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If you ever come to my house for dinner, be prepared to bring a strong stomach.
I’m not a natural cook despite having a food Blog, Pukka Halal, but I try my best.
The problem is, I can cook for 2 people but I’m so out of practice for cooking for more than 2 that Dinner Parties at my house where I’m the only one cooking usually end up as disasters!
Thankfully my friends have figured this out, and bring their own food so they’ll at least get something to eat!
It all went Pete Tong (Wrong for the non Brits in the audience) when I invited some friends for Iftar, the breaking of the fast meal in Ramadan.
I decided to try out a new packet masala, Shan’s Delhi Pilau Biryani recommended by Britpak Girl as not too spicy and easy to make.
Now, you have to understand, I have an Induction Hob which is OLD and was there well before my husband moved into this house.
And it’s SLOW!
So me being an optimist, and not quite with it during Ramadan (when am I ever with it when it comes to cooking?!), decided this was the easiest option as my friend was bringing some Nihari and some other bits for Iftar.
Well, it all went wrong.
I spent the day cleaning in a false lull of security, and then when I started making dinner, accidentally added too much water to the Chicken mixture.
And then the water didn’t dry enough, and then when I added the milk and yoghurt in the recipe, it didn’t soak into the rice and the rice was only partially cooked.
Thankfully, we’d made some lamb chops and had some med veg and my friend’s Nihari to see us through but the whole thing was a disaster and even after putting in the oven to dry the water out, it was unsalvageable and inedible.
Moral of the story, don’t try new things in front of guests!
What did I learn?
I learned I need to use different rice that works with my cooker, well, that’s my mum’s post-dinner party autopsy of my efforts!
I normally use Sela Basmati rice as it tastes better but takes ages to cook properly in big quantities in my cooker, so I’ll be using a different rice for dinner parties.
And secondly, go with tried and tested recipes rather than something brand new when you have guests.
It’s like I forget how to do things if I don’t do it for a while.
When I haven’t been on the tube for a while, I forget how long it takes to get from one place to another and always end up late!
I hope you enjoyed another instalment of my Dear Diary series and hopefully, I’ll try better next time!