Accidental Korma

August 30th, 2010 by admin

Serious Eats had an article about curried meatballs with tomatoes.  I had a bunch of tomatoes from my CSA, so this was quite fascinating.  But, even though I had a bunch of tomatoes, I was missing some of the ingredients.  I didn’t have any cardamon, and no fresh ginger.  I also threw in some carrots, since carrots are awesome.  I also added some fresh spicy peppers because, well, they too are awesome.

Things were going pretty well until I reached step four that told me to run the sauce through a food mill.  I do not have a food mill.  I also prefer chunky sauces over smooth sauces, so I ignored that step.

The sauce:

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The meatballs:

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All together now:

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The results?   Not too bad.  Tasted just like a delicious korma.  Except much spicier than I get at most restaurants.  Also the meatballs mixed things up.  The next day, it was even more delicious.  My only regret is that I should have added peas and potatoes, it would have been much more exciting.

Eggplant Caviar

August 29th, 2010 by admin

My CSA has been forcing me to try a lot of foods I don’t particularly like.  Eggplant is one of those foods.  I don’t know what it is about eggplant, but it doesn’t really do it for me.  So I needed to find something to do about it.  David Lebovitz had a post about eggplant caviar.  I love hummus, so it sounds fascinating. So, I tried making it:

Eggplant Curry

The results?  Tastes like eggplant.  I probably shouldn’t be that surprised, but I was hoping that it would make a magical transformation into something awesome.  Oh well.

On an unrelated note, my account somehow got infected with some wacky Russian spyware or something.  I’m not really sure what happened, but it’s a little scary.  I think I cleaned out all of the edits, and I have changed my password, but it is scary that it happened at all.


August 14th, 2010 by alan

On Friday, we decided to take a day trip to Williamstown, Mass.  The weather was beautiful, the downtown was quaint, the Williams College Museum of Art was free and pretty well stocked (I found my new favorite artist, William E Edgerton), the A Frame Bakery had some awesome apple cake, and Sushi Thai Garden was pretty cheap and good.

But, the two highlights were The Red Herring restaurant and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Now, we didn’t actually go to either of these places, but they were still quite memorable.  When we arrived in town, it was around noon.  We wandered about main street trying to decide on lunch.  There was an Indian place, a Thai place, and a place called ‘The Red Herring Victuals.’  So we decided to check out the red herring.  They, of course, were closed.  The owner wandered by as we were at the door and told us that they would open at 1pm.  I have my doubts… Google thinks their website is this, two of the three reviews on yelp are from the same people… I just think the Red Herring is aptly named, and is simply a red herring.

The other amusement was the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  We didn’t see a play or anything, but how can you be in a town and be named the ‘WTF?’  Their website even uses the term ‘WTF’!

…theatre you’ve come to expect from the WTF. Period. [...] Each summer, WTF presents a full theatrical season compressed into just two months.  [...] with each WTF production [...]
WTF?  Forget the fact that they are just a theatre house and not even a festival, but has no one clued them in?  Is it on purpose?  What is going on?

CSA Week 7

August 8th, 2010 by alan

This week was slightly more exciting, as the variety of food stuffs is changing.  We got a little pile of tomatoes and pears this week.  I’m not much of a raw-tomato afficianado, so I haven’t tried them yet.  The pears are pretty yummy.  Put them on a salad with lettuce, cucumber and balsamic dressing… they had a little bit of a grit to them, but they were still pretty great.

This weekend, we made some chicken curry.  Except I used no fat yogurt, and we added potatoes and carrots in with the onions, and then a zucchini and summer squash near the end, and used tenderloins instead of thighs, and I didn’t have any ginger, and I just threw in some peppers — I don’t know what kind they were.

(That delectable bread was some left overs from Mangia)

In other words, I made a recipe that vaguely resembled the cooking instructions.  The end result was pretty good.  With all of the added vegetables, we should have added more yogurt.  But, even though it was slightly watery, the vegetables made it pretty awesome.