Oh my, yesterday, Porkchop and I invited Soozi over for dinner, and I wanted to have samosas for appetizers. Not homemade samosas, we didn’t have that much time. Just some good ol’ frozen samosas. So, off we went to Jay International Foods (JIF); who, unfortunately, failed us. We did, however, settle on some veggie stuffed potatoes.
Ever smelled horse-piss-soaked hay? That’s kind of what the potato things smelled like when cooked. And they tasted just as disgusting. Ugh, shudder.
We were able to make a comeback with the main dish: Chicken Curry with Cashews. Yum! I always mean to add raisins when I make this dish, and I always forget…maybe next time. This recipe could be converted easily to vegetarian by substituting tofu and/or whatever veggies you want for the chicken (I think you would also need to add veggie broth, since the chicken releases its own juices as it cooks).
At JIF, we finally purchased a jar of curry powder that should hold us for a few months. Those little spice containers just don’t cut it. I also picked up some Chinese tea cakes; the ingredient list is illegible, but I’m pretty sure it’s a yellow mung bean pastry. Next time I go to JIF, I’m going to pick up some of the purple yam pastries….because that just sounds crazy. The other crazy thing is that most of the pastries are made at Betty’s Cake Center….I just don’t expect yellow mung bean pastries to come from an establishment with that name. Betty’s Cake Center makes me think of a 70-year-old white woman cooking devil’s food cake.
I’ve also found another Asian grocery to try for red bean ice cream: Central Trading Company (on Olive near 170). Ever been there?
After dinner, Porkchop, Soozi, and I went to Van Goghz for yummy drinks. I had the Dutch Chocolate Latté and Pineapple Upside Cake – both very enjoyable. Going for drinks was part of celebrating Soozi’s new job! Yay for getting to use your skills and degree, and for being compensated well for them!
Speaking of Jobs
I’m so freaking bored at mine. I think my brain is shrinking here.
Something to Look Forward
Porkchop and I are dining at Niche tonight. Afterwards, we’re going to catch Soozi’s softball game at Carondelet Park. Yay!