40 Weeks

40 Weeks

Who could have ever imagined that when I was trying to find the perfect name for my blog nearly two years ago it would tie so perfectly well with the turn it is about to take.
Rassasy is an outdated word that means to satisfy a craving, which I just thought was the best name for a food blog. Am I right?😁. Concurrently, I rediscovered an unfulfilled part of myself, that I was and still am pursuing. What I found was actually me, but had been covered up and put away for awhile.
A monumental piece of this was that I had actually found my best friend. My soul sister. My person. I was always envious of movies, TV shows, books and real life when there were best friends. You know the ones I am talking about? I always dreamed of that connection, but didn’t find it until right before I turned 40. What’s so ironic is that she was in and out of my life for the 10 years prior; the only way to explain it is a work of God. We laugh when we remember (or don’t 😉) all the connections, intertwinings (or is that intertwinnings?!)   and what appear to be coincidences that were present. But, I don’t believe in coincidences, it was definitely the work of a higher power knowing that not only was my person out there, but she lived only 1.5 miles away!
Fast forward to a little more than two years later and near the eve of her moving 1291 miles away for a nine month teaching assignment in Alaska. How far away is 1291 miles? 22 hours by car, 5 days by bike or a mere 18 day walk. Because I am a much more of a “better to laugh than cry” type of person, I’m trying to make the best of it… although writing this is making me cry.
So, one of the ways we’re getting through it is looking at it like a pregnancy. She’ll only be gone for a pregnancy. And after one hilarious road trip we came up with actually documenting “our pregnancy” (cause why is she the only one that gets to be pregnant?😂) weekly based on the food each week of pregnancy represents. Which, now comes back to my blog. A nine month food pregnancy blog, with each recipe based on the food that corresponds to the size the “baby” is.
To satisfy a craving. Full circle.

Turning 40. Midlife. Middle age. This is cause for something epic to be done, right? Thanks to the inspiration from a dear friend, I compiled a 16-item bucket list of forty things to achieve during the year.  These include things that I’ve been wanting to do, been putting off, quietly nagging at me or just plain fun!

I love food! I’m fascinated with new foods and learning about foods from different cultures.  There’s so much out there!  One of my #40 bucket list items is to cook forty new recipes.  What makes this more ambitious is that I’ve stopped eating meat and dairy this year, while my family has not.

Rassasy, an old 15th century word meaning to satisfy a hunger.  Could there be a better name for a food blog?  I think this just may be my new favorite word.  If I’m having deep thoughts, thank you Jack Handy, this hunger could also be my love for adventure.  Or food adventures.

 

January – India

January – India

One of my most favorite cuisines, but also one of the most mysterious to me. I really enjoyed jumping in with both feet. I learned so much about the spices, the blending of flavors and of course, all of the taste testing! I shocked myself at the end of the month when I reflected back and realized I cooked 22 new recipes! I couldn’t have done it without the help from our local Indian grocer, Vishnu. The joyful collaboration with my #1 favorite, foodie friend and her mom. And just coincidentally some well timed podcasts that referenced Indian cooking, namely “Home Cooking” http://homecooking.show with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway.

And without further ado and in no particular order, what I cooked in January!

SHRIKHAND
https://pipingpotcurry.com/shrikhand/

UPMA
https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/upma-savoury-south-indian-breakfast-recipe-made-with-semolina/

PUDLA
https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-pudla-indian-chickpea-crepes-recipes-from-the-kitchn-199998

SABUDANA KHICHDI
https://pipingpotcurry.com/sabudana-khichdi/

VEGETABLE KORMA
https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/creamy-indian-vegetable-korma/

ALOO BROCCOLI SABZI
https://www.archanaskitchen.com/stir-fried-potatoes-with-broccoli-recipe-aloo-broccoli-sabzi

ALOO MATAR
https://www.veganricha.com/aloo-matar-easy-pea-potato-curry-vegan/

KAJU KATLI
https://www.cookwithmanali.com/kaju-katli/

ACHARI MUSHROOMS

https://www.hookedonheat.com/a-is-for-achari-mushroom/

CHANA MASALA
https://www.today.com/recipes/chana-masala-garbanzo-curry-recipe-t205390

AIR FRYER CAULIFLOWER

https://pipingpotcurry.com/air-fryer-cauliflower/

CARROT SOUP
https://pipingpotcurry.com/instant-pot-carrot-soup/#wprm-recipe-container-13799

VEGETABLE PAKORA
https://www.veganricha.com/mixed-vegetable-pakora/

CUCUMBER SALAD
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2020/02/cucumber-salad-mustard-oil-dressing.html

MANGO LASSI
https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/how-to-make-a-mango-lassi/

VEGETABLE BIRYANI
https://pipingpotcurry.com/instant-pot-vegetable-biryani/

SAAG PANEER
https://www.101cookbooks.com/saag-paneer-recipe/

CABBAGE PEAS STIR FRY
https://pipingpotcurry.com/cabbage-peas-stir-fry-pressure-cooker/#wprm-recipe-container-2739

MANGO PIE
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019974-mango-pie

CHANA ALOO
https://www.cookwithmanali.com/easy-chana-aloo/#wprm-recipe-container-38357

MASOOR DAL TADKA
https://www.thecuriouschickpea.com/masoor-dal-tadka/

OATS KHEER

https://pipingpotcurry.com/oats-kheer/

The one helpful hint I could give anyone beginning to cook Indian food is to have all the ingredients out and ready to go! This can be a fast paced cooking adventure and things happen very quickly!

12 Months / 12 Cuisines

12 Months / 12 Cuisines

It’s been awhile my dear food blog! The writing and posting may have taken a break, but never fear, the cooking and eating has not. One of the highlights of traveling is trying all the different local foods. I could use many more words to elaborate on traveling highlights, but that may just make me sad since there is no travel in the foreseeable future. But, enough of that! Lets focus on what we can do! How about dedicating each month of 2021 to a different country and focus on cooking food from there. A bit of a way to stay connected, learn and try new things and have some fun!

My expectation is to post a link to each of the recipes I’ve cooked throughout the month. A way to share what I’ve done, in the hope it inspires others and a bit of a selfish reason so I can have all the recipes in one place for me to refer back to also. A win-win 🙂

Bosnian Christmas in Oregon

Bosnian Christmas in Oregon

Christmas dinner. Maybe because it’s so soon after Thanksgiving, but I just can’t get too excited about the traditional American meal. And since I always love to try new things and I have this horrible predisposition to attack new recipes the day of big events….why not make all new recipes for Christmas dinner? My 17 year old daughter has always been intrigued by Sarajevo. She knows quite a bit about this capital and from choosing Bosnia and Herzegovina for a school project. So this ended up being the cuisine we picked for Christmas, a family Bosnian Christmas dinner! 

Linked below are the recipes I followed.

Sataras
https://food52.com/recipes/32853-sataras

Kifle
My daughter made these and they turned out absolutely delicious!
https://bakingwithsibella.com/category/traditional-bosnian/

Chocolate Rum Bars
Yes, please!
https://www.all-thats-jas.com/chocolate-rum-bars/

Pita Sa Krompirom (Potato Pies)
There was a bit of a snafu with the phyllo dough. Yes, operator error. Points to self! My brother in law came to rescue and we improvised a bit, still tasty and even better the next day with eggs (second picture 😉)
https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/potato-pies-pita-sa-krompirom

Sarma (Cabbage Rolls)
Hands down the best cabbage rolls I’ve ever had!
https://www.all-thats-jas.com/bosnian-cabbage-rolls-sarma/

Djuvec Rice
https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Bosnian-Djuvec-Rice-9289701#directions

Gluhwein
Maybe not officially Bosnian, but really enjoyed this mulled wine my sister-in-law made!
https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-german-gluhwein-238371

What cuisine should next Christmas be?

Yogi Tea

Yogi Tea

I cannot get enough of this tea. I’m pretty convinced it was the extra bit of love that I made it with.

I’ve enjoyed practicing yoga with ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on You Tube for quite awhile, but what an added blessing it has been during the quarantine to have this outlet. Not only benefitting from the physical, but from the much needed mental aspects of yoga with Adriene being such a positive, gentle soul with just the right amount of quirkiness!

I ran across this recipe for her yogi tea quite awhile ago and has been on that never ending list in my head of things to make/do. There really is no excuse of why it took me so long to finally check it off. But, I’m so glad I finally did.

Yoga with Adriene – Yogi Tea

Ingredients:

  • Love
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 20 cardamom pods
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 slices fresh ginger

Directions:

  • Boil the water
  • While that is heating up, take a minute to breathe in love and out love
  • Smash the cardamom pods with the flat side of a knife to release the seeds
  • Slice the ginger
  • Place all the ingredients, except for the tea into into the boiling water
  • Just appreciate how good it smells
  • After a few minutes, put tea bag into water
  • Simmer for 30 or so minutes
The whole house smells heavenly!
  • Strain
  • Enjoy, with however you like your tea. I added almond milk
  • Store in fridge for future cuppas

* I can’t do this recipe justice, you really should just watch her You Tube video to get the full effect😀

Namaste