One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks
One of life’s little pleasures is having a lie-on in bed on a Saturday morning. If I get to lie-on until 9am, I’m doing very well! Another pleasure is watching cookery shows on Saturday morning while having a leisurely breakfast and lots of coffee. Recently, I watched Simon Hopkinson, The Good Cook on BBC1 which is straight after Saturday Kitchen. This is a really good show as he has a very personable style and gives you the confidence to give his recipes a try.
On this particular morning, Simon was showing how to make tandoori chicken drumsticks. They looked yummy and I said across to Hubbie, “I know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow!” One aspect of the show I like is that you can scan the ingredients at the end of the recipe, right on screen! How very technologically modern! Hubbie was ordered to pause and rewind while I found an app for my phone to scan the ingredients and recipe. BRILLIANT! Off to the shops I went for drumsticks, yoghurt and tandoori spice mix. No tandoori spice mix so tandoori paste it had to be.
I chopped off the end of the drumsticks, not really knowing why except that Simon said to. I slashed the flesh. I mixed tandoori paste and yoghurt until I liked the look of it and it resembled Simon’s. I slathered the drumsticks in the mix and into a container they went to marinate. Check recipe, OOPS! I totally didn’t rub the drumsticks in salt and lemon and leave for an hour. Idiot! Open the container, added lemon and salt, quick stir, back in fridge. Fingers crossed the chicken would be ok and the yoghurt mixture wouldn’t turn into some nightmarish mess.
The next day and all was well. I grilled the drumsticks until they were cooked with a lovely charred finish. They were absolutely YUMMY! So, later in the week I decided to make them again. After all, I had the yoghurt and am on a no waste mission at the moment. The results were not as good as the first time and here’s why:
Will I make this recipe again? ABSOLUTELY! It’s easy – once you follow the recipe! And it’s very moreish. Great for a gathering as you won’t be left with any but if you are, you’ll be delighted as you’ll have the most flavoursome meat for wraps, sambos and salads!
If you would like to give the recipe a try, here’s a link to it on the BBC Food Recipes website! And if you like what you see, Simon’s book, The Good Cook is also available to buy from Amazon and all good bookstores.