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I had an unexceptional dish of sambar while out last week,and wanted to do better.... so got involved with making sambar, hoppers and a pumpkin coconut stew. The sambar was good,though not quite my ideal (I love sambar),needed more fried shallots in the spice mix.

I hadnt made hoppers in a long time,worth the effort. Warming meal on a chilly day....


I'll be right over. 

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Working my way through some Indian recipes from a not very good book - an experiment in seeing what works and what doesn't. The night before last I turned my kitchen into a post-hurricane site with a

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Another week, another cold.. Playing the lollipop game with the boy.. We each lick it until it gets to where he can bite it.. He then takes a bite, I take a bite and then somehow we end up in Disneyland?  This is according to Jax.. So, yeh, he is gross and therefore I am gross.. Or maybe it was when we shared gum, or he backwashed into my drink, or when he sneezed in my face, or licked his hand and rubbed it in my face, or licked my face.. maybe when I got into his bed and we made a tent and there were incredibly strong smells of urine.. but, who knows... it could have been unrelated to any of that.  


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Went into the freezer and pulled out an old soup that I strained and cooked down... It's a base that works perfectly, just add to a pot and add some cooking wine, a little fermented paste, some new dried peppers, some ginger and garlic and cilantro and the raw ingredients in the proper order.. 



It would do without any futzing but, i am a futzer, I like to futz.. 




yeh, not much plating effort




Sitting at my desk this morning:  A green tea and whiskey on deck. 


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When you are tired of getting shitty food delivered to your house for 65 bucks a clip, you think quickly.. I ran outside, checked to see if the sage was still alive.. We had some flour, some whole wheat flour and some butter..   I can make a pasta dough in minutes.. And jax can get covered in flour in seconds.. 






It's called family style because, no one but family would eat pasta off your child's feet






sage was actually beautiful 



It was really good:  Jax helped, he did a great job.. he ran the pasta through the roller, he floured the pasta, dropped it in the water and didn't eat a god damn thing. 



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Mrs. P made an awesome side dish of spicy roasted Brussels sprouts with Kimchi dressing from a recipe that she found in the Bergen Record a few weeks ago. It contained chopped garlic, ginger, Korean gochujang paste, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, scallions, red onions, olive oil, kosher salt, and sugar. This really packed a punch. I don't think she will be able to make Brussels sprouts a different way again :)


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