Step 1. Find a friend with a beautiful, mouth-watering food blog. In my case, eat, little bird. See her post on Cardamom-Scented Chicken Curry, drool a little, and determine to cook it on the weekend. On the Saturday morning, prepare to go to the shops to buy those couple of ingredients you think you'll need, then do a little skip when you discover you're fully stocked. Do some practice instead.
Step 2. On the Sunday, do some gardening, bake some fruit bread, and eat some fruit bread at about 2pm. Go for a 13 km run, starting at about 5:30. Start feeling hungry at about the 8 km mark. Once returned, have a shower.
Step 4. Heat about 4 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan (or, just estimate). Add the chopped onion, shallots and ginger, and fry until everything is softened. Finely dice the tomatoes, and wonder how this was all meant to be done while things were heating. Employ your brother to stir the contents of the pan while you chop. He sees the 'few good lugs of oil' and thinks it must be a Jamie Oliver recipe. Add the tomatoes and spices, and wish you had chillies growing already. Add some chilli flakes instead. Have brother keep stirring.
Step 5. Add a splash of water and cook on high heat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the chicken and saute until it's cooked. Add 400 mL water and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Well, that's the intention. Put on an episode of NCIS to watch while waiting, and stir the curry occasionally.