Archive for October, 2009

Cooking from A to Z

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 by aliaalafaireet

My friend Zack and I try to cook every Tuesday. I really appreciate Zack. One of the first times we spoke he told me about being in pre-school. At snack time the other kids would be nibbling on thier peanut butter and jelly sandwichs while he would be struggling with his chapati, honey dripping onto his hands. We bonded.  He says if we ever have a cooking show together we should call it “Cooking for A to Z” (Our intials, get it?) This particular episode is brought to you by the color orange.

Zack found a recipe for lentil soup that needed some spicing up. The recipe called for red lentils which are actually orange, then turn yellow during the cooking process and dissolve. I found this excedingly strange . Zack explained that this always happens with red lentils but despite the event’s constistency I still consider the dissapearing act abnormal and will be doing research. We then added the following supplementary ingredients: sweet potatoes, a russet potato,

 carrots, an onion, a combination of spices I did not write down straight out of Zack’s imagination or subconscious I am not quite sure which one, cilantro, yogurt, garlic, ( this was actually in the recipe, it said to cook the garlic and set aside, but the never said what to do with it) cheese, and bread for dipping.

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You must do the thing you think you cannot do

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 by aliaalafaireet

I got this for my twenty-second birthday in early October. As a kid, (and now in semi-adulthood) I loved Roald Dahl books, and Quentin Blake’s illustrations are absolutely charming. I wanted to get the kitchen whisk they are used to beat things, to overcome.

I went alone to get my tattoo, and was quite nervous, but right before I needed to sit in the chair a Living Colour song came on, a little comfort jam from the universe I suppose.

Tattoo

Food with a face

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2009 by aliaalafaireet
Little radish person

Little radish person

Playing Barista

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 by aliaalafaireet

I could never be a barista. It’s just not meant to be. First of all, baristas wear those super trendy, cloth caps. My hair is too big for these caps. I am also not hip: I do not listen to bands named after kitchen utensils, I have very little idea of what is happening on the west coast, and while I do watch quite a few French movies, it’s because I am a French major, so I actually speak the language.

I do however, own a french press, just big enough to make one cup. Its name is Stella Banks-Mackenzie. Me and Stella, we play coffee shop all the time. It’s sort of how I reward myself for doing work I should do without a reward because its what responsible, productive people do.

Cafe au lait time!

Cafe au lait time!

Lentils for bad days

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 by aliaalafaireet

The first day of October I woke up with a serious case of the I-don’t-care-anymore-itis. Several hours into my normal up and at’em time I went to campus for class. The sky was so overcast with deep gray storm clouds it seemed like night outside. I did not go to my first class. I instead went and got a cup of coffee, which was bad because a) I was spending money and b) because I was skipping class to do so. I finished up a letter I had been writing and hatched as much of a plan as an apathetic person can hatch. Call Zora and encourage communal class skipping in favor of making lentils. If Zora did not agree I would march myself straight to room 41 for Afro-francophone literature. Luckily for me Zora did agree. I went to the Root Cellar and picked up lentils, an onion, a head of garlic, two new potatoes, and a tomato. I also bought an apple, but that wasn’t for the lentils.

When I arrived at Zora’s house we spent a while sitting in the dark in the living room chatting quietly as to not wake up the other divas that live there. When we moved to the kitchen I perused the huge spice collection, and eventually found what I was looking for: coriander, cardamom, celery seed, and cumin. We made the lentils and one by one different roommates trickled in to get breakfast, which included various strange and wondrous items such as chili with sauerkraut and pumpkin popsicles. I left with a belly full of lentils and one of said popsicles and a slightly better attitude. Here is how to make aromatic lentils for a bad day. Dice an onion and 2 or 3 big cloves of garlic and cook it in pot with olive oil over medium heat. And a generous teaspoon of each of the afore mentioned spices so they may fry along with the onions. At this point you can add a few small potatoes or a carrot for extra body but you do not have too. If you do, cook with the onion until they until they start to soften. Add about two cups of lentil and cover with water. From here on out the lentils will simmer until fully cooked, you may want to turn the heat up slightly. Add more water if all the liquid boils off before the lentils are done. The lentils are done when they are soft all the way through but not so mushy that all the skins are falling off. Then add salt and pepper to taste. The steaming hot lentils and good with a little something cold and smooth. I like cucumber and yogurt the best. On this day, in the presence of dairy-free people, we used chopped tomato.

Neglect

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 by aliaalafaireet

I have been neglectful of my blog,  just like I was neglectful of the book that inspired the blog. For this I apologize. I will do better, I will update at least once a week. I hope there are still some readers out there.