Greta and Amy?

Remember the blog/movie Julie and Julia? Well if not, it’s a young blogger/aspiring cook (Julie) who decides to cook through Julia Child’s entire “the Joy of Cooking” and blog each recipe. That’s quite the daunting task!

However, now that I have Greta Podleski’s “Yum and Yummer” cookbook I’m tempted to follow suit.. so far nothing has been “meh”.. it’s all been yummy.. the book is very aptly named. I definitely recommend adding this cookbook to your kitchen if you like good healthy and easy recipes with great results, and some fun reading along the way.

Tonite’s dinner was Coconut Currie Chicken with sweet potatoes and peas.

(Below the cookbook photo of what it should look like when done, all photos in the cookbook done by Greta herself)

One thing I like about this cookbook is that they have a scan code for each recipe to a link of a short video of step by step. Unlike the Podleski sister’s other offerings, such as one of my other favourite cookbooks: Looney Spoons & Crazy Plates.. this collection doesn’t have fun names for each recipe.. (like Mr Bean, Tuskinny Chicken, A Wok in the Pork to name a few). In this cookbook Greta names each recipe by what’s in them. No guessing!

As I prepped dinner, Guillermo cleaned up the kitchen.. it’s so nice to have a big kitchen where we can work together side by side.

I prepped all the ingredients

Then logged in to yesterday’s message from church on my phone, Bluetoothed to our mini Bose speaker, (a great message that I’d missed while in nursery with my favourite church family… the babies) and got to cooking and listening.

Aside: we have a new Pastor at our church after a lengthy arduous search.. and I’m really excited weekly to listen to what God has prepared through him for me to hear and apply to my life. It’s been a long dry period in our church, in my own life.. and it’s been so good to be reawakened and hearing God’s word fresh and new every week, and to be challenged to dig deeper. Thanks for reading this aside and not skimming over it.. I felt it important to share that. For myself, and also for anyone else reading who may be feeling dry and worn out.. there is Hope!

Back to the cooking.. first the chicken gets browned, then the onions, garlic..

Add in the fresh ginger, Curry, (my sister Wilma gave me some amazing curry that came direct from somewhere East…don’t ask me where, but it’s fantastic) Garam Masala, (LOVE ❤️ the fragrance of Garam Masala!!) then coconut milk, tomato paste, brown sugar… stir up and bring to a bubbling simmer, then add in the cubed sweet potato 🍠

and lastly the browned chicken. Cover and simmer for 15 min, add the peas, cover and cook another 5.. and you’re done! Pretty fabulous for a 30 minute one pot dinner! here’s my pic.. not as Pro as Greta’s, I was missing the fresh cilantro, but it was still as delicious as I hoped.

You can also serve over rice or quinoa which I may do with the leftovers tomorrow. Another cookbook suggestion I didn’t incorporate was to add paprika for some extra heat, but I will with my own dish tomorrow, as Guillermo doesn’t love things as 🌶 spicy 🌶 as I do. I added a dab of plain Greek yogurt to our bowls and served up.

Bon Appétit!!

Or as we say at our table..

(Photo Cred Etsy image, not my own)

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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