It’s so good. I don’t even care that it’s supposed to snow again this week. Well, I care a little but I’m choosing not to think about it. I kind of can’t even go there right now. The American Craft Council show was here in Baltimore this weekend and it was nice to have a peek around there and it was even nicer to sit outside and have a glass of sangria. I kind of broke the seal on that. And, you know, Sangria is just a gateway drink to margaritas which I pulled the lid off of this afternoon. Come on summer!
I made a good carrot cake too. From this book. So good!
Ben was like, why can’t we just reheat the lentils and eat them? And I was like because now that I’ve read the word mulligatawny, I HAVE to have to try this soup! Mixing them into the mulligatawny soup is what the book suggests as a way to use up your leftover lentil dhal. AND, between the two recipes, you use up one whole can of coconut milk. They are perfect for each other.
The soup is yummy and perfect for a day like today where rain pours incessantly from the sky. The only thing I might change in the future is to use ground coriander instead of coriander seeds. I like the flavor but don’t so much dig the coriander explosion you get from biting into one of those tiny things. Up until now my only experience with the soup came from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi and a recipe from a magazine in my mother’s cookbook that calls for two teaspoons of MSG. It’s probably delicious but… So, I was surprised by how easily it came together and how tasty it is. Something new to add to my soup repertoire which is in reality, up to now, has been pretty pitiful.
Mulligatawny From Moosewood Restaurant Favorites
Yields 9 cups
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Note: I added a cup of cooked, leftover rice and a cup of lentil dhal in the last step.
All but this cookbook went back to the library on Monday so I decided to make something from it. I actually cracked it open to look for something to do with an acorn squash but somehow landed on the lentils AND had everything on hand to make it. Keeping a piece of ginger in the freezer is the best tip ever. You can make lots of tasty things if you have ginger in the freezer including these lentils! They are delicious! So good.
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender 40-50 minutes. Drain and return the lentils to the pan.
While the lentils are cooking, warm the oil over medium low heat, add the onions, garlic and salt and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add the ginger and spices and continue to cook about 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent and just starting to brown.
Stir the onions and remaining ingredients into the lentils, adjust the seasoning and heat through. You can add a little more coconut milk if the lentils seem to thick, they should be nice and creamy.
Simple and super. The recipe suggests using the leftovers in a mulligatawny. I think I might just do that.
Another winner from Martha’s book. I made this on Sunday. It was ok warm out of the oven at lunchtime but most delicious when fully cooled after dinner. I like that a little fresh ginger gets mixed in with the fruit. We ate it plain but it would be great with a scoop of ice cream or, even better, a dollop of whipped cream. Here’s the recipe: Read the rest of this entry »
That’s what we called corn dogs at home. I’ve been cooking from Martha’s new cookbook that I borrowed from the library. Usually her cookbooks are only so so but this one is really cool with big beautiful photos and interesting backstories about the recipes. It’s organized regionally highlighting specialties from around the country. I might be tempted to buy this one. Read the rest of this entry »
Or in other words, I think I can… I think I can. You take a week off from writing and then it doesn’t seem to come quite as easily anymore. Before we left we talked about data plans and wifi and whether or not we should totally disconnect and, in the end, I don’t think either of us touched a computer all week. There was lots of Uno, digging in the sand, kite flying, roasting marshmallows and generally lolling about the place (check out the vintage flame orange fire place!). Then of course there was also the grueling drive and, oh, the lost camera. It’s found now but poor Ben was beside himself for a minute. I think I’ll wait until I have all the pictures to write a proper post about vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
I keep my old edition of Joy and Fannie Farmer but I rarely, if ever, use them. The last time I can recall thumbing through one of them I was referencing ratios for jam recipes. I’ll use them for stuff like that but they’re never the first place I turn for a recipe for let’s say… a soup or an interesting pasta dish. Read the rest of this entry »
Spring break is something that I can really get behind. You really only need a few days to fall completely into a routine of doing a whole lot of not much. I’ve been stalking Craig’s List for outdoor play equipment and finally scored a couple of things today. A little slide and a little playhouse type thing that promise at least a few minutes of distraction for Chase. She loves to be outside all of a sudden. It seems that these days the only activity that she’s really interested in is walking. Walking and running and climbing and jumping. Every trip to the kitchen involves poking at the door and saying that that that. We’re still working hard to get the yard in shape. We’re hoping to spend a lot more time out there this summer than we did last year. Grass helps.
Since we were already out we ran some errands. What I want to know is how come I can’t get Chase to eat anything but raisins but if an old lady in a hairnet hands her some tortellini in a paper cup she scarfs it down without a second thought? Basically her lunch consisted of tortellini, a sausage patty, a chicken nugget, and a madeleine. She was tremendously happy. I splurged and bought the new Martha Stewart cookie book. She’s been plugging it on her show deeming this week ‘cookie week.’ Cookie week indeed, her tactics work. The book is glossy and makes you want to try all the recipes. I ran right downstairs to dig some butter out of the deep freezer. I have the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Book too and some spelt flour but now that has to wait.
Tonight’s Top Chef offers a prime example of why I could never audition for the show. The challenge is to cook a meal from a limited number of ingredients from the farmer’s market. The contestants have 30 minutes to shop. The Australian guy starts freaking out about time getting all antsy in line. When he finally gets to the front of the line he tells the vendor, who may or may not be a little slow, that he needs some mizuna and please hurry (which he repeats many times). He pays, asks for a receipt and runs off. The possibly slow vendor looks at a coworker and says… he left his bag… I almost died, that is sadly so me. The best part? Before leaving the market he realizes that something is amiss, the greens are missing but has absolutely NO idea where it might be. So sad.
To cap off our busy day we took a neighbor up on an invitation to a playgroup. Chase had a great time and I got some pretty good candids of the kiddies and their moms. The cherry on top is that Chase happily ate all her dinner and collapsed exhausted at bedtime with no complaints. Life without school is so much less stressful and so much more wonderful. Progress on the paper has unfortunately stalled.