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nice to be able to cook again 
9th-Jun-2008 09:40 pm
Cat with pumpkin beer
In the aftermath of my foot injury, I really missed cooking. It's been satisfying to get back in the kitchen again.

Dinner tonight was leftover dal, tortillas (since I haven't yet tried making chapatis), and pattypan thiyal, a Keralan dish of zucchini cooked with onions, coconut, and tamarind. Very tasty, although as usual I had to boost the tamarind by about 4x from what the recipe called for.

The recipe's definitely a keeper, although only when the monkey isn't around — as far as he's concerned, tamarind is pure evil. (As opposed to pickles, which are cucumbers soaked in evil.)
11th-Jun-2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Monkey thinks tamarind is evil?

:: thud ::

Well, I guess there had to be some uber-serious issues...

I once stayed in Mexico for five months and was amazed to see that the most popular kid snack where I was comprised tamarind paste and hot cayenne powder. (There may have been some salt involved, as well.)
11th-Jun-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love those. The Mexican grocery closest to our apartment has those as lollipops — a lump of tamarind (seeds included), molded around a stick, then rolled in chile powder.

So good!

Plus entertainment value from seeing how far one can spit the seeds. Gotta love it.
11th-Jun-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
It puts me in mind of something Doc said that her students in Texas used to do: they'd buy one of those jumbo sour pickles you find in corner convenience stores -- sometimes in a jar and sometimes in an individual sealed bag -- and a cigar-thick long peppermint stick, run the stick up through the pickle and enjoy!

That one I figure you have to taste to appreciate.

I like the tamarind/spice candy, though I could not eat it at the rate the kiddos did!
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