Archive | June, 2010

Shalom Cardigan

11 Jun

I actually finished this a few weeks ago. This is the Shalom cardigan, which is very popular on Ravelry.

I need to put a button on it, so no pictures of me wearing it yet. I didn’t size it up at all, so it’s kind of too small, but still wearable.

I doubled two types of yarn together, so it’s quite thick and heavy. I think it will be nice for winter, when I want something cozy on my back but don’t want to wear a shawl.

Chicken Mughlai

10 Jun

My favorite restaurant in Baltimore–actually my favorite restaurant ever–isCafe Spice in Towson, north of B’more. It is an Indian restaurant, and the best food I have eaten in my life! My friends Jacob and Stephanie took us there last summer, and we have gone a few times since then. They have a dish called Mughlai, which the owner recommended because Stephanie really likes tikka masala. It is sooooo tasty, and I wanted to try re-creating it at home. I found this recipe online, which is very good but not the same as Cafe Spice. I modified the recipe by adding brown sugar, and fresh chopped cilantro right at the end but it isn’t as good. I found an amazing recipe book called 660 Curries, which has at least two recipes that look similar to Cafe Spice’s mughlai, so I’m going to give those a try too.

I have been reading a fascinating book called Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerers by Lizzie Collingham. It is an account of the history of Indian food, and shows how each common Indian dish is a result of invasions by, or trade with, other groups of people. The Vindaloo chapter is about the Portugese influence in India, and the Biryani chapter is about the Mughals. They are the ones for whom the mughlai sauce is named, so I was very interested to read this chapter. The Mughals came from Persia, and ruled India from around 1550 until they lost power in the mid-19th century. Because they were the royalty of India, their food is very rich and contains a lot of spices. Collingham’s book is history interspersed with recipes.

I think this is going to be the summer of Indian food!

Chana Punjabi

8 Jun

I cooked a bunch of dried chickpeas a while ago, and they have been sitting in my freezer waiting to be used since then. I came across this recipe on The Wednesday Chef and knew I had to make it. It is definitely one of the tastiest dishes I have ever made, and very easy though it has to cook for about an hour. This made enough that we had it for dinner and lunch the next day.

It is nice and spicy, and the lemon juice gives it a freshness that is so addictive. You can use two cans of chickpeas, but I recommend cooking your own from dried. They taste so much better, and their texture is better too. They are firm, and a little bit nutty.

Chana Punjabi

1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt, or as needed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups of cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
rice or naan for serving.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Add onion and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chili, and cook until soft but not browned. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until tomatoes are very soft, about 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

2. Puree with an immersion blender, or in a blender or food processor until smooth. Put back on heat. Add paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, coriander, the garam masala and lemon juice. Add chickpeas and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

3. Cover and simmer until sauce is thick and chickpeas are soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Stir in cilantro, adjust salt as needed and serve with cooked rice, if desired.

Strawberry banana frozen yogurt

8 Jun

It was very warm here last week, and I wanted some tasty frozen yogurt to cool off. I had some strawberries, and a very ripe banana so decided to make strawberry banana frozen yogurt. It was loosely inspired by this Strawberry Daiquiri frozen yogurt from Thursday Night Smackdown, but without alcohol.

I only had whole milk yogurt in the house, which I don’t think I would use again! It was a bit too creamy.

Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

1 lb ripe strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup plain yogurt
Juice and zest of 1 limes
1 ripe banana

Hull and quarter the strawberries and place in a bowl. Add sugar, mix, and let macerate for about an hour. This will draw the water out of the berries and make them nice and juicy. Stir occasionally.

Put the berries, yogurt, lime juice and zest and banana into a blender. Puree until nice and smooth. Pour the berries, yogurt, lime juice and rum into a blender. Blend until smooth. Chill in the fridge for about an hour, or stick in the freezer until you just can’t wait anymore.

Freeze in ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s instructions. You can eat it right away if you don’t mind it being slushy, or move to a freezer-safe container and freeze for about 30 minutes. It will be really hard so you’ll have to let it sit for a few minutes before it will be scoop-able.

This reminded me of the smoothies my aunts used to make when I was little. It’s super tasty and refreshing!

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