Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Aftermath, Busy Day, Bowling, Bear, New IP Dish,

I finally got to bed at midnight. This morning, when I rolled out of bed, Matt was much more himself. Incredibly he hasn't felt any pain. I also felt fairly well rested even if I didn't get as many hours as I would have liked. I had a leisurely morning, I cancelled my dental check up on Monday when we got home. After lunch we drove out to the asparagus farm - it was a really nice day and a pleasant drive for both of us. Later I was picked up to go get my groceries. It was a guy I had driven with twice before but I'm afraid I didn't recognise him. Duuh. He and I talk cooking and his daughter and son-in-law live up north and have a website he recommended. Apparently they have chickens now and had a bear visitor who showed considerable interest in them. Could be a tad scary.

Might try the bowling alley on Wednesday afternoon. Haven't been there in a while. Depends how Matt feels.

ladydog keeps asking me if I had made the Instant Pot Butter Chicken and so far I hadn't for one reason or another, so today I did. Most of the work I did before I went shopping and then finished it later. Had to cook some rice, just as well I have two inserts now. then finished making the Chicken. We both thoroughly enjoyed it although I did find it a bit had work for me. Especially as I had all the damned shopping to put away. Not a job I relish. Anyway, for those of you who have an Instant Pot, here is the recipe.

I know nothing about the keto diet although I know causing the body to produce ketones is not supposed to be good for you. Mine didn't look quite like that, but it was good. Thanks ladydog.

Instant Pot Keto Indian Butter Chicken

Restaurant-quality butter chicken in under 30 minutes at home! Join the thousands who have made this very popular Butter Chicken Recipe that went viral. Super easy yet authentic Keto Indian Butter Chicken. An easy Instant Pot Keto Recipe that's family-friendly and ready in 30 minutes.

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
5-6 cloves garlic
1-2 Tbs minced ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (or use breast, bone-in, or whatever works for you. If frozen, add 1-2 minutes to total time)

To finish
4 oz butter cut into cubes (use coconut oil if dairy free)
4 oz heavy cream (use full-fat coconut milk if dairy free)
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Place all ingredients into an Instant Pot in the order listed, EXCEPT for the butter, cream and 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, mixing the sauce well before you place the chicken on top of the sauce. If it's frozen, push it into the sauce a bit so it defrosts better

2. Close the cooker and set for 10 mins on high, and let it release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. After that, release all remaining pressure.

3. Open up the pot and remove the chicken carefully and set aside

4. Blend together all the ingredients, preferably using an immersion blender

5. Add the cut up butter, cream, cilantro, and garam masala and stir until well incorporated.

6. It's best to let the sauce cool just a little before adding the butter and the cream. Adding it into the boiling sauce will make your sauce very thin. If that happens, just put it in the fridge for a little and let it thicken up. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon

7. Take out half the sauce and freeze for later or store in the fridge for 2-3 days

8. Add the chicken back in and heat through. Break it up into smaller pieces if you need but don't shred it.

9. Serve over rice, or zucchini noodles

10. Using leftover sauce

11. Use leftover cooked chicken and mix in with the gently heated sauce, let it simmer for a few for the flavors to meld together and there you go. Add some fresh cilantro on top.

12. You could also use this for Paneer Makhani. Defrost a cup of peas and 1 cup of paneer and mix gently into the heated sauce and let it simmer for a few for the flavors to meld together and there you go.

Servings: 4

Author: Urvashi Pitre
Source: TwoSleevers

Author Notes
If you use a stand blender, be very careful with the hot sauce and be sure to leave the inside lid open to vent.

Yes, I know the recipe doesn't call for additional liquid. The chicken and tomatoes release a LOT of liquid. Unless you do something wrong, it will not burn.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - good to know you've both had good days ... and had a trip out ... the countryside is gorgeous at this time of year. We are in soaking rain at the moment ... such is life! Cheers and have a good rest of the week - Hilary

    1. You are right Hilary. Here the trees are just a nice fresh spring green colour and looking absolutely beautiful. The picture I have above is a recent spring pic. It was pretty wet on Monday I understand, didn't see it ourselves of course. Thanks, same to you.

  2. I remember learning all about keto-acidosis when I was in college. When I heard about that diet I just shook my head. Folks will try anything I guess.

    1. Precisely Denise, I remember reading about it. When will people learn, eat properly in moderation.

  3. Glad Matt was doing much better. Hope you can go bowling. I know how much you miss your regular bowling days.

    1. Thanks Alex, I hope we can too but apart from Matt's problems my back has been playing me up this week. Maybe just go to exercise class.

  4. I’m glad Matt is better and has no pain and so glad you feel better after getting some sleep. Now, I guess, you will have to see what the doctor says. Hope bowling was good

    1. Thanks Birgit. Haven't been bowling yet. Will see later.

  5. I've been out of the loop while in vacation mode. I'm glad to hear Matt is feeling better.

    I'll skip the recipe. If it's work for you, it's not something I even want to try!

    1. Nice to see the sharks didn't get you Liz.

      Actually, I think I was exaggerating because I was putting groceries away at the same time. If you collect all the spices ahead of time, it isn't that difficult. Going to use the rest on some shrimp tonight. Not the nice fresh stuff you've been getting though.

  6. Glad to hear you sounding chipper. That recipe sounds great!

    1. Yes, not so tired now Lisa. The recipe was great. We both enjoyed it very much.