March 2006


I’m still quite busy with work, and my evenings have been devoted to recovery from last week’s insanity, so I actually haven’t knit or spun in days. So…I’m following Norma‘s lead, and I’ll tell you a bit about two things I’ve cooked lately.

First, the lentils. My cooking style is generally more “inspired by” than authentic, and I stop using recipes for a type of food once I get comfortable with it. (I should note, however, that as much as I love baking, I still use recipes for nearly all baked goods (but not bread). They’re just different from “regular” food.) Anyway, this means that my cooking is “vaguely Thai” or “vaguely Italian” or, in this case, “vaguely Indian”. I made this dish on Sunday, for a couple of my friends, and the response was positive enough that I thought I’d share an approximation of the recipe:

Cover the bottom of a pot with vegetable oil. Sprinkle about a teaspoon each of cumin seeds and brown mustard seeds in, and turn on the flame (to low-medium) until the seeds start to pop. Add a cup or a cup and a half of frozen corn and the same of frozen, chopped spinach and begin to sauté. Add ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, garam masala, some ground black pepper, and granulated garlic (to taste; start with around 1.5-2 t each) and continue to cook for just under a minute. Add 1/2 c dried mung beans and 1.5 c water. If you want it to be spicy, add a dried chile or two at this point. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for ten minutes. Add 1.5 c red lentils and 3 c water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cook until the lentils and mung beans are no longer crunchy.

Garnish with crispy Indian snacks (such as spicy chick peas) if desired. Can be served as soup or over rice. Probably serves 6 (as a main dish).

As for the pancakes, I saw a post on bakingsheet about yeasted buckwheat pancakes. My standard pancakes, which I had an excuse to make a couple of weeks ago, are also yeasted, but more like the beginning of making normal bread. (Recipe in the extended entry.)

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I’m still quite busy with work, and my evenings have been devoted to recovery from last week’s insanity, so I actually haven’t knit or spun in days. So…I’m following Norma‘s lead, and I’ll tell you a bit about two things I’ve cooked lately.

First, the lentils. My cooking style is generally more “inspired by” than authentic, and I stop using recipes for a type of food once I get comfortable with it. (I should note, however, that as much as I love baking, I still use recipes for nearly all baked goods (but not bread). They’re just different from “regular” food.) Anyway, this means that my cooking is “vaguely Thai” or “vaguely Italian” or, in this case, “vaguely Indian”. I made this dish on Sunday, for a couple of my friends, and the response was positive enough that I thought I’d share an approximation of the recipe:

Cover the bottom of a pot with vegetable oil. Sprinkle about a teaspoon each of cumin seeds and brown mustard seeds in, and turn on the flame (to low-medium) until the seeds start to pop. Add a cup or a cup and a half of frozen corn and the same of frozen, chopped spinach and begin to sauté. Add ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, garam masala, some ground black pepper, and granulated garlic (to taste; start with around 1.5-2 t each) and continue to cook for just under a minute. Add 1/2 c dried mung beans and 1.5 c water. If you want it to be spicy, add a dried chile or two at this point. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for ten minutes. Add 1.5 c red lentils and 3 c water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cook until the lentils and mung beans are no longer crunchy.

Garnish with crispy Indian snacks (such as spicy chick peas) if desired. Can be served as soup or over rice. Probably serves 6 (as a main dish).

As for the pancakes, I saw a post on bakingsheet about yeasted buckwheat pancakes. My standard pancakes, which I had an excuse to make a couple of weeks ago, are also yeasted, but more like the beginning of making normal bread. (Recipe in the extended entry.)

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Woo! I got home before 11, largely by only leaving the house for some grocery shopping. I need to be asleep in a few minutes, so I’m still not going to write much, but I’ve got pictures.

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Yup, I’ve finished two more hats for Dulaan and started a fourth (that last around midnight last night, while waiting for the trolley). Details later.

I got home about twenty minutes ago. The last time I got home before eleven pm was Tuesday, and I haven’t slept later than 9. (This morning, the small, fuzzy alarm clock decided that sometime between 7 and 7:30 was when I should get up and pay attention to him. I don’t think he gets the concept of weekends.) I’ve got plenty of stuff to talk about, whenever I get a chance to do so. Maybe Sunday (tomorrow/today) or Monday evening…

I’ve been busy in lab, and I’m getting sick, but I had a very nice evening once I got home. I don’t have time to write much, since I have to be up early and I need sleep to kick the sickness, but I present you with a pair of pictures.

Lace! I’ve wound all of the very red laceweight and started Mim‘s Mountain Peaks Shawl with it. (Are there buttons for the knitalong? Maybe I should put one up.)

And I got green laceweight from Amy Boogie this afternoon:

Isn’t it pretty? I don’t think I mentioned it here, but I got my Fleece Artist yarn, and it really wasn’t the color I wanted (the problem with e-mail for someone as color-picky as I am with greens). Amy liked it, though, so we swapped, and I now have this lovely green yarn for a Peacock Feathers Shawl for whenever I finish the Mountain Peaks Shawl.

I have another, even more squeal-worthy announcement to make, but it’s going to wait until I’ve got pictures. And now it’s bedtime.

Well, I got some more kool-aid (and a very strange look from the cashier when I arrived at the cash register with eleven packets of drink mix and nothing else). Three and a half packets of cherry, one packet each of tropical punch and lemonade, and half a packet of ice blue raspberry lemonade later, I had this:

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I’ve included a netflix envelope for color-balance confirmation and one of my favorite red t-shirts as a comparison for wearability. The yarn is now very, very red (a little more red and less orange than it looks on my laptop), but I like it. I think it’ll be fun.

And, unsurprisingly, I did some spinning this week, too:

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about 150 yards of DKish yarn

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This is more of my first wheel-spun singles plied with singles I spun from three colors of roving that came in multipacks with the black roving I bought to ply with the alien singles. I had fun switching between colors; I really like the bits with overlapping colors.

I feel silly, though, ’cause it’s yet another yarn that isn’t a color combination that I’m ever going to wear. Maybe I’m being overprotective of the rovings that I started spinning on my spindles and which I really like…I sort of don’t want to start spinning them on the wheel because they’ll probably come out differently. Which basically leaves me with the rovings I didn’t like as much. Well, the merino-silk wasn’t going to be a shawl project anyway, so maybe I’ll try that on the wheel…

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