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.
Thai Prawn Curry
We eat a lot of curry in my home. Whether its Summer, Winter, Autumn or Spring, we always have time for a good, slow-cooked, hearty dish. Over the last few months I’ve been making a lot of effort to reduce our intake of red meat - it’s harder than you think given that I happen to live with a red meat “enthusiast (read: addict)”!
So I’ve been testing my prowess with seafood curries as a healthier, even tastier, alternative to beef or mutton. A resounding success! Not only does my Thai Prawn Curry take me back to my unforgettably romantic holiday in Thailand, it also satisfies those who are always inclined to think red meat is better than seafood. Finally, this dish is ready in 20 minutes so it’s perfect for a midweek dinner.