I have two posts due thanks to these:
Thank you Meg at Dear Crazy Kids
Thanks Kate at Cape Cod Scribe.
I like these awards they make your blog look intellectual. People will look at it and say stuff like:
“Like omg look at all those awards I bet she like totally knows everything about everything.”
“I know right? Let’s like follow her!”
Anyways I will get to answering the million questions involved later. I need to talk about fast food. In my dictionary that is not burgers, hot dogs, fries or pizza. That is all “okay to eat once in a while ’cause I work my butt off all the time cooking balanced diet healthy food”.
Fast food is the stuff that can be prepared before my kids turn into cannibals and start eating me. I swear to God nobody comes to the table no matter how hard I holler ‘dinner is ready’ with the table set perfectly, adorned with intoxicatingly aromatic food items. They are just never hungry. But if I am running late for some reason they all turn into ravenous beasts.
It happened a couple of days ago. I was forced to quickly improvise because one of my twins had started chewing on my ankle. I find the things I just make up seem to turn out pretty good.
I call this Chicken and Veggies. By chef me.
It took about 15 min for the chicken to get done, 5 for the veggies and 5 more to get things to the table whilst dragging the child gnawing through my ankle bone along with me back and forth and yes this sentence is too long.
It tasted really good, the kids actually admitted that it was ok. Which means it was really good, every plate was licked clean. So I hope this can help some mom in need.
Chicken (quantity directly proportional to double amount of hungry cannibals)
Salt to taste
Paprika to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
Garlic fresh or powder ( I like lots, but a couple of cloves or 3/4 of a teaspoon should do it)
Lemon ( I use the adorable little green key limes- I used one, but half is good for less chicken)
Turmeric (optional- I am semi desi so I always have it on hand and it is good for you 1/2 teaspoon)
Rub the chicken with everything but the flour. Talk to yourself as if you are Jamie Oliver or Nigella doing a show. Things seem to go faster. Pour yourself a glass of grape juice in a wine glass if you decide to do Nigella. Stick your fingers into everything, taste it then wipe on apron if you do Jamie.
Dust the chicken with flour and place it expertly in a skillet with hot oil that is waiting to receive it. ie heat the oil first.
Keep the conversation going in an English accent. Take a sip of grape juice. Sniff the chicken and say something like “lovely” or “aromatic”
Fry on high and turn over when done on one side. Check to see if it is done before it starts to turn black. Remove to your serving dish.
You will have a lot of juices from the chicken, chop up any veggies you like and throw them into the skillet. Add a little sea salt. I don’t know why. But my mom says it is really healthy. She just moved in with me. She brought a never-ending supply of sea salt. I want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
I used onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. TIp: I buy a good supply of these veggies, they are always on hand along with garlic, ginger, broccoli, lettuce and celery. I wash veggies and store them in plastic containers. This saves me a lot of time. Storing mushrooms in paper bags is good. They never go bad. That doesn’t mean you try to keep them for a month. Having a good supply of spices also helps. Turmeric is good for you. Now go out and buy some. Stir fry the veggies a bit and then throw them on a serving dish too.
I had some pasta left over from the afternoon. You can serve it with dirty rice too. I managed to make a salad when twin 2 fell off my arm with a chunk of my flesh wedged in her teeth.
My husband is 100% desi. So I also had to cook these
Chapati. Roti. Whole wheat tortilla. Whatever.
You can add any of this stuff
It makes the table look fancy and fools the kids into thinking this was harder to put together then it actually was.
Let me know if you try it out!