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Recipe: Quick and easy chicken tikka

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Recipe: Quick and easy chicken tikka

Who doesn't love chicken tikka right? And there are so many different marinades to try out! Though nothing tastes as good as chicken tikka made in a tandoor (a traditional clay oven commonly used in India), a garden BBQ grill comes close, and an electric home oven isn't too bad.  Since this is a quick (if you exclude the marination time) and easy (but delicious) chicken tikka recipe, we'll use our kitchen oven.  

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A camping we will go

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A camping we will go

One of the most fun things about camping has been the outdoor cooking experience. There is something very comforting about watching campfires dotting a field, as the sun starts to go down, while you're huddled over your own (blowing and coughing and sputtering, and fanning frantically. I just ruined the mood there didn't I? Sorry!). Over the last few years we've made our fair share of meals over a campfire and on our handy portable hob (purchased after much research. About as much as went into buying the cute camp cooking set and toaster!).

If you're a camping newbie, here are 5 really easy and tasty camping recipes.

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Recipe: Watermelon punch

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Recipe: Watermelon punch

Summer is officially here. Who cares if it's been raining non-stop for the last 24 hours. We've bought (and finished) our first watermelon of the season. So large, I had to stand on tippy toes to get a picture of it!

My husband likes working with big things and tools, so out came a giant knife and a huge bag of ice, and some rummaging in the fridge, clanging and whirring later (times like this I pretend I can't see or hear anything - best not to get involved for fear of giving myself a heart attack at the sight of the colossal mess that is my kitchen when Arunn is in it!), I'm presented with the most delicious glass of watermelon punch. 

Here's his recipe that he was delighted to share. 

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Recipe: Spicy fried vegetables

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Recipe: Spicy fried vegetables

When I plan an Indian menu, I try and do a mix of curry or dal, a side with a thickish sauce, and a dry side. That way, there's something you can eat with rice and chapatti both, without it becoming too wet a meal or too dry. Essentially aiming for a balance of textures on the plate! My uncle was visiting us for lunch today and I knew I wanted to make a khatti meethi dal and palak paneer, but wasn't feeling very inspired about the dry side dish. I had cauliflower stuck in my head, but didn't want to make a boring old gobhi aloo or gobhi mattar. I thought I'd begin by frying some florets and see where that would take me. Turned out to be a really good place :D Here's my spicy fried vegetables recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

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