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05 April 2014 @ 07:47 pm
triumphant dinners  

So since moving to Ireland we’ve learned the numminess of Indian food (Alaska, as it turns out, is not a place to get good Indian). But it’s expensive to order out, of course, and jarred sauces are, well, jarred sauce quality, so I’ve been kind of wanting to try some recipes at home. I found a curry cookbook at Chapters that looked like it had potential, and on Wednesday–well, I’d meant to do it on Tuesday, but the lead time was even longer than I remembered, so it ended up being Wednesday after a day of marinating–I made tandoori chicken.

Ted got home from work, seized a piece of not-actually-bright-red breast, pronounced it full of tandoori flavour, and praised my efforts. (Ted being a fully qualified chef, I always feel quite triumphant if I make something really praiseworthy. :)) So that went well.

But my actual purpose in making tandoori chicken was to then make homemade tikka masala, which uses tandoori chicken, so that was what I did Thursday night. Ted came home and looked in the pot of tikka masala sauce and said “Wow, that looks great,” and I went off to write and when I came home he said to me, “Did you MAKE that?!? It was PHENOMENAL!!! I was doing dishes and looking around for the tikka masala jar and there wasn’t one and I thought, did she MAKE that?!?” So he was very impressed and I’m very pleased with myself. :)

(I said Friday morning, “What’m I gonna make for dinner tonight?” “I dunno,” Ted said, “you’ve been batting a thousand the last two nights. Probably chicken fingers and chips.” “Probably,” I said, and we both laughed. He ended up making us omelets for dinner, for the record. :))

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 5th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
I love a good cooking success story. Next time, please email me some.
Ghost Light: Blissghost_light on April 5th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
There is still just the one place on Northern Lights, but we have two Himalayan places that are great.
desperance: lukedesperance on April 5th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! Homemade curries are the best. I'd cook Indian every night for a month, if I thought m'wife would sit still for it. (Beware, though: this does lead to <a href="http://desperance.livejournal.com/1081220.html>inventive methods of storing fifty-plus spices</a>. In alphabetical order, natch.)
desperance: lukedesperance on April 5th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
(bugger, there should have been a " in that url...)
Karenklwilliams on April 6th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Congratulations. I'm not a cook at all, and Indian food is so very far beyond my talents (and so very delicious). Well done.
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on April 6th, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
Madhur Jaffrey has a rep for being one of the best at translating Indian cooking for westerners....And she is a pretty good memoirs to boot
irishkateirishkate on April 6th, 2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
Go you!!
alfreda89: Winter_Mette's Gloggalfreda89 on April 6th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, well done! I am a big Madhur Jaffrey fan; have several of her cookbooks. I had to give up my huge spice collection when I discovered the gluten/mold allergy. Buying spices is currently challenging. But I look forward to Indian food once again after a Certain Body Part forgives me and begins functioning optimally.

In the meantime, I get my spice through golden milk--almond milk with a turmeric paste added, drunk hot.
Carlton Max: baz goatc_maxx on April 6th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, usually bottled sauces...

There used to be a good one, maybe just not available at the local store (and I may misremember brand-urk!)-- Major Grey's Mango Chutney, which now that I know mangoes, was nothing like fresh mango- kinda like avocado...

Back when I was a starving student (for seven of those eight years), when I fell out of having time to cook chicken or something, my beans&rice burrito wraps had Major Grey's M.C. which kept them just as interesting as some form of meat would.

One year I discovered I was working six days a week and going to school at night- and having chest pains, 40-something, yikes! I considered that I was working so I could go to school, so at at this point, taking out some loans and working less was not such a bad idea, especially as the light at the end of the [school] tunnel was becoming visible.

Pardon- to copy and post this one, a story my friends haven't heard...
Herefoxherefox on April 7th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I love making Indian food but it is really a great deal of work so I don't do it as often as I'd like. I may need to do it again soon though.

Most of my recipes for tikka masala, though, don't actually call for tandoori. That's kind of interesting and I'll have to think about it though I don't care for tandoori that much by itself.
Miss May: roadsvalancymay on April 17th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
I have spectacular recipes for spectacular butter chicken and saag paneer, if you're interested, and a decent recipe for dal makhani that I'm going to see if I can make into a spectacular one.
kitmizkit on April 18th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
oh, I'm very interested! Yes, please!