Monday, June 6, 2016


This version of Butter chicken is very simple and very tasty. 

  • 500g diced chicken (thighs are very nice in this)
  • 50g Butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (taste and add a little more if needed)
  • 1 1/2 tsps nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsps turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsps cornflour, mixed with cream (if it needs thickening)
In a large fry pan sauté the onion and garlic in the butter until soft. Toss the spices through the chicken then add to the fry pan. Add the tomato paste and sugar. Stir in the cream and simmer till cooked. Season with salt and pepper.

* I often toss the spices through the chicken and then let them marinate for a few hours.
This amount would probably serve two or three with rice.

    Monday, February 29, 2016


    These are really nice, sweet and smokey and easy to make.
    I can't see why you couldn't add some chunky bacon or ham to the mix if you wanted to.

    1 tablespoon oil
    1/2 onion, finely diced
    2 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon tomato puree
    1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    4oog can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    100 grams passata
    black pepper

    Heat the oil in a saucepan, and add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until translucent.

    Add the tomato puree,paprika, thyme, sugar and soy sauce, and cook for a few more minutes.

    Add the beans and passata, and simmer for 5 minutes, until hot and thickened a little.

    Season with pepper. Taste to see if you need a little salt.
    Serve hot.