Sunday, February 21, 2010

What's For Dinner?

Sunday: Left Over Spaghetti for Lunch and Ham Wraps for Dinner
Monday: Pad Woon Sen & Egg Rolls
Tuesday: Eggs, Fried Potatoes & Bacon
Wednesday: Chicken Sandwiches we actually had double broccoli quinoa. It was really really good. If you want the recipe, let me know. I might post it anyway.
Thursday: Chicken Souvlaki we made something else, I don't remember. Probably sandwiches or something. I just wasn't up for cooking much last week.
Friday: Pizza (or maybe calzones or left overs) we actually had homemade ravioli with spinach, cheese and mushroom filling with alfredo sauce. It was AWESOME. It had been a while since I last made fresh ravioli, and it is SOOO worth it.
Saturday: Left Overs or Sandwiches

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February Cooking Group

The February Cooking Group was tonight. It was a total HIT! Check out the recipes over at the ward blog: So good and so easy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mughlai Chicken

I got this recipe from You can get Greek Yogurt at Allen's (shocking, I know). But you can easily substitute plain yogurt or sour cream (although it will taste a little different with Sour Cream) if you can't find the Greek Yogurt. Yoplait is actually making small 6 oz containers of Greek Yogurt. This turned out well, but be sure to use chicken thighs you'll need it for the flavor and the meat will stay juicier. It's a nice change if you are up for something new.


  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 4 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds boned chicken thighs, each cut into 2
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup flaked almonds, toasted, to garnish


Put the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, and chili into a food processor, or into a mortar and pestle, and blend to a paste. Add the ground almonds and water and then blend again, set aside.

Heat the oil in a large pan and add the chicken pieces - in batches so they fry rather than stew - and cook them just long enough to seal on both sides, then remove to a dish.

Add the spices and turn them in the oil. Add the onions and cook them until softened and lightly browned, but keep the heat gentle and stir frequently, to avoid sticking. Pour in the blended paste, and cook everything until it begins to colour. Add the yogurt, half a cup at a time stirring it in to make a sauce, then stir in the stock, cream, and sultanas.

Put the browned chicken back into the pan, along with any juices that have collected under them, and sprinkle over the garam masala, sugar, and salt. Cover and cook on a gentle heat for 20 minutes, testing to make sure the meat is cooked through.

It's at this stage, that I like to take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool before reheating the next day.

So either now, or when you've reheated it, pour into a serving dish and scatter with the toasted flaked almonds.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What's For Dinner?

Week of February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Sunday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Monday: Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes
Tuesday: Fontina Risotto with Chicken
Wednesday: Peanut Chicken Curry with Rice
Thursday: Hot Dogs
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Sukiyaki & Miso Soup

Update on the Pizza Stone:

We got a new on on Friday night from William Sonoma. It cost us about $45, BUT it has a lifetime warranty. If it breaks you bring it to any William Sonoma store with the receipt and you will get a brand new one. I'm excited to see how long this one lasts. It's a bit thicker then the Pampered Chef stone and it's a 14X16 inch rectangle. Can't wait to use it for real :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's For Dinner?

I have a hard time deciding what to cook for dinner. If you've ever been to my house you know that I have a HUGE assortment of cookbooks and recipes gathered from all over the internet. But still, deciding what I want to cook can be a difficult prospect.

Because of this I have been trying to make a list of all of the things I can/want to make either side dish, entree or dessert. I haven't been good at tracking them though so I will be listing everything here for the time being. If you want a recipe, let me know!

Week of January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Sunday: Elk Stroganoff with Dijon and Dill - SOO Good, I love the combination of Dill & Dijon
Monday: Fettucine Alfredo with Elk Steak - super easy recipe and really tasty. Done in less then 30 minutes
Tuesday: Biscuits with sausage and eggs - good quick meal. The biscuits are done in about 20 minutes
Wednesday: Mughlai Chicken & Rice (new indian recipe) - good, but you should definitely use chicken thighs. Done in under an hour
Thursday: Shrimp Scampi - sauteed, not baked. Not a favorite but tasted fresh and good.
Friday: Pizza - Had Salads instead :) and bought a new pizza stone.
Saturday: Chicken Fingers & Fries - homemade fries rock.