did I mention just how beautiful and chilled it is here? Don’t expect mad animations from brought in musicians or the staff dressing up in outfits and singing abba songs.. No siree .. Well did you really expect that huh? Hehehe
A morning of mediation first..
Ok so whilst Mrs Fitz relaxes in her private spa for four hours.. Yeah hours of treatments! Will I recognise her? Hope so! 🙏I went off with chef.. First to the market on an auto rickshaw .. Across the desert like hills and then onto the highway.. And into the market.. That drive is not for the faint hearted so best to just keep talking to chef all they way though it!
So here’s the market.. All local produce.. I am leaning here in the shot don’t know why! Earthquake? Systemic shift?
We stopped by and picked up veggies .. Both deciding that the peas were just not sweet enough..
Interesting herbs and veggies though.. MUCH more interesting for me was the butchers.. Well it would be right?!! You annoy get a fresher chicken than this! Nexk slit and into the blue bucket .. It rocks around in that then all calm.. Deftly skinned.. That’s an experience I tells ya! Nice chap too.. Although am not 100% it would pass an inspection 😶
We are cooking our supper and man it feels great to be back in a kitchen!
And chopped into portions
First the onions fried off in more mustard oil than you would care to imagine! Not a bad thing. Just the expense of it back home..
Then adding the ‘hard’spices .. The non ground ones.. Bay, two type of cardamoms, dried red chilli , mace.. Probably something else too!
And frying the chicken off in the same .. Adding some water to start the sauce, this was interesting to me as it was layering spices rather than all at once..
Now the dry spices, coriander, chilli, salt, masala into the sauce.. More water and leave that alone in quite a high heat, no slowing it down really.. We picked up some great spinach at the market,all boiled half of it chopped the other puréed , that goes in.. Along with some blitzed skinned and seeded tomatoes , fresh tomatoes and a then heavy fresh made cream.. Yeah!
Ok while that gets itself together we move on to some breads.. Aloo parathas.. I now learnt how they don’t get those annoying lumps that always burst through mine.. They great them! Simple fix huh?
Next we make some murgh tikka..
Boneless chicken pre-marinated in chilli vinegar salt and a drop of oil..
Never thought of a pre marination ml before the actual marination.. Of which this is rather good , yoghurt is hung up in muslin till all that remains is a thick version into a big tray.. With spices added and mustard oil at the top .. Then more chilli of course!
The whole lot mixed by hand .. And taa daa!
Well good conversation ..
And a new raw tomato/tomatillo sauce.. The tomatos from th market , quickly warmed with spice and vinegar.. Salt and a pinch of sugar.. Whizzed up.. That’s going to be a dip for the masala fries tonite! ( special request from me!)..
Great day.. Loved it!
Oh did I recognise Mrs Fitz ? Yeah just a shinier sparklier version!