Happy Friday guys and welcome to autumn on The Mother Cooker, the start of comfort food season. I absolutely live for comfort food and I have been working on some super indulgent and tasty recipes to get you through the colder days. I know we aren’t quite in a cold front just yet, so I will continue to balance indulgence with lighter meals for a while longer.
This year, I’ve really tried to create things we love eating out at home. Chicken tikka is one of my Husband’s favourite things to order at the Indian. So with a little bit of input from my brother-in-law (he was very vague, and the only measure he had was two garlic cloves). I always have virtually everything I need to make this in my pantry, so it is a great recipe for us. The only thing you’ll have to invest in are some metal skewers. These are the cheapest ones I could find for you. Served with dollops of mango chutney, a simple onion and tomato salad and heaps of coriander. I have a feeling you’ll be making this over and over again. Now, this really is one to keep and store for work. Would also be great to make for friends, as it’s a great serve yourself option.
We love chicken in our house, but this year we’ve made a pact to not get take away and cut down on eating out to try and save some money. I also love cooking for my friends and family, so making sharing dinners is a lovely thing. The main element in this, is the succulent, spicy chicken. Then I’ve knocked up some super simple sides to get you started, you can adapt them how you want. A quick rocket and spicy sweet potato salad, with fruity cauliflower rice. Load it up in to pittas with some halloumi, add a spicy or garlic mayo, heap on some avocado, corn on the cob with heaps of butter. Just get stuck in, save the left overs for later, how amazing would it be for work? Just don’t forget that squeeze of lime, it pulls it all together.
The rub for the chicken is made in a batch that you can pop in your cupboard and save for later, rub it in to wings, add it in to casseroles, rub it in to fish to make tacos, it’s versatile. It will need a lot from your store cupboard, but hopefully you have a lot of the spices already and if you don’t, think of how many tubs of spicy rub you can make all year. It’s worth it, promise.
It took me a long time to fall in love with Thai food, I put off trying it when I was younger because I couldn’t stand the smell of lemongrass. My palette has changed considerably over the years and it is now one of my favourite types of food to eat. So mastering pastes and sauces at home is a big deal, as it saves me money and I can see everything that is going in to the mix.
I’ve put this in the category of ‘30 Minutes or less‘ because it is achievable as long as you are organised. I’d say that you need the full 30 minutes though, but at least the paste is simply whizzed together in a blender. The longer you leave it to simmer, the better your curry will taste though. This curry is of a medium heat, but if you like it hot, simply add another chilli in to your paste. You could easily make this Vegetarian, just replace your chicken with a yummy vegetable and if the fish sauce bothers you too, substitute it for soy or Worcestershire sauce.