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A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Feeding the Hungry

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Doesn't that look fabulous?

My mother-in-law was out of town this week, so we had my father-in-law to dinner Wednesday.

He went home stuffed...which is what we aim for!

The photo above, gorgeous pooris.



Dal Bukhara: lots of tomato, butter, and cream. Rich, slightly spicy, almost meaty, despite being completely vegetarian.



Murgh Shahi, using a recipe from this site: Chicken in a yogurt-rich sauce thickened with ground cashews. 'Nuff said.



Vegetarian Murgh Shahi (using Veat)



Kadai Paneer, using Sailu's recipe: Onion base, lots of spices, chunks of fantastic paneer. Thick, deeply-flavored sauce, which is the sort of thing we look for.



Lots of rice with both a mint and a tamarind chutney



And for dessert? Grapefruit/Rosemary and Green Apple Sorbets. Brrr...but good.

Both are made from freshly juiced fruits, the flavors are emphatic. The grapefruit has just a hint of extra bitterness from the rosemary, and the apple? Slightest touch of carbonation left over from the sparkling cider.



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At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spectacular!

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Gee, thanks!

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Wow - you must have spent the whole day preparing that feast! I cooked just two Indian dishes last night and didn't eat until 9:30! Everything looks delicious Stephanie!

 
At 1:43 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Cathy! And thanks.

Well, Matt and I did a lot of the cooking the night before, then I finished up the day of.

Yeah, it was a lot of work, which is why we only do this when we have company!

 
At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Indira said...

Everything looks fabulous, Stephanie!

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Ravi said...

Hi Stephanie, I am a frequent visitor to your blog but posting a comment for the first time now! My appreciations for all your great posts and the lovely pictures. I was especially amazed with this post. I know the vast difference in cooking styles of Indian and American cuisines and seeing all the wonderful Indian dishes, I can see the interest and passion you have for cooking. Hats off! I just wished if I could grab something from there :-) As Cathy said, I wonder if you spent almost the whole day in kitchen preparing those dishes. I salute your passion for cooking Stephanie!

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger sailu said...

Fantastic job,Stephanie..:)Food looks incredible!

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Indira!

Fortunately, it tasted as good as it looked...

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Ravi...hello! Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words.

Yes, Indian cuisine does take a bit more time than most American dishes.

Matt and I made both the chicken and paneer dishes the night before, then the day of I made the dal and the poori dough. We knew what we were getting into, and with an almost-three year old, there was no way I'd be able to make all that...by myself...the same day!

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Sailu...and it was your paneer dish! Yum.

 

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