Back to school…

It’s Week Three of Ewan’s Professional Chef’s Diploma and although he’s enjoying it immensely he’s complaining he’s still not cooked anything. They’re being hauled through all the healthy and food safety/admin/drugs talks, and he’s champing at the bit to get chopping with those super-sharp knives now in his possession.

When I was at a wedding on Saturday (exquisitely perfect food – caterers called Last Supper – see canapé example and amazing cake baked by Fiona Cairns – yes THAT cakemaker) he decided to cook lunch for three of his girl pals: Atul Kochhar’s tandoori chicken (slightly adapted), spicy sweet potato and his special naan bread (recipe for which I must get off him and pass on). When I returned in the evening, the curry smell was still very pronounced (a good thing I would say). Here’s what he did.

Serves 4

1 medium chicken, or four breasts (bone in)

For the marinade:

200ml plain yogurt
1 tsp each chopped ginger and garlic
½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp garam masala
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp gram flour
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp vegetable oil
Pinch salt
50g melted butter, for basting

  • Chop the chicken into four pieces. Ewan says look on YouTube for instructions on how to divide up if you’re not sure. Make deep cuts into the flesh.
  • Whisk the yogurt and marinade ingredients in a bowl and rub over the chicken until completely coated, then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/mark 6.
  • Place the chicken on to a rack above a roasting tray and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Preheat the grill to high.
  • Take chicken from the oven and rest a few minutes. Baste with the butter and grill for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Delish!!

Ewie and I went to see Tinker, Tailor last night and because neither of us had read the book or knew the story, we left the cinema both feeling a tad bewildered. Next on our movie list is We Need To Talk About Kevin. Somehow think that will have a slightly different effect…

About Olly Gosling

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