The Kitchenboy Cookalong Club: May 2011 Challenge...much later...

There is quite a funny story as to why the words "Butter Chicken" creates quite a stir at Kitchenboy HQ and quite a few giggles and frowns from your Kitchenboy's friends and family.  It all started at a birthday party and...but maybe I shouldn't tell the story, even though it is a good one.  I wouldn't want to step on any sensitive toes.  Any way, so after the storm in the teacup died down and people finished mopping up their tears of laughter, I just wasn't in the right mood to write this post.

I've been receiving so many questions again over the past few weeks about our Cookalong Club, that I think maybe it is time to start that up again.  It is meant to be fun after all and has nothing to do with the inflated egos that lead to said storm-in-a-teacup.  And lots of people had fun with the butter chicken challenge!  People from as far and wide across the globe as Abu Dhabi, Namibia, Ireland, the UK, South Africa and of course Taiwan took part.  Lots of photos were posted and even a video was made of a special Butter Chicken evening, held in the U.A.E.!  I get the idea that some people ate theirs before photos could be taken!

Butter Chicken a la Lotter! - By Sonja Lotter, Taiwan
One of the first photos sent in was this beautifully presented plate of butter chicken by Sonja Lotter in Taiwan.

Riette Mostert and Anton J Jansen showing off the butter chicken... scrumptious! - Taiwan
Another entry from Taiwan came from Riëtte Mostert and writer/composer Anton J. Jansen.  Anton wrote that the team made butter chicken as well as a gorgeous Mayonnaise Chocolate cake in one afternoon.  Riëtte later confided in me that she did most of the cooking and baking, but that Anton is very good at pouring wine.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

Michael Basson's Butter Chicken - Hsinchu, Taiwan
Michael Basson from Hsinchu in Taiwan wrote, "My Butter Chicken! Awesome. Couldn't find cardamon and I used tomato paste, still, it was great! Have to do it again!  It's a great recipe, this is the best chicken dish I've ever prepared"  Michael's problem is of course a very common one in Taiwan - the inability to find ingredients, but with some substitution, we can always cook ourselves a decent meal.  By the way, I know of two Indian spice shops in Taipei City.  You can send me a message if you want the information.

Butter Chicken a la Namibia - Francoise Steynberg, Namibia
Head journalist at Republikein Newspaper in Namibia, Francoise Steynberg sent me her photo of "Butter Chicken a la Namibia with German Spätzle.  All she had to say about it was, "Dit was erg yum!"

Our AWESOME Butter Chicken!! - Chantelle Taylor Beyers, South Africa
Fellow foodista, Chantelle Beyers sent in this beautiful photo of her Butter Chicken.  Chantelle, that rooti makes me so happy...just one more thing I need to learn how to make!

Botha Butter Chicken
Christelle Botha says that she did hers on the stove top without grilling it.  This will definitely cut down on the cooking time for this dish!

Butter Chicken, full of flavour and very tender - Gerlene Kennedy
Gerlene Kennedy says that she followed the recipe exactly, she grilled it and found it full of flavour and very tender.  Kitchenboy likes your enamel plates!  Just the plate you need to make a melktert!

Lastly, and not least by any stretch of the imagination, came an entry by author Marion Erskine and Louna Spies from Abu Dhabi in the Arab Emirates.  They went all the way.  They had the right music, the right clothes and they even had a true blue person from India to come and supervise the cooking process.  They practiced a Bollywood dance routine and was kind enough to send me this video.  Enjoy!

How is that for enthusiasm!

Butter Chicken a la Abu Dhabi - Marion Erskine & Louna Spies, U.A.E.
Marion says he a bit of a slip with the tomato paste, but that it was a great meal and they all had a wonderful time doing the challenge. 

Well done to all of you that took part in the Cookalong (even my mother did, but just like me, we ate it before we could take photos.  I guess I'll just have to do it again!).  It is really awesome that we can all do it together, doesn't matter where we are in the world.

Until next time.  Kitchenboy like jou!


  1. Chantelle Beyers28 October 2011 at 22:36

    \0/ YAY!!! Cannot wait for the next challenge! SO glad you are back!

  2. It feels good to be back Chantelle! The storm-in-a-teacup put me off blogging for a while, but stuff that. I'm back. Thanks for your support! :))

  3. Chantelle Beyers28 October 2011 at 22:49

    It's sad when something petty messes with your mojo! But I am very glad you are back and have my assistant cooks on standby for when your next challenge is posted! Thanks for giving us something fun to do!

  4. Yay! Back on track! Ready to cook up another storm!

  5. Thanks Sonnie! It feels good to be back in the kitchen.

  6. The pleasure is all mine Chantelle. You are right, it was all very petty, almost like what happened/is happening in the food blogging circles in Cape Town. Here the pond is just so much smaller....

  7. I posted this on my facebook and also recommended people to like the facebook page for Kitchenboy. Let's see what kind of reaction you get this time. Oh, and where are the toes that you supposedly stepped on?

  8. Thank you Anton! I will let you know what the response was like. Hopefully the response won't come from the late Julia Childs' lawyers.


Post a Comment

Popular Posts