Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Massaman Curry with Paneer and Broccoli

Despite three attempts (on different nights) to obtain a better photo than the one pictured above, I am using this horrid looking photo to talk about the most delicious Indian dish. Massaman Curry is my current favorite Indian dish and why wouldn't it be: complex spice combinations, coconut milk and creamy paneer. What's not to love?

Apparently massaman somehow, way back when, is a derivative of a curry that came from a unknown muslim man, somehow reflecting the Thai style red curry paste that is the key to this fragrant seductive dish. Although the origins of the name sound murky to me, irregardless, it's a fantastically delicious dish that is sure to win over all but the pickiest eaters!

Don't be scared by the long list of ingredients, it's mostly spices. Once you start working with spices you realize the genius of Indian cooking. It really is outrageously fun (and just a tad smug making!) to cook like this and impress your eaters!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Classic Dijon Mustard - DIY Pantry

So we are nearly six weeks into the new year - how are your resolutions going? Faultering? Gaining in speed? Well if eating less processed food was one of your desires for this year, make more of your condiments and know exactly what is in them!

I have been making my own mustards for about five years now, and it is so worth the time and effort, on top of being a fun sort of chemistry project! This is a classic Dijon mustard which is akin to Grey Poupon mustard and what my family was raised on. Always having this on hand ensures its easy addition to marinades, salad dressing, or just as a topping on a burger of any sort.

Make sure to age it at least one week in the refrigerator before using to allow the flavors to really meld. Like most mustards, they get better with age.