Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rewind to Indian Cooking, Fast foward to next week, oops, rewind to the present, then pause...

I just got back from my sister's wedding in SC. I flew out on a red eye, which was a huge mistake because I didn't sleep at all on the plane and was coughing and run down the whole time. My body is still trying to figure out if it wants to get sick or not, so I'll just drift around today like a zombie.

I, Bethany, hereby promise never to take a red eye without ambien. It may be the stuff of the devil, but it is better than feeling horrible for days on end because because of no sleep for 2 days.

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I have about a kajillion pics to download off my camera and sort through before I can post the teensy amount of food pics I took in SC. So I will post about some fantastic Indian cooking.

I bid for and won a cooking class at a NARN auction. My friends, Suzanne and Anthony, very graciously let us have the class at their home.

Here's Nitin, the super chef and our instructor, chopping away. He gets major points for being nice to me while I pestered him.
Here is the base of the curry bubbling in the pot. It was a game of sitting and waiting for the oil to make its way to the top after each addition of an ingredient. This bit of info is what I was missing in my curry making. Here is the final curry before the potatoes were added. My plate before I devoured it. All of the pot tending was worth it. I'm pretty confident, thanks to Nitin's excellent teaching, that I can make this on my own. Thanks, Nitin!!! I see this curry base becoming Mattar Tofu in my near future...

For dessert after the delicious Indian food, we had this very lumpy and lopsided cake that I made for Suzanne's bday, which was the day after the cooking class. What can I say, I need to practice at making layered cakes. I've been hanging out in sheet cake (that stays in the glass pan) and cupcake slacker land for a while now. Long gone are the days of the layer cakes with shocking blue frosting with little frosting cats prancing around on the top.

In the cake below, each layer is 1 batch of the toasted coconut cupcakes from VCTOTW. I was a bit nervous on how it would taste because of the lumpy dryness of it, but it was good. FYI - if you're going to use whole coconut milk while baking, water it down because that is what the recipe is expecting. otherwise, you'll get a lumpy looking dryish cake :) ~~~~~

I also made Suzanne some Nusseken, which I gave her on Sunday, the day after her bday. I got the recipe from Mihl. I used pecans instead of almonds (because I didn't have any). They reminded me of really tasty mini pecan pies. Everybody agreed either through verbal praise or by eating lots of them. Many thanks to Mihl for sharing this recipe.

I only remembered to take a pic just before the last 1/2 piece was eaten. I promise that I dipped both sides.

(side note: I only used 1/2 cup + 2 tbs of margarine in the topping instead of 1 cup + 2 tbs)

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Here are some pics of The Judge and Sable playing.

Almost off the ledge.
Boo hoo hoo! quit head butting me!
Are you ignoring me? One big head butt that starts at the neck...
and works its way down Sable's leg...
Until The Judge's head is on the floor and Sable is using him for a head rest. Oh, the life of a dog.

11 comments:

Charlotte said...

The cooking classes you go to look so interesting! I did one once through my work, which was awesome, but they rarely have vegan classes. Maybe I can pester them...

That curry looks amazing, and so does the cake!

Suzanne said...

The cake was amazing - even many non-vegans agreed and the we inhaled the nusseken! Yummy, yummy, yummy. Thanks again B!

Vegetation said...

HAHAHA! LOVE the full body rub!!! Those 2 are adorable!!!

And mmm I'm coming over for curry, that looks amazing!

Lily Girl said...

YUM - Indian food - LOVE IT!!! And The Judge is too much.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Ooooh yummy looking food - and I think your Cake looks AWESOME! Mmmm toasted Coconut - I could eat a slice of that right now. Great tip on the Curry - about waiting for the oil to make its way to the top after each ingredient, I will have to do this from now on. Cookery classes are great aren't they. Well.....you obviously know that already 'cos you go to LOADS of them.
:)
Sable and Judge are just too cute together. It's so nice when cats and dogs are friends.
:)

River said...

YAY for winning a cooking class - the curry looks so good! The Nusseken looks dreamy, and I think your cake is lovely, coconutty perfection! What a lucky birthday girl!

That cannot be the same Sable that used to seem afraid of the cats!! Wow, she's really loving the Judge! Are you still fostering her or did you decide to keep her? I love the head butt sequence! :-)

PS: I like your Easter standards! :-D

wingraclaire said...

Awesome photos of your babies at play!

And I never knew that about the oil and curries. I will have to try it. But I guess "patient" is the operative word? I am not the most patient cook, I must say. You do take the most interesting classes!

This post was a few days old by the time I read it, as I've been out of town. Hope your body decided to be WELL and you have caught up on your sleep!

VeganView said...

Indian food is such a talent, you are a master it seems. Everything you made looks so good. I love the sound of the coconut cake too. And always your animals are just absolutely adorable.

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jenny said...

Funny!!

Mihl said...

I am sorry I didn't see this earlier. Your nussecken look perfect! I am glad you liked the recipe. If I make these again I'll definitely try pecans, too.