Wednesday, July 18, 2007

hot hot

A completely unrelated food photo--but can you believe that mass of blueberries? Yum.

Last night we thawed what I thought was a Brazilian dish I had made a while back, but when I started to smell peanut butter, I decided to investigate. It turned out to be an African stew, with okra! So I got something I've been craving. It looks like we need to label what we freeze.

E tried this recipe for Moroccan Spiced Chickpea soup last week and it was excellent. This summer we've been alternating between super-cool meals like salads and sandwiches and then stews and curries. Spicy is so good during cold weather, but it's so satisfying to give into the heat of the dish during the heat of summer.

Here’s a little story from our traveling days. In Singapore, E and I bought some super-spicy noodles on the street. We were sweating like crazy after just a few bites. I was looking at a map or something and when I looked back up, he had eaten all the noodles. At first I was pretty annoyed, but he seemed as shocked as I was that the noodles were gone. The heat had taken him to some unconscious level, he explained. Crazy, right? Well, I knew those noodles were spicy, and he was in a full body sweat. We laughed about what happened, but it changed my way of thinking about spicy food. When I eat spicy Indian or Thai food, I think about the people and the countries that created these recipes. They eat these foods in such hot weather. I imagine them letting the heat of the weather and the food overcome them, feeling that sweat drip from their eyebrows, and before they know it, that bowl is clean!

And speaking of spicy, we’ll be enjoying these Indian packets my mom brought back from Boston. There’s no Trader Joe’s here, so that was my souvenir request. So even if I don't feel like cooking it, I can still eat it!

5 comments:

  1. We love a good curry, but not too spicy because I'm a wimp! Oh and lots of Naan bread. I'll have to look for those packets nexst time I'm at Trader Joe's. They look yummy. :)

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  2. I seriously have been looking all over town for those packets. I spent Monday's break going from Native Sun to Target to Publix to... you get the picture. We got addicted to Indian packets while in Japan. So easy and so tasty. And we are there with you guys on the hot food hot weather theory. It's either salads or curry here at our house too. What can I say, great minds....

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  3. Oooh, those muffins look good. And I love curry packets too, we order our from Tasty Bites when they have free shipping or other good deals. We are too far from Trader Joes too, and ride the bus...so that would be difficult:O)

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  4. Oooh, those muffins look good. And I love curry packets too, we order our from Tasty Bites when they have free shipping or other good deals. We are too far from Trader Joes too, and ride the bus...so that would be difficult:O)

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  5. drooling over those muffins... mmm. the hot food in hot weather thing is funny. whenever i visit my family in india it is all about the hot tea... my grandmas swear that hot tea cools you off when it is 110 degrees and humid outside. i don't know... i always want to put some ice in it :) perhaps it is as you say-- letting the heat overtake you, not fighting it by eating only cold things.

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