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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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I'm on my way back from San Antonio, and man did I have a good time. The majority of our trip revolved around eating, which shouldn't come as a surprise. Pictured is a Po Boy sandwich from a vegetarian restaurant called Green. Another winning dish from the trip involved calabacita. I'll be sharing more once I'm home tomorrow, but for now I'll have to concentrate on the drive ahead.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lentil Donuts?

You heard me!

This seemingly odd concoction will be the first in what I'll be calling "Adventures In Food," a "column" where I explore recipes and packaged foods that may seem unlikely to some people.

I spotted this mix at my local Asian grocery store for $1.26 and couldn't pass it up. The main ingredient is lentil flour, a fact that didn't surprise me terribly too much. While I haven't used it before, I have seen a handful of recipes in my Indian cookbook using chickpea flour. The box considered the mix to be "savory" as opposed to sweet, and I absolutely NEEDED to experience a savory donut made from lentil flour.

But almost immediately I had trouble with the mix. The only ingredient you need to add is water. Following the instructions, I added the appropriate amount, mixed, and left the dough to sit for 15 minutes. When I came back to it, it had definitely stiffened, but not enough to shape. Or, whatever the case may be, I couldn't manage to shape the rather wet dough. I even added additional flour with no luck.

Ultimately, I spooned small mounds of dough into my fryer and toasted each globule until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

And then came the taste test...

Savory is right. One of the mix's ingredients was asafoetida, an herb that I've read described as "sour garlic" and "leek like" in flavor. To be honest, as the only spice it was somewhat off-putting. But the box recommends serving it with tomato sauce or a chutney, and my plans for a chickpea soup for tomorrow may work out just fine with these donuts as a side dish.

All in all, I would describe them as being similar to hush puppies. They aren't terrible, but I don't think I'll be buying them again in the future.

And that's just one of the many lessons one learns while partaking in...


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recipe Roundup #1

Hey everyone!

I'm starting a new "column" here on the blog. It's sole purpose is to let you know when I've added a new recipe to my Recipezaar account. Since signing up in February I've added the following seven recipes:
  1. Cabbage Spring Rolls - These just aren't my favorite recipe to make for this dish, but they're my favorite spring rolls, period!
  2. Lemon Sugar Cookies - Last February I aspired to come up with a new cookie or "cake" recipe for each Full Moon Esbat. This was the first I developed.
  3. Puffy Maple Cookies - The second batch of ritual "cakes" I came up with.
  4. Chewy Cherry Almond Bark - So delicious! Vegan, too, and proof that candy making doesn't have to be hard.
  5. Mulled Pomegranate Tea - A fusion between pomegranate juice, black tea, and seasonal spices.
  6. Vegetarian Garlic Hamburger Pizza - A very garlicy, very "beefy" white pizza.
  7. Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones - Chocolate and spice is an excellent combo. I use cloves and nutmeg in this recipe.
 I'll be posting a Recipe Roundup approximately once per month! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Census Taking

Just filled out our census form. It reminded me of something that usually lingers at the back of my mind; the majority of people will believe whatever sensationalist garbage you shove down their throats.

The census form asks essentially four questions:
Where do you live?
Who do you live with?
How are you related?
And what are your races?
Nowhere on the form does it inquire about your religion, economic status, or even citizenship. Granted, it seems like economic status is more important than you race, but you already let the government know how much money you make when you file your taxes.

Anyway, when it's all said and done I'd be very interested to see how many people have checked the "Unmarried Partner" box.