Tuesday, February 15, 2011
As the weather returns to normal (or even warmer than normal), you will probably notice a dramatic drop in the number and length of our blog posts. We are enjoying a run of days in the 50s and 60s and may even get up to 70 later in the week. So, most days for me and weekends for Jim will be spent outside clearing more pasture land. It's a lovely time of year to work since the bugs haven't emerged and the hated vines aren't yet growing faster than we can cut them down.
We did, however, take a break last Saturday to cook a big Indian feast for friends. One friend in particular had an aversion to Indian food based on a bad experience long ago but was willing to give it another try. We put our inexpert but enthusiastic Indian cooking skills to work in hopes of winning a convert to one of our favorite cuisines. Here's the menu--all vegetarian:
Poppadoms with assorted chutneys (all of these came from the store)
Palak paneer (spinach with Indian cheese)
Pistachio korma (tofu taking the place of chicken)
Mixed dried fruit curry
Potatoes, cauliflower, and cashews in a butter curry sauce (made by our guests)
Snowshoe bread (a great stand-in for naan, also made by our guests)
In case our friend didn't like the meal, we made a decadent non-Indian dessert so she'd end the meal with at least one very positive association: Meyer lemon curd with espresso ganache pie (recipe courtesy of White on Rice Couple's blog). Since Jim can't eat the pie due to the eggs in the curd, he got his own special treat of brown butter brownies with walnuts and cacao nibs (recipe adapted from Bon Appetit).
By all accounts, the meal was a success. While I don't think our friend will be cooking Indian every night, she at least now has a good experience to counter the negative one. I think she'll be willing to try it again. Next time maybe I can go all-Indian and whip up a mango kulfi for dessert tho' I'm not at all unhappy to be eating leftover pie this week.