite curries and something I often order when I go to a Indian restaurant.

I did what I always do and looked on the Internet for a recipe that sounded delicious and easy to make, and I came across this one:

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/25144/slow-cooked-chicken-jalfrezi.aspx

I prepared all my spices and split them into dishes in the order that there added, and I chopped up my chicken and peppers, I will also be adding mushrooms to the curry as we all love mushrooms.

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I then started to cook the curry according to the recipe.

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I added the mushrooms the same time I added the peppers, and i also put 4 chopped green chillies at this time as me and my family love spicy food. I then cooked the whole curry for 45 minutes and then I turned it off and left it until I was ready to eat.20150409_202127

I served mine with yellow turmeric Basmati rice and Chapatis.

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Chicken And Bacon Salad.

As it was such a nice day today, I decided to make chicken and bacon salad for dinner.

It’s a really enjoyable meal, and very filling to.

To create this meal you will need: (based on 5 people eating)

3 Large Chicken Breasts

Garlic granules

Chilli flakes

1 packet of streaky bacon

Honey and mustard dressing (or your favourite dressing)

Your favourite salad leaves. I used spinach, watercress, rocket, iceberg lettuce and shredded beetroot.

Cherry tomatoes

1 large red onion

1 packet of Radishes

1 cucumber

Variety of sweet peppers

New potatoes

First thing to do is cut up the chicken Breasts into chunks and place on a sheet of kitchen foil.

Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of the garlic granules over the chicken and mix in with your hands.

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes (use more if you like spicy food) and mix with hands.

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Fold the sides of the foil over the chicken to create a parcel.

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Put the chicken in the oven on gas mark 5 for around 40 minutes. Check the chicken half way through and try to split it up with a fork.

While the chickens cooking cook the potatoes until soft and cut the bacon into pieces, dry fry on a low heat until crispy.

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Chop up the all the salad and put in a bowl, set aside in the fridge until needed.

Once the chicken is cooked, the bacon Is crisp and the potatoes are soft, grab the salad bowls and add the chicken and bacon.

Pour over the salad dressing and mix together with a spoon.

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Serve a big portion of salad with a few buttery potatoes and enjoy.

Easter Bank Holiday Family Day Out

As it’s Easter Bank holiday and the kids are off school, I thought it may be nice to spend the day together and have some fun.

We looked at various places to go but wonderland in Telford really caught my eye and I knew my girls would love it.

Wonderland is a theme park based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes. We paid £7.95 per adult and child and under 2s were free, which I thought was reasonably priced considering there are rides and attractions which are unlimited and are part of the price.

When you arrive you have to park on there pay and display car park, which was £3.00. You then walk through the entrance and the first rides are in view.

They had a caterpillar ride, the tea cups and a maze in the first bit of the park.  Then as you walk through there were little houses where they did an easter walk. Each house had a different character in it to greet the children and they filled there bags up with goodies. Once we did the easter walk, we decided we would take advantage of the nice weather and have a picnic.

When we all filled our tummys we then went and looked at the other attractions that were on offer. The first attraction we came to was a big red shoe. This is based on the nursery rhyme about an old lady who lived in a shoe.  Inside the shoe were animated dolls that told the nursery rhyme.

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As we carried on walking we came to lots of other houses including snow whites and little red riding hoods house. Lots of nursery rhymes played as we walked round and my girls enjoyed singing along.

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There was also a section filled with dinosaurs. There were interactive buttons that could be pressed to hear interesting facts on dinosaurs.

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All in all our day out was very enjoyable and wonderland is defiantly a place I will visit again In the near future.

This entry was posted on April 7, 2015. 1 Comment

My Whole World And More

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I haven’t really done a lot of cooking this week so, I thought I would write a post about my children.

Every mother is so proud of her children and I am the same. My girls are my whole world and they make my life complete.

My eldest daughter is Chloe May and she Is 4. She is a kind little girl who loves to help. She loves looking after her little sister and she enjoys helping me cook.

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She started school last September and has learnt so much already. A few months back she read a book to Me and I felt my body bursting with pride. It’s so amazing when your child learns something for the first time. (I’m sure you’ll all agree).

Chloe loves crafts and at the moment she has taken an interest in making story books. She chooses a story she likes and recreates it with her own drawings.

Scarlet is my youngest daughter and she is 2. She is completely bonkers and I love her for it. She is completely different to Chloe, scarlet is a lot more outgoing where as Chloe is much quieter.

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Scarlet loves to be the centre of attention and is always singing and dancing. She is my little ray of sunshine and it’s hard to be sad when around her.

She had recently learnt to talk and now is a little chatterbox. She loves to play with her big sister and loves to copy everything that she does.

She does have the occasional tantrum, and when she does she will take herself off to the stairs. Which can be really funny.

I throughly enjoy being a mother and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are good times and bad times but such is life.

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