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sobelle ([personal profile] sobelle) wrote2007-10-12 10:46 pm

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Okay, so I have a flat tire and can't get it fixed until... well... sometime later than now... so I'll just post about food...

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My son and S.O. visited...and offered to cook... she is the genuine article when it comes to Mexican cuisine and I was thrilled to watch her cook... the pix don't do justice to the food but I can guarantee that it was all fantastic!

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They also made Sangria (and here again, I missed all the fresh fruit to be had in California)

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He was the preparations side of their chefdom... they really enjoy cooking together... it was sweet to watch them.

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That's enough for food pix... but here's an excellent food blog

[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmh. And also, I love your kitchen, and especially the kettle (or it it a teapot?)
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
Kettle... splatterware, I think they call it... I have a few pieces and really like it... and it ~fits~ my kitchen motif well since it's all wood and cabin-y on the inside...

It's not a big kitchen (U shaped) but it's arranged very well with enough counter space as long as I don't get too much going at any one time :)

You can see through the kitchen into the front room (and vice versa) under and through the hanging cupboards (glass fronts on both sides)

I'm planning on posting some pix of the rest of the interior but I'm afraid I'm not nearly as accomplished a photographer as you... but at least you'll get an idea of what it looks like :)

[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
You made me hungry! I had to go get a snack. LOL!

Mmmm...Mexican food. *pines for ceveiche*
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
I *LOVE* Mexican food... beans and corn tortillas and... just all of it!

Years ago I lived in a little village south of Ensenada on the Baja with a friend (Mom a Mexican national; Dad a sailor in San Diego originally from North Dakota) who was a fantastic cook... it was the 1st time I'd had ceveiche and I was amazed that citrus could *do* that...

She also made some of the best shrimp cocktail I've ever had... made my eustachian tubes burn, my eyes water and my nose run... mmmmmmmmmmmm.... good stuff!!

[identity profile] 2007-10-13 11:55 am (UTC)(link)
Mmmmmmm :D Also - tamarind chutney sounds interesting; I can't really imagine what that tastes like.
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I *love* tamarind chutney! I discovered it in California (where we have a large Indian population (Punjabi, Sikh, Hindi... of my friends and how they identified themselves, which confused me because it was a combination of location and religious affiliation)

Here in the Ozarks it's very very white and finding good Indian food is a challenge ::weeps:: I have to order online or leave town to find anything.

When I lived in California I discovered that the Carob tree (planted extensively during WWII to replace chocolate supply that had been cut off by Japanese occupation of growing areas) is also Tamarind... my Latino clerks clued me into that... (for carob they grind the beans) they use the pulp around the beans (in the seed pod) to make candies that are sometimes also salted... giving you another taste experience...

I grew up in a very conservative southern home... food-wise and everything else-wise... so when I grew up and moved away everything was an adventure... Asian food... Italian, Mexican, Indian... seriously... my Dad was strictly a meat and potatoes man... so meals got to be pretty boring...

Re: the taste?... sharp, sweet, piquant... ::hee:: did that help? :)

[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Well blow me, I never knew that the carob and tamarind were the same thing. We have a carob tree in our place in Cyprus, I wonder if I can use that to make tamarind from that?

I was much the same growing up - we never had chinese, indian, mexican; not even food from a lot closer to home like italian. TBH I don't really know we *did* eat :S
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
okay... I may have misunderstood my clerks because I just googled and in reading further, the carob and tamarind *are* related but NOT the same...

::sigh:: off to

The tamarind is a sort of bean. Or rather, a sort of bean pod.

It belongs to a subfamily of the Leguminaceae, which has only one other well-known member, the carob. This makes perfect sense if you see it - "Tamarindus indica" has a big, flat pod much like a carob's.

(Anonymous) 2007-10-13 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Carobs are Ceratonia siliqua. Tamarinds are Tamarindus indica L.
They are a related species though.
Oh look at that, tamarinds can survive temps as low as 28F. Does it get that cold where you are Sobelle?
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah... it gets much colder than that... we get lots of freezy goodness here (see my other reply to you below) we get snow and ice and it's a WET cold... yuck!


for SO many years I've labored under the mistaken idea that carob and tamarind were the same... not that it really matters but it's just one of those things that you take on someone's word and don't look any further... and ME with GOOGLE?!

::hangs head in shame!::

(Anonymous) 2007-10-13 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Mmmm. Tamarind chutney. The best. I made some once, from a block of tamarind paste. It was really really good. I found a couple of seeds in the block of paste and thought, okay, will they grow? Yes. I now have a small tamarind tree growing indoors. It even bloomed one year. I think it must be about six or seven years old now, and looks a little odd as one year during a cold snap (it was too close to the window I think) the leader died back and since then the side branches have grown. I bet you could grow one outdoors Sobelle.

Tamarind juice is absolutely amazing. But I digress, only because we like to cook East Indian food a lot. I don't know Mexican food, and I'm not even sure the refried bean tacos we make count. The recipe came from a Santa Barbara housemate, so who knows...
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah! Would you care to share the recipe? I'm sure I can get the paste (probably on line) although perhaps I have it already in the form of Thai "sour soup base mix" that I bought at the local Asian food shop... Nuoc Me Chua... even though I suspect is the Name Brand... I really like the way it sounds :)

I think my present locale precludes the tropical needs of the Tamarind unfortunately... I googled and found this site which was very interesting... I already have PawPaw trees, no fruit yet... but we have surprising and deadly frosts/freezes here. I have a clumping bamboo plant 'alphonse karr' bambusa multiplex that's hardy to 18F and since we got down to 10F this past spring... AND it's in a pot, I have to bring it indoors... so it's very good that I have a high ceiling!

I miss the west coast because I could have so many tropicals... not to say there isn't a plethora of botanic diversity back here... just not the plethora I want :)

Re: refried beans... the best ones are made with lard... (homer simpson voice: mmmmmmmmm lard) NOT health food! but dayum! they sure are good!

(Anonymous) 2007-10-13 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
This is the recipe I used- online here:
It's actually called a tamarind mint chutney. I can't remember if we had the black salt. Or the jaggery.
We made the same samosas on this page too - including the wraps. They were so stubborn, every time we rolled out the dough it would contract back into a tiny little circle. It took us forever to get them to stay big enough to fill. But they were delicious. Madhur Jaffery's recipes are very good.
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[identity profile] 2007-10-13 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

I've been finding so many great cooking blogs lately... it's sad tho... I don't like cooking just for me... actually, I don't like cooking all that much but I LOVE eating...


Is a problem...

[identity profile] 2007-10-18 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
I, too, really miss the great fruit available in CA! I was out there this summer, and would often pick up a random avocado at a corner grocery on the way home from work. Now, if I want an avocado (in MI), it costs close to $3 for one, and it's about equally likely to be soup-in-a-peel, or a rock, but almost never ripe.

That food looks nice and tasty.
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[identity profile] 2007-10-18 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
It was all very good... and I think she was a little nervous because it was her 1st meal for her future mother-in-law :) even though she shouldn't have worried because I'm such a fan of Mexican food that she would have had to be really rreally bad... and she wasn't at all!

I'm flying out to SFO next week and I'm looking forward to the great variety of food... \0/... maybe I should leave all my clothes behind when I fly home so I can fill my suitcases with good stuff... I mean, there isn't any agricultural control in Arkansas :)

Oh well... I can dream... and soupy/rock hard avocados? oh yeah... :(

Hmmm, Michigan...