September 30, 2005

Tomato soup with corn and squash

Jake and Joanie came over for games, and Joanie wanted tomato soup while tomatoes were still plentiful, and I had some leftover squash and corn, and this recipe was ideal. It came out pretty nice, although I probably rushed the stock, so it wasn't quite as full flavored as it might have.

Posted by chris at 08:50 AM

September 28, 2005

Minty lassis

These are absurdly good. I think the rose water is what drives it over the edge.

Posted by chris at 10:46 PM

Pizza-style pizza

I made a pizza and it was the most pizza-ish pizza I've made yet. It looked and tasted just like an average pizza (except perhaps a bit better). Hunh! Even had the blackened crust and the little bubbles.

Posted by chris at 10:45 PM

September 25, 2005

Lemon and kosher salt pizza

I used a different pizza crust from what I usually make; this one was more traditional. And then sliced a lemon thinly (although it should probably have been thinner than what my food processor could do) and added some kosher salt. Baked. Then added some garlicky olive oil and baked a little more. The result: Light, refreshing, a nice mix of lemon and garlic and olive oil.

Posted by chris at 05:15 PM

Pears poached with bay leaves

The pears were a bit overripe so I experimented on them. They were poached in water with just some sugar and bay leaf in it. Turned out OK, but needed more bay leaf action.

Posted by chris at 05:13 PM

September 23, 2005

Pear tart with almond cream

This seemed to take days. Well, it did, actually. Pears got poached. Appropriate-sized tart pans had to be purchased. Then the almond cream was assembled and the tart was assembled.

Well, it was somewhat arduous, but it eventually got made. And if I make it again—it was not that difficult—well, now I know the consequences of my decisions. And it came out pretty dang tasty.

David recommends poaching pears with just bay leaves. It seems like an excellent idea.

Posted by chris at 11:49 PM

September 16, 2005

Malted milkshakes

I'm still working on them. If at first you don't succeed, try try again! If I add too much ice cream, the blender gets a bit unhappy. Also I finally broke down and bought powdered malt powder. Much nicer to work with.

Posted by chris at 09:17 PM


My mother, who is visiting, bought some vin santo, and I made biscotti to go with it. I haven't tried the combo yet, but the biscotti along came out pretty nice! I hope they last a few days...

Posted by chris at 09:15 PM

Birthday party

Last Sunday I had a little birthday party for Jake. My mother wanted to make greek salad and this curried cheese dip with mango chutney, so I decided everything would be Greek or Indian. Here's what we had:

My first time making it; it was hummus, typical and fine. I am so burned out on hummus but I figured I would make it anyways.

Baba Ghanouj
I loves me some baba; this was eggplanty and mild and delightful.

Haloumi, fried
Andrea brought this over a little while ago, and it is good and salty and it fries in its own brine.

Indian-spiced peanuts
These get better with time, but sadly weren't good until about 4 days after the party.

Maple lime drink
Some Indian specialty. Later I heard this is used as a "cleansing" drink—you basically only drink this for ten days, and eat nothing. Eek. It was tasty nonetheless!

Dal with radishes
The radishes I think made the dal taste watered down. A bit of a disappointment.

Cumin lassis
These were delighful and weird, although the first batch ended up all over the sink when the base of the blender jar loosened. That was no fun.

Cardamom shortbread cookies
Which was the explicit gift for Jake. I had made a batch a few days earlier but didn't blog about them lest he read it; then I wound up eating most of them, so I made a second batch for him.

Lemon rice pudding
This certainly pleased me! I thought the lemoniness might be a bit ick, but it was cool and refreshing. Lemon rice pudding, I'm sorry I ever doubted you. (Also this was a Greek Jewish recipe, so the Jewish dessert book has redeemed itself!)

Posted by chris at 09:14 PM