Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gobi Aloo

Today, I wanted to try this recipe out! I’ve never cooked cauliflower.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Gobi-Aloo-Indian-Style-Cauliflower-with-Potatoes/Detail.aspx

I had to customize it and I did a lot of it by feel!

Ingredients:

  • 400g Cauliflower
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled
  • salt to taste
  • turmeric 1/2 tsp
  • cumin powder 1 tsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • ghee 2 tbsp
  • chilli 1 tsp or to taste
  • chopped garlic 1 tsp

Recipe:

  1. Chop the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and cauliflower into similar cubes or cuts
  2. Add the oil to a pan and let it heat
  3. Add cumin seeds, garlic and chilli, let it fry for a couple of mins
  4. Add potatoes with the rest of the spices, except the salt. Stir vigorously and ensure that all the potatoes are coated evenly with the spices, keep covered for 5 mins
  5. Add in the cauliflower, followed by salt. Mix well
  6. Keep covered and stir occasionally. I expect this should take another 5-10 mins. Try a bit of the potato and cauliflower to confirm

I threw in some baladi bread in the oven. Quite a good mix. Yum.

I think tonight, I’ll have a salad.

I found this alternate recipe that looks interesting… I’ll try it next time:

http://www.food.com/recipe/Aloo-Gobi-84324

Bread Baking issues resolved

Fresh yeast has helped loads! I’ve baked bread twice in the last week. Perhaps it’s the feeling of hope or a return to normality.

I tried adding some roasted lentils to it and its turned out well! I’m super happy.

Ingredients:

  • 250 g Dinkel / Spelt (a type of wheat)
  • 50 g roasted lentils
  • 200 g white flour
  • 300 ml water (37 deg. Celcius)
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Recipe:

  • 4 mins kneading in the Thermomix.
  • 45 mins rest
  • some kneading
  • 20 mins more
  • 30 mins baking in a gas oven at high temperature

Worked beautifully. It’s a modified recipe from one I found online. Will try and post a link to it another time.

Good article about Yeast!

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Yeast-the-Basics/Detail.aspx

Bookmark for me…

I want to kick myself from here to somewhere… I should’ve looked up youtube for active dry yeast.. and I’d have found this!!

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=active+dry+yeast&aq=f

Ok, enough bawling.. atleast I had the idea and you my dear reader never left a comment…

Back to bread… and about Sanderson

Today I got back to baking after a really long time. I used proper yeast this time. Found a source that’s approx. 5 mins walking distance away Smile. So, fresh yeast is at hand! F**k Active Dry Yeast.. I never learnt how to use you anyways – says I by way of Alanis, I think.

I read Brandon Sanderson recently; Alcatraz and The Evil Librarians… if I don’t look up the name of the text, you’ll never read me again coz Orson Scott Card says if the writer’s too lazy to do the work, the reader ain’t going to love him/her. So, the name is “Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians”. It was quite interesting written and is intended for middle-schoolers. I guess that’s somewhere between 9 and 12? Alright… I’ll look it up!

And I did… according to Sanderson, “the publisher places it for ages eight through thirteen, but I’d personally target it at ages ten and up.”

I’ll go with Sanderson, coz I’m definitely in the upper range of 10 and up.

I’m happy I found Brandon’s books. I came across him via LibraryThing.com – I added a few books I’d read; Brent Weeks – who I found while perusing the site sffaudio.com, Iain M. Banks – an all time favorite, and others. So I look forward to happily adding even more authors and books into LibraryThing and seeing what else they’re likely to recommend!

And LibraryThing I came across coz I was fiddling with Calibre and trying to download metadata for some books and some cool cover photos for others. I’m glad when I can backtrack with those crumbs… an expression I heard recently again when watching Star Trek: Voyager episodes – Season 1… I think it was the one where Torres our Human-Klingon mix is split to her Klingon and Human bits and half of her survives the experience. Come to think of it the Human bit’s whiny and appreciative. Her Klingon bit seems to take things as they are. At this point, I won’t find you the name of the episode. I’ve shown you, my reader, good faith and done a good bit of research and shared some cool sites. And, I’m writing a blog, not an article!

Yes, I was making bread.