Moving out of my parent’s home started with romantic notions of independence and freedom; the much awaited coming of age and what not. For the first six months everything was like a big adventure, even buying fruits at prices my mother would disapprove of. In the beginning I cooked all meals for me and my always-hungry lover. Slowly, and unfortunately, cooking became a dreaded chore and I succumbed to the luxury of having a cook come in and hastily prepare mindless meals. Just after I grudgingly gave up control of my beloved kitchen and gave in to this new routine, she abandoned me. I’m disgruntled.
But on a brighter note, I am donning my apron once again (not that I really gave it up). Till my cook returns, which I now hope is not too soon, I have decided to cook interesting and healthy lunches everyday; meals that will take under an hour to cook. My brawny half or ‘The Arm’ will do all the more menial work like handing me a spoon, reaching things I cannot, playing mood dependent music and of course washing dishes. So that it’s a fair exchange he will do so without a shirt. I will provide an edible treat, him a visual one.
This was meal #1 : Tamarind Chicken with a minty Tomato Salad and Spiced Rice.
This month’s BBC Good Food Magazine had a Tamarind Chicken recipe, which I altered slightly. The original was designed to be more of a snack, with chunks of chicken on skewers. I made this into a sweet & sour gravy and served it with rice for a better balance of carbs, roughage and protein. Since it was a Sunday, we had my parents over for lunch and shared with them this premier meal.
This collaboration of The Apron and The Arm will be documented one dish at a time in a series of blog posts.