How This Started and My Hope For This Experiment

My Husband and I are both big fans of Jamie Oliver. For Christmas I bought him Jamie's cookbook "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast". As I read the preface of his cookbook I was inspired by his ideas. He felt that he was spending too much time cooking during the busy week and doing too much clean up. So he decided that for the week night meals there needed to be something quick and still healthy and yummy. He and his team did a lot of work and made the "30 Minute Meals". He has explicit directions for step by step getting the meal done in 30 min. He tells you what to do first, second, and third so that you have all dishes going at the same time, instead of making it dish by dish. Since we aren't doing once a month cooking right now I was captured by this idea and dying to start trying. I have been spending way too much time in the kitchen during the week and can't wait to be able to prepare good meals fast. My husband was all for it since he loves to eat great food and has a very particular palette. He will be making some of the meals on weekends when he isn't working because, this is after all, his cookbook :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cheats Chicken Korma

This is a cheat version of the real thing since chicken korma takes a long time to make.

Here is what you do: You buy the roti in the refrigerated section of the local grocery and heat in the oven without covering for crispy and cover if you like it soft.

This is brown rice which takes longer to cook so start your rice right away.

I used a korma paste packet for all the spices and after sauteing a few shallots and some garlic in olive oil I added the paste packet and cooked for a few more minutes. I cut up 3 chicken breasts and cooked the whole thing together until the chicken was almost done.

When it was almost done I added 150 ml cream and let it simmer until the rice was done. Right before serving I put in a bunch of coriander and served over rice. Delish!

When you add some fresh things like garlic and shallots or onions and coriander it doesn't have a packet taste. If you follow just the directions on the packet you will probably be disappointed. Food shouldn't taste like if came from a jar(even if it did)-it should be vibrant and fresh!

You can make lots of cheat meals this way. Just add new and fresh ingredients to your jars of sauce and bring it back to life :) That's the tip of the day!

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