Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aloo Gobi...and Who Knows What Else

No food. No drink. That's me, for most of today.

I find myself reading food articles, as if that will somehow make up for the gurgling and empty feeling. MFK Fisher has been a godsend, one of the few writers who cooked as beautifully as she described.

Husband came home from his physical with the cheerful news that his cholesterol is higher than the last time it got tested. An ultrasound on his neck showed a little plaque buildup in one artery. (I had no idea they did these.) Not terrible, no surgery needed, but a consideration, nonetheless. Which means a stricter diet, more exercise and meds. (The latter to add to the handful of pills he already swallows each morning.)

     We needed the diet and exercise, anyways.

Aloo Gobi showed up as a mention in an article on the merits of group cooking. I was intrigued enough to go looking -- turns out it's a sort-of potato and cauliflower curry. Sounds different, doesn't it -- but it's beloved in India. Unusual, fast, easy to make. I intend to try it once I'm out of this colonoscopy.

ALOO GOBI

  • 3 potatoes, chopped
  • water for boiling
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water

Preparation:

Boil potatoes until tender; drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and spices in a skillet. Add onion, cauliflower and potatoes. Cook for 3-5 min., add lemon juice, water and cook for another 6-8 min. (You'll know it's ready when the cauliflower is done.) Serve by itself, or with rice.Serves about 4.

3 comments:

Yvonne said...

Here's a new twist on saving money:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SmartSpending/blog/page.aspx?post=1776245&_blg=1,1775601

How do people think of such a thing!!!

Cindy Brick said...

Oh my goodness!!!
Well, there is some kind of 'possession is 9/10s of the law' clause, at least here in Colorado. If you use a chunk of your neighbor's property long enough, it can be declared yours, instead. I would say this is hokum, but people in Boulder actually did this with a piece of land they used as a shortcut to their own property. When the original landowners sued, they LOST!
Thanks, Yvonne for sharing. Wacky.

Kris said...

In our area...we had a local farmer let the Jaycess use his back road to access their land. They didn't need the access, but it made it easier for them. As time went by, gave them permission to build an entry stand and bleachers on his land. Everyone knew it was the farmers land and they always asked permission. Until...

A change in administration. Somehow the actual owner of the land was forgotten. The new administration gave permission for someone else to dig up the land, destroying the back road the Jaycess didn't need. But the farmer DID need it, and objected. He blocked the construction.

The Jaycees went to the town board and complained. The town agreed with the Jaycees and is now in the process of taking the land from the farmer under eminent domain.

Just goes to show no good deed goes unpunished.