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. 🙂

Recipe: https://www.epicurious.com/…/best-cocoa-brownies-108346

A Willingness to Chop Onions

Me: Sweetie, are you going to be up for a while?

Jed: Another hour or two.

Me: Can you dice five onions and slice five shallots so I have them ready to cook with in the morning?

Jed: Sure!

Reader, if you suspect that a common thread in my partners is their willingness to chop masses of onions for me, you would not be wrong.

Leftovers for Days

– MA looks at party menu

– realizes it’s enough to feed twice as many people as we’re actually expecting; maybe three times
– shrugs and continues merrily on (la la la la la la la)

(leftovers for days…)

– veggies and hummus
– fresh watermelon
– shrimp cocktail

– chips and guac and salsas

– grilled chicken tikka
– grilled bratwursts
– grilled burgers & veggie Beyond burgers
– sautéed mushrooms & onions and Swiss

– ginger sambol & Sri Lankan tomato jam

– kaliya curry (plantain & eggplant & potato)
– grilled corn with lime-cilantro crema and cotija (elotes)
– grilled asparagus
– grilled peaches and plums
– potato salad
– cucumber tzatziki salad

– Chicago popcorn (Anand loves it)

– jaggery pongal
– Kavi’s lemon cookies
– mini cupcakes (thanks, grocery store)
– popsicles
– MAYBE a pavlova, if I get around to it

– berries

– various lemonades, interesting sodas, cocktails, sangria, beer & cider, rosé wine…

Celestial Party Plates

I am sure that some of my science fiction writer and reader friends need to know that Target has a really pretty line of celestial party plates right now. 🙂 Both dinner and snack plates.

A Small Shindig

We’re having a small graduation shindig for the kids tomorrow. Can I tell you how exciting it was to pull out all the summery serveware? I may have a little bit of an entertaining problem. 🙂

There aren’t actually that many people coming; we’re keeping the numbers small per COVID and easing back into it all. But I admit that I’m tempted to fill up all these dishes anyway.

Costco, here I come. 🙂

AAPI Heritage Month Pick of the Day

Whoa, that’s exciting. Just swung by Twitter, and saw that Boston Public Library has picked A Feast of Serendib for their #AAPIHeritageMonth pick of the day! 🙂

Green Grams / Mung Bean

Not technically lentils! But if you refer to them all as pulses (lentils, beans, peas…) you’ll be correct. 🙂

Want to know more? “Dal is often translated as “lentils” but actually refers to a split version of a number of lentils, peas, chickpeas (chana), kidney beans and so on. If a pulse is split into half, it is a dal. For example, split mung beans are mung dal.”

The more you know!

https://indiaphile.info/guide-indian-lentils/

I Fret

I’ve started double-bagging the curry powder; it’s not quite as pretty this way, but I wanted a little more protection from puncture in transit. I fret.