Sunday, July 13, 2008

Blow by Blow

Look who came to our house last night!!! We've seen lots of frogs in our yard which I think is pretty cool. I think this one was a gray treefrog or a Cope's gray treefrog. Frogs are pretty amazing creatures! Just think, this frog may have overwintered using antifreeze it makes itself!! Top that!
We were at REI yesterday for most of the afternoon buying stuff, so we didn't get home until 5. What did I whip up? Well, we had some frozen red lentil soup which I heated up and then I decided to make Besan Puda. I thought it was really good! And it used up some more of the cilantro! Very filling and tasty.

Besan Puda

1 C gram flour (8)
1/4 C brown rice flour (2)
1/4 t salt
3/4 C water
1 t cumin seeds
1/4 onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 t oil for each puda

Makes 3 big pudas, roughly 4 points each.

Mix the flours, salt and cumin seeds.
Saute the onions, then garlic in a teaspoon of oil.
Slowly add the water, mixing well each time, until you have a smooth batter with no lumps.
Heat a nonstick skillet on med high, add 1 t oil and 1/2 C of the mixture. Cook 5m, then flip, then 3m or until browned.

could saute the cumin seeds with the onion and garlic
can use grated zucchini/finely chopped spinach/shredded potatoes/finely shredded cabbage
can use more oil
can use up to 1 t salt
next time use 1/4 C measure to measure out batter and use a spoon to spread it more thinly over skillet, also lower heat.

Amongst many other camping related things, including duffel bags for !more organizational power!, we bought these utensils for camping (needed a spatula). I really like guyot designs, we gave out fireflys for Christmas a few years ago and have heard nothing but rave reviews. Hah, now I'm doing product reviews. I'll stop while I'm ahead.

Finished "The Visitor" by Sheri S. Tepper. Parts of it were great and really engaging. I really got into the book in the middle, but at the beginning and end she is a little heavy handed about laying out her philosophy. When authors spell it out blow by blow I feel like I'm being preached at (which is ironic, really, as she is obviously not into organized religion). Not sure I'd wade through another due to this fact.

On to more reading!!