Well, the first official week of my summer has passed and I am happy to look back and see all that was accomplished!!
On Tuesday, Michael and I visited a local Art Gallery (Lyndon House) and enjoyed seeing their 45th Annual Juried Show. We enjoyed many of the pieces and I particularly enjoyed seeing works by some of my friends.
After touring the gallery, we headed to our favorite restaurant and enjoyed seafood on the deck…..
This week I also switched over to my summer decorations……
I had two friends over for lunch one day and Michael and I had another couple over for dinner on Saturday.
BUT….the most enjoyable thing of the week was my cooking segment!! I was looking thru recipes trying to find something new to make and came across a German Chocolate Cake recipe. It looked interesting so I decided to give it a go! It was complicated and dirtied almost every bowl and pot in the house, but the batter was beautiful….
….the icing was fun to make…..
….and the resulting cake was both beautiful AND oh so tasty……
I also spent some time in the studio and will post about that in the next day or so.
On Thursday night we had a gorgeous moon and I will leave you with that…..
Michael and I have found a renewed interest in Indian food for two reasons….. firstly I have a friend in the quilt guild named Nupur (who has a wonderful blog) and we have had her family over for dinner a couple of times and have enjoyed sitting at her table as well!!! Secondly, we have had it confirmed that we will be visiting India for 5 to 6 weeks in 2015…..four weeks in Bangalore (while Michael works) and 10-14 days traveling around the Northern parts.
Anyway…..Nupur had given us the name of an Indian market in Atlanta and we decided to drive over for a visit on Monday. The “Patel Market” was a large store and I have just discovered that it is part of a chain of stores.
We enjoyed just walking thru the market, ogling at all of the food that we didn’t know anything about. Then we decided to start buying stuff, starting with a series of bottled sauces for main courses and rice. We also found a bag containing 4 HUGE newly cooked pieces of Naan bread…..
Finally, we found a funky vegetable called “Dudhi”……
The name is what caught our eye first and Michael googled it and found out that it was a gourd similar to a Zucchini squash so we decided to buy one and try it.
Tonight was the night to try the first meal…..
We started with chicken and “Patak’s Simmer Sauce” in a Vindaloo flavor….
Michael cooked the chicken and added the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes…..
I spent some time looking up how to cook the Dudhi and found that it is mostly used as a filler in meatless “meat balls” so I wasn’t sure exactly how to cook it as a side. We finally decided to slice it, slather it with Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper and put it into a hot oven to roast for about 15 minutes……
The final step was to heat the Naan in a cast iron skillet…..
It was a wonderful meal…..
The Dudhi had a rind on it so we ended up cutting out the centers to eat. They were very tasty and were an excellent accompaniment to the spicy Vindaloo sauce.
A GREAT first Indian adventure!!!! And best yet….there are leftovers!!!!
When my husband, Michael, was working in Glasgow in December he found a night to attend a cooking class. Since Indian Curry is a specialty in the UK, he expected to come back with great ideas for cooking Curry…..he was not disappointed.
Last weekend he ran to a local specialty market and came home with all of the ingredients, including Cardamom seeds, Cumin seeds, Star Anise, Garam Masala, Ginger, peppers, Stick Cinnamon and lots of goodies…..
First step was to grind all of the spices using the Granite Mortar and Pestle that we brought back from Australia……
Aren’t these beautiful…..and aromatic…..
The vegetables were chopped……
…..and blended into a wonderful curry paste…..
The curry was heated, chicken added and then cooked….
After cooking, the garnish made of Coconut milk, tomatoes and onions was added…
The finished curry was magnificent…..
The Basmati Rice was cooked with Cardamom pods, Star Anise and Stick Cinnamon…..
We have been enjoying our produce boxes for the last couple of weeks. This one was a doozie……
It included eggplant, lettuce, micro greens, potatoes, tomatoes, figs, sweet peppers and Edamame.
I spent the first night looking up recipes for some of these items. We started out with potatoes, onions and red pepper cooked in foil packets. The “meat” for the night were fried eggplant slices that had been dipped in egg and bread crumbs, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Dessert was made by dipping sliced figs in sugar and then sautéing them until they had caramelized. It was excellent served with ice cream!!!!
Planning for the second night meant that I had to find out exactly what Edamame was!!! A quick Google search taught me that it was Soy Beans!!!
I started trying to shell them and found that it was incredibly hard. So, back to Google, and found out that you should cover them with boiling water for 3 minutes, dunk them in cold water, and the beans pop right out!!!! Hurray for Google!!!!
We used these the next day to make fried rice using onions, carrots, soy beans and rice. We seasoned it with soy sauce and red pepper. We fried more eggplants and enjoyed some of the yellow tomatoes as well.
OK….so much for our dinner menus!!!
Hopefully I will someday again write a post about quilting!!! I am doing a bit, but dont have anything to write about just yet!!!