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.
Vanilla Birthday Cake
I started baking my own birthday cake in 2020 during lockdown. My birthday is on 4th April and at the time South Africa was about 2-3 weeks into lockdown. All of us were scared of going out for even grocery supplies, let alone cake!
So the easiest thing was to find what I had in the cupboard and cobble together a chocolate cake for the hubby and me to fatten ourselves with. My first attempt at Chocolate Cake turned out ok…and as you can see elsewhere in this blog, I’ve since created my own recipe and perfected it. For my birthday this year I decided to make a simple yet yummy Vanilla Cake. Simple because it’s got no airs and graces. Yummy because it’s light, fluffy but still has a perfect amount of moisture. Then, of course, the icing is literally the icing on the cake…see what I did there? I hope you enjoy trying out my recipe for your special occasion