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Mango Chutney

Mango Chutney

I have this weird “thing” where I can’t eat Indian food without a side of mango chutney! {Mango chutney is kind of like the ketchup of English food! It just goes with everything!} ;-) But the problem is it’s pretty hard to find around here, and when I do come across it, a tiny bottle is like $10, and doesn’t last very long! So this week when I found a huge box of mangoes for $8 at Costco, I decided to make a HUGE batch of it to last us a while, and today I served it up with some delicious home-made samosas! I am so glad I finally have a go-to recipe for this stuff! I can’t get enough of it! I hope you all <3 it too!
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Tepanade Stuffed Roast Lamb

Tepanade Stuffed Roast Lamb

Christmas and Easter are the only times of year I can find lamb around here, and since I love it so much, I always try to cook it as much as possible before it’s gone again. Recently my mother in law introduced me to tepanade: a mixture made from olives, capers, parsley and lemon, and I knew those flavors would compliment the lamb perfectly, so I was excited to try something new and completely different {to the usual mint sauce!} This dish sounds fancy and complicated, and looks really elegant, but it was SO simple and quick to put together, that I was totally floored. This is one of the BEST things I have cooked in a really long time! Lamb and tepanade were just made for each other. I love this dish, and as usual, hope you do too!
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Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

My husband oftentimes complains that I never cook beef– in particular, steak, which is his favorite. I guess it’s not something I had even noticed until he started pointing it out, and then I started wondering, why? Firstly, it could be that i’m not much of a “beef-eater.” I hate burgers, and I never ate steak growing up. Secondly, a good cut of steak is so expensive, that you might as well just eat out at a nice steak-house. There are so many around here, and whenever we go out to diner, my husband usually gets his “steak fix” so I feel as if I don’t need to cook it. Cheap cuts are just tough and BAD, so I don’t want to cook those. So my thinking, probably like most people, is: “why cook steak at home, when it’s just as expensive as eating out, and it doesn’t even taste as good?”
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Chicken Makhani {Indian Butter Chicken}

Chicken Makhani {Indian Butter Chicken}

Next to Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Coconut korma – which are the two standard Indian dishes you will find on the menu of every indian restaurant – the next most popular dish is probably chicken makhani, which is one of my all time favorites! When I was working as a waitress at an Indian Restaurant back in England, we got to have dinner after every shift, so I got to try lots of “weird” dishes I wouldn’t have usually ordered from the menu! Some people are fine just ordering chicken tikka masala every single time {my husband!} ;-) But if you are looking to try something new and different, without it being too “weird,” this would be the perfect dish for you to try! It has a creamy, tomato based sauce like the chicken tikka masala, but has added golden raisins and cashews and is a little sweeter like the coconut kurma– so it’s the perfect combination of both, and is SO delicious!
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Seared Swordfish with Lemon-Caper Butter & Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Seared Swordfish with Lemon-Caper Butter & Roasted Rainbow Carrots

After our amazing sailing trip to the Puget Sound last week, we decided to stay over in Seattle and have some fun. My husband asked me what I wanted to do while we were there: go to the mall, or go to Pike’s place market, so I asked him: “is it weird that i’d rather go food shopping than clothes shopping?” Then I wondered: “What the heck has happened to me?!” A couple of years ago I hated cooking, and now I love it even more than clothes shopping?! I think I love it so much because it gives me a creative outlet–and Pikes place has TONS of creative ingredients, so I was excited to see what I could make with them.
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