A little slice of life around here…
Because I live alone now, oftentimes if I cook something in a big amount, I’ll share with the middle son’s family. Or, a whole watermelon might be on sale at the store and I’ll purchase one and cut off about 1/3 or more for myself, and take the rest down the street to them. I love corn on the cob in the summer but since I am no longer cooking a dozen ears for a family with three growing boys, sometimes I’ll boil the corn and cut it OFF of the cob, into a bowl, and then I have fresh corn to last as a side for a few days. When I do that, I leave some corn on for the birds. They really enjoy that and the next morning, the little squirrel dragged one up onto the porch for his breakfast. This is the little squirrel that is taking peanuts from my hand now.
As to cooking and sharing, I took a bowlful of Chicken Curry down to my son’s family one day. I’d wanted to explore some Indian recipes, and when I looked around on the Internet I realized that I’d have to get a few things! While I have a blender I did not have a food processor. If the recipes simply required chopping some vegetables, well that is what I usually do. But many a recipe needs a paste to form. So in addition to checking the local grocery store for spices and ordering some online, I purchased a mini food processor and a mortor and pestle.
The chicken curry turned out very well, though I did not take photos of it. My next experiment was Tandori Chicken and we loved it ! I prepared it at my house and took it down to my son’s so that he could grill it. It was too hot to deal with the oven here. The recipe wants the chicken to be a bit charred, so the grill made sense to me.
This recipe can be a stand alone or used as a base for Indian Butter Chicken. Since that has a tomato based gravy / sauce, and since I’d just made the curry, I thought to try it another time.
The recipes are too long and involved in regards to ingredients, etc. to list here, but the Chicken Curry Recipe ( and a nice story ) can be found HERE. Tandori Chicken and Butter Chicken can be found HERE. She also had a recipe for smashed / fried potatoes, requiring new potatoes in their skins. I adapted it to just boiled sliced regular potatoes; it’s the spice combo that was different and fun for me to try. I took a phone pic but it was too grainy…
At any rate, when I take food down to the tribe, you never know what the reaction is going to be.
( SERIOUSLY, my son took this of the gang at the 4th of July parade :)
For summer cooking, there’s always the standbys…fried zucchini is a favorite of mine :
Another standby is a creamy cucumber salad, with or without tomatoes:
But it’s always nice to try new things. I have made Italian, Polish, Thai, Chinese and Mexican recipes and it was time to foray into the Indian world a bit. Have you been cooking up anything new lately? Here, it is time to explore anything new that does not require turning the oven on during the hot summer days :)