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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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Holy Taco: 1314 GLENWOOD AVENUE EAST ATLANTA GA. 30316

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Wow, this is my 2nd post where I say i thought the food was okay. I went for a birthday party a while back — the place was okay. I was happy to be celebrating my friends birthday, enjoying the weather & sitting outside. I did NOT enjoy the people buying and selling drugs across the street. I did enjoy the kindness of the staff and that they brought out plates for us to cut a store bought cookie cake that I brought to the venue! Have you been to Holy Taco? I honestly cannot remember what I ordered, but the birthday boy, LOVES this place, along with my foodie boss from over the summer — I’m apparently the only one that thought it was okay….

Bye!

ZYKA with a Personal Blurb!

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Hey Friends,

Being a law student & a pseudo Atlanta food bloger do not always go hand in hand!  I’ve had a lot on my plate with the MPRE (basically an ethics test you have to take in order to sit for the BAR).  I’m also job hunting for a permanent position — and it’s been a tad stressful and time consuming. I’ve seen a lot of recent graduates graduate WITHOUT a job, but luckily as BAR results come out– I’ve also been seeing a lot of them get jobs (PHEW).

Areas of law I’m interested:

  • Real Estate and Soft IP

Both of these areas really appeal to me. There are A LOT of Indian/Asian Hotel/Motel owners & I would love to work with a firm to facilitate their transactions. I would also love to negotiate on behalf of them to secure favorable provisions. Growing up I moved around a lot and the connection I felt with my homes and spaces near me really molded my identity. For example, when we moved to Greenville, SC, I saw my neighbors houses being developed before my very eyes, I remember running around in them and giving fake tours to the few neighborhood kids that were around (kind of like Egypt from “Property Virgins”).  Right before the recession my parents bought a new house (they over paid), but I remembered thinking– I knew this house wasn’t worth it. If only they consulted me I could have told them my opinions, or at least shed a tear that could have prevented the purchase (I once did that with some formal living room furniture my family purchased — the tears didn’t work, but years later my mother finally admitted that I was “right”. In her defense she wasn’t all wrong).

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Butter Chicken

I like soft IP because I love the arts, and I love the ability art has to change someone’s thoughts. It has the ability to influence someone,  change their perspective or bring touchy subjects to life through subtle means. I’m NOT that artistically creative, but I am like a lioness and if people try to mess with my cubs I’ll bite (my cubs in this analogy would be the artists I’m able to represent)! When I see people selling knockoffs, I’m the girl that actually EMAILS  the company and says “HEY …THIS ____.COM IS SELLING A FAKE URBAN DECAY PALETTE. I DON’T WANT OTHERS TO GET DUPED. TELL THEM TO STOP AND PROTECT YOUR TRADEMARK.” I’ve emailed L’Oréal Paris, Apple, Tiffany’s, etc..

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Right now — I may not be that great at drafting memos or briefs, but I know, with time, I’ll probably get it down to a science — luckily I have something else on my side that is much more powerful than drafting a good brief — I’ve got PASSION. I’m going to run with it until I reach the “finish line”.

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Scattered through out this whole post are pictures of my favorite indian / pakistani restaurant called ZYKA: The Taste in Decatur, GA

Makeshift Jaeger Schnitzel

One of my friends  loves schnitzel, so this past Thursday and I told him to pop on by for a quick dinner — and guess what I made? Jaeger Schnitzel.

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Ladies and Lovers — if you’re having family over, cooking for a best friend or a date and you’re not very good at cooking this is  A GREAT recipe for you! It seriously takes 15 mins from start to finish, and if you don’t have time to marinate just fire up the pan & cook away!

Ingredients:

  1. Package of sliced mushrooms (you can slice them yourself if you want)
  2. olive oil
  3. half spoon of butter
  4. one large egg
  5. italian bread crumbs
  6. parmesan cheese
  7. two chicken breasts
  8. red chili flakes
  9. garlic powder
  10. light brown gravy mix
  11. mashed potatoes (i cheated and bought the kind that you heat up)

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. sauté the mushrooms in olive oil on low heat and make sure each slice of the mushroom is directly touching the pan (do this until you see that they’re soft and tender – low heat)
  2. make the gravy mix according to the packet
  3. heat or make mashed potatoes
  4. THE FUN PART: take on chicken breast and put it between two big pieces of parchment paper and flatten it out using a a pan or use a rolling pin, get it SUPER thin!
  5. then take out to plates
  6. on the first place just break an egg and whisk it
  7. on the second plate take all of your dry ingredients and mix it. use half a spoon of the chili flakes and garlic powder (you can skip this if you want) but you definitely need to mix the bread crumbs and parm!
  8. Pat dry the breast, then dip it in the egg wash, and then drench it in the bread crumb mixture
  9. make sure your pan is medium hot and warm olive oil  (enough oil to coat the pan and place the half teaspoon of butter) once melted put one of your chicken breasts in the pan and pan fry away (should take 3 mins on each side)
  10. after your done pan frying it just assemble everything on to a plate

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I promise— you can muck up this recipe, the only way you could do that is by burning the chicken or any of the ingredients — and hopefully you’ll love this recipe as much as I did!

Falafel King: Favorite Emory Food Joint

There is something about a chicken/lamb/beef shawarma craving that makes me just RUN over to Falafel King.  I love it! I am serious, I love it so much that during the summer I PLACED a FK ban on myself, since I knew I abused my FK privileges during my second year at law school, but as soon as my third year started I just had to run over to FK to grab my favorite dish: The Chicken Shawarma Plate w/ two stuff grape leaves and fried chicken dumplings!

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Doesn’t this look amazing?  Another part of FK that I love a lot our the two condiments on all the table: a spicy mayo (I think) & Sriracha.

Another aspect of FK that I love is the fact that it is run by a cute Korean couple!  The Wife definitely wears the pants in the relationship, since she is in charge of giving the right amount of chicken.

If you’re near the Emory area, Falafel King is the funny looking building near Chipotle, Zoe’s Kitchen and diagonal from the University’s bookstore.

Bye!

South City Kitchen

Have you been to South City Kitchen?  I just went to lunch there with my boss and co-worker, and I LOVED it (sorry, but I have been loving all of the restaurants lately)!

My boss had been raving about it, and boy was he RIGHT!

Here are some popular items on there menu:

  • Fried green tomatoes
  • Buttermilk fried chicken (marinates for two days before being fried)
  • She crab soup

Here are pictures of our lunch:

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I ordered the BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN garlic collards, smashed bliss potatoes, honey-thyme jusImage

My Boss ordered the CATFISH REUBEN Swiss cheese, country ham, horseradish slaw, Thousand Island remoulade, rye. He ordered a caesar salad, instead of chips, and the croutons were made of grits –something he really enjoyed!Image

SMOKED TURKEY CLUB arugula, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, cane syrup-mustard, sourdough

It’s located near some of Atlanta’s hottest night life — the downside is they do not valet, and you have to pay to park (roughly $8) but they have great indoor/outdoor seating. During lunch, the atmosphere is business professional, so I would run a comb through your hair, and wear something appropriate.

Also, the wait staff was awesome.  Lately I have been going to great restaurants w/bad service , but luckily South City Kitchen has great food & service!

You’ll have to check it out & tell me what you think!

Bye!