Dead simple curry

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Adapted from AB’s recipe 
  • 1 (1-pound) bag mixed frozen vegetables
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Curry Powder of your blend (mine follows)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 dried red chiles, stems and seeds removed if less heat is desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper, optional
  • 2 chicken breasts and 2 chicken thighs, cubed.  Or hell, any combo of chicken you like.
For this dish, my spice mix was as follows:
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds (ground)
3-4 cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1. Cook rice according to package directions. 
  • 2. Poke a few holes in the frozen veg bag and microwave it for two minutes to thaw the veggies.
  • 3. Mix together the yogurt and the cornstarch in a large bowl.
  • 4. OPTIONAL: If you are using certain whole spices (mustard, fennel, cumin), toast them in a sautee pan over medium-high heat until they smell delicious.
  • 5. Take your sautee pan to medium heat.  Add the canola oil, the garlic, and the spice mixture.  Sautee until the garlic is golden, 3-5 minutes.
  • 6. Add the salt, the veggies, and the sugar.  Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • 7. Mix the veggies and the sauce in the pan with the yogurt mixture.
  • 8. Crank the heat to medium-high and toss in the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  Sautee until cooked.
  • 9. Mix chicken with the veggies and yogurt sauce.
  • 10. Consume with rice.  Train for wrestling with Indian clubs. 
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On On Writing

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I woke up about a half hour earlier than I expected this morning and, as a result, found that I got all the things I wanted to do about a half earlier I expected (refill the cooler with ice, work out, etc).

I thought I might head out a little early, but when I’m in LA, I expect that my writing time will consist of whatever I can sneak in between internships and class, so I want to start getting back into the habit now.

I like to think of what I’m doing as a bit of an epic quest.  An adventure.  As the decorations Teresa put up for my going away party said “Go West, Young Man, and Find your Destiny”.  The first leg of my journey, from St. Louis to Texas, I’ve been listening to “On Writing”, by Stephen King.  I’ve read a lot of books on the subject of the craft, and more specifically on my subset of the craft, but “On Writing” was my first and possibly my favorite.  King is obviously focused on prose over screenwriting, but what he’s saying is so primal and true that any writer owes to himself or herself to find a copy of the book and read it.

It’s been fantastic listening to it.  First off, to hear King read it, you realize that for all his spookiness, the man is actually just a giant uber-geek.

Secondly, it’s been kind of a spiritual thing.  I’m going off on this adventure, a journey into the magic forest (and with all such journeys, I am bound to return with some prize).  It’s only appropriate that I sit at the feet of the master and hear his wisdom once again.

I’ll finish it before I get out of Texas, I suspect, and then over to another book on tape.  I’m torn between an epic fantasy (Furies of Calderon) and a Sci-fi war story (Old Man’s War).

I’ll let y’all know what I choose.  See you in Arizona!

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Hurricane Preparedness for New Englanders

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Hello New England!  I’ve heard that there is a hurricane headed your way.  That sucks.  You should probably prepare for that.

But wait, you say.  I have never prepared for a hurricane before!  I don’t know what to do!

Ahahahaha.  You silly people.  Don’t worry, I’m here to save you from the winds.

Oh, wait.  I’m in Missouri.  Okay.  I’ll just tell you what to do.

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