Saturday, January 24, 2009

sunday school material

Cheri's brie quesadillas with mango chutney

Ricotta fritters

polenta, which I served warm with creamed salt cod

a little of everything

Sunday, January 18, 2009

forget the silk, just give me the spices

My birthday was on December 16 but things didn't work out during that time for Joyce and me to go out for dinner, so we left it until after Christmas.

Last year she took me to the best Indian food restaurant in the city, and this year we thought we'd try the second best...just so that we could compare.

As far as I'm concerned, the food was the same. There was not really any way for me to tell the difference. However the decors are worlds apart. Last year's trip brought us to a place of guilded wallpaper, woven carpets and gold leaf statues. This year's outing was all painted drywall and flatscreen T.V.s blasting all of the latest Baliwood music videos. But the company was fantastic, so the decor didn't really matter. What I really went for was the food and company anyway.

A result of the outing was that I got that India cuisine on the brain...all chutneyish and Tandoorified.

Of course I had to go home and see if I could make any of this myself. And the first place I went to check for authentic recipies was my Moosewood collection. It didn't take long. Book #2: The Enchanted Broccoli Forest...and all meatless.

The dishes displayed here are all of the ones mentioned on p.222 and 223. The Yellow dish is Indian Pulao. The Hearty one just to the right of the Pulao is spiced lentils. The three sauces are date and orange chutney, parsley chutney, and yogourt sauce or "Raita". The flatbread is called Chappatis.

I've taken a photo of the recipe book if anyone is interested in making these.

Whenever I make something new Sammy asks me what it tastes like. My answer is always the same...yummy goodness, Sam. Yummy goodness.