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Rituals, Cold Brew, & Coconuts

Rituals, Cold Brew, & Coconuts

Does anyone else’s day feel super off without coffee? For me, my morning coffee is a daily ritual. It’s not so much that I need it to cognitively function, although it certainly helps. It’s that the habit is so ingrained into my routine that something […]

The Royal Return

The Royal Return

Hi guys! So, it’s been a minute. How y’all doing? I was trying to think of a more casual way to just, like, pick up where I left off and pretend I haven’t been neglecting this blog for almost two years. That didn’t feel right though, […]

Rachel’s First Time: Butter Chicken

Rachel’s First Time: Butter Chicken

One of (many) ideas I have typed in the Notes app of my phone is to attempt the ~staples~ of various types of cuisine. Today I tried my hand at Indian butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani according to Wikipedia. Indian people, correct me and Wikipedia if that’s incorrect. I wanted to make a joke saying “MURGH! Butter chicken is hard!” (get it?) but it’s not that difficult, so that doesn’t work so well. Also it’s not a good joke.

I used the butter chicken recipe on the New York Times, because, again, it was the highest rated recipe on the first page of my google search, and the photo was pretty. I had a fair amount of the ingredients on hand, and I’d be willing to bet you do too. I did make a few substitutions/changes, though.

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So, for starters, I don’t think my sauce was as red as it’s supposed to be. It was real yellow. One of my substitutions was using canned diced tomatoes instead of chopped fresh tomatoes. So maybe I didn’t use enough diced tomatoes? Still tasted good and tomato-y, though. A different recipe I found used tomato puree as well, so that might be something to try next time.

Substitution #2: I used boneless skinless chicken thighs because I had like 3 lbs in my freezer. I took them out and chopped them into pieces and placed the pieces back in the sauce instead of serving them whole.

Substitution #3: Used ground cumin instead of cumin seeds because I couldn’t find them at the two grocery stores I went to. Note to self: just drive to the Asian grocery store next time, you will find everything you need there, you lazy idiot. 

Substitution #4: Not really a sub, but I only used a cup of cream instead of a cup and a half. I really don’t think it needed anymore than a cup and I’m glad I used a little less than it called for

I started marinating the chicken around 7pm and used it at 2pm, so it had a solid 19 hours or marinating time – which is probably a record for me because I find waiting for chicken to marinate to be one of the worst things in life. Worth it though! I also added some extra salt, and a pinch of garam masala and chili powder at the end.

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I probably should have served this over basmati rice, but I didn’t have any, so jasmine it was. I also don’t have the metal bowls that Indian food is typically served in, so, great, I’m really good at authenticity!

This was really good and I’m proud that it actually tastes kind of like butter chicken I’ve had at Indian restaurants! I’ll work on a slightly more traditional presentation next time. Ain’t got money for metal serveware right now.

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If anyone makes this let me know what you think!

Cheers.

When it Rains

When it Rains

SOS. It has been raining for 18 of the past 22 days. I forget what the sun looks like. I feel like I may light on fire when the sun actually appears and touches my skin. In an attempt to make it feel more like […]

Another Girl Crush: Giada De Laurentiis

Another Girl Crush: Giada De Laurentiis

Ok so. Chrissy Teigen is still my number 1 girl, but we need to talk about Giada for a sec, who is a beautiful Italian angel. I was really feeling for her last year when she got divorced. Why would anyone divorce Giada?! I know […]

For the love of: Chrissy Teigen

For the love of: Chrissy Teigen

Hey guys remember me?

I’ve been following the beautiful, hilarious, gives-ZERO-fucks Chrissy Teigen for a couple years now and along with much of the internet, I’m pretty obsessed with her. She is funny as hell, has VERY cute dogs, and, like me, loves to cook. So you can imagine my excitement when she announced she was releasing a cookbook.

To my shame, hers is the first cookbook I’ve ever actually purchased. THEY’RE EXPENSIVE. I have so many on my Amazon wishlist but let’s be real, I’d rather spend my money on actual food. Probably should cut back on that tho.

Anyways, I’ve made a few things from it so far and everything has been so good. It’s just the best cookbook. I mean, she has a chapter called “Sh*t on Toast” and it makes me feel like we are the same person. Last night I made her Roasted Cauliflower, Feta & Orzo salad for the second time and it’s just a real treat. And probably not even the best thing in there, but I’ve made it twice which rarely happens so you know it’s good.

So there’s a lot going on in this salad. We got roasted cauliflower (which, by the way, is nearly impossible not to eat right out of the oven), orzo pasta, raw red onion, feta, dried cranberries (she uses cherries, but I don’t mess with cherries so we going with Crasins), & spinach, tossed in a lemon honey dijon dressing. I also added some glazed walnuts in there because why the hell not. It’s an odd combination of ingredients and flavors but it just works. Last night with dinner, I paired the salad with some lemon thyme chicken thighs and it was just a real nice meal. For lunch today, I just added some extra spinach and made it look like an actually healthy salad. I mean I guess it is healthy, there’s not a ridiculous amount of pasta in there. So it has that going for it too, which is nice.

Can’t wait to try more of her recipes. There’s pretty much nothing in her book I wouldn’t try. Definitely been eyeing up her prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts. Will report back when I try them! I’ll also try not to wait a month between blog posts too. Sorry bout that. Got a little busy/lazy there. Mostly lazy.

 

Cheers!

I Swear This Isn’t a Pasta Blog

I Swear This Isn’t a Pasta Blog

Yesterday, my lovely friend Margaret came over and we had big plans to go to Sephora and make some cilantro lime chicken for dinner. We did the Sephora thing and tried on approximately 137 lipsticks (this is normal). Then, we went to the grocery store […]

Rachel’s First Time: French Macarons

Rachel’s First Time: French Macarons

Lemme be real with you. I didn’t have high expectations. The good news is, because of that, I exceeded my own expectations by making good-tasting, decent-looking macarons. THEY AREN’T PERFECT. And part of me hurts inside because of that. But it’s really true when they […]

Kitchen Keepers

Kitchen Keepers

I knew I became a real adult the day I went into Homegoods and got overly excited about kitchen utensils and weird gourmet salt. I peruse down the kitchen aisles of Target, longing for animal-shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers and gold flatware. (I did eventually succumb to the ceramic fox s+p shakers and have zero regrets.)

Anyway, over time, I’ve collected a bunch of stuff that is essential to my time in the kitchen. I get excited every time I get to use one these things, or even just look at them. These are a few of my favorite things:

  • Fox salt & pepper shakers from Target: Look how precious! They just sit on my oven and cuddle all day. It’s real cute.
  • Recipe box from Rifle Paper Co.: This was a gift from my bff and it’s just so perfect and pretty and I’ve always wanted a recipe box like my grandmother did.
  • Olive oil dispenser from World Market: I recommend that everyone has an olive oil dispenser for convenience, and a pretty olive oil dispenser for happiness.
  • Lil sauce dish from World Market: I like to make a homemade gyoza dipping sauce in these (soy + brown sugar + sweet chili sauce)
  • Due Vittorie aged balsamic vinegar: This was a gift and it’s seriously the most delicious balsamic vinegar I’ve ever had. It’s borderline a glaze and packs so much flavor it’s ridiculous. I like to put it on pizza.
  • Penguin mug from Anthropologie: A surprise gift from my roommate after a bad day. Anthro has the best mugs.
  • Nielson Massey vanilla extract: Let it be known I did not spend $22 on amazon for this – I found it for 6.99 at Homegoods!! I discovered this brand when I purchased their vanilla bean paste and was sold. It’s just so good.
  • Smoked Paprika: Truly so superior to regular paprika. The smoked aspect is so legit. Once you go smoked paprika you never go back. I’m telling you.
  • Himalayan pink salt: Okay, I was very skeptical on how pink salt was so much better than regular salt. But like, it is. I don’t know why. It’s more… gentle? I don’t know how to describe it. I’m sorry for just describing salt as gentle. But it’s worth it.

That’s all for now. I tried to link to everything I could find!

Thai (style)

Thai (style)

A goal of mine in creating this blog was to work on my food styling skills. I’ve been able to hone those skills a bit the past few years at work, so I didn’t go into this completely clueless, but there’s an obvious freedom in […]