My daughter wanted to know how to get an eggplant. I told her that all we needed to do was to get hold of an egg and plant it. I was immediately treated to one of those looks so I decided to tell her the truth this time: "Eggplant is a vegetable that farmers grow. They sell it to the grocery stores and we buy it from there." Uh-uh. That was not what she meant. She wanted to know about "the eggplant that Daddy got in his mouth." She meant implant.
Dentists, dental surgeons and dental surgery has consumed us lately. A few years ago, a not-so-scrupulous dentist who shares our last name drilled into my husband's jaw bone while doing a routine root canal procedure. Despite the last name bond, he didn't share this information even though my husband was in a lot of pain. He proceeded to fill it with a material that should not have been used. Two years later, the tooth is lost and we're lucky that there is no serious infection of the jaw bone or grave bone loss. The tooth had to be replaced by a titanium implant in a very expensive process spread over a good 6-9 months. First the titanium screw is fitted into the empty socket; then after about 3 months or so, a peg or abuttment is fitted on the implant; and finally, the crown is fitted on the peg. We're in the middle stage. The current dental surgeon is simply amazing. Thank God for that!
Because of the dental surgery, we were all eating soup and soft foods in complete sympathy with what my poor husband was enduring. Once he was back to solids, we couldn't wait to treat our taste buds to some extra spicy chicken tikka.
Faux Chicken Tikka
Spice Level: High!
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated
- 1 large flake of garlic, grated
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 3-4 teaspoons Shan Chicken Tikka masala powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3-4 tablespoons oil
- Mix grated ginger, grated garlic, Shan Chicken Tikka masala powder, yogurt and lemon juice in a bowl.
- Put the boneless chicken breasts in this mixture and marinate for about half an hour. An hour or longer, in the refrigerator is better.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and drop the cumin seeds into it when warm.
- Put the chicken breasts and all the yummy smelling sauce in the pan and cook over medium to low heat.
- Turn the chicken over from time to time and allow all the sauce to thicken.
- This really spicy dish is ready when all the sauce has dried up and the chicken cooked thoroughly.
If you don't have Shan Chicken Tikka masala, you can use some other garam masala. Shan's spice mixes can be found in most Indian and Pakistani grocery stores.