Friday, September 09, 2005

good eats! a food discontinuity

Maybe it was watching all the alton brown.
Maybe it was adopting fresh herbs (cilantro and basil)
Maybe it was finally switching to kosher salt
Maybe it was shopping at trader joe's
Maybe it was the retreat to cooking given the pressures of outside work
Maybe it was the culmination of cooking for self at MIT, to cooking for roommates at Stanford
It was certainly catalyzed by spending a weekend with Romina's aunt, who's cooking inspired me, not to mention time in Hong Kong

But this week, I have managed to take my cooking to a new level, at least for me. (As a wise friend of mine once said, the beauty of cooking for yourself is you'll always like your own cooking)

Dishes prepared with my hyper-efficient food-on-the-go methods this week:

Roast lamb, dry marinated with rosemary, chopped garlic, fresh basil, kosher salt, pepper, red pepper for 6 hours, broiled for 1 hour and rested. insanely tender and flavorful. medium/medium rare served with roasted shitake mushrooms and persian cucumbers (flavored with olive oil, salt, pepper and lamb drippings)

chicken thigh fried rice, with pre-sliced crimni mushroms, fresh cilantro, and lightly fried red pepper

amazingly meaty chicken thigh with fresh basil and red peppers (so pretty).

chicken thigh with turkish spices, tofu, celery, fresh cilantro, roasted cashews served with sauteed green beans, so that just a bit wilted, with soy sauce, and garlic with freshly steamed white rice

vegetarian tacos, filled with refried beans, fresh avocado, shredded cheese, homemade salsa with (tomatoes, persian cucumbers, corn, chili powder, cumin, garlic) all on lightly toasted corn tortillas

cauliflower and ground lamb curry with fresh basil, cumin, tumeric, chili powder, random spices, curry powder, tofu, peas. served with fresh white rice.


spaghetti with fresh tomatos, mushrooms, ground beef and basil and garlic

tuna salad with celery and real mayonnaise in a pita and spices roast lamb andwiches, with roasted vegetables, olive tapenade, fresh tomatos in a pita

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Troops are all Heroes: Why?

As opposition to the war in Iraq grows, the common theme heard from all sides, is that regardless to degree of opposition, the soldiers are all heroes. This stands in stark contrast to the reaction to Vietnam where returning soldiers were spit on, yelled at, etc. I wonder why?

Today, we only blame the leaders. Perhaps it is post-modern liberal blue state idea that the structure of society impels the impoverished to join the army, thus they are not responsible. This stands in contrast to the Kevin Smith Clerks mentality that the subcontractors killed by the destruction of the Death Star in Return of the Jedi deserve no sympathy due to their complicity with the dark side

Or, perhaps it is merely the acceptance that patriotism is ok, a conservative red state idea that has won out, shifting what is politically correct.