Cheddar-Broccoli Lunch Muffins

This is a recipe we got from a little booklet they were handing out at Whole Foods.  Normally I don’t take those booklets because I feel they clutter up my house.  Somehow I took the booklet and it even ended up at home.  Most of the stuff in there were pretty standard recipes.  The picture for the Cheddar-Broccoli Lunch Muffins looked pretty nice.  I thought it might be good to try since Thanksgiving was coming up.  We could serve these muffins instead of the regular corn bread.  Well we made the muffins and they were excellent.  I converted it into a flowchart because it’s definitely something to keep.

Here’s the flowchart.

Chicken Tikka Masala

OK, so here’s a start.  One of the items we made this week was Chicken Tikka Masala.  Chicken Tikka by itself is one of my favorite summertime dishes.  Chicken Tikka Masala (notice that third word there) it basically the same dish with a rich buttery, tomato based sauce.  I won’t go into the origins of CTM as it’s often called, but you can read about it in Wikipedia.  How can a dish that’s the national dish of England, not be good?  The original recipe itself starts from something I read in Food & Wine, it’s a very good recipe by itself, but the Masala portion converts it into something totally different.  Not sure where I got the “Masala” portion of the recipe, but I have it on a piece of paper that’s covered with stains because it’s been around for so long.

There’s several reasons why this was the first recipe to be converted into a flow chart.  Firstly it’s not terribly complicated so the flowchart itself won’t be too complicated.  Secondly, I’ve made this recipe so many times before that I could probably make it from memory.  Finally, it’s such a great dish, it deserves to be first.

Here’s the flowchart.

If you have a try, please make sure you come back and let us know what you thought about it.

The mission

MISSION:  To provide a standardized food flow chart for preparing final dishes in the minimum time for time constrained individuals.

PROCESS:  The flow chart represents the entire process including measuring, combining, cooking, and the best part eating with the critical path as the longest process time.

Prepare foods to last 6 days, balanced meals.  Menus are roatetd throughout the month.  The meats are typically consumed earlier in the  week. 

THE STORY: I was not really the key cook in the household.  I merely ate whatever my wife would cook.  She did not cook meats too often.  I decided to buy my first book “ Madhur Jaffery Indian cooking” aswell as The Joy of Cooking book, and ventured away cooking meats, vegetarian and even baking. 

As a working professional with children, house career and social life, I wanted to prepare home cooked, healthy food made from raw starting materials versus processed foods.  I decided to cook all the family meals on Sunday to last the entire week including lunch and dinners.  I had to streamline my time spent in the kitchen.  Cooking is very similar to science and business, whereby, the individual needs to come up with a high level plan, generate a detailed process, implement and execute. 

To date I can prepare 7 dishes in 4.5hr.  I created a flow chart of each dish, generate a high level flow chart for each dish, chop all ingredients,  create buckets of pre-measured raw material, combine and cook.  The best part, the family can enjoy home cooked meals prepared in the minimum time and the children even admit my food tastes better than mom’s…