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Time that flies and chicken biryani.

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Nearly all the spices that went into the biryani! Photo by Shantanu Pal on Pexels.com

Wow, I cannot keep up!

It is 5 days since my last post – time absolutely flies! I don’t know why I feel that way, since I’m really not busy at all – quite the opposite, in fact, and then normally time drags by.

Remember I said last time, or the time before, that I was going to try a few different Indian/curry recipes this winter? So yesterday I decided that I’m going to make myself a chicken biryani. I had some of the ingredients, like the chicken and the rice, the rest I went out and bought, because it is spices that I’ll use again.

Now it has been quite some time since I’ve had a good biryani, and I remember loving it, so I was hoping it will live up to expectations.

Once again, I’m not going to give the recipe since there are hundreds all over the internet. I chose my recipe on Pinterest.

I started off with marinating the chicken pieces for about two hours.

I then put some oil and butter in a pot, and fried off the spices and onion.

It looks like there are hardly any spices there, but remember most of the spices are already in the marinade.

I then added the marinated chicken, fried it a bit, and then closed the pot so the chicken can cook. When that was ready, the rice was added, with warm salted water. I closed the lid and left it to slowly cook. Remember it should not be stirred at all.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture when I added the rice! I’m sure that won’t be a bother, since I am not actually doing a step-by-step recipe for you anyway.

The result was very flavoursome – a good, spicy depth of flavour, but I have to say, a bit too dry to my taste. I’m not sure how I’ll change that, since you are supposed to cook all the fluids away so the rice is dry and you can separate the kernels.

Any ideas? I would love to make it again if I could just get it to be less dry…

Now it is time for Daisy’s daily walk, so until next time, keep the sunny side up!

Rising to the occasion.

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Crusty loaf, fresh out of the oven, with mature cheddar and tomatoes.

This Monday didn’t start off too badly.

I had a good night’s sleep last night, after a few nights of being awake a lot. On Saturday night I was cold most of the night – I was curled into a ball all night. Why not add a blanket?, I hear you ask. I actually thought about that, but I kept thinking ‘I’ll warm up now’ – it just never happened. Also, the blanket I needed was still in its summer hiding place, which meant I had to get up, walk through the house and go and fetch it there, which was also never going to happen.

But last night I made sure I had the blanket thrown over the bed before bedtime, and I slept snuggly.

This morning started with 2 enquiries for accommodation at the guesthouse, one for tonight, and one for a weekend at the beginning of August. They both accepted the quotes, now I’m waiting for payment, which may or may not happen, but I’m pretty positive.

Best of all, I started making bread last night. I made the dough and left it to slowly rise through the night. This morning I popped it into the oven, and olé! – fresh bread for breakfast! Isn’t that just the best way to start your day?

The first slice always with butter only, while it’s still hot. The second slice with something added to the butter – this morning it was some of that mature, white cheddar lying next to it, and a cup of tea. Sometimes it’s with apricot jam, or golden syrup, or Bovril (similar to Marmite or Vegemite, only supposed to have beef in it). My absolute favourite way to eat warm, fresh bread though, is simply smeared with butter. Heaven!

I went without bread for about four months a few years ago. I climbed on the ‘no gluten’ bandwagon to see what difference it will make to me, my health, and how I feel generally. It made not one iota of difference at all. So, I’m done with that! I even have a little sign in my kitchen above the bread bin that says (roughly translated from the original Afrikaans):

BREAD...
Bread is the warmest, most kind hearted of all words
Always write it with a capital,
just like your name.

Maybe I should have called this post ‘an ode to bread’, but yes, I love bread, there’s no getting away from it!

Any other bread lovers out there?

Spicing it up.

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My tiny chilli plant really delivered this time!

I do love spicy food.

By that I don’t mean food that burns my lungs out, or makes my tongue go numb, but I do love spices, and lots of it! Food can be spicy without any heat, of course! I generally like using spices in all my food, not only curries. I enjoy Indian and Thai food, and a mild to not-quite-so-mild sting is fine, as long a I can still taste my food. I also love Middle Eastern food, and Chinese flavours.

The other day I realized that I haven’t had a bit of spicy heat for some time, and the weather was perfect for some comfort food, so I decided to make a mutton curry (I prefer mutton to lamb.) I mostly do not follow recipes, so I cannot give you a recipe for this, but it did come out flavoursome and moreish.

First I fried some onions, fresh garlic and ginger, and spices together, then I added the meat to give it some colour.

I then added some tomatoes and water, and left the curry to cook slowly for a couple of hours.

I love using veggies in my curries, so close to the end I added potato cubes, baby marrow and a few florets of cauliflower. Served on Basmati rice, and voila!! Delicious.

My most used spices for curries are S & P (of course!), turmeric, coriander, fresh chillies (or chilli flakes, depending on what I’ve got handy), sometimes cumin and a piece of whole cinnamon. I taste and taste and taste until it has the degree of heat I want, the curry flavour I love.

Other favourites are butter chicken, and Thai green chicken curry. I want to explore and try out other curry styles like Madras, tandoori, tikka, etc., so I’ll be eating a lot of the good stuff during the winter months!

Let me know what your favourite curries or spicy foods are, and which one’s you’ve made yourself.

Have a good weekend folks! 🙂

Mullet (not the hairstyle!)

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Food…yes please!

Once again, I am hungry!

I had a late morning grilled cheese, tomato and onion sandwich. A straight forward, no nonsense sandwich that I grilled in a pan. It was delicious, because by that time (somewhere between 10 and 11 am), I had quite an appetite.

Now it is late afternoon, and because I didn’t have lunch, I am hungry. Again. 😀

So I’m thinking – we’ve got a whole left over grilled mullet in the fridge from two nights ago, so I’ll zjoosh it up a bit for dinner tonight.

Potato and spinach with butter, salt and pepper, and I’ll fry the mullet to heat it up, after I’ve rolled it in some flavoured flour. Let’s see how that goes…

It was YUMMY!!!!!

I’m not good at taking pictures of food, but I can tell you that it tasted a whole lot better than what it looks like in the picture! It was yummy! I divided the fish up into pieces, and rolled each one first in egg, and then in flour that was seasoned with turmeric, a smidgen of chili powder, paprika and salt. It came out way better than I expected.

Happy tummy, happy me. 😀

Tomorrow we are going to do some more work on the guesthouse while there are no builders around, but for now it is time to relax.

Have a lovely evening!

Oh, so hungry!

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I am constantly hungry these days.

Darn.

It irritates me no end. And I cannot figure out why. I am having the hardest time to not nibble the whole freakin’ day! I love good food and I love eating, as I’ve told you before, but I’ve never been a person to eat all the time.

But when I’m hungry, I have to eat – ask my SO and people who know me well. I get soooooo irritated when I’m ravenous and I don’t get fed. I scowl, I snarl, I bite. I get intensely HANGRY. Feed me when I’m hungry, but definitely before I’m ravenous, and I’m all smiles. Mostly. Unless I’m irritated by something else.

This constant hunger is something else, though…

Maybe it’s psychological, not physical… 😉 😀

So, I am excited for Monday, because then we are starting the changes on the guesthouse! There are a few things we still have to figure out, but that’s the least of my worries – things will get done, and the builder reckons it will happen in 5 days’ time – I will be happy if it does, but I’m not holding my breath! I will keep you up to speed, with news and photographs.

Remember the last time I talked about this reno, one of the issues was colour schemes? And I said that normally I see an item I fall in love with, and that determines the colour scheme of a room? Well, I found the item(s) that decided it for me! In the one room, that is. I wonder if I should give you a sneak peek? Maybe just a peek…

Yes, it was the mugs that did it for me! What do you think?

The Cat. Oh, The Cat.

He still doesn’t eat. I’m not sure how he is still alive. He really eats a few dry pellets a day, and like I said the previous time, he licks the wet food. How do I get him to eat? And he started peeing in the house, even with the back door and numerous windows open!!!! That’s not cool. I absolutely hate a house that reeks of cat pee. Can. Not. Happen. What to do, though?? Aaaaargggghhhh….

On a more positive note – my SO is driving down tomorrow to be here for a couple of weeks!! I am delighted, and counting the hours. 🙂

Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂