Drink for Thought

February 24, 2009

How to make masala chai (which stupidly, many Americans call “chai tea”- though “chai” means “tea.”)

1/2 cup water,

1/2 cup milk

Heat in saucepan.

Add scoop of tea + scoop of sugar

add grated fresh ginger and cardamom seeds,

Stir, wait several minutes, strain into cup & enjoy.


I’ve got to have one…

February 23, 2009

for my kitchen in September.


I have a cold.

February 22, 2009

So I spent the day in bed, eating delicious things (including 3 blood oranges) and watching the excellent film City of God.

I think it’s time for a new batch of Cupboard Soup.

And on the topic of my impromptu recipes, this treat came to me in a dream yesterday, so I promptly rushed to the market, procured the necessities, and made it.

3 or 4 cups of milk

2 cups of couscous

zest of 1 orange

a tablespoon of honey

generous dash of cinnamon

whatever dried fruits and nuts your heart desires

Bring milk to boil with orange zest. Careful! It will probably boil over, milk is tricky. Add couscous, cover, and remove from heat. When the couscous has absorbed the milk, mix in the honey and cinnamon. Garnish with chopped nuts and dried fruit. Delicious hot or cold.

Lists about food

February 17, 2009

The 20 Healthiest and Cheapest Foods (from divinecaroline.com)

oats, eggs, kale, potatoes, apples, nuts, bananas, chickpeas, broccoli, watermelon, wild rice, beets, butternut squash, whole grain pasta, sardines, spinach, tofu, milk, pepitas, coffee

Hmm. Looks like an inventory of my kitchen.

Also, Ways to Save at the Grocery from www.chow.com: Bold theirs, comments mine.

1. Pick and Choose Which Organics You Buy. Organic doesn’t make a difference for produce like onions and avocados, but it does for pesticide-heavy crops like apples and peaches.

2. Skip the Deli Counter. They say roasting your own meat is easy and cheap… but I’m not much of a cold-cut girl anyway.

3. Make Your Own Granola.– I do! It’s amazing!

4. Buy Spices in Small Amounts. Ethnic markets carry bulk spices that you can select a small amount from, for much cheaper than the plastic containers that hang around FOREVER.

5. Don’t Pay a Premium for Health Fads. cough cough, pomegranate/acai

6. Find Sparkling Alternatives. Real Champagne is expensive, save it for wildly special occasions. Andre or Spanish cava will do the trick.

7. Make Mock Maple Syrup. Hmm, don’t think I’ll ever consider real Vermont maple syrup an unnecessary extravagance. Sorry.

8. Create Snacks from Scratch. I do- I make my own crackers, root veg. chips, hummus, tapenade, pesto, popcorn, etc.

9. Use Substitutions for Fancy Ingredients. aka buttermilk or sour cream instead of creme fraiche. It would depend on the recipe.

10. Chop Your Own Greens. Instead of bagged salad mixes. Good call.

Finally, this brilliant diagram from Food Proof:


February 16, 2009





Oh, dear god.