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.
Creamy Parmesan Spinach
Spinach is one of those really good, nutrient veggies that’s loaded with anti-oxidants. It goes with many different meals and can be prepared in countless ways to fit your mood and preference. It’s so versatile that you can have it as part of a traditional African meal, as a healthy juice in the morning, in a frittata or quiche, or as the base in your gourmet plated menu. The possibilities are endless. On its own it can be quite bland and boring so it’s important to find new ways of enjoying this healthy leafy vegetable. The recipe I’m sharing is not so much on the healthy side of life, its actually more on the indulgent side of things to be honest. But you don’t have to sit with heavy feelings of guilt because the base product is still healthy. Anyway, life is too short for bland, boring food guys. All you need to do is just manage your portions and you’ll be fine. That said, I must warn you against taking health advice from me. My friends know this very well. Lol. I will, however, strongly encourage you to take delicious recipe advice from me! In that terrain, I am uncontested :)