The last few weeks have been thoroughly blissful. Being “between jobs” for me has meant spending luxurious amounts of time planning out, shopping for, and crafting elaborate meals. Much to the benefit of my friends and boyfriend, I’ve had nothing much to do the past couple weeks except cook. While I don’t have any advice or recipes to share right now, I’m putting up pictures from the culinary highlights of the past couple weeks.
I spent the better part of a day preparing an Indian(ish) dinner for my boyfriend last week. The menu: Paneer with Creamy Cumin Tomato Coconut Curry and Arugula, Grilled Corn and Asparagus with Fenugreek Curry, Yogurt Tamarind Marinated Grilled Chicken and Kulfi (frozen condensed cardamom milk dessert). I live on Commercial Drive, a neighbourhood rich with Italian/Mediterranean grocers, and good Indian ingredients are hard to come by. I decided to take a crack at homemade Paneer. I was shocked at how easy it is. My recipe yielded about a pound, and all I had to do was slowly bring 2L of milk to a boil with a tsp of sugar, and pour 1/4 cup vinegar in before removing from heat and straining through a triple cheesecloth and pressing into a flat shape. I did some research, and you can basically use the same process to make your own Ricotta (just add a little cream, and sub the vinegar for lemon juice). Dead fucking simple.
This week I’ll be giving homemade ricotta a shot, and making fried chicken with my boyfriend. If both/either go alright, I may or may not show and tell. If you’ve got any recipes/links to recipes that kick ass, and have ricotta in them, post in the comments.