Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BEST Mint-Cilantro Chutney

I absolutely love the green chutneys in Indian food, and I've finally found the best recipe! This actually started off as a showdown in which I made two different chutney recipes from two cookbooks. One was too spicy, and one was too sour and salty... but together, they are absolutely perfect. 

This also raises interesting intellectual property questions as this recipe has been less tweaked than most of the ones I re-post, yet is also less recognizable as anyone else's.


2-3 green chilies (remove some seeds if you don’t want spicy), chopped
1 1-in piece ginger, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¾ c packed mint leaves, chopped
1 ¼ c packed cilantro, chopped
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
4 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
3/8 c water
¼ tsp chana masala spice mix

Also, here is a delicious eggplant-tomato dish with nigella seeds and cilantro.

Green Bean Casserole Lasagna

Because "stuff white people eat" should be a blog. Mushrooms, green beans, cashew cream, whole wheat lasagne.

Some other random and pretty food I made:

Thanksgiving 2014!

I found an old Thanksgiving menu on google drive! Sadly, no photos, but this was a fantastic menu--one of the all-time best out of those I've hosted.

Green Salad with Roasted Smoky Chickpeas
Autumnal Pickled Veggies (this recipe, but less sugar and with a mix of cauliflower and orange squash)
Sofritas-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mole (this recipe plus peppers and mushrooms sauteed in at the end, plus the chocolate mole recipe from The Artful Vegan)
Black Bean and Corn Cakes with Pico de Gallo and Cilantro-Lime Crema (cashew based)
Spice-Kissed Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Cream
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes (this recipe with cayenne and cinnamon) with Pumpkin Buttercream

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Another Thanksgiving come and gone. It's pretty amazing to think about how much has happened in a year.

And what a feast we had (16 people I think?). These photos won't do it justice, but I can't go another year without recording the menu and the recipes. Believe it or not, I think the broccoli was the group favorite.

pumpkin garlic knots by Adge
assorted crackers (thanks Ryan!)
cheese plate
        roasted fennel and white bean dip by Adge (like this but no cheese and lots of miso)
       green apple slices
       olives (thanks Ryan!)
       roasted pumpkin seeds (thanks Morgan!)
        fancy sparkling water (thanks Alan and Dana!)
        ginger ale (thanks Ryan!)
        seasonal kombucha
        mulled wine by Adge
        much beer (thanks everyone!)

lemony broccoli
roasted squash with smoked paprika, pine nuts, and fried sage (this recipe but with a mix of squash and yams)
mashed cauliflower (this recipe but with virgin coconut oil and bajan seasoning as well as thyme)
mashed potatoes by Alex and Eleanor
fig tempeh (too much port in this recipe--I would reduce by at least 50%)
puff pastry-wrapped lentil loaf  stuffing another stuffing by Alex and Eleanor
green olive bread by Adge
refrigerator pickles (red onions, summer squash, green beans, with sage and peppercorns)
mushroom gravy
cranberry-pepper sauce

pumpkin pie with toasted spices

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! The world seems particularly messed up this year, and/but I am really looking forward to sharing food and ideas with friends.

Also, Adge and I have been brewing our own kombucha for a while now, and we made a ginger pomegranate and a (pumpkin) spice for the party.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lentil Caprese Salad

This is an updated version of that good old lentil salad. I slightly undercook the lentils, then let the acid in the balsamic vinegar finish the job of making them tender (at least, that's the idea). The basil and balsamic make the tomatoes taste downright sweet.

Lentil Caprese Salad

3/4 c dry brown lentils (1 1/2 c cooked?), cooked until just tender
big red tomato, de-seeded and diced
1/2 c yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, diced
2 scallions (green parts only), thinly sliced
lots of basil, chiffonade
to taste:
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
red pepper flakes
smoked salt

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hot Weather Food

I'm not going to lie... the weather in Los Angeles has really been getting me down. October, and highs in the 90s? As someone who is pretty much always too hot, it feels like the end of the world. But even besides the temperature itself is the fact that there's no end in sight. Summer in Minneapolis or Chicago it can be 100 and humid, but it feels dynamic: on a micro level (it builds up and then blows off) and on a macro level (fall will come). There's a hydraulic aspect to the weather onto which you can map your own psyche. LA, by contrast, is unchanging, dirty, relentlessly bright, purgatory. Like something out of Camus...

Here are some things I've made in lieu of cooking.

Cucumber salad with lemon, dill, red pepper, smoked salt, and cashew cream

Potato salad with picked green beans, cherry tomatoes, dill, smoked salt, lemon vinaigrette

"Autumnal pickles": butternut squash and cauliflower with white wine vinegar, black peppercorns, sage, thyme, and marjoram

Cucumber salad with lime, peanuts, and blackberries 

Cucumber salad; roasted zucchini; kale salad with avocado, corn, and pickled tomato; brown rice; roasted tofu