Thursday, October 15, 2009

My House Smells GREAT.....

.... but it's way too quiet.

Brittan left this afternoon for Kansas to attend her Grandfather's funeral.  She's only been gone a couple hours and it's already quiet and lonely.  Roll on, Tuesday.

To console myself, I am cooking up a batch of Chicken Phaull, my favorite quasi Indian recipe.  The one that is impossibly spicy.  I tried an experiment using all dried ingredients; garlic, onion, garam masala, cumin, ginger, etc.  I even used habaneros and ghost peppers that we had dried in our dehydrator.  We want to market the ingredients as a kit next year so I thought I'd try it out on myself first.  As always, the tomato sauce also came from our garden.

The prep time was cut dramatically.  I could toss all the dry ingredients in a small food processor and bam, it's done.  I did have to add extra liquid as the dried spices soaked up all the extra moisture in the tomato sauce.  Apart from that, it looks and smells great.  I'll let you know later how it tastes.

Update:  10:00 p.m.

The results were very good.  The heat was everything one would expect.  Blazing!  The dish was just a little dry.  I added a quarter cup of water.  Half a cup would have been better.  It also needed more salt and more ginger.  But adding more is always better than having too much of an ingredient.  

I expect it will be even better tomorrow.  Tomato based dishes are often better the second day (think lasagna).