Archive for February, 2010

Chickpeas in Tomato Yogurt

February 26, 2010

Indian food is one of my absolute favorites, and while it’s basically easy to just make up an approximation of a curry by stirfrying some vegetables with curry powder and coconut milk, I feel like every time I try to make Indian food for myself and my friends that it always has this kind of amateur-ish, illegit quality to it, analogous to that fruity yeast-y taste that homebrewed beer can have.  This, on the other hand, is nothing of the sort.

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NOT Cream of Cauliflower Soup

February 19, 2010

I love soup.  In the winter months there are few eating experiences that are as pleasant as a piping hot bowl of soup with a chunk of homemade bread.  Fortunately for all, there are few eating experiences as easy to achieve.  You can put almost anything into a soup and be sure that it will come out wonderfully.  Vegetables, pulses, meats, and cheeses are all delicious simmered up in a broth and can be made as hearty or rich or brothy as you want by pureeing or adding cream or roux or chopping your ingredients large or small.  In the soup world you are limited only by your imagination.  Unfortunately though, it seems like when it comes to broccoli and cauliflower soups, people always stick to the old chestnut creamy, cheesy soup.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it; that has been one of my favorite soups for as long as I’ve been alive.  I just wanted to make a soup showcasing cauliflower without resorting to the standby.  This spicy roasted cauliflower soup with French lentils is a perfect winter warmer.

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What I’ve Been Up To

February 18, 2010

Well I haven’t gotten around to updating this blog as much as I’ve wanted to this winter, but I have been cooking the whole time. I took a bunch of pictures of food, but I never typed up the recipes and have since forgotten the recipes for a bunch of them. Whole photo shoots are languishing on my hard drive, so I thought that in lieu of an actual recipe post I’d upload some photos that I’ve taken between my last post and now. Sorry again for this cop-out, I have a post about soup that I’m going to put on the site pretty soon and a whole head full of ideas of things that I will make. I’m really going to try to put something on here every week, so keep checking back if that’s something you’d like to see.

This is our shelf where we keep our teas and vitamin supplements and usually bananas.  The shelf is above our sink and is usually nicely lit.  You can see that mortal and pestle in the recipe for sweet potato chowder.  Featured prominently in this photo are some jalepeno peppers that we grew in the garden behind our house.  This picture is from late October to early November times, the peppers were the last thing left and they sat up on this shelf for a while before I ended up roasting them and making enchiladas.

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