Sunday, June 29, 2014

What's Cooking?

Summer time means I get to be a full-time housewife and stay-at-home mom. 
Between all the reading books and "educating through play" with Lil' Man, I found that I love going to the grocery store. That's not good for the budget. 
So, I have decided to avoid grocery store this week and just cook with what I have in my pantry and freezer. 

I didn't have enough Indian garam marsala spices to make a dish, and I didn't have enough Thai tom yum paste to make a dish. So I made a roux, combined both Indian and Thai spices and made up a noodle dish. 
I wanted this dish to be slightly spicy, with noodles swimming in a slightly thicker/creamier sauce, with lots of fresh flavors and a little tang. 

First I sauteed some chicken breasts. I had already prepped them when I bought them - cut them up into chunks, seasoned with garam marsala.  That's what I do when I buy chicken breasts. I buy a big package of it, cut them up into strips or chunks and put them into Ziploc freezer bags with seasonings. My favorite are cajun spices, indian spices, some kind of Chinese seasonings like soy sauce, pepper, teriyaki sauce. 

Then I dished the chicken chunks into a place. Add oil and flour into the skillet and made a roux sort of. Once the flour and oil came together, I added the Indian spices and the Thai Tom Yum paste.  Threw in some cut up fresh tomato chunks. Add the little bit of seasoning blend (blend of bell peppers, onions, celery) that I had left in the freezer. Let it all cook together for a while.
Add some chicken broth until it resembles some kind of sauce.  

Meanwhile, a pot of thin spaghetti was cooking. Once done, I threw the noodles into a huge serving bowl, threw the sauce into the bowl, threw the chicken into the bowl and give it a good toss. I cut up a lemon and squeezed juice all over the noodles, and added fresh cilantro over it. 

It was everything I had imagined it to be. 

Lil' Man and the Hubs ate it up!!! 

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