Whenever its Sunday, for me its a lazy day. This is the day I get to unwind ‘kidogo’, this is the day that I don’t accept visitors at my place nor do I allow myself to go anywhere apart from the kitchen washroom or to watch telly. A less energy kind of activity.
On Sunday, is a day I cant use energy to think just need my things ready or easy. That is why I have easy to cook Sunday recipes like rice with chicken or turkey ( best meat ever!!). Last Sunday, I got to spend time at home with my bestie. She loves my cooking and I guess she’s the one behind my motivation for cooking at times, best times in our household is food time.
We were just sitting and asked each other what we were going to have for lunch, we absolutely had no idea and when we looked at the fridge we only found four pieces of turkey and a can of beer. we later dismissed that we had nothing else to eat. Personally, I don’t like ugali but our relationship is a love-hate based thing and also rice is the same case. She hands me the beer can and tells me to whip up something out of those three ingredients. I take them and tell her I’m going to rock your tasting buds, just wait!
I get to the kitchen and decide to make piripiri rice with Guinness turkey accompanied with some love of avocado. She just stares at me blankly and says, ‘ What are you waiting for then?’ without batting an eyelid and in utter silence I turned around and left for the kitchen to fulfill my duty as the Tummy Hero ( hahaha, I know?! That name sounded better in my head). These days comfort is key, nothing too complex and I am slowly or gradually gravitating towards comfortable nights in as opposed to nights out. For me, food should be comfortable and that is why peri peri rice and Guinness turkey is a comfort food.
Ingredients for Periperi Rice.
1. A clove of garlic.
2. 5 ripe, juicy tomatoes.
3. A handful of coriander.
4. A teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil.
5. Two pinches of salt.
6. A teaspoon of cayenne powder.
7. One capsicum, red in color to be specific.
8. One fully chopped white onion.
9. A teaspoon of tomato paste.
10. Two pieces of green pepper.
11. Half a glass of water.
The above ingredients place them in a clean blender and blend for 30 secs to a minute. When done pour the puree in a hot sufuria and bring it a boil. After boiling it for 10 minutes, place your two glasses of washed rice inside and mix it up. Add your four cups of water into the sufuria and let it boil. A hack I picked up along the way was whenever cooking rice, always cover it with a foil paper than using a cover or lid. When using a foil paper, always make incisions at the middle so as to let the steam escape while it cooks. After ten minutes, start checking if the rice will be ready, you can do this by sticking a fork or a spoon inside the rice and if its ready the rice doesn’t stick on the spoon or fork and hence vice versa.
Ingredients for Guinness Turkey.
1. 2 large, ripe and juicy tomatoes.
2. A teaspoon of tomato paste.
3. Half a cup of Guinness or any stout beer.
4. 1 large, green capsicum.
5. 1 large, white onion.
6. 1/2 a teaspoon of salt to taste.
7. 1 teaspoon of tandoori chicken spice.
8. Half a glass of water.
In a separate bowl, place the pieces of turkey and score the meat using a fork and pour the stout beer into it and cover the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how you want the meat to taste like. In a separate hot grill pan place the four pieces of turkey and brown them on each side 4 minutes at a time. Place the turkey pieces aside.
Chop the onion and capsicum and place it in a hot saucepan with oil and sweat them out for about 2 minutes and add the tomatoes. Cover for about 3 minutes and let the tomatoes sweat out. Add your tomato paste, tandoori and salt to taste. Mix it up and add the leftover Guinness from the marinade plus the half cup of water. Stir it up, and add your turkey and let it boil for few minutes ( 5 to 10 minutes). Turkey takes only 10 minutes maximum to be edible.
This is only for 4 servings!