My Mother was an exceptional cook and her meals were always ones to look forward to (her Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding will never be surpassed in my eyes). However, after my marriage and with all Gregg's traveling from his navy days, he developed a taste for more exotic cuisine, and introduced me to it. His Mother also was a great cook and used more seasonings and I had never been used to anything other than salt and pepper, but she taught me about such things and I took note.
I always remember a conversation with my Mum after I had lived in the States for a few years, and at the risk of repeating myself here because I have been writing this blog for a long time now, Mum and Dad were visiting and had been with us for about a week. Mum and I were in the kitchen, chatting over a cup of tea after she had watched me prepare another meal. I remember going all out with the menu plan, trying to make my Mum proud of my developing cooking skills.
After looking at all the ingredients I had on my counter, Mum said, with this kind of quizzical, very thoughtful look on her face, "You don't cook English any more do you Neesie?" (My family nickname since I learned to talk and walk.)
It kind of took me aback because I hadn't thought about it up until that point. I actually think I was making a spaghetti sauce and now it makes me smile because spaghetti and meatballs was an exotic dish to my Mum and Dad, and they remembered all the pasta they ate when on a vacation to Italy. We didn’t get pasta in our growing up years, never even crossed our minds.
If they could have bought all their English groceries with them they would have but obviously would never have gotten it through the customs, not that they would have tried in the first place. They were allowed to bring tea - I think - and as we couldn't get English tea here back in those days, they always came with a suitcase full to the gills with PG Tips. This was all gone by the time they went back and their empty suitcase was filled with all kinds of souvenirs to take home to family and friends.
I love thinking back to that conversation Mum and I had in the kitchen all those years ago. She would have been proud of the fact that Yorkshire Pudding was still on our menu, and I make many traditional British dishes.
At heart I am still a plain cook but I always find several recipes to browse through, and I asked Gregg to choose tonight. His choice was Slow Cooker Butter Chicken by Chung-Ah at DamnDelicious. You can visit the original recipe here.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 hours 5 minutes
total time: 5 hours 15 minutes.
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, diced
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high high. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder and ginger powder until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place chicken into a slow cooker. Add sauce mixture and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
What did we think of this meal? It was another hit. I won't share anything that we haven't enjoyed. The main reason I put recipes on here is that it is another way to save those that we enjoy, and can easily look up when we are in the mood to try again.
I love getting the slow-cooker out. Fixing things early in the day is a big plus, and by the time you sit down you can relax enough to enjoy the meal. Everything is in the pot before noon, and this leaves the afternoon for other things. We also avoid turning the oven on in such hot weather.
Gregg asked if I could cook chicken thighs instead of breast and that was the only thing I altered. It cooked in the same amount of time.
This is the first Indian dish I have prepared. It wasn't hot at all and if you do enjoy a little more heat, you can add extra chili to taste. I offered to add more chili the next time but Gregg said no, he wouldn't change a thing.
Thank you Chung-Ah for sharing this delicious Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Please check out DamnDelicious. Her meals are varied and they look excellent. I will definitely be going back to find more yummy meals. You can find her blog here.
Thanks for looking, and have a great week.