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Easy chicken curry

DSC_0048.JPGI made this after searching for a recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala. When I went to the store I forgot to bring the recipes I’d found so had to wing it when I got home — this is a combo of maybe three or four different recipes I’d read. I used red wine because it’s what I had on hand to de-glaze my pan, it ended up adding a lovely depth to the dish.

table spoon each of butter & vegetable oil
Boneless chicken thighs
Pint heavy cream
Cup red wine
Garam massala
Curry powder
Tumeric (mostly for the lovely color)
Salt & fresh cracked pepper

How to:
Heat up oil & butter in a heavy bottomed pan (I like cast iron) till hot then add spices to your taste (I do a few dashes of each).
Brown your chicken thighs in batches, setting done pieces aside in a dish
Deglaze your pan with the red wine & reduce until the liquid is syrupy
Return the chicken to the pan and cover in heavy cream
Simmer for about 30 minutes, adding more spices, salt, and pepper to taste. Your cream will have reduced to a nice, rich consistency.
Serve with white rice and a garnish of cilantro if you have any.

Impromptu snow cones

snow, apple, honey

The kids begged and pleaded to make snow cones from the fresh powder that covered the landscape yesterday morning. I hemmed & hawed … we had no syrups in the house & wasn’t snow bad for you?

Well, it probably would have been bad for me in New York City where I grew up, but out here? It was pristine.

So I handed them a squeeze bottle of honey & told them to have at.

They were thrilled, and I had an extra few minutes of quiet to putter about the house.

Re-designing the livingroom {& daydreaming}

room planning

This is our living-room. Well… at least it’s a paper representation of our living-room with possible paper furniture (yes, those are all Ikea names). Sometimes we do this with a room when we’ve grown tired of the layout & everything gets shifted around.

Right now we have a large L-shaped couch that takes up about two thirds of the room and forces TV watching, and discourages conversation or real together time. We’re hoping to figure out an affordable solution without crowding everything up too much.

Any suggestions?

Tor’s teepee

Tor's teepee

For Christmas, I made Tor this teepee. For all it’s simplicity it did take a while to get together; time which went faster thanks to a bit of help from my Mom.

Mom, helpingI used five 7 foot wooden dowels, a large drop-cloth, a small bungee cord, and several yards of twill tape.

To make it I secured my dowels in the position I wanted with the cord, then draped the cloth over the whole thing, tucking in the top seam as best I could. The fun part was sitting inside my makeshift teepee and marking the bottom with pen all around where I’d need to cut it.

My mom helped enormously by basting the whole hem of the beast so all I had to do was run my sewing machine though a bit of twill to finish it off.

I’m hoping to convince Tomas to paint something fun and exciting on it as well at some point, but I’m very happy with the result so far. It’s already become a spot to hide with a book and a flashlight or a pile of Bakugan.