We are going to try to make some butter chicken (Tikka Masala), sticky coconut rice, and chicken coconut curry. And then for canning, I am going to make some pear chutney, I have never made this before.
Here is an easy Instant Pot first run recipe.
6 - 18 chicken Eggs
1 1/2 cups water
Ok, after you wash your instant pot pan, because this is the first time you are pulling it out of the box, make sure it is completely dry on the outside of it. Place into the IP. Next add the water, then the trivet, then put the eggs on the trivet. Plug in.
Put the lid on, should make a nice electronic game noise. Make sure you have the pressure weight on the top, and have it pointing to seal.
Select STEAM, make the time say 3. After you leave it alone, it should beep to let you know the cycle is starting. Let it do it's thing. Meanwhile, get out a big mixing bowl, add water and a bunch of ice, then wait.
It will beep when it is done. Then when it says L00:10, which is 10 minutes after it is done (I have to set the timer on my stove because I can not hear the IP if I am doing chores). Turn the weight to vent or release, usually the pressure is gone, then open the lid away from you so you don't get steam on your skin (OUCH). Carefully remove eggs with tongs to ice water and plunge those hot eggs under the water. Let them take a long swim if you want to chill them completely, but if you want to eat now, give it a gentle crack when you put it in the ice water, then pull it out and peel and eat.
I store my eggs in a plastic bag or bin in fridge for about a week, if they last that long.
It seems to me that the only thing holding us back from doing things is ourselves. You have to embrace the challenge (fear) and let it power you, let it not hold you back but put you to do it. This is not easy, this is not always fun, but usually when you are done, you feel so good because you DID IT! I love cooking for people, I love the challenge, the flavors and the company.
Yes I want to know everyone's opinions on the meal that day. Why? Because if they didn't like it, I never want to make it again. Hubby has stated he does not like pear butter, until I served it to him with cream cheese, he said it cut the sweetness. He had no idea that you could do that. I made a soup once, Cream of Onion, and my kids devoured it, in fact I had to make another pot because I didn't double the recipe, afraid everyone would hate it. That was the first soup I made that my 2nd DS ever liked!
I made a chicken stock once that was so bland. I saved it and had to doctor it to get the soup where I wanted it, but I didn't give up. If you need help, just ask. Usually a nice mix of mire poix and garlic can save quite a few meals, oh and SALT.. Seasoning people!! I wrote about food storage and seasonings a few years ago, Spices. It talks about food storage and appetite fatigue, but to also think about your food storage in another way.
Coconut Chicken Curry. We served this over jasmine rice, with salad on the side. My family rated this 10 out of 5 stars! And some of us added a little sriracha sauce to add some heat. This was such a yummy dinner. And the leftovers will be fantastic.
Now the changes. I doubled this. I did not finish this in the pan. I got to step 3, but I did not add all the chicken, I just added half the coconut milk, and some of the chicken. Then I poured that into my warming crock pot. Next I added more chicken to the pan and rubbed the spices into the chicken, then poured into the crock pot. I did this 2 times, then a third time I added the rest of the coconut milk to make sure I got every last bit of goodness out of the pan. Then poured it all into crock pot, set it on HIGH for about 2 hours, then down to low for 2 hours.
We served this with the hot jasmine rice. Some of the kids added some sriracha to theirs after they tasted it. It was yummy! I added just a little sriracha to mine as well. I am not afraid of heat, but I wanted to be able to taste all of the spices. This was delicious, and we had enough for leftovers. DD4 took some for lunch today. Right there is testament to how yummy it was.
I would describe it as flavorful, warm, and homey. It is pure comfort food.