Happy weekending everyone!
the gin gimlet
Well this is interesting. Would’ve been fun to see more countries though. When we first came to the U.S. the only thing I wanted to eat was white bread, with butter and pickles. Or Cookie Crisp. Everything else took some getting used to.
Turkey wins, hands down.
This is not a dish you can just whip up in one night. It took me two days of planning ahead - those mung beans aren’t messing around.
I started by soaking the dry beans in water overnight. Once the beans looked plump, and like they were ready to sprout, I emptied the wet beans into a sieve, set it atop a large bowl and placed a damp (near soaked) paper towel on top to let them continue to spout for another evening.
Finally, after they had sprouted, they were ready to be cooked. I started by toasting my spices (garam masala, turmeric, black mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, coriander and cumin) in some vegetable oil to enhance their respective flavors. After a few minutes, I then added half a diced onion, ginger and garlic, and sautéed for a few minutes until the onions looked like they were starting to brown a little. To this, I then added the mung beans, let them sauté for a couple of minutes, then added a cup of water. At this point, I covered the beans and let them steam though to soften, then just before serving, I added a large diced tomato and let it cook down. Ideally, I would’ve also added cilantro, but we didn’t have any.
Like I said, this isn’t a meal that can be made on a whim one evening, but once you get to the final product, it’s totally worth the wait. Serve with basmati rice, some yogurt and a bit of mango pickle. YUM.
I can’t believe I’ve never made this before, but I’m sure I’ll be making it for many more weekends to come.
Start by cutting a hole through your slice of bread, then toast it in a lightly greased pan on both sides for a couple of minutes. Once complete, add some cooking spray to the center, then gently place the egg in the toast. I actually cracked my egg into a small bowl, then gently slid the egg into place. Once the egg begins to fry, pour about 1/4 cup of water along the sides of the toast, then cover completely to allow the egg to steam through. Don’t worry, the toast will be fine. Season and enjoy!
I hadn’t experimented much with Panko in the past, generally settling for plain breadcrumbs, but after this meal, I don’t think I’ll go back to them for crusting anything.
I started with a spiced buttermilk bath for the fish that included salt, pepper and cayenne. I then coated well with the Panko crumbs before placing them on a cookie sheet and baking in the oven at 425 for about 15 mins (basically until I was sure the fish was cooked and the Panko was crisp). It’s all pretty easy.
Served here with a side of cheesy broccoli and fried okra for a somewhat Southern meal. Yum.
For some reason she looks small in the picture, but I can assure you that she’s a solid 49lbs. We’ve learned a few things about her since bringing her home:
- She was abandoned in SF, and later picked up by Animal Control before making her way to the SF SPCA
- She likes people (which is a relief), but tends to be wary of men - again, likely something to do with her past
- She’s sweet, but not exactly a cuddler (much of which has to do with her abandonment)
- She’s whip smart, and will play you for treats
- According to the trainer we’ve enlisted to help us kick her habit of leash aggression to other dogs, she’s likely part Doberman/part Smooth Collie - aka - Smarty von Smartypants
- She’s about 8 months old now, and still very much a puppy
- She snores and farts and it’s hilarious
- With any luck, and probably a lot of treats, she’ll settle down a little more soon
P.S. If anyone has an opinion on the ThunderShirt - I’m all ears!