Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
However, Nate and I are fond of buying curry sauces and frozen naan from Trader Joe's, as well as frozen samosas and pakoras from a local Indian grocery store, and cooking all that for a tasty meal.
That's what we did Saturday night. We had a curry sauce to use up, and with that, we cooked chicken, potatoes, green peppers, onions, jalapeno and chickpeas.
For an appetizer, we had some mini samosas and spinach pakoras.
We also bought some Indian-style Cheetos, only these are called "Naughty Tomato," and taste like spicy ketchup.
We also had papadum with mint chutney. With the curry, we heated up some garlic naan.
For dessert, we found some Indian cookies at the Indian grocery store.
It's not nearly as tasty as having Indian at a restaurant, but it's not bad for an easy, at-home meal.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Today, for lunch before a play, Nate and I went to lunch at Casablanca, a Middle Eastern restaurant on Brady St. I, of course, have been craving falafel and I knew Nate would be up for trying it.
There was a brunch buffet available, but it didn't look quite as good and have quite as much food, as their weekly vegetarian lunch buffet. We elected to order off the menu. Everything we got was phenomenal and we talked about the food the entire time we were eating!
We started with the stuffed grape leaves--fresh grape leaves stuffed with rice and beef with some spices and served with a side of yogurt. (The pictures aren't the greatest--we were sitting next to a window with red curtains, so everything looks kind of pink!)
My meal came with soup, salad or rice. I got the lentil soup, which I had had before and knew it was really, really good. It's called Adas Majrous, with split yellow lentils simmered with carrots, onions and spices.
Nate ordered a kifta kabob sandwich (the rolled thing at the top of the picture below), which had spiced beef, tomatoes, onions and peppers wrapped in a thin pita. It was especially good with the grape leaves yogurt. He ordered rice with it, and we both couldn't stop talking about the rice! It tasted like basmati rice with almonds, cinnamon and a lot of other stuff.
I ordered the vegetarian Casablanca Combination, which included a lot of my favorite things: pita bread, falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and piece of spinach pie. It was all really, really tasty, but I think I prefer the Greek version of spinach pie a bit more--there's usually cheese in it, and I'm a sucker for feta!
All in all, it was a wonderful meal, and Nate can't stop talking about it. :) I'm anxious to try other Middle Eastern restaurants in Milwaukee with him!
I thought it was really tasty. It wasn't as creamy or cheesy as most tuna noodle casseroles, but it was still really good. I have to admit, though, we added some Parmesan cheese and a few drops of Sriracha sauce when we dished it up. Even better!
Tuna Noodle Casserole
1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain; cover. Set aside.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
You can really do what you want with the recipe. I followed it exactly, and I'm not sure I would make any changes. I loved it. Nate said it was "different."
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
6 oz. cooked chicken, diced (about 1 cup) (I used one chicken breast)
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tbs. chopped, toasted walnuts
2 tbs. raisins
2 tbs. chutney
1/2 teas. curry powder (I used yellow curry) (I added a few more shakes, plus some shakes of spicy curry powder)
English muffins, bread, buns, etc. (whatever you want) (I used those thin Arnold buns)
(The recipe calls for spinach leaves to go on the sandwich, but I left this out)
Combine chicken, celery, mayo, walnuts, raisins, chutney and curry powder. Split among four sandwiches. (I ended up with 2.5 sandwiches!)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I had yemiser wot, which is split lentils cooked in Ethiopian red pepper sauce and assorted spices. It came with a side of yater alitcha, which is yellow split peas cooked in a mild sauce.
Then Friday night, Nate and I went to dinner with my parents to Sobelman's, a burger bar near Marquette University. The restaurant's website is http://www.milwaukeesbestburgers.com/, and I think it's a pretty accurate statement. The burgers are really delicious. I just had a regular burger with cheese and fried onions. My mom had the mushroom Swiss burger and my dad and Nate both had the Sobelman burger, which I think has three types of cheeses, bacon and jalapenos. Washed down with a Lakefront Riverwest Stein, it was a perfect way to end a Friday. (By the way, the burger picture is actually half of my dad's burger. I finished mine and then I realized I never took a picture!)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This Monday we had Poblano Pork Stew for the first time. It was really tasty, with a nice kick of heat. Here's the recipe and what we did.
Poblano Pork Stew
1 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tbs. oil oil
1 lb. tiny whole new potatoes, quartered (I couldn't find these, so I just cut up 3 red potatoes)
1.5 medium onions, chopped
2 fresh poblano peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces (we didn't seed any of the peppers--we like the heat!)
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, mined
2 inches cinnamon stick
3 cups chicken broth
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tbs. chili powder
1 teas. dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teas. black pepper
Hot cooked any kind of rice (if desired. Would be good with cornbread, too)
1. In a large skillet, brown meat in hot oil. Drain off fat.
2. In slow cooker, place potatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and cinnamon. Add meat. In a bowl, combine chicken broth, undrained tomatoes, chili powder, oregano and black pepper, and pour over all.
3. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. Discard stick cinnamon. Serve over hot rice.
We ate it so fast that I forgot to take a picture! Oh well. Next time!