Sunday, February 25, 2007

Comfort Food

It's good to have a simple meal sometimes.

These ultra-fluffy pancakes come from a newspaper recipe.

My doctor thinks maybe I eat too much pasta. I don't think there is such a thing.

Coconut curry

Saucy curry is one of my favorites. Wait to mix the coconut milk in near the end of cooking.

Purple Carrots

These very pretty veggies showed up in a couple of meals this week, including a stirfry and a baked tamale dish.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Lentil Soup

Wednesday was a snow day, filled with shoveling and watching in amazement. Stacey took the lentils by the horn and made this delicious soup for lunch, baked with a poached egg and cheddar cheese. Just the warm thing I needed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sweet&sour lentils

On Tuesday, Stacey made a big pot of lentils for soup, including extra for me. I looked around and saw this old Moosewood recipe for Chinesey lentils that I had never tried. It was excellent.

Golden Beets

We got these ugly little beets at the Chopper cuz we know they'd cook up beautifully. We had the greens on Saturday. They were great. On Monday we had the roots. Not the most tasty ever, but still very nice, kind of sweet, very earthy.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

griddle cakes

Sunday brunch featured pancakes. A nice way to enjoy a slow weekend morning.

Later I was inspired to make injera for dinner. I used too much wheat flour and they were a bit too solid as a result. But not too bad. That was enough of a challenge. No Ethiopian dishes. We topped the bread with Indian left-overs. Could have been better, but I'll keep trying.

Next event: Mon, Feb 19

What are you going to bring?

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I miss Chinese takeout

Selected shorts had a food program a while ago:
Program 14: Week of January 6 – January 12, 2007
Calvin Trillin, “Grandfather Knows Best,” From: Feeding a Yen (Random House) all about Chinese takeout in NYC and SF.
You can read it here:


Saturday night at the movies: leftover lentil loaf with mashed, beet greens, and mushroom gravy. Just great. We watched Real Women Have Curves, which was also great.
Because the loaf was ready to warm up, there was lots of time to concentrate on the rest of the meal.
We went out for breakfast, so nothing to report there besides a good omelette in Richfield.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Hybrid Produce

Kathleen tipped me to this hybrid produce photoshop contest here. Big fun.


Friday and really nice to have an apple jack roy after work.
For dinner, I wanted spaghetti and Stacey asked for ol'fashin. The closest I could manage was tomotoes and capers. There was steamed broccoli, too, but I was distracted by Deadwood on TV and almost forgot it. Certainly didn't get a photo of it. Hey, I'm doing what I can.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


In addition to dal and plain ol' rice, this is a two part curry. the first part is sweet potato and turnip with mostly mustard seed, and the second was cabbage and peas with mostly cardimum. Last night's garbonzoes made the thick sauce base. The mango cut through all of that in a great way, didn't need chutney.
Stacey liked it a lot, though probably would have liked it better with raita. I usually make it with potato, but I don't know if it's as good. Too many dirty dishes on a school night.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


It's just barely above zero outside, so I'm in the mood for comfort food. This mac&cheese features brussels sprouts, mezzi rigatoni, a multigrain crust, and more white sauce than cheese. Plus, it meant boiling water and using the oven, so it warmed me up long before dinner time.
Lots for lunch, and now I'm using the water to cook garbonzoes for another meal. It's just Wednesday, so I'm trying to think one day ahead.
Stacey liked it and suggested marinated artichoke hearts as the central veg next time. Maybe so.