Food

Chicken Tikka Masala

My love for cooking fluctuates. I  always love to cook, BUT sometimes my hatred for cleaning trumps my love for it.  I’ve been trying to get smart about the process – but it’s hard. Luckily, I have a supportive husband, who usually doesn’t mind cleaning up ( I love you Jho).  So this weekend I decided to make the following the recipe I found off of YouTube:

 

I basically followed her recipe except for a few deviations:

  1. I used a 1.7lb of chicken breast, which I cut into pieces and marinated overnight.
  2. Instead of using tomato sauce, I used Trader Joe’s diced tomatoes with chili’s (no salt added I think).  I cooked it down and added a splash of water – no more than like 1/4 of a cup of water. After it had cooked down a bit, I cook the mixture and put it in my Magic Bullet, to make it a smooth consistency (did this in two batches).
  3. Cook it for 2-5 mins and then added chicken, and then the cream.
  4. I added less than a cup of cream, and  for the marinated I added about 1/2 a cup of yogurt too (enough to where everything was coated nicely – I did this because i had a personal serving size of plain yogurt and I wanted to save half of it to make a yogurt sauce to  eat on the side called raita).
  5. Also, read the way this girl makes the recipe in the description, because in the video, I’m not sure it says she adds additional garam masala when she makes the sauce but in the description, it mentions the addition of  the additional teaspoon of garam masala!

I  honestly took the WORST food pictures — but my husband and I LOVED it ❤ and we are SOOO  excited to eat the rest for dinner :).

 

 

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Ru San’s: 1529 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Back in 2010 a dear friend of mine took me to Ru San’s in Charlotte. She claimed it was a “hole in the wall” sushi place & that it was awesome.  We went – I loved it. Fast forward a year later, I moved to Atlanta and saw 3 Ru San’s (Piedmont, Edgewood & Buckhead)  — so yeah not really a “hole in the wall” sushi place, but it’s still great, affordable, sushi! 

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I went a few weeks ago, but never uploaded the pictures. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the sushi plates we ordered and a picture of the miso soup, but unfortunately when the food came out, my mind went off track and went into “stuff your face mode” — which is a hard mode to exit. Luckily for you, I did take two pictures -so enjoy! 

Some quick tips: the Piedmont location is on the 2nd floor of the plaza, it’s pretty casual – but if you wanted to get dressed up you would not look to out of place. They have other dishes like ramen, udon & rice dishes. I have only ordered sushi & miso soup – so I can only comment on what I thought about those items (I obviously love them).  The venue can accommodate large parties and you don’t need a reservation! 

Have you been to Ru San’s? What did you think?

Fettuccine Alfredo (with Chicken and Broccoli)

A week or two ago, I really wanted to make something hearty and creamy, and this was one of the first dishes to cross my mind. I thought I would attempt to make it from scratch. I prepared myself mentally to labor over the stove, until I actually started making it and realized how SIMPLE it was to make.  All I can say is: WHY DID I EVER BUY THE STUFF IN THE JAR?

I followed Entertaining With Beth’s Recipe, but I did not add peas and I added chicken and broccoli. I loved the way the chicken turned out and I really enjoyed the broccoli with it as well.

This recipe is INCREDIBLY easy, and can be prepared in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
  • ½ tbsp of garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp of onion powder
  • ½ lb (230 g) Fettuccini pasta
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) butter
  • 1 ½ cups (350 ml) of heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (90 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

  • cook fettuccine according to package
  • cut the chicken into cubes
  • now sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, with a dash of salt & pepper over the chicken
  • once the chicken is cooked, take the chicken cubes out and place them on a plate (you should have a nice amount of better left in the pan)
  • on medium heat, in the pan, which has the remaining butter, place the heavy cream in it and let it simmer, until it’s bubbly and thickened
  • once you see in the bubbles, add the parmesan cheese and mix it well.
  • now add little pieces of fresh broccoli  and let it cook until a pretty green
  • add chicken and give it a nice stir!
  • now add the fettuccine
  • top it all off with a little bit of fresh parsley

 

Best Steak Marinade Ever

Hey Friends,

As most of you know, I LOVE TO COOK. I should have gone to culinary school, as opposed to law school, because I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. I was talking to my best friend the other day (she is in medical school)  and we spoke of dream careers, as opposed to the ones we are in right now, and hers was MAKE UP ARTIST (“MUA”)  (and boy, oh boy, is she fierce with her brushes), and mine was a mix between Food Network/ Cooking Channel Program host and some sort of part time MUA/hairstylist  (I didn’t word it this way, but I’m sure my best friend caught on).

I’ve decided to start a series on my blog where I talk about dinners I’m making while studying for the GA Bar.  I can’t post as regularly as I would like, but I will try to post once a week!

One of my favorite recipes by far is a marinade from: Sally Cooks.

This is a great marinade for any 4th of July weekend BBQ’s you may have planned. I promise – you will love this marinade  – and you will make it again and again and again.

I’ve now made this marinade twice and the portions listed work well for 2 lbs of flank steak!

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds

Sally just whisked all of this together, while on the other hand, I just threw all of the ingredients in the magic bullet. I loved putting in the magic bullet because I got a finer grain as far as a marinade goes and I smothered the meat in this marinade for approximately 24-26 hours.

A few little side notes:

I had the 2 lb flank steak cut into two 1 lb pieces, prior to putting it in the marinade.  Then I grilled it on each side for about 4 -5 minutes (medium cooked steak).

After removing the beautiful pieces of flank steak from the grill, I transferred them to a cutting board and placed a piece of aluminum foil over the meat (just place it on top) and let the meat REST for 10 minutes. You want to let the cooked meat rest, so that the flavors of the marinade settle in the meat– if you cut the meat to early, you’ll notice that all of the great flavor will just spew out of the meat.

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After 10 minutes, cut the meat against the grain! Look at the meat –see those fine little lines, you want to cut slices that are perpendicular to those little lines! Voila – you’re cutting it against the grain!

I served it with the Akhtar family’s favorite potatoes and coleslaw, corn on the cob, & (not shown-and I cheated a little bit) a Trader Joe’s frozen Mac n’ Cheese. Lets face it- a BBQ is only as good as its sides – so make your favorite sides!

ONE MORE LITTLE NOTE:

I would TOTALLY make an extra pound of meat, so that you can enjoy a skirt steak salad, or a nice sandwich (like I did).

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I hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! What are you planning on grilling — I would LOVE to know (and maybe I’ll add it to my Fourth of July menu).

Bye!

Fontaine’s: 1026 1/2 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

I love Fontaine’s!  Every time I’ve gone, I’ve gotten consistently great service, and trust me I can really, really, really appreciate that! I’m not sure if you know this, but Fontaine’s has weekday happy hour specials– so being in law school, I have the perk of checking them out. Last year I enjoyed an awesome seafood spread of crab legs, shrimp, & oysters!  I loved it!

This year I headed back with some girlfriends. We had an awesome time: talking and munching away. Our server was great (I wish I could give her a shoutout — but I don’t know her name- she was incredibly attentive, even though we just ordered waters and gorged on the happy hour deals).

Here is what we ordered:

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Crab Legs! 

ImageShrimp Boil! I love getting them & I love making them! They’re an incredibly easy appetizer to make for a dinner party/luncheon/girls night. All you need to do is boil a tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning (per pound of shrimp) , half of lemon and other seasonings you like with a pot full of water. After the water is done boiling add your skin on shrimp! Once the water re-boils remove the shrimp from the pot on to a platter and now you have boiled-peel and eat shrimp!

ImageCalamari– duh! 

Have you been to Fontaine’s? Do you love it? Tell me what you think people!

RA Sushi: 1080 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309

Hey Friends,

So a while ago, I got the opportunity to go to RA Sushi with the Atlanta Eater Editor, Sonia Chopra! Sonia was designing a roll for a sushi contest, whose proceeds would then be donated to charity. Prior to this experience, I had never been RA. But after this experience, I will DEFINITELY be going back!  Here are a few pictures of  my experience at RA (my memory is a little hazy– bare with me, and remember, I LOVED IT– SO DEFINITELY CHECK IT OUT!):

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We ordered these insanely spicy Shishito Peppers, which were sautéed in an Asian seasoning. 

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I loved my lunch — I suggest you order the  BARA CHIRASHI BOWL, which consists of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, avocado & cucumber with Asian green vegetables, mixed with poki sauce; served over rice

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I honestly cannot remember what Sonia ordered, but it looked pretty! 

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The chef taught us how to make sushi! Apparently the rice has to be incredibly fresh, so every 30mins to an hour they throw out the rice in the rice maker and make new rice for the rolls! 

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Sonia created a roll, and this is the final product in many different forms!Image

This is the form that was presented to the audience! 

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Yum!

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Here is Sonia with the chef! 

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Here I am with the chef! 

This was an incredibly fun experience. Seeing as I love food, I loved being able to discover the intricacies involved in sushi making!  My outfit consists of a striped top I purchased from Forever 21, and black jeans!  The striped top is so versatile, the material doesn’t need to be ironed, and it looks great with loose black linen shorts, or even tucked into a work skirt!

See you later!

Le Peep: 3935-A Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Le Peep just opened up in Greenville, SC. This is great because Greenville doesn’t have too many great brunch spots. The items on the menu are great, but unfortunately the service staff is horrible. I had read Yelp reviews on it, and they all echoed the theme: bad service. True to form, the service was bad for me and my friends as well.

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I was lucky, my food was neither cold or under seasoned, I enjoyed my meal (sweet crepe and the salmon benedict), but my friends had horrible experiences, their dishes came out cold, or certain components of their orders were left out (like skim milk for tea). All of us did not receive refills unprompted –which i hate! I mean hello, all you need to do is drop off a water jug at our table!

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Here are some specific issues I had:

*when I asked her what the red sauce side was, she proclaimed it was hollandaise sauce — I quickly responded by pointing to the hollandaise sauce and claimed that “this yellow sauce” was hollandaise sauce.

*She did not come back to fill water back up in our jug: we had to flag her down in order to get water refills.

*She just DID NOT know the menu.

*She messed up the checks and put other people items on other peoples checks.

Now critiquing the cooks:

*I really enjoyed the sweet crepe (hence the two stars) —they claimed they were going to give me fresh fruit assortment which consisted of JUST strawberries.

* Dark roast coffee was awesome

*UNFORTUNATELY, two of the south of boarder items came out cold– so we had to send them back.

*the south of the border options were also not made correctly — I am sure they left out the taco seasoning that was suppose to be added to the beans, since the dish tasted bland.

This place looks so promising, unfortunately it failed to deliver. I think the venue should dismiss the waitresses, and rehire the ones that prove they know the menu, specific items on the menu, are not socially awkward & attentive.

Tell me what you think!