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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Two More Testers

More from Jess's upcoming book.
Samosa burrito! Fusion foodfeud:

                      Potatoes, peas, carrots, etc. warming in a pan with toasted Indian spices.

I have no idea why I don't just put jars and glasses on a flat surface cuz then I get wonky angles like this, but anyway, here is some mango ginger chutney from TJ in my chubby lil hand.

                                                               assembled + wrapped
Good stuff.
Also, Swiss Chard and Farro Stew:

I used pearled barley instead of farro because I couldn't find it, which is weird, but I'm under the impression they're pretty similar. Swiss Chard is great and I don't usually buy it, so it's nice to have had this delicious reminder. I'll probably finish the stew up in these last cool days before it gets gross and sticky.
I've had a spectacularly crappy past week, but I think I got the last of it out cooking this stew - I spilled all but a cup of the barley on the floor, messed up the order of adding the ingredients, knocked over the can of tomatoes while opening them, and squirted the broth concentrate on the floor. Hopefully the bad vibes cooked out because I would like to enjoy this meal....

17 comments:

  1. Sorry you've had such a bad week. I definitely know what it's like to wish a week could be over. I hope that your time in the kitchen was cathartic for you. These tester recipes look delicious, it must be fun to be able to test new recipes for such talented people!

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    1. Yeah, I think the chopping helped, as it usually does.
      So fun to test! I'm lucky.

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  2. That burrito combo sounds great! Is the mango chutney spicey? I'm such a total wimp..... And the photo is great- very dynamic chutney in action kind of shot ;)
    The stew combo sounds great, and you're better off with barley- farro takes forever and ever to cook. Glad you didn't hurt yourself in the kitchen incidents!
    Ttrockwood

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    1. The chutney is just a bit spicey, but not too. It's mostly sweet.
      I'm glad too - the spills were annoying but it could have been worse. I ought to remember that, always, about everything.

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  3. Oh man, I hope you have a better week coming up! At least you can surround yourself with lots of consoling samosa potatoes. Are potatoes the most consoling food? Maybe a whole lot of potatoes with some tea afterward. :)

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    1. I read somewhere that there's a mineral in potatoes that lessens depression! Apparently Ireland has one of the lowest rates of suicide, even with all that rain, ha!
      Tea sounds good....

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  4. I thought you loved Queens SO MUCH cuz of all the ethnic markets, but now you can't find Soba OR Farro!? Anywho, is it legitmate testing if you don't use the ingredients in the recipe?

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    1. I love Queens SO MUCH for a lot of reasons, but the farro wasn't even in Whole Foods!
      I'm usually pretty careful about making test recipes exactly as written, but Jess seems to be cool about substitutions. I figure I rarely follow a recipe as printed in a cookbook anyway. That particular soba recipe was probably mostly about technique and the flavor of the sauce anyway. Ya know, like how vegan meats aren't meat but replicate the utilization, sensation, and taste...
      kinda

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  5. I could help but giggle at the little kitchen mishaps you had cooking this meal! I am also terrible at opening tomato cans, believe me, I blame it on the can openers! I now have 4 can openers, in an attempt to find the perfect one. I haven't tried the new 4th one yet. Thanks for reminding me about swiss chard, gotta get some! :)

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    1. It's all funny in retrospect. my can opener is terrrrible!

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  6. I hope next week is better for you! Those burritos look bomb...I want one for din din tonight!! :)

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    1. Thanks! They were pretty good, but I ate the rest of the filling on top of a salad rather than wrapped in a burrito!

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  7. Which Jess are you referring to? Is she the one behind Get Sconed and behind Vida Vegan HQ? If so, yummmmm, I want some of that Samosa burrito drools!!! I'm sorry to hear that you had a crappy week, but wishing you a positive and lovely weekend!

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    1. Sorry, I should have linked. It's Jess from Cupcakes and Kale!
      Thanks for the good vibes :)

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  8. That's at least two weeks worth of crap stuff so you should be safe for a while, I hope. At least you didn't knock over the chutney.The burrito filling looks really great — I love the whole concept.

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    1. Haha, I hope so too! You're right - broken glass on the floor is the WORST. I get so paranoid that I couldn't possibly have cleaned it all up. I actually randomly got glass in my hand last week, even though nothing was broken? It was weird.

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