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Indian-spiced Barley [Mar. 14th, 2007|05:25 pm]
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So I had this Big Fat Italian meal last night in Minneapolis. Big. Fat. And so today I felt...Big. Fat. I called my friend Trobee and went "Aaaahhh!!!" I wanted a super-healthy dish that would at least make my mind feel better.She suggested vegetarian cabbage rolls, using the spiced-up barley recipe on the Naughty Curry website. I was not enthusiastic about the barley, because I always hated those beef soups that have barley floating around in them. (I think I hated barley because they weren't noodles!) But the pictures looked tasty, and I was desperate, so I gave it a go. Bought the barley, bought the cabbage etc.. Hey, not bad! In fact, I never gotten around to making cabbage rolls. I stuffed the barley in a pita with hummus and cucumbers. Sorry, I was too hungry to bother with the photo.
Indian-spiced Barley
Indian-spiced Barley
Above is Naughty Curry's Besame Barley [RECIPE HERE]. You can use it instead of rice, or stuff it in something. Recommended for those fat-feelin' days
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The Coziest Soup [Mar. 12th, 2007|08:04 pm]
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When Vin gets sick, I swear to god he is the biggest baby ever. It's like he's dying or something. He wanted to call his momma for sympathy and her special chicken soup, but I wouldn't let him. "Oh grow up!" I'm saying as I wait on him hand and foot. I'm as bad as she is. I made Potato Jalapeno Soup and he had 2 humongous bowls. Couldn't be that sick.
 Anyways, I don't admit it, but I love to feed him. (No, I never ever admit it.) He wants me to make more tomorrow. Next time, I'll add the jalapeno amount that I want. When it comes to hot stuff the kid is such a wimp. I used the lowest amount, and it was a mild salsa heat level. But he's sick, so I decided to go easy on him today...

Roasty Toasty Potato-Jalapeno Soup
Roasty Toasty Potato-Jalapeno Soup
Above is my gorgeous chunky Soup [RECIPE HERE]. It surprised me, it was THAT TASTY. Simple ingredients, too. I actually had everything! I freaking love it when that happens.
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Indian OPEN SESAME potstickers [Mar. 8th, 2007|09:09 am]
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At last at last I made them! Low-fat potstickers, A.K.A Chinese dumplings, filled with an Indian sesame stir-fry curry type thing. They have been on the brain for weeks now since I saw the photo on the Naughty Curry site. I've been partying in Mexico all week and I came back feeling like a big fat grease ball. You know the feeling? But I ate fried food everyday down there and I was still craving it amazingly. American chinese restaurants load the oil, as you probably know already...

These little guys satisfy my spice needs, and at the same time use only a bit of oil. They are a fabulous wonderful discovery. I'm a big dipper-dunker too. MMMM. Dipping sauce du jour: Hoisin with lime.

Indian Sesame Potstickers
Indian Sesame Potstickers
Above are the Chinese potstickers stuffed with an Indian sesame stir-fry from Naughty Curry. SO EASY you can use any mushy leftovers for a filling, really.
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South Indian Sesame-- and Chinese! [Feb. 24th, 2007|10:21 pm]
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It was snowing nonstop all damn day. That means that I had nonstop munchies. Its really bad, I'm dead serious. I can eat and eat and not get full. I was gonna make these cool looking low fat Indian-Chinese potstickers that Naughty Curry posted last week, but no one told me that wonton wrappers get dry if the package has been opened. I was pissed. Vin was all in the Chinese mood, so he ordered delivery from the nearby Chinese-wannabe restaurant. Of course, he got potstickers, which were greasy and stuffed with minced meat and god knows what else. My rice noodle dish was so bland I wanted to cry. So I dumped leftover Sesame Stir Fry that was SUPPOSED to be inside MY potstickers. Suddenly, I had an awesome meal. I'm gonna make my own rice noodles next time so its not so oily. But wow, it's really cool how you can reuse Indian leftovers. Of course, that didn't stop me from eating most of the deep fried cream cheese wontons. 

Below is a South Indian Sesame Stir Fry [RECIPE HERE] over the previously bland rice noodle dish from a restaurant. Its the coolest recipe, with lots of protein and all that. Easy. And it's great for when you 'have nothing in the fridge to cook with. I'm dying to try the lowfat posticker version they have on the website! But I'm gonna try it tomorrow in a pita with veggies.
Sesame Pappu over Chinese rice noodles
Sesame Pappu over Chinese rice noodles
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Marlon Brando and Bell Peppers [Jan. 27th, 2007|09:32 pm]
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Marlon Brando was hot back in the day. You’d never guess that if you’d seen The Godfather, but wow. He had that electricity that makes every little move he makes fascinating. Wish I had that. Anyway I watched an old movie of his while I cooked this up last night, an Indian spiced pilaf with bell peppers. Once I saw the recipe, I hopped on it, because I actually had bell peppers left over from Vin’s fajitas that he never made. It’s also got garam masala. And if you know Vin, you know he’s a sucker for "grandma masala".

Here’s where I screwed up. When I substituted one white onion for the red onion that it called for. Bad. Bad. Never again. So when I made it again, cause Vin was bitching, I had to use meat. It looks pretty, anyway. Unfortunately, I’m almost out of my garam masala and I don’t remember where I got that version from. Anyone recommend a favorite garam masala blend? Not too cinnamony, please.


Bell Pepper n'  Chicken/Seitan Pilaf
Bell Pepper n' Chicken/Seitan Pilaf
RECIPE HERE If you don’t have red onion, like I didn’t, use HALF of the white onion.
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BAKED Jalapeno Poppers! TRY THEM. [Jan. 9th, 2007|06:40 pm]
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So I get these crazy pounding urges for fried foods…especially after a good night of partying. You know, breaded cauliflower, french-fries, tater tots, anything deep fried really.
Finally I can tell you guys about what I made for my friend’s New Years party. I couldn’t talk about this recipe until now because Courtney of Naughty Curry told me not to tell anyone about it until she had her post up first. Jalapeno Poppers that are baked with Indian spices. [RECIPE HERE] Oh my god. Oh my god, they are d-fricken-lish. Juicy, satisfying, luscious, and so yum. For the party, I made a quadruple batch and they were quickly gone. EVERYONE loves em! I'm going to make these tomorrow night just for myself. If I add my extra hot chili powder to the spices, Vin will be bitchy as all hell, but he will stay away.


Baked Masala-peno Poppers
Baked Masala-peno Poppers

These little guys are the solution to my deep fried fetish. The method in the recipe seems long, but I had no problem with it. I cut them open for your viewing pleasure. [
RECIPE HERE]



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(no subject) [Dec. 27th, 2006|03:39 pm]
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So I had to celebrate Christmas AGAIN last night with Vin's step-family, and I seriously did not want to go. I mean, sweet...watch everyone open their presents while I get stuff from the dollar store. Yeah they hate me, but whatever.
Vin wanted me to make sweet potato pie. So I did. Took all day. We were ten minutes late, and they were already done eating. Nice.
So today I made these Pom-Pom Sweet Potatoes [RECIPE HERE] with the two I had left over. Loved it. I'm so sick of all the usual fattening Christmas crap and needed something different and kind of light. Vin wanted to know why my sweet potato pie had turned out like crap and this dish was really good. I socked him in the arm instead of saying..."Cause they don't deserve it."




Pom-Pom Sweet Potatoes
Pom-Pom Sweet Potatoes [RECIPE HERE]

This is a really cool, unique way of flavoring up sweet potatoes. I never liked sweet potatoes before because for some reason they are always made sickeningly sweet. You've got to get dried pomegranate seeds. From there, it's super easy.




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My First (successful) Banana Bread! [Dec. 21st, 2006|06:48 pm]
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Yayyy! It finally worked!

I am a proud mama.


--RECIPE ADAPTED FROM SOME GENERIC WEB SITE--

Banana Bread with almonds & chocolate chips

2 eggs

¼ cup softened butter
3 bananas mashed
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup almond flakes
½ cup chocolate chips
a few pinches of cinnamon, one mixed in and the other sprinkled on top.
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric hand mixer beat the eggs. Then mix in the butter, vanilla, sugar and bananas.

2) In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; mix thoroughly. Add this to the other bowl and mix well. Next add the walnuts and chocolate chips. Save some of each to add on top of the loaf before putting it in the oven. Bake for one hour and place a knife or fork in the center of the loaf to make sure it is completely done





My First (successful) Banana Bread!
My First (successful) Banana Bread!

With almonds instead of nasty walnuts...





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Cheezy-Lime Tofu Chili [Dec. 19th, 2006|09:17 pm]
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Never buy a man a purple shirt. No. He won't wear it. Call it plum. If it is pink, call it salmon. That has been my experience.
Don't tell Vin that he's eating tofu chili. No. He won't touch it. Tell him it's Chinese chili (he loves the Sweet n' Sour soup at the nearby generic Chinese restaurant. (Ask him what the white floating chunks are and will shrug and say "Chinese stuff".)
Anyway, I've been dying to make the tofu version of this Cheezy-Lime White Chili [RECIPE HERE] ever since making it to use up leftover turkey scraps. (Now I can eat it! Grrr.) It's just amazing. Vin and I ate in silence. Good good stuff after a cold cold day. I'll be making this a LOT this winter.



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My Indian-Spiced Couscous with West African Secrets [Dec. 4th, 2006|10:17 pm]
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So while I was slaving away for a belated Thanksgiving, my friend Carly was eating West African food at her boyfriend’s sisters place. They are from Sierra Leone, and the food is VERY spicy hot. No fair, no fair. What a waste -- Carly hates spices of any kind (lives on Spaghetti-o's and McDonalds). But they would be insulted if she didn’t eat, so she ate their mildest dish with tons of milk. The sister was so impressed, she made Carly a special batch and gave her some spice mix.(Carly wanted to THROW IT AWAY!Aaaaaah!)

It was couscous with some vegetable that was totally new to me. I brought Courtney, of Naughty Curry a small bowl of it, just so she could tell me what the vegetable is--. plantain, found only at the Asian grocer in our town. So that’s where I went. I lightly fried two plantains cubed in a little oil and what was left of the spice mix. Then I stirred in the Veggie Couscous Upma from the NC site [RECIPE HERE]. Oh my god! Oh my god! I immediately made Hamburger Helper to divert Vin. I'm kind of a selfish bitch when it comes to food. Oh well.

Indian-Spiced Couscous with African-Spiced Plantain
Indian-Spiced Couscous with African-Spiced Plantain
Above is Veggie Couscous Upma [RECIPE HERE]mixed with the addition of spicy sautéed plantains. Better than sex (lately, anyway. haha) The plantains were sauteed with a spicy hot mix, and the couscous Upma is a super quick-easy-tasty dish that takes 15 min. tops. (you just need frozen veggies and a lime)
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