Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday........Family Home Evening

Tonight, I feel if we had a "formal" lesson for Family Home Evening, it just might not happen!
So, instead, we are going to.........
 No, we aren't going to stick smiley faces all over ourselves. 
I just couldn't resist this photo.
Couldn't resist that smiley kid.
Couldn't resist the happiness he exudes......
Thought that if you needed a "pick-me-up" today, this little face may provide it.
But, mainly, I just wanted to post this photo somewhere, so here it is!!

Back to the topic at hand...
 This is a clue.
I was given a Wii for Mother's Day a few years ago.
The family thought that it would be a present that I would love and appreciate.
They are soooo funny hilarious, the correct word just escapes me for the moment.
I haven't played it very much. 
I tend to get motion sick when I do. 
The kids have enjoyed my present very much.
But, we do enjoy bowling as a family.
Well, Jessica doesn't.  She sits there reading a book.  When it is her turn, she gives the controller a flick, doesn't even look at the screen, and gets a..........
Where oh where is the justice in that?????
Someone who's character looks like Michael Jackson on a bad day should not be able to do that!
Sam loves to bowl.  I do as well, even though everyone makes fun of my "style" .  I say, don't mock it.........if it works........
Anyway, tonight we bowl.

Refreshments will be provided by the person receiving the lowest bowling score.
Peanut Buster Parfaits from Dairy Queen.
I will drive with Jim to keep him company, and to hold the PBPs.

For dinner we will have..............
  • Prep Time 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time 1 Hour
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Servings 6


  • 3 whole (to 4) Chicken Breasts
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Coriander
  • Cumin, To Taste
  • ½ cups Plain Yogurt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 piece (approximately 2 Inches) Chunk Fresh Ginger
  • Garam Masala
  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • _____
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Chili Peppers
  • Turmeric
  • Frozen Peas

Preparation Instructions

Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with some kosher salt. Next sprinkle them on both sides with some coriander and cumin. Then coat the chicken breasts completely with the plain yogurt. Set the chicken on a metal cooling rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and place it about 10-12 inches below a broiler for 5-7 minutes per side. Watch carefully so as not to totally char the chicken. It should have slightly blackened edges. Remove from oven.
Next dice one large onion. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Toss in the onions and sauté until they are slightly browned. As the onions cook, mince your garlic. Next, cut off the outer skin and mince or grate a 1 by 2 inch chunk of fresh ginger. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions. Also throw in about 1 tablespoon of salt.
Next you are going to add about 3 tablespoons Garam Masala spice. And if you like it hot, this is also when you will add your hot chili peppers. Serranos work well. Now you are going to add your can of diced tomatoes. Continue cooking and stirring, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add about 1 tablespoon sugar. Let this mixture simmer on medium for about 5 minutes.
To a rice cooker add 2 cups Basmati rice, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric and 4 cups water. Cover, turn on your rice cooker and walk away. If you do not have a rice cooker, cook your rice as usual but make sure that you use Basmati rice.
After the Tikka Masala sauce has had a chance to simmer for a little bit, add in the 1 ½ cups of heavy cream. Now, chop up your chicken breasts into chunks and stir them into the Tikka Masala sauce. A handful of chopped fresh cilantro is a nice addition if you like cilantro. You can also throw some frozen peas into the cooked rice, give them a stir, and allow the heat of the rice to cook the peas. It tastes great and gives another nice dash of color. Serve the rice with the Chicken Tikka Masala over top.
Make sure to have some Nann bread handy, too.  (Not sure if Publix has Nann bread, will look this afternoon when I go grocery shopping!)



Devin & Amanda said...

This is one of my most favorite recipes! I make it all the time...

Revan Kohl said...

Hmph... I didn't get a single strike tonight... I think it was because I actually looked at the screen instead of reading a book :P