Does the Internet Want My Shortbread?

Bopped over to check the Kickstarter (it’s the last two days, so after ignoring it for weeks, I’m now obsessively checking it every hour or so), and we broke $7000, woot! 🙂 The question is, will we get to the $7500 stretch goal before time runs out?

How badly does the internet want my shortbread?…/vegan-serendib-a-sri…

I feel like I should now be singing something about my shortbread bringing all the boys and girls and gentlebeings to the yard…

Loving Lentils

It’s funny; I used to not like lentils. Everyone always raved about Amma’s paripoo, but it just didn’t work for me.

But boy, I love this Sri Lankan lentil curry. Bryan thought it was the best thing we served at the party, and I think he was right. I have to credit Ethiopian food — falling in love with that cuisine in college led me around to loving lentils.

Recipe here:…/tempered-lentils-paripoo…/

Two Days Left on Kickstarter!

I’ve just added stretch goal #2 — if we make it to $7500, I’m committing to Serendib Teatime (I may fiddle with the name some), a selection of afternoon tea delights.

One of my favorite things to do when visiting Sri Lanka is enjoy seaside afternoon tea at the Galle Face Hotel — little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, cakes and cookies and scones, fried prawns, and of course, the best Ceylon tea. Yum.…/vegan-serendib-a…/comments

Pledge at the $3 level or higher to get a copy of all funded ebooks — the cocktail party ebook is guaranteed now; the teatime one…well, we’ll see. We’re at $6881 now, so it’s promising, but not definite. 🙂

Photo from a tea tasting Karina and I did at a hill country plantation in 2005.

I Just Don’t Have the Willpower

Sigh. I wrote up a perfectly good vegan garlic curry recipe for the vegan cookbook. It was delicious. But then I thought…you know what this would be great as? The base for a chicken curry. So I cut up six chicken thighs and tossed them in, simmered for 15 minutes or so, and oh my god, that’s stunning.

I’m never going to manage to go fully vegan, folks. I just don’t have the willpower. I’ll have to settle for just reducing meat consumption, at least for now. (I still dream of discovering massive reserves of willpower in my old age….)

Poritha Ulli Kari / Fried Garlic Curry

This one is for all the folks who say there can never be too much garlic in a dish. I’m no expert on Ayurvedic cooking, but from what I’ve read, garlic is used widely in Ayurvedic medicine, with claims that it’s good for the heart, hair, and digestive systems.

On the other hand, some practitioners recommend being sparing when you eat garlic and onions, as they can have a ‘heating’ effect, and some of us may run rather ‘hot’ already… I leave such weighty health decisions up to the cook! I will only vouch for this dish being delicious.

2 T vegetable oil
2 c. peeled garlic cloves
1 c. chopped onion
1-3 green chilies, seeded and sliced thinly
1 t. salt
1/2 t. ground pepper
1/2 t. fennel seeds
1/4 t. mustard seeds
1/4 t. fenugreek / methi seeds
1 stalk curry leaves (about a dozen)
2 c. coconut milk
1 T Sri Lankan roasted curry powder

1 T tamarind paste

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, chilies, salt, pepper, fennel, mustard, fenugreek, and curry leaves; sauté, stirring occasionally, until golden-translucent.

2. Add coconut milk, curry powder, and tamarind paste. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine, then reduce the heat and simmer until the gravy has reduced by half. Serve hot with rice or bread.

Yummy Goop

Made brownies yesterday. Fussy recipe, but they honestly came out as delicious as I’ve ever imagined a brownie, so I can’t complain.

Couldn’t find our 8″ square pan, so made one batch in the scone pan (use plenty of Baker’s Joy, because brownies tend to stick), and one batch (with cherries) in a pie plate. Both delicious, though I think we could’ve added some foil to protect the edge of the cherry one and baked it just a little longer; the cherries put off enough moisture that the center is a little goopy.

Yummy goop, though. 🙂