Chicken Curry, tonight on Cooking with Namon


I LOVE curry!  I love all things spicy really. This was an amazing chicken curry, all done at home and all done by Namon. 😉  Now, I claim this was not an easy meal, but Namon swears it is.


This was another New York Times recipes.  Check out New York Times Cooking! They have some amazing recipes!

You will need:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cinnamon sticks

2 large onions diced

1 two inch chunk ginger peeled and finely diced

6 cloves garlic peeled and crushed

2 chili peppers seeded, halved, and cut into half moons


3/4 cup pureed tomatos

2 tbsp tomato paste

1.5 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground tumeric

3 tbsp plain yogurt

1 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch chunks

1 tsp garam masala

cayenne pepper to taste

Step 1: melt butter in dutch oven on medium heat, add 1 tsp cumin and cinnamon sticks.  Cook until fragrant.  Add onions and cook until brown.

Step 2: Brown chicken

Step 3:Ttake ginger, garlic, and chili peppers, and mush them all together in a mortar, or dice very fine.  Add to onions. After those become fragrant, add tomato puree, tomato paste, ground cumin, ground tumeric, and some salt.  stir to combine.

Step 4: add yogurt.  Add chicken.  put heat to low, cover, and simmer for ~15 minutes.  Add garam masala and cayanne, cover and cook another 5 minutes.

Serve on rice or noodles, and with a side of yogurt.

Here, you can watch the video and see how it all goes:

Thanks for watching! Let us know if you try it! How did it go? How would you change it?

10 Minute Steak Tacos


This is a meal that ANYONE can make!  It takes less than 10 minutes (the video is longer due to the intro) and it is delicious!

This is a really easy steak taco, and it is wonderful if you’ve had a late night, you want to eat healthy and not succumb to the siren call of fast food.  Namon was running late tonight, so he decided to borrow of the concepts of Jamie Oliver (check out his cookbooks and youtube videos, he is awesome!!!) and make a quick, and delicious dinner.

You will need:

Steak – we had two little sirloins

Wraps – ours were gluten free tortillas

Tomatoes – one, we used two but that was too much

Chilli pepper – JUST one, unless you like the burn (we like the burn)

Red Onion – Half… I would have used less… I hate fresh onion

Green onion, 1-2 depending

Olive Oil

Juice of one lemon


More olive oil

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika

Sour cream

Hummus (optional –  we had some cilantro flavored hummus and it was delish)


Season the steak with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika

Sear on medium high heat with some oil for 3 minutes each side

Chop up your tomato, chili, red onion, green onion, and cilantro.  Place in bowl, season with salt and pepper, add olive oil and juice from lemon.  Mix.

If you want, you can heat your tortillas (grill them, microwave them, depending)

Slice steak

Build your taco with the tortilla, sour cream, hummus, steak, and salsa mix.  Add more paprika, salt, and pepper, to taste.  Eat.

Then spend another ten minutes cleaning everything up (20 if you cook like Namon – still faster than going out to eat or ordering in).

Here is the video so you can see, in real time, how Namon prepared everything.

Guys, this was delicious!  I, personally, could have had less fresh onion, but that is personal preference. 😉

I hope you try this!!! It really was as easy as it looked! If you make changes let us know, we are always looking to improve upon recipes and are open to suggestions!


Beef with Beets Borscht


This turned out wonderful!  Namon agreed, I wouldn’t have posted otherwise.  We were already in jammies so Namon didn’t make an approval appearance, but he really liked it. 🙂  Which is good, since this meal was celebrating his return home!  I miss him when he is away.

Anyway, for this rather hearty meal you will need:

Chuck roast – about 1 1/2 lbs

2 large carrots

4 medium beets (I used five small ones)

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

3 cups of broth – I had to use chicken cause we didn’t have beef

6 slices of thick bacon

I used about 1 tablespoon of dry dill (the recipe called for 6 sprigs fresh)

2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons honey (I used raw)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 cups of cabbage (I measured, Namon laughed!)

And here is the video!

We may improve upon this recipe soon!  Namon has some ideas.  He still really liked it just as it is, but I LOVE that he is always able to change things up and make them better. Me, I’m a recipe girl through and through. 😉  And that’s okay!

Let us know what you think, and how you would improve the recipe!