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.
Hash brown, bacon and egg stack
Hash browns aren’t necessarily the most exciting option when you’re thinking of brunch, but depending on how much flavour you’re able to pack them with, they can be a great substitute for bread. My preference is to add coriander and nutmeg to the traditional hash brown recipe. I find that these two ingredients make all the difference when it comes to flavour. Naturally, you will have your own preferences and quirks so don’t hesitate to add them to your variation.
Then of course the real excitement comes when you decide what to stack onto your hash browns. For me, a fried egg, streaky bacon, mushrooms and avocado slices do the trick. But for you it might be something else, for example a burger patty with melted cheddar cheese. All up to you. But do make sure you top it off with chives and parmesan shavings for that extra what-what! Either way, you’re sure to enjoy the end result of this hash brown recipe.