Down Came the Rain

leaves from my balcony
It’s the perfect climate to snuggle up in bed. But alas, my kids think otherwise and insist of creating mayhem at home. It’s impossible to sleep amidst all that noise. Trust me, if it were anyway possible I would be snoring away. The other day I needed to get the number of a local store and had called the Goa helpline. Hearing all the crazy chaos in the background the lady actually asked me if I were calling from a school!!! I swear this really happened; the two of them make that much noise. And today was even worse as they were all excited about some party we had to attend. It was held in an aircraft hangar with helicopters and aircrafts parked all around. Look at our golf course all soaked in the rain ….
It's Flooded!

Water Water Everywhere..

And a commercial aircraft trying to make a quick exit before the next round of rains.
Quick Getaway

Had some leftover shredded chicken …so made some creamy olive chicken sandwich.

1 onion shredded
1 tomato chopped
½ cup cabbage shredded
¼ cup mayonnaise or cheese spread/cream cheese
10 black pitted olives
1 tomato cut into thin rounds
Chicken, boiled and shredded
1 tsp olive oil
As many slices of bread as required. I used brown bread
Butter
chicken sandwich

In a saucepan heat the oil and fry the onions. Once it looks done (read opaque), add the tomatoes and the shredded chicken. Fry until chicken is slightly browned. Put this mixture into a bowl and add the shredded cabbage and the mayo/cheese spread. Throw in the olives. Apply on buttered bread and put the tomato slices and lettuce leaves (I didn’t have any). Grill. Eat.

Not the best thing to have on a rainy day. But then we are suckers for anything fattening! Found the recipe from BBCGood food. It’s quite good…I used caramel topping..divine…

Vanilla Ice Cream

* 284ml carton double cream
* 300ml full fat milk
* 115g caster sugar
* 1 vanilla pod
* 3 large egg yolks
* have lots of ice cubes at the ready

1. Put the canister from the machine into the freezer a day before you want to make the ice cream. Next day, pour the cream and milk into a medium heavy-based pan, then add half the sugar. Cut the vanilla pods into three and add it in.
2. Heat the cream and milk over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until it almost boils .Take off the heat and set aside for 30 minutes so the vanilla can infuse.
3. Beat the egg yolks and the remaining sugar for about 2 minutes until the mixture has thickened, is paler in colour and falls in thick ribbons when you lift the beaters. Using a measuring jug, scoop out about 125ml/4fl oz of the cream mixture and beat into the egg yolks to slacken them. Reheat the cream until it just comes to the boil, take off the heat and stir in the egg yolk mixture.
4. Return the pan to a low heat and cook, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, for 8-10 minutes, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Watch that it doesn’t boil – as soon as you see any bubbles about to burst to the surface, it should be thick enough, so take the pan off the heat so the mixture doesn’t curdle.
5. Pour the custard into a heatproof bowl, then sit it in a bigger bowl one third full of iced water to cool (this takes about 30 minutes). Stir occasionally to stop a skin forming. Put the bowl of custard in the fridge overnight so it gets really cold.
6. Get the ice cream machine running, scoop out the vanilla pod pieces, then slowly pour in the cold custard. Leave it to churn for 10-30 minutes (depending on your machine). When it stops, it is probably too soft to eat, so spoon into a plastic container, cover with cling film, then a lid, and freeze for a minimum of 3 hours. (It will keep in the freezer for 3 months but don’t take it out, then refreeze.) Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving.
7. To make it by hand: in step 1, heat the milk, vanilla, and half the sugar without the cream (the custard will be slightly thicker). At the start of step 6, whip the cream so it’s light and floppy, not too stiff, and fold it into the cold custard. Freeze for 3-4 hours, stirring once an hour until almost frozen, then freeze as above.
topping
Top with caramel or chocolate.

Sizzling Rain

rain drops

That’s exactly what we decided to do. Sizzle in the rain.

Actually it was more of an experiment.We were unpacking our bbq grill after almost 5 years (it’s a miracle it was still useable). It was packed up in Goa when we were moving to Cochin 5 years back, and well it was time to go charcoal shopping again. An added motivation was brilliant barbecues that I had recently received.

Although it was been raining lightly in Goa the last few days we decided to go ahead with or BBQ plans and since we have a pretty large balcony and a covered portion as well , the rains couldn’t play spoilsport.

M and I pondered for hours on which recipe to try and we finally narrowed down to Caribbean marinade and buffalo chilli chicken. The Caribbean marinade was a bit too bland for my taste but the buffalo chilli chicken was “Yum-o!”. The charcoal we got was however not of great quality, perhaps the pieces were too big, and whatever the reason, it took AGES to heat up. And since my husband doesn’t drink alcoholic based drinks it was left to me to finish off the remaining beer. I passed the rest of the evening between having conversations with the marinated chicken and frequent trips to the loo!!!

on the grill

Barbecues that use coal generally take 45 minutes to heat. When the red glow has disappeared and what one sees is a thick coating of gray- That is the ideal temperature for slow cooking. In fact, the meaning of barbecue is, to slow cook. It is thought that the barbecue originated in America during the late 1800’s. When less than great cuts of meat were fed to the cowboys they tenderized this meat by several hours cooking. Although it is thought that the barbecue originated in America this isn’t true n and to this day it is thought that no body actually knows who invented the barbecue. The word itself might come from the word barbacoa which is a Taino Indian word which means meat smoking equipment. In fact its origin could even go back to the Stone Age when man had no equipment to cook with, just a stone, and a man-made fire and a freshly killed animal. Whatever the occasion or origin a barbecue is undisputedly a great way of cooking food and to indulge in the outdoors.

Experts aver that marinating times can be anywhere between 15 minutes and 2 days. As a general rule, the longer you marinate the more tender and flavoursome the food will be. Although food marinates faster at room temperature than in the refrigerator, I usually allow a longer marinating time in the refrigerator to ensure that the food remains safe to eat.

Buffalo chilli chicken

1 kg skinned chicken pieces
3 spring onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 ½ cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup beer
1 ½ tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon Tabasco sauce or according to taste.
Score the pieces of chicken at 2 cm intervals and set aside.

In a shallow dish mix the spring onions, crushed garlic, tomato sauce, beer, vinegar, honey and Tabasco sauce. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Once barbecue is heated and ready for cooking, drain the chicken and place on lightly oiled barbecue grill. Baste frequently with the reserved marinade, and turn the chicken several times, for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.Enjoy with Garlic Bread.
barbecued chicken

Note: The coking times for the chicken will depend on the size of the pieces. If you have a variety of sizes, place the larger , longer cooking pieces such as drumsticks and thighs on the barbecue first and cook for 5 minutes, before adding the smaller quicker cooking pieces such as wings and breasts.

Chilli Chicken -From Foodies Hope

chilly chicken

Challenges Galore…..

It’s been a really difficult 2 weeks. Fruitful, but difficult.
FINALLY got a bigger house- THAT was the good part. The moving was the challenge, especially with two brats in tow. Moving the furniture, ensuring that the crockery got to the new house intact, getting the kitchen running. Unpacking clothes- a million of them. It’s a miracle I got through all of this alive…and sane, at least as sane( or insane) as I was earlier. Anyway everything is now reaching a sate of normalcy. Halleluiah!

In the midst of all this chaos also managed to prepare a dish for the TRIED AND TASTED event hosted by ZLAMUSHKA’S and this months guest hostedBY ASHWINI’S SPICY CUISINE

by ashwinis spicy cuisine. We had to try out a recipe from asha’s foodies hope —- it has some fabulous and a really huge array of options to try from. I, however, due to lack of time, only managed to try the chilly chicken. This is my entry. My chicken-crazy family loved the outcome. Its nice a an accompaniment, but I felt it would be awesomely delish as a chicken filling for maybe quechhedas or chapattis or even your good-ol-sandwitch.

Ingredients

2 Cups diced chicken (I de-boned and cut them lengthwise)
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup capsicum
3 tomatoes, sliced
2 tsp ginger, cut into strips
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp chilly powder
½ tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add the sliced onions and the capsicum and stir fry until reddish. Add the chicken and continue frying until opaque.

Stir in the tomatoes and throw in a bit of water (I used chicken stock) as well. 5 tablespoons should suffice. Turn down the heat to medium and cover. Let it simmer until the chicken is cooked. If required you can add some more water.

Now open the lid, add the spices and fry till almost dry. Serve with lemon wedges, onions (sprinkle salt on them, keep aside for 5 min , then squeeze out the water) and naan.

Tandoori Chicken – Rotisserie

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Cooking chicken on a Rotisserie is undoubtedly more work than simply putting it on a rack and roasting it; but the extra effort gives its reward in terms of having a really juicy, golden chicken that is a chicken lover’s delight.
Marination and trussing are the key words here. Marinate a few hours at least, overnight if you must. While trussing the chicken, remember this must be done before attaching it to the skewer. This guarantees perfect balance and a secure fixing. A basic temperature guide I followed was around 200 C and 18 minutes per 450g. Check out http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t–1437/rotisserie-grilling-doneness-guide.asp as well.

Ingredients

1 medium sized chicken
150 ml lemon juice
1 ½ inch piece ginger, ground into a paste
2 tsp red chilly powder
1 small pod garlic, ground into a paste
1 tsp black cumin seeds
1 large onion ground into a paste
300 ml curd
2 tsp ghee
Salt to taste

GRIND TOGETHER
2 tsp garam masala
2 sticks of cinnamon
8 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
3 cardamoms
4 cloves

METHOD
Mix the onion, garlic and ginger with curd. Apply the mixture to the inside and outside of the whole chicken and marinate for 5 hours.

Add chilli powder, cumin seeds, salt and ground spices to the lime juice and mix well.

Make deep slashes with a sharp knife on each side of the chicken and smear the lemon juice mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Cut a long piece of kitchen twine and truss the chicken’s legs and wings so they don’t flop loose.

Put the rotisserie bar through the chicken, as close to the center as possible so that about the same amount of meat is on all sides of the bar; then push the forks into the chicken to hold it in place. Hang the rotisserie bar with the chicken inside the oven and place the drip pan under the chicken.

You can cover the chicken with aluminum foil and remove the foil half an hour before it is done and then baste with butter.

Serve hot, sprinkled with garam masala , sliced onions and lemon.

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