I remember vividly when and how I fell in love with Butter Chicken. The month was May, the year 2011 the place a small, ramshackle restaurant in New Delhi, India. I had been in Delhi studying since early March of that year and had months to go before heading back home to Cape Town to finish off my degree. Most of the food I had been exposed to in the city until then had not been to my liking, mainly because I did not at the time have much of a palette for hot and spicy food. One day when my friend and I went out as we often did to get out of the campus, I decided to try out Butter Chicken, which I was assured was the dish with the least heat on the menu. I was immediately hooked. For me it was the creamy texture and how the spices were tempered with yoghurt and tomatoes that made this meal a winner. Fast-forward to 2021, I’ve been enjoying this meal for a decade. The recipe below is my take on this delicious meal and I hope you can use it to switch up your chicken meals once in a while.
Scones, Scones, Scones
This is my recipe for yumminess produced in under an hour. These scones are perfect for a weekend or weekday morning. All you need to do is set your alarm an hour early to make sure that you stay in your family’s good books for an entire week! My scones are light, fluffy and golden. The sugar content ensures that they are sweet enough to enjoy on their own and not too sweet that you can’t add jam and cream. I really like adding ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon for that added bit flavour. You can also add a teaspoon of nutmeg for that additional flavour pop. Go on, give this recipe a try and let me know how popular you become in your home.
Cape Malay Pickled Fish
South Africa has a few Easter traditions that are observed closely as the long weekend approaches. There are the more commercial ones such as the buying of Easter Eggs, Easter Bunnies and Hot Cross Buns. Then there are fun traditions such as Easter Egg hunts for the little ones. Other people celebrate this holiday by spending time in church commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having lived in Cape Town for almost two decades, I came to love Pickled Fish, a delicacy enjoyed mostly during Easter. This dish is a labour of love and patience. While it doesn’t take too long to cook, you have to give the fish time to infuse the flavours that actually make the “pickled” in Pickled Fish. This takes about 2-3 days. So be sure to make it ahead if you wish to enjoy this dish over the Easter Long Weekend.
Total Cook Time: 60 minutes
Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 45 minutes