Roasted Chook in the Barossa Valley

So you have a 2 kg chook, a garden full of herbs and about 15 (or more) bottles of wine … and 4 hungry people. You have hiked the natural reserves, tramped up hills, encountered kangaroos and corellas and now need food. Syl took over. It was a magnificent meal. Chop rosemary and garlic. Mix…

The Happy Call (happy !!) Pan

Anyone tried the Happy Call non-stick double pan, made in Korea ? It boasts an FDA approved silicone seal that reduces smell, smoke and oil splatter while retaining heat and moisture for juicy, tender food. We have one at home and it is absolutely wonderful – fulfills all its promises. Shorter cooking times, no spatters,…

Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

Pam’s Masala for Curries

Mona brought with her a small bottle of masala powder and produced magic in the kitchen. This was her mother, Pam’s, basic masala powder, made fresh every year, which she   sent to her daughters in Dubai and Shanghai. The curries are to die for. Masala for Chicken and Meat Curries 1/2 kg dry chilies…

Sangeeta’s Quinoa, Chia & Flaxseed crusted Chicken

Another from Sango’s kitchen, table, imagination, research, cookbook … 200 gms chicken breast boneless Marinade 1 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp Coleman’s double superfine mustard powder,  into a paste with 1 tbsp cold water salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 6 cloves of garlic finely grated finely chopped herb of your choice, basil or…

Sylvia’s Poached Chicken

With Syl’s recipes, the making is as easy as the reading. Thanks much. 2 or 3 chicken breasts Garlic paste or ginger-garlic paste whatever herbs you have lying around tiny amount of salt and pepper (just for the flavour) few peppercorns a bay leaf few cloves 1 tsp chicken stock powder boiling water, to cover…

Veronica’s well-loved ‘Ayam Kuning’ aka ‘Yellow Chicken’

Veron is an ace in all dishes Indonesian and this was a particular hit with my niece, visiting from university and interested in trying out different dishes. This one is for you, Pooj ! 5 chicken drumsticks a 2″piece of fresh ginger a 3″ piece of fresh turmeric a 2″ piece of galangal 1 stem…

Kuko’s Mutton in Cream

So, spending a night with old friends in Gurgaon, after years and years, and there’s this splendid dinner served piping hot on a cold December night. Old friends, terrific food, music, wine and much reminiscing … This dish was particularly delicious. Mutton with bone, cubed garlic paste red wine vinegar olive oil oregano, or mixed…

Apricots. Apricots. Apricots.

The fruit is everywhere, warm, orange, gold, offering all kinds of suggestions.                       Sauces. Appetizers. On the side. Three recipes I haven’t yet tried. Sound delicious though. As an accompaniment, from Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Owner of Shaya in New Orleans. Stir together :…

Kumari’s chicken

On a visit to Chennai last week, Mum’s helper, Kumari, brought this steaming dish of chicken to the table. It was delicious with a paratha and a pat of ghee ! Chicken, in pieces 1 big onion, diced fine 1/2 (or more, as per taste) tomato, diced 1 tsp or so ginger-garlic paste 1/2″ cinnamon…

Selvi’s Chicken Curry with Broad Beans

One of the nicest chicken dishes I’ve had in a while. The addition of  beans – avarakkai in Tamil, aka Indian broad beans – elevates the dish to a satisfying level. Its delicious, filling and different; all it needs is a dish of piping hot rice or a couple of hot chapattis off the tawa….

A Sunday lunch with prosecco and friends

Unplanned, on-the-spur-of-the-moment and impromptu, this lunch was sunny, sparkly, air-conditioned and frothy both in liquid sustenance and atmosphere : good cheer, good friends, good food (even if I say so myself). With Raising Sand (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), thank you Neena. Menu Prosecco, prosecco, prosecco. And good old G & T. And fresh, tender…

Murgh Methi Malai aka Chicken with Cream and Methi

This chicken dish was done in a very short time. The fresh fenugreek leaves made all the difference, I think, compared to the dried ones. Whatever the reason, this one is a winner. 500g chicken breasts or thighs, cubed 3 big onions, on the smaller side 6 cloves garlic 1 inch knob of ginger 2…

A Beer Marinade for Chicken

Rooting around for something different, to marinate 3 chicken legs overnight for a quick lunch with a salad. Nothing much in the fridge, except the beer, and a few onions. Came out pretty well, except tried to pan fry instead of grilling it and that didn’t cook the chicken, so turned everything into a pressure…

Spice Options

I can’t see myself making these, but found the idea appealing – freshly ground spice mixes for the occasion ! Found this in a magazine, as I do on the odd occasion I read magazines, usually in waiting rooms … Caribbean Jerk (makes 2 tablespoons) Use as a marinade mixed with a little honey and…

A Celebratory Lunch with Friends & Family

They say a happy cook is the secret to a great meal … And what came out of that kitchen ? Starting with champagne and not necessarily in this order … Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup A chili relish to spice it up Indonesian Balado Indonesian fried chicken, tempe and tahu Lots and lots of basil…

Elizabeth’s & David’s Biryani in a Rice Cooker

Elizabeth kindly shared her biryani recipe – most interesting as the rice was cooked in coconut milk instead of water. It was utterly delish and needed no accompaniment other than a raita … perhaps not even that !   2 cups basmati rice, cleaned 2 ½ cups coconut milk ( use the ‘first’ milk and…

Veronica’s Chicken ‘Aroma’

Cutting calories and food portions gets  repetitive and boring : its the same old, same old with some slight variations, at least as far as I am concerned. Its a drag to explore new variations on 100 or 150g of chicken per meal, month in and month out. Veronica, who is a part of the how…