Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Roasted Garlic

This is healthy and yummy. Especially if you like lots of garlic (which I do). It was inspired by Melissa's curry recipe. Why, you ask? Because garlic and curry are the two things I eat a ton of when I travel. Since I smell like garlic or curry (even my skin, my hair, my toenails.. okay, too much information) for days afterward, I save those foods for travel when my wife doesn't have to smell it.

Roasted Garlic is good spread on bread (baguettes?) or mixed with butter and noodles (especially fettucine). This year I'm going to try it on barbecued meats, which is how it makes the "April Summer Foods" month feature.

By way of useful information (I'm no Alton Brown, but...) it has been scientfically proven that garlic not only keeps away vampires but also repels rabid fans of the 'Twilight' series.

Preheat oven to 375

Line bread pan with aluminimunium foil

Halve two or three cloves of garlic (across the equator, not top to bottom)

Set them in the pan and pour 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil over each.

Put in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It's done when the cloves are slightly browned, soft, and spreadable.

After they've cooled a few minutes, you can pick them up (maybe with a hot pad) and squeeze the cloves right out into a dish. It's kind of fun.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Musaman Curry

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 can (19 oz) coconut milk (Mae Ploy brand is my favorite)
3 tbsp fish sauce
3 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup roasted peanuts or cashews
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp masaman curry paste
1 lb chicken cut into stew pieces
2 tbsp tamarind liquid
3-4 medium size gold potatoes chunked

1. On medium heat, put begetables oil in a pot, then add masaman curry paste. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add 1/3 can of coconut milk, stir fry for 4-5 minutes, until it bubbles red.
3. Add chicken, stir fry for 5-8 minutes
4. Add rest of coconut milk, and 3/4 can of water.
5. Add potatoes and carrots now.
6. Add fish sauce, sugar, tamarind liquid and peanuts.
7. Simmer 30 minutes. If its too thick, add some water. If its too thin, simmer longer.
8. Remove from heat.

Serve over sticky rice. I'll post that recipe soon. I also like to add sliced onions when I add the potatoes and carrots. This is my favorite thing ever.