Occasionally, I find myself coming home from work, feeling very hungry and having absolutely no idea of what to make for dinner. I do know that I want it to be relatively easy and super, super good, though. Just such an evening was the beginning of Naan pizza. See, I really wanted pizza and we had everything to make pizza except pizza dough or even a boboli crust stashed somewhere in the fridge.
“Think, me. Think,” I thought to myself. I even searched the fridge for some english muffins, for the in-college-favorite, english muffin pizza. Nope. I didn’t even have that option. Aggghhh! Then, I poked my head in the freezer and the evening was saved. Naan! We had naan. Garlic naan, even. To be specific: Trader Joe’s Frozen Garlic Naan. “Yes, that would make awesome pizza,” I thought or possibly even said out loud. And it certainly did.
This could easily be made with whatever pizza topping-whatnots you had on hand. I just happened to have everything that I listed below but I really think this would work with whatever combination you felt like trying out. I embraced the Indian-influence of the naan by adding curry . . . → Read More: Naan Pizza with Garlicky Yogurt & Greens
Oh geez, I have been so lazy. I’ve made a couple of really nice meals lately and been out to dinner twice and I’ve blogged about none of these things. I need to get my act together here. Let’s kick that off with this week’s French Fridays with Dorie, shall we?
I am a huge fan of lamb but almost every lamb stew I’ve attempted I’ve been disappointed with…until now. I loved this! I’m not sure even why this is the one lamb stew to rule them all, but it was. It just worked for me, you know? I used my sweet curry powder from Penzey’s and also ground cardamom seeds (I ground them in the coffee grinder), so the cardamom was very fresh tasting. I also added a pinch of dried ginger and extra garlic. Oh and a dash of cayenne for a little heat. Oh, now that I’m thinking about it, I only added one diced apple. Mainly, because it was a fairly big one.
We had this over some cooked bulgur (normally, I would have gone the rice route, but I had bulgur in the fridge). I also served some garlicky yogurt and . . . → Read More: FFwD: Braised Cardamon Curry Lamb
Well, it looks like it is still Winter. Make a big pot of this and snuggle under a blanket or something!
Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala
Adapted from the Spice House
2-1/2 cups dried red lentils (about one pound)
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder,
1 1/2 tsp coriander seed, ground
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cumin seed, ground
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne chile pepper
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground cloves
6 cups lamb or chicken stock (or vegetable broth would work too)
2 cups water
Optional garnishes: yogurt and cilantro leaves
Rinse and drain lentils in a fine mesh colander.
Cook onions and garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and spices and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, 5 more minutes.
Stir in lentils, stock and water and simmer until lentils fall apart, about 30-40 minutes. (Old lentils may take longer to cook.)
Let soup cool slightly. I cook my lentils until they really fall apart, but if you want a smoother soup, let cool . . . → Read More: Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala Recipe
This was an experiment that was based on a lunch that I recently had in Cannon Beach. It was at the Lazy Susan Cafe (not bad — definitely overpriced, though), but it was basically just a quick meal to tide us over until dinner that night — Cilantro-Chicken Pizza at Pacific Way Cafe!
But anyway, I was intrigued by this tuna-curry-hazelnut salad that was on the menu. I ordered it and was presented with a big pile of romaine, flaked tuna, hazelnuts and apple cubes, all with a curry dressing. It was not pretty to look at but it had a really great, interesting taste. So much so that I couldn’t help but wonder how those flavors would be if presented a little nicer, using tuna steaks (instead of canned tuna) and generally just fancifying it up a little. Here’s the answer that I came up with — Albacore Tuna with Apples, Hazelnuts, Curry Dressing and Red-Leaf Lettuce.
1 tbsp curry powder
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp mango juice (had some leftover from the other night’s halibut)
1 clove garlic, peeled and mashed
1 tsp white wine vinegar
3/4 – 1 lb albacore tuna steaks, cut into 1-inch cubes (I’ve found that . . . → Read More: Albacore Tuna with Apples, Hazelnuts, Red Leaf Lettuce, Curry Dressing & Flatbread
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Weekend Cookbook Challenge Round Up at Once Upon a Feast.
Today’s post is one day early for the 8th Weekend Cookbook Challenge. The theme this month was a Foreign cookbook and the co-host is Ruth from Once Upon a Feast. Thanks to both here and WCC’s Sara.
For this event, I picked a dish (well two of them actually) from the cookbook, Quick & Easy Indian Cooking. It’s a cookbook that I’ve had for a while but hardly ever use. The Ek handi murgh aur masoor is Chicken, Red Lentils and Green Beans in One Pot. You could easily omit the chicken and make this dish vegetarian. I also made Poori, which are deep fried puffy breads.
There are a lot of ingredients but don’t let that scare you — it’s worth it.
Chicken, Red Lentils and Green Beans in One Pot (Ek handi murgh aur masoor)
6 tbsp vegetable oil
3 bay leaves
5 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
2-inch stick of cinnamon
3 dried hot red chilis
2 pounds chicken (skinless & boneless), cut up into smaller chunks (I used chicken breasts but you could use breasts or thighs or a combination)
1 2/3 cups red lentil, sorted, . . . → Read More: Weekend Cookbook Challenge 8: Ek handi murgh aur masoor