A Little of This

I took this picture this morning. Until about 20 minutes ago those recycle bins were STILL out there. Unemptied. I finally cried uncle and brought them back in. Wazupwiththemofogarbagemanyo?

But I digress.

So today… there was a little of this.

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A little of that.

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We broke for lunch and I made a little hummus sandwich. And took a giant picture of it.

Toasted Ezekiel bread with mustard, garlic hummus, red leaf and tomato.

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And pretended I was a little dinosaur eating giant steamed trees.

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And steamed clouds.

Sometime between lunch and dinner came cookie time. We busted out the Newman’s Own Organics Champion Chip Cookies.

Observe.

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I think they were acceptable.

Product placement at it’s finest.

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One thumb up from Ava. I think it would have been two thumbs up, but the other hand had a cookie in it.

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And if you couldn’t tell from these pictures, no, not a whole lot of cleaning got done today. Let’s just call my house “lived in”, shall we?

Mama had something else in mind for her snack.

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Green lemonade rulez. Same concoction as yesterday’s. Minus the compost rummaging.

[Insert funny, interesting, witty, clever segue here]

Most of Zak’s college roommates were from India, which was the dawning of our taste for Indian food.

A picture of a picture, circa 2000.

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We (Zak) learned a lot about Indian food during his years at school and he smelled like curry a lot during those pre-marital years. Maybe that’s why I love curry so much. (Cue: Awwwww!) Chana Masala is one of our favorites that I make at home pretty regularly.

Now I’ll give a little disclaimer here that my eyes usually glaze over when I see a recipe with a lot of ingredients, but this one is worth it. Many items in the list are just spices so don’t glaze over like a donut just yet.

Chana Masala

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
16 oz crushed tomatoes
15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup of water or vegetable broth
4 cups cooked chick peas (or 2 15 oz cans, rinsed and drained)
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice (or half a squeezed lemon)
1 fresh, hot chili pepper, minced (any kind of pepper will do actually)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated

Saute garlic and onion in EVOO until soft. Add curry powder and cumin and stir until garlic and onion are nicely coated in spices. Add tomato sauce and tomatos and cook for 5 minutes. Add chick peas and water (or broth). Add paprika and garam masala, salt and lemon juice, grated ginger and minsed pepper, stir and simmer for an additional 30 – 40 minutes.

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Served with brown rice.

If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, leave out the cayenne and the hot pepper. It’s also worth noting that I only estimated with the spices here. In real life I’m pretty generous with the spices and I think I’m more reserved in the recipe here, so spice it up to your own taste. How many more times can I use the word spice in this paragraph? Spice. I guess I’m pretty generous with the word spice too.

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What do you think? Is that picture over the top? I’d like to have you believe we are very cultured but truth be told I ran down to the basement to snag that picture off a shelf and wiped off the dust and cobwebs with the same dish towel I wiped up who knows what else with today.

Spice.

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10 Responses

  1. Hi Alison,

    Looks like a great day was had by all. And that curry looks delicious – will definitely have to try that when I get home from vacation.

    Libby

  2. Love the pic of your little one eating those cookies. My little one is 4. How bout yours? That Chana Masala looks great. I am the same with long recipes. I now look to see what I have on hand and what I dont. If theres a lot of stuff I dont have then the recipe gets pushed to the back of the list or might not make the cut :).

    ~Justine

    • Yes, that’s exactly what I do too… if I know I’ve got a good majority of the necessary ingredients then I’ll keep reading.

      Ava is 5 and Maxine is nearly 3!

  3. that chana masala looks yum!!!

  4. I think garam masala is the only spice that I still don’t have after buying so many spices these past few months. I eat so much better now that I gave up meat.

    My girls did the exact same thing yesterday. We were on a play date though so my 4 year old is sad we don’t have a scooter.

    • Ava just got that scooter yesterday, it’s second hand – a family member dropped it off in the morning and they were in hog heaven with it.

  5. The Chana Masala sounds wonderful! I’m glad you told us not to skip over it, because that’s exactly what I tend to do with long lists of ingredients too! haha…but you’re right, most of the ingredients are stuff I already have.

    Do you use canned chick peas when you make it? Do you notice any difference from the uncooked? I’m always taking the easy route and going for the canned versions of beans, but I’m wondering if I’m missing out on a lot by doing that! 🙂

    Love the cookie pictures! When cookies bring out smiles on kids, you know they’re going to be good! 🙂

    • I used cooked beans yesterday (soaked overnight and then simmered for about an hour in new water) but I use canned beans too, they are great in a pinch. There’s only a difference until you get good at cooking your own beans. I’ve over cooked beans and they are way too mushy, undercooked them and they are too hard. Cooked beans don’t always all have the same consistency, so that’s one of the nice thing about canned beans. Cooking your own is definitely cheaper but also more time consuming. Once you get past the learning curve you’re home free.

  6. hahahahaha…you are too dang funny and creative my dear. i LOVE LOVE LOVE indian, and you may have inspired me to make something of my OWN (instead of the usual takeout). drool.

    love lil’ maxi – too dang cute with those cookies 🙂

    p.s. i’ve started reading about food combining from the raw food detox – defo interesting. are you still going to do more of that in your eating? just wondering…i’m nosy 🙂

    • Yes, I’m definitely still keeping food combining in mind. I’m not getting it perfect all of the time (I just have to fruit and nut butter with oatmeal which is technically not properly combined) but there are other things that are easier to do, like eating fruit on an empty stomach in the morning and between lunch and dinner, avoiding combining dairy and grains for meals other than breakfast. It’s a journey and I’m working my way there. I’m glad you are reading the book, there is definitely a lot of good stuff in it! Can’t wait to hear what you think.

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