I have a confession to make. I’ve been avoiding writing this post and sharing this chicken tikka masala recipe with you. I’ve been away from you guys so long, but I had a lot of good excuses. My mom moved in with us at the end of 2017, we bought a house and moved, I had to get my kids set-up in new schools, and my health took a dive. But I haven’t forgotten about my friends, I have been cooking and planning and thinking about what I want this blog to be. And today, I forced myself to sit down and write for you guys, and I gotta apologize for being away for so long.
TOO MANY HENS IN THE HEN HOUSE
I love my mom. Having her move in with us was a great decision and I do not regret it. But, I’ve been a very independent woman who ran my home the way I liked it for a long time. Mom is a very independent woman, who has run her home the way she liked it for even longer. You can imagine that the two of us joining households has caused some clashes here and there.
But, it has been a blessing. My mom is there for me when I need her. If I have a meeting or have to work out of the house for the day, she will pick up my kids from school. When a string of migraines and other issues hit me this last month, she fixed dinner and cleaned up after our family. The biggest conflicts are worth the love and support we are for one another. I’m lucky to have her around.
The hardest part is she’s not used to my “fancy cooking”, like the chicken tikka masala recipe below
HOME IS WHERE MY FAMILY IS
We have purchased a new home. It is not in an area that I ever would have looked in and we found it through our fantastic friend and real estate agent, Scott Criddle. He put up with my mom and my bickering and helped us find the perfect place for us. He even helped us move! This amazing guy went the extra mile to help our family and I can’t thank him enough.
Our new house is great! It is far nicer than even I could have imagined and allows my mom her own space for her quilting business and I’m making due with a kitchen that is a ton smaller than I’m used to.
In the end, it doesn’t matter where I live. As long as I have my boys, my handsome husband, and my mom around me – I’m good to go.
TO MY HEALTH… AND THE FUTURE OF THIS BLOG
Some things that have happened these past few months has led me to re-examine my health. I’ve gained a bit of weight (15 lbs) since my mom moved in and I’m struggling with anxiety and depression more than normal. Two rounds of antibiotics due to dog bites, (my mom’s dog is the devil!) and an out of control addiction to caffeine has sent my gut health into the toilet.
All of this has made me take pause and ask what is important to me? I love writing this blog, but I have all these recipes to make for you that I want to share, and quite frankly – I don’t want to cook them to photograph them to post them for you. I want to only cook things that I should be eating – which is still going to be fantastic and delicious and out of this world, but… why am I torturing myself?
And so here I am. I’m hoping you will come on this road with me. I will still be posting yummy food, primarily cooked with the sous vide, but I’ll also be throwing in food on the grill, roasted/baked foods, and maybe even some healthy casseroles. Around special occasions I might add a special dessert in there, but – for the most part… it is back to the foods that make me feel good about myself, not just that taste good.
And I’m officially 1 week without caffeine. Now to cut out the sugar.
BUT FIRST – CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
I’ve been planning this recipe for months. I’ve had it pretty much ready to go since March 2nd. I actually started a group of people to help me test recipes and give me ideas if something wasn’t quite right. I’d like to thank Cathy, Lita, Alex, Ron, Mary Jane, Kenneth, and Lauren who specifically gave notes and thoughts to make this recipe just right. I love your faces, and I’m so grateful for your support.
I love Indian food. If you look at a lot of my recipes, you’ll see that I’m drawn to recipes where the spices warm you to the core and fill you with comfort. This is one of those recipes. I’m not going to wax poetic for hours and hours about how mine is better, but I love that the sous vide chicken retains its juicy and tender texture, while still bursting with flavor. I hope you’ll give this a go.
Much love to all of you.