So, this was the situation at Casa Crafts on Sea last Friday.
Me: I’m making a sausage casserole for dinner
Beloved husband: Argh! Stop making me eat food that you’re really just making for the kids! It’s Friday! I don’t want a casserole I want a kebab!
Admittedly my response was less polite than ‘oh’, but you get the idea. View Post
And so after the umm… not huge success of Cod and Courgette it was time to pick myself back up and crack on with another of the recipes that lovely people have sent me. Having explained that a) my son is a fussy eater b) I am not a huge fan of making anything more complicated than toast if I I am likely to have a toddler whacking my ankles with a toy phone, I’ve got to admit that I’m still kind of waiting for the point when someone sends me the recipe for a cheese sandwich? It’s not going to happen is it?
What did happen is that Karen from 365 Pearls of Wisdom sent me the recipe for Daddy’s Tastetastic Chicken Tikka. Fantastic title eh? That had to be kept, although really Karen, curry??
So the night before I made the curry, I was a bit worried that it would be a bit wussy, what with being something that (allegedly) my toddler would eat, but it was lovely! Hurrah! Win for me and John! Here’s the recipe from Karen.
Daddy’s Tastetastic Chicken Tikka (serves a family of 3-4)
3 Medium size Chicken Breasts
6-8 small mushrooms
2/3 cup of frozen peas
1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
Small pot of natural yogurt
3tsp Tikka spices – add more for desired taste
2tsp Almond oil
1packet of Brown Basmati microwave rice
Chop onion and mushrooms into smallish cubes (depending on what your LO’s like), chop chicken breasts into small strips. Add almond oil to a deep frying pan, heat and add onion, mushrooms and chicken, stir ingredients until browned. Add to pan chopped tomatoes, yogurt and tikka spices, stir and coat chicken, mushrooms and onion and leave to simmer for 20 mins on a low heat. Add peas and stir, then simmer for another 5 mins. Microwave rice pack for 1-2 mins as per instructions, serve with Chicken Tikka from pan and some naan bread and enjoy! We use microwave rice because it’s quick and easy and the rice always taste good, neither of us are great at cooking rice in a pan and normally end up with underdone sticky rice!
I didn’t use microwave rice because, umm, I don’t have a microwave but it was ok anyway. Phew!
So the next day I reheated the curry, made some more rice and popped Jacob in his high chair with something a bit like anticipation. In fairness, when I’d started weaning Jacob I used to puree curry quite a bit and beef and chickpea was one of his favourites, but like many a parent after one or two refusals I lost heart at trying and instead started my slow creep towards not much variation mealtimes.
And here’s the evidence or Karen’s brilliance!
Whoop! But then normal mealtime refusal crept in and after a few more handfuls the meal was over. However there is a part two to this story and at this point may I remind all readers that I am no supermummy, nope, definitely not here thanks! A bit later Jacob settled down in front of In the Night Garden and while I topped myself back up with caffeine I nonchalantly offered him a bit more curry. He ate it all. ATE IT ALL!!!! Of course this does mean, by reasoning, that perhaps I should now offer all meals in front of cbeebies but in the meantime I’m too busy basking in the happy glow of getting my son to eat some proper food again. Sausage casserole next, keep your fingers crossed!
Karen is quite obviously a good sort and a sensible woman, go check out her blog at 365 Pearls of Wisdom.
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