Tikka Masala FRIES

Tikka Masala FRIES

A new, popular food fad is to load up fries with delicious, creative toppings and sauces that go way beyond your average “chili cheese fries!” I saw a post on pinterest the other day for chicken tikka masala fries, and couldn’t resist! I mean, I should have at least tried–because I am trying to eat a little healthier as we go into this summer swim-suit season, but I made them anyway, and I was not sorry. Maybe because I decided to lighten the recipe up with oven-baked fries! I used my favorite bombay house chicken tikka masala as the base of this recipe– the fries are covered in the chicken tikka spices, and loaded up with creamy, delicious masala sauce and topped with some fresh cilantro. I served them with some sweet mango chutney, just to balance out out the flavors, and there were SO divine! I can definitely see why these are such a big craze lately! I hope you guys all love them too!
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Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

 

My little guy graduated from preschool last week, and a few of the mums got together to throw a fun little party at the park to celebrate the end of the kids first school year, and the beginning of their first ever summer holiday! We brought bubbles, water guns and water balloons, and they had fun running around like CRAZY as most 5 year olds do. I volunteered to bring all the kids a treat–and in asking Braden what he wanted, he didn’t hesitate to tell me “funfetti cupcakes” which are his favorite. After decorating them with sprinkles, they were so boring, I decided to make these little scrolls and caps to go on them, at the very last minute. I KNOW!! I am one of those annoying “pinterest mums” that over-does everything and makes other mums feel bad! :-( I didn’t want to be that cliche, but I did want the kids to LOVE their cupcakes, and they really did, so it was all worth it. They were fun to make, and were the hit of the party… not just with our little graduates, but with the Mum’s {I just didn’t dare tell them how much butter was in them!} ;-) I used the Cake Boss’ vanilla frosting recipe, which is my all time fave. And I thought I would post the recipe/idea along for all you other overachieving, pinterest mums out there, that live to put a smile on their kiddos faces!

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The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Late on saturday night as I was preparing an object lesson for my primary kids at church, I realized I had kinda run out of time to bake the 60 cookies that I wanted to give to them for a handout! Instead, I decided to make some cookie-dough balls — if my primary kids were anything like my own kids, I knew they would much prefer these anyway! I substituted the egg in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for milk, to make them “edible” and quadrupled the batch. We had SO many left-over, that the adults got to eat some too–and they were a HUGE hit. I don’t think as many people have asked me for one of my recipes as much as this one! So, I told everyone i’d post it on the Blog! I was going to halve, and maybe even halve again, the recipe–but the batch turned out SO spot-on perfect, that I didn’t want to mess it up. They are soft and creamy, with the perfect balance of salt, and sugar and vanilla! I know this recipe makes a lot, but you can freeze any left over cookie dough balls, or make cookie dough ice-cream, or just hand them out to everyone you know to make them love you! ;-)

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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

I have already found my favorite go-to recipes for chicken curry, chicken tikka masala, chicken korma, and chicken Makhani {aka. Indian Butter chicken}, which are some of my favorite recipes of all time, and the most popular out of all the recipes on my Blog. The next two most popular Indian chicken dishes on my list to make– are chicken tandoori and chicken biryani. I decided to make them together, because they both go hand in hand! The first day I made a curried pilaf rice with the tandoori chicken, then the next day, I chopped up the chicken, sautéed it up with the spinach, added the left-over curried rice, and served it with a side of raita to make the Biryani. This Biryani recipe might seem like a lot of work, but when you make the chicken tandoori and curried pilaf rice as your meal the day before, it comes together in minutes! I have tried a lot of Biryani’s, that have been dry, or bland, or too greasy–but this recipe is the BEST one I have ever tasted–so i’m really excited to add yet another awesome indian chicken dish to my repertoire! I hope you guys enjoy!
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Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

This week I decided to make a delicious Chicken Biryani, which I couldn’t serve without a side of delicious, cooling, raita! I have attempted raita, and its cousin tzatziki, in the past–but just couldn’t seem to get them as thick and creamy and flavorful as I would have liked. This time, I decided to use the highest quality greek yoghurt that I could find, so the base of the sauce was instantly as thick and creamy as possible, then drained every last bit of water from the cucumbers I could so the sauce would stay like that, and not thin out. Not only was this raita finally the perfect texture I had been looking for–but the seasonings, spices and added mint were the perfect blend of flavors. It was delicious served alongside the Biryani–but would also be a delicious accompaniment for any spicy curry, chicken tikka masala, or stuffed naan. What are some things that you like to serve with a raita?
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