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Cauliflower and Coconut Milk Curry

Rich is bringing lamb, spinach, and broccoli. Just needs olive oil and spices. We'll see what more we can also do.

To start, roasting broccoli and sweet potatoes and doing the sundried tomato walnut fantastic garnish or whatever.

Some sort of coconut milk curry:

bamboo shoots?

and a stir fry with:
zucchini
olives

My plan on the curry, modify Indian Coconut Curried Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Curry Powder

This is a historical curry powder recipe from "The Great A & P Tea Co., New York, N. Y. Distribution" branded as "Ann Page". The tin looks like it is from the 1930s to the 1950s, though is probably more recent. I hope. It was still usable when I finished it a week or so ago. I have no idea how it stayed around so long:

Turmeric
Coriander
Cumin
Black Pepper
Fenugreek
Ginger
Celery
Cloves
Red Pepper
Chillies
Mace
Garlic

AJ Stephans Ginger Beer

Since 1926
AJ Stephans
jamaican style
Ginger Beer
Pure Sugar & Pure Water
Boston
www.ajstepans.com
Pure Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Flavor, Coloring, Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives)

It's not listed except under flavor, but the ginger was plenty strong.

Ordered it at a tapas place across from a cheese shop out on Kirkland St. (or whatever it turns into, driving away from Oxford St.) in Cambridge.

Hummos recipes

So I rationalized buying about 12 kinds of hummus on sale by saying I'd evaluate what I liked and copy down their ingredients...

Tribes Sweet Roasted Red Pepper:

Chickpeas, Roasted Red Peppers, Canola Oil, Sesame Tahini, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Spices, Roasted Garlic.

Tent town in Providence!?!

There is a full-out squatter community in Providence, just off Dyer Street, under an onramp for I-95!

A half-dozen fairly good sized, decent condition tents, but pretty clear with all that's accumulating around them, stuff, that people are living there.

New Camera Lenses for the Nikon D50, finally ordered

Buying the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Standard Auto Focus Nikkor Lens - with 5 Year U.S.A. Warranty

$129.95

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR (Vibration Reduction) Zoom Nikkor Lens - with 5 Year U.S.A. Warranty

$534.95

Actually, replace the below with a whole D90 plus the same lens...

Nikon Mfr #INKD9075 SKU: INKD9070

Nikon D90 12.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body with Nikon 70mm - 300mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S VR (Vibration Reduction) Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

$1,329.00

Thai, Korean... ok give up and do random ben stirfry

This came out disastrously. I think it was an extremely bitter onion.

http://www.recipezaar.com/Thai-Pineapple-Fried-Rice-Pad-Kao-Saparod-3808...

An allegedly vidalia onion, giant and terribly bitter, made worse I think by putting all the ingredients in a food processor that made a mush rather than even finely chopped, made this unrecoverable, even after adding sugar and wine (Manda says wine is acid and increases bitterness).

***

This didn't come out badly at all, though I forgot to even do the sesame seeds

Korean Soybeans
http://www.fatfreevegan.com/soy/996.shtml

Smoking Ending Program for Andrew

Andrew's committed to quitting smoking in return for the following bribes:

10 days - $100
6 months - $300
1 year - $600

This comes after Dan's ceremony and, before that, my taking a cigarette and smoking some to prevent him from (my first ever, and last).

Expectation setting fail

L.L. Bean does not offer a lifetime warranty.

At some point I must have misunderstood their marketing ploy, "Guaranteed. You Have Our Word."

Our products are guaranteed to give you 100% satisfaction in every way. Return anything purchased from us at any time if it proves otherwise. We do not want you to have anything from L.L.Bean that is not completely satisfactory.

At the very least, it sounds like it's up to me, right? They should have kept the original promise, , which sets expectations much better:

And it has peas

Jasmine white rice

Tofu
3 onions

Cook in sesame oil.
Big scoop of minced garlic.

Frozen vegetables:

  • Bag
    • Corn
    • carrots
    • green beans
    • lima beans
  • Trader Joe's bean mix
  • And peas.

Cayenne pepper

Sauce:
Rice vinegar
Bragg liquid aminos
Sugar

Served with vegan gluten free cupcakes

NYC Tour

http://www.fuerzabrutanyc.com/

New York Botanical Gardens (in Bronx zoo)

meet Andrew at 11 a.m.

Change

I think http://change.org has gotten way better. At least I like the posts coming up on the front page, and the quality of the commenting community.

(Of course I still think we need better tools to bring us together around issues, hence VisionsUnite....)

Bionico - Mexican fruit salad

Made this for Andrea just before she left.

Did a recipe which is a mix between

http://igetspoiled.blogspot.com/2007/07/i-have-recipe-for-mexican-bionic...

(I plan to use coconut milk instead of condensed milk, since it calls for coconut anyway!)

and the part of this recipe involving a Mexican Crema substitute made with raw (but then boiled) cashews:
http://veganjoy.blogspot.com/2008/08/easy-vegan-entertaining.html

Carrot Ginger Solid Soup with spicy Eggplant and Potato

Based on this recipe for Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup, I took some liberties and skipped a part I didn't have ingredients for so refer back to the original recipe to make something resembling soup.

I threw everything into a food processor and it worked pretty well:

3 large carrots
1 onion
2 celery stalks
several pieces of fresh ginger, maybe 5-7 ounces worth
about 1 cup vegetable broth
a lot of cumin powder, probably more than the quarter teaspoon called for

Indian Eggplant Chili Recipe

Here is our (Shannon and my) version of the industrial strength recipe "Vegan Easy Make Indian Many Bean Eggplant Chilli: Beans & Fennel, Peppers, Chickpeas, Aubergine, Coriander Basil Parsley.

I totally brain-spaced on using oregano and fennel at all, let alone "1 bulb fennel, chopped"). Other omissions from the recipe probably less critical. But in any case we loved our version.

* 1 and a half large eggplants (aubergines) or two small ones, cubed

North Natick Masala Dosa

Note: This recipe does need to be started at least the night before.

Loosely based on this barebones South Indian Masala Dosa recipe, what Shannon and I did to it turned out really well. Here is our version; naturally you don't have to follow every idiosyncrasy (based in part on what we had on hand) directly.

Many of the ingredients (such as urad dal, mustard seed, green chili peppers, and curry powder) were bought at Natick Indian Grocery Story.

Long live the Swedish resistance!

Vive Le Résistance!

in Swedish, Betsy tells me in one of the more interesting Facebook status comment exchanges:

Lev motståndsrörelsen!

Pistachio-vegetable pasta

Carrots
Pistachios (raw, shelled)
Red pepper
Celery
Hot green peppers
Broccoli
Scallions

Each cut into short strips or smallish rounds cuts, and added in that order.

Sesame oil.
Sunflower oil.
Seasoned salt.
Soy sauce.
Ginger powder.
Sea salt.
Szechuan seasoning.

maybe one other spice

(We didn't have any onion, Mom can't eat garlic. Both are generally recommended.)

Over organic whole wheat pasta ;-)

Roger Miller what song is "I have seen the sunrise shining on the mountain in disguise" from?

Another song that came to mind thinking about Manda while waiting for sunrise on a cloudy day.

lyrics I have seen the in disguise
roger miller lyrics i have seen disguise
lyrics I have seen the eagle sunrise in disguise

Loving her was easier (than anything I'll ever do again)

PWGD technical implementation note: Topics mapped to taxonomy terms (Drupal)

See http://mlncn.com/node/928 for soaring rhetoric on why to do this.

* topics will be mapped to Taxonomy terms in Drupal, which will ultimately be powered by Community Managed Taxonomy (CMT) which will enable interested people in the community to (unlike other community managed taxonomy, though, voting will have to be restricted by those engaged in the topic, so that athiests can't come along and merge fundamentalist Christian and Wiccan topic categories just to see what happens.