Thursday, February 17, 2011

Experimenting with Spices

Way back right after Christmas I think I mentioned that Ben had given me a set of curry spices for Christmas.  I love curry and I love to cook, so this was definitely a perfect gift.  Yesterday, here in Oklahoma, we all received the gift of a perfect 70 degree day, so I decided to grill.
 I don't tend to follow recipes and I was also trying to keep everything as healthy as possible, so the big grill basket of veggies got a spray of sesame oil, just enough to lightly coat, and a sprinkle of sweet curry powder.  
 There wasn't time to actually marinate the chicken in the tikka masala, so first I made a sauce with the spices and let that sit, then I sprayed the chicken breasts with the sesame oil and rubbed some spice in to them and tossed them on the grill.
 Once the veggies had come off the grill I tossed them with some sesame seeds that I had toasted.  Be careful, those things can go from toasted to burnt in a split second.
 Some mango chutney, naan bread and those crispy things that taste wonderful but I am sure I can't spell completed our meal.  (its awesome that those crispy things can be cooked in the microwave in about 60 seconds.  Its fun to watch them crinkle up)
 I was so full after dinner!
I know I don't normally post about food, but it was such and easy but yummy dinner that I thought I would share.  

Since I am so in to curry right now, if you have a favorite curry dish and want to share the recipe, please let me know!  I am always up for trying new things.  

Next up, something I forgot to share before.
 This pretty plan Ben gave me for Valentine's Day.  I had been saying I really wanted a green thing for my office and he went and found the hearty plant that doesn't need a ton of sun and only requires a little bit of water and has a beautiful red bloom in the middle.  
It's in a really pretty pot and looks fantastic on the bookcase behind my desk (all my office furniture is black).  So now I get to look at it everyday and think about how wonderful my husband is!  There is a picture of us on our honeymoon that sits right next to the pretty plant, it's perfect.  

It's off to get ready to go to that office now.  If you haven't entered the giveaway for the plum purple cowl on Much Love, Illy, you should definitely head on over there and do so!  She also announced she'll be doing a really big giveaway next week, so keep an eye out for that too.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

Renee said...

Wow, this looks like quite an amazing meal! I am now hungry and have nothing delicious to eat, thank you! :) Love the greenery, too! I have a plant in my office as well, it is such a simple thing but helps perk up the mundane office surroundings :)