#everyfuckingnight Butter Chicken

What I’m going to give you here are the bones of the recipe – you need to add some stock if you’re cooking it on the stove-top and maybe if you’re slow-cooking it. I don’t add any more chilli than is in my fancy-bought-at-a-market garam marsala because 5,000 children mean 5,000 variants of chilli tolerance, so by all means, add away.

Anyway, it’s delicious and really very straight forward. Get to it. Make your #everyfuckingnight a winner.

#everyfuckingnight Butter Chicken
 
Delicious and easy
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
To marinate the chicken
  • 1 kg chicken (I have used thigh fillets in a stove-top version and three marylands in a pressure-cooked version)
  • 1 ½ cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
For the sauce
  • 115 g butter
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • salt to taste
  • (If cooking on the stove-top ⅔ cup chicken stock)
To finish
  • 1 ½ cups cream or sour cream or yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp almond meal
  • Fresh coriander
Instructions
The marinade
  1. Smoosh everything together and marinate for as long as you've got - at least a couple of hours
The sauce
  1. If you like you can brown the chicken but really, who has the time or energy for such nonsense
  2. Melt the butter and add the onions. Saute for a couple of minutes
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes
  4. Add the chicken AND all the marinade
    If using a slow cooker put the lid on and set on high for, I don't know, four hours? Or low for eight? It's impossible to destroy food in a slow cooker, you know your machine, do what you think best. Add a splosh of stock if you so wish but I find I always over water things in the slow cooker
    In the pressure cooker, on highest setting for 45 minutes for marylands, 30 for chicken with no bones
    On the stove add the stock and simmer for about 30 minutes
The finish
  1. Once cooked, add the almond meal and cream and cook for another 10 minutes or so
    In the pressure cooker I take the chicken out, set the machine to reduce, add the meal and cream and reduce for 15 mins. (Just stir through yoghurt at the very end in this case otherwise it will split.)
  2. Serve with fresh coriander, chutney and cucumber raita

 

Onward!

Zucchini fritters

A fantastic vegetarian dinner option, zucchini and haloumi fritters with mint and dill.

Remember the time-consuming but delicious zucchini gratin? Jasper has been requesting it with increasing desperation over the last few weeks but I just didn’t have the emotional fortitude or stamina to go there. I’m blaming the relentless heat and humidity over these past months.

So when I saw a Neil Perry recipe for zucchini fritters on the SMH website I hoped I’d struck a middle ground. I’ve added some mint to my recipe and would encourage you to do the same.

These were an absolute sensation, heading straight to the pool room of family dinner winners. You could even make smaller ones as a finger food option. Don’t think the yoghurt sauce is optional – as is always the case when there’s a sauce on the side it lifts the meal from yum to YUM!

zucchini fritter mixture

Zucchini fritters
 
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A fantastic vegetarian dinner option
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Serves: 18+ fritters
Ingredients
  • 1 kg zucchini, grated
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 200 g haloumi cheese, grated
  • 100 g stale white breadcrumbs
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
For the yoghurt sauce
  • 1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
  • Grated zest from half a lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
For the fritters
  1. Using a food processor grate the zucchinis then toss with the salt in a colander and set in the sink to drain for an hour.
  2. Use the same grater blade to grate the haloumi which you're going to then tip into a mixing bowl
  3. Change the attachment and blitz your stale bread into fine breadcrumbs
  4. Mix the haloumi, breadcrumbs and herbs together while you wait for the zucchini
  5. In the meantime, make the yoghurt sauce by mixing the four ingredients together
  6. After an hour or so, squeeze as much liquid out of the zucchini as you can. When you think you've squeezed it all out go in for another round
  7. Mix the zucchini and the eggs in with the other ingredients
  8. You want to work quickly now
  9. Heat some oil in a pan, you want to shallow fry them, then shape the mixture into patties a bit bigger than a golf ball. You can really make them as big or as small as you like
  10. Cook for about two minutes on either side or until golden brown
  11. Serve with the yoghurt sauce.

 

 

 

Sticky pork spare ribs

Oh my lordy be, these sticky pork spare ribs are good. I reckon you could also do it to a whole piece of pork belly or to American style ribs, even beef ribs and get a sensational result.

There is a two step cooking process so you’re probably not making this on a school night but don’t let me stop you. We had it a couple of nights ago and there were leftovers (unheard of) (they were DELICIOUS cold too) but I’m already hankering for them again. I’ll going to experiment with different cuts of meat so I’ll keep you posted.

Asian pork spare ribs for #everyfuckingnight. What's on your plate?
Asian pork spare ribs for #everyfuckingnight. What’s on your plate?

Sticky pork spare ribs
 
A spicy sticky recipe for Chinese pork spare ribs
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Ingredients
  • 12 Chinese pork spare ribs (these seem to be slightly different everywhere I get them, but they strips generally without a bone in them but sometimes a little bit of bone in them. Isn't that helpful. I now just get them at the Asian butcher because I figure it's gotta be right from there.)
  • 4 star anise
  • 4 slices ginger
Marinade
  • 1 cup kecap manis (a thick sweet soy sauce, most supermarkets now stock it)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes (it sounds like a lot and the result is spicy but not mind-blowingly so, and that's on my palate which doesn't tolerate stupidly spicy food. Oscar also eats them and he is a no go zone for spicy food. Weird huh.)
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
Instructions
  1. Pop the pork, star anise and ginger into a saucepan and cover with cold water
  2. Bring it to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes
  3. While the pork is cooking make the marinade by mixing it all together
  4. Preheat your oven to 180C
  5. Line 1-2 baking trays with baking paper
  6. Drain the ribs and lie them flat on the trays
  7. Using a pastry brush liberally cover the pork in the marinade on both sides
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, turning half way and basting with any left over marinade when the mood takes you (sometimes I completely forget the basting and guess what, still delicious!)
  9. Serve with steamed greens and rice
  10. Eat until your arteries clog.

 

Onward!

Laab

In some very exciting news I have teamed up with Mrs Woog for a podcast we have ingeniously called Woog & Berry. Stay tuned, we should be going live in early December. Such a development!

The start of laab, a Thai pork mince salad, for #everyfuckingnight.
The start of laab, a Thai pork mince salad, for #everyfuckingnight.

In our first episode we talk about #everyfuckingnight and just how many things you can do with mince. Preferably we steer clear of 70s favourites of curried mince but embrace the rissole. I of course had to go all show pony and talk about this Thai mince, properly referred to as Laab.

It is an absolute snap to make and oddly enough all of my kids eat it. Granted I can not guarantee all of yours will but it is damn tasty and even if they have a bowl of cereal for dinner again you get something good down your gullet.

Laab
 
Pork mince tossed with fish sauce, lime juice, lots of herbs and chilli
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Ingredients
  • 500g minced pork
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 1 French shallot/red shallot/eschalot/whatever you call it in your state or country, finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • half a bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 5 sprigs of mint, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp uncooked jasmine rice
  • chilli flakes to your personal preference
Instructions
  1. Heat a wok and add the uncooked rice. Toast until browned and then coarsley grind
  2. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the lime juice over the raw mince and set aside while you get everything else ready
  3. In a bowl combine all the other ingredients including the toasted rice, have a taste and balance out the flavours if needed
  4. In the wok fry off the mince with no oil and toss until cooked through and quite dry
  5. Combine the fish sauce mix with the mince and again, taste to check there's a nice balance between the fish sauce, lime and herbs
  6. Serve with rice or salad. (I quite like the idea of a Thai sang chow bow with it served in iceberg lettuce leaves.)

 

Onward.

Chicken and bacon pasta bake

When you’re groaning at having to make dinner again make this.

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If you’re not already, follow me at Instagram, search the hashtag #everyfuckingnight and you will see a feed of the dinners I am cooking my boys.

Chicken bacon pasta bake 1

This dinner is solely thanks to my dear friend S who knows the best places to have dinner, always checks in on me and is breeding olympians. She’s made this as the kids meal on two occasions we’ve been over for dinner – the second time because they all loved it the first.

It’s a dinner standard in her house and will now be in ours.

Chicken bacon pasta bake 3

 

Chicken and bacon pasta bake
 
A fantastic dinner option even most fussy kids will eat.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 500g packet of pasta - shells or spirals would be my advice
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 6 slices streaky bacon - if using more traditional rashes you get in Aus then probably 3 would do it
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g jar of pasta sauce - your brand and flavour choice
  • couple of handfuls of grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta until almost done - meaning if it's meant to cook for 12 mins cook it for 10. Drain
  2. Saute the onion, garlic and bacon in a glug of oil for about 5 minutes or until there's a bit of colour coming on but not crispy
  3. Add the chicken and brown, don't go crazy because it will cook in the oven
  4. Add the pasta sauce
  5. Tip in the pasta and combine thoroughly
  6. Stir in a big handful of grated cheese
  7. Tip into a baking dish, top with more cheese
  8. Bake at 180C for 30-45 mins - this is basically dependent on how much time you have and how crispy you want the top to be.

 

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