Tikka and Tennis and, Soon, Tanglewood

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Hello there!

MAN, have I been busy! The past few days have been kind of a whirlwind. Just lots of stuff going on. The house is pretty much in shambles. We had such a nice party here on 4th of July (lots of dominoes and Zimm-Zamm, getting ready for our Zimm-Zamm tournament — and occasionally we even let the kids play, which is so nice of us). On Saturday we went to Lake Oswego for a lovely barbecue and a water-skiing show. We did sit down for almost five hours straight on Sunday watching Nadal beat Federer in the (TiVo-ed) men's final at Wimbledon, which was just absolutely awesome. It was the match that wouldn't end. By the time we got up it looked like we'd been camping out in front of the TV for weeks: Ripped quilts and lazy pets splayed across sofas and chairs. Junk mail, newspapers, and pattern drafts drifted across every surface. Half-finished glasses of lemonade and empty Haymaker bottles littered the kitchen. To top it off it seemed that a huge bag of kettle corn had exploded all over the place. It was quite incredible how big of a mess two people and three pets who are basically sitting still for an entire day can really make. Clover Meadow is finally used to me screaming at the TV during every dramatic volley; she no longer panics and climbs onto my neck with her entire body as if the world is coming to an end. But I could not look away from Centre Court, and we all let out a great whooping cheer when Nadal was triumphant. Awesome match. Truly amazing tennis.


I made Chicken Tikka Masala again, this time with a recipe I saw them try on America's Test Kitchen. (They are cagey about the recipe so I can't post it here, but if you join the site you can access it.) It's similar to the recipe I generally use (and if you make that one, be sure to read my notes in that post about reducing the salt significantly — I don't know if the recipe has typos or what, but it is insanely salty as written, so definitely adjust that), but you broil the chicken in the oven (which makes a ginormous mess of your oven, but is tasty-good) and add 28 oz. of crushed tomatoes. And next time, honestly, I would leave those out and just use 8 oz. of tomato sauce, or maybe even just the called-for tomato paste. I like a stronger, more concentrated sauce with this. But it was very nice and I'll definitely be using this recipe again.

I have a lot of catching up to do, so that's my goal this week. I am putting the finishing touches on everything Tanglewood, so stay tuned for information about that soon. I have a million emails to answer, things to tell you, and pictures to Photoshop. So I'd better get to work!


HeidiAnn says: July 08, 2008 at 08:03 AM

Boy, that chicken looks good! And one of these days I've GOT to try that original recipe you posted. Sounds like you had a great holiday weekend!

I too was glued to the set for Wimbledon this weekend. Amazing, amazing stuff there - not many in the U.S. appreciate it the way they should!

p.s. just recently fell in love with your blog...thank you!!!

Hello! I am a new reader here (although I have seen you on every blogroll it seems!) and I just love your blog and your incredible talent!! Your meal looks so yummy, I am just going to have to give it a whirl! Thanks so much, and I will be back often!

Sarah Jane


I love your description of the living room post-Wimbledon. And how nice it was of you to let the kids occasionally play Zimm-Zamm. This latter phrase reminds me of a movie (The Gods Must be Crazy 2?) where one a man keeps saying "Yes, that was very sweet of me". Cracks me up every time I remember that.

Have fun with all that stuff you have to do :)

What fun to find a post about that game... I never watch tennis. I watch my husband occasionally watch tennis. Wasn't it awesome?! We were butt-glued to the sofa and fueled with 2 containers of salsa, chips and lemonade. I still couldn't keep score, but I became officially hooked. Rafa! Rafa! Rafa!

i just wanted to tell you that i LOVE your plate. i would be willing to re-decorate around that plate. we are having a clean this place up and get stuff done
kind of day...thunder storm aproaching!

Love tikka masala- thanks for the recipe. I will have to check it out.
PS We have the same junk in our room after football Sundays! I know where you are coming from!

hey, very nice plate, very marrakesh, very tasty looking food.

That plate is gorgeous. I love love love it.

I had already pulled the chicken out to make tikka masala tonight, and then, here it is. My plate won't be half as pretty as yours, but I'm hoping it tastes as good. Not using the same recipe, but will have to try your original recipe - with corrections - next time.

I've made that recipe and it's so yummy! I didn't have a salt problem, but I did think it was missing *something*. Perhaps it was the tomato concentration.

I may never get anything accomplished today, I subscribed to America's Test Kitchen, I could just stay there all day. Thanks for the link! :)


How did the puppers handle the fireworks? I hope there wasn't too much anxiety then too. :(

PS... have you read "The Thirteenth Tale"?

If not, do.

Two of my favorites - Indian food and Wimbledon. I'll be sure to try this recipe - yum.
We caught the last half hour of the match at the FuBonn Grocery while sipping bubble tea. Boy was my heart racing!

Mmmmm, one of my favorite indian dishes.

Agreed - the tennis was astounding. The long weekend was also fabulous. I am so looking forward to Tanglewood - I have been reading your blog for about 6 months now and I love it - you are such an inspiration to me. If there are already-made Tanglewoods coming to your shop, sign me up! I could get a kit but I really want a Posie original!

I don't think many recipes from American's Test Kitchen can go wrong. I recently made Sangria for the first time and their recipe in their Red ring binder cookbook was amazing. What I like about them is that they keep the recipes simple and yet tasty.

What a treat to watch the tennis live - it was 11pm before it had started here in Darwin.
We played Zimm-Zamm as kids, except it's called Totem Tennis in Australia.
Tika is quickly becoming the world's fave chicken dish - I think it already has that distinction in the UK.

That Zimm-Zamm looks really fun! Sort of like tether ball meets racquetball. Yum, tikka masala making will be happening soon - I have to get through this week of stuffffff, but then....cooking frenzy!

It's the first time I post a comment but I've been reading your blog for almost a year and a half, and I must say the first time I saw the chicken tikka masala seems soo delicious that I had to make it on the first time I had a chance. My boyfriend and family loved it, so I'm glad to see that beautiful recipe here again and reloaded.
I love your blog and sorry for my english.
Greetings from the Portland's mexican sister city Guadalajara.

Alicia, you explain a day so well that, in my mind's eye, I feel like I was right there enjoying it with you guys. The chicken looks fabulous. Might have to make that sometime. xxoo

Aw, sweety, thanks for putting Harbor Hon on your list. Big Hugs! xxoo

That food looks FABULOUS!
That was definitely the tennis match of the century! I love both of them... happy for Nadal... but sad for Federer... great tennis between those two!
Oh yum again to that food... Need to go have Indian food soon!

OOOOH how I love chicken tikka masala! I have never made it, but whenever we go to Bombay Cricket Club (one of our two favorite restaurants in Portland), I have to get it. Love the whole cardamom pods that pop in your mouth. I think I could live on nothing but naan dipped in tikka masala sauce!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.