Friday, January 15, 2010
Food for Thought -- And a Giveaway Too!
Last night I made tandori chicken and collard greens for dinner. Does that sound strange? Well, it made sense to me for a hot second and it didn't turn out half bad. To complement the chicken and greens, I sent el esposo to the Indian take-out restaurant around the corner for samosas and chana masala (chick peas). That's the way I keep our meals exciting around here in our Kinky Gazpacho household.
To be honest, the tandori chicken was tasty and perfectly cooked, but it tasted like regular old baked chicken. It was about as tandori as my left toe. (sigh). But I'm still proud of myself. I bought an enormous Indian cook book (another Borders going-out-of business sale item) and decided one of my New Year's resolutions should be to learn how to cook Indian food...without the aid of Trader Joe's simmer sauces.
I love Indian food and now that I've started living a wheat-free lifestyle, I find Indian food quite satisfying, as they use a lot of chickpea, rice and tapioca flours. So instead of giving my life savings to the owners of the Indian restaurant in my neighborhood, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Now, I'm not going to go all Julie and Julia and swear to make an Indian recipe every day of the year, but I am going to make a real effort to plow through this recipe book and master the art of Indian cooking. Wish me luck. I mean we all need a challenge right. If anyone has any suggestions or recipe ideas, feel free to send them my way. I'll keep you posted on my progress. My biggest challenge is going to be sticking to the exact recipe (I have a problem following directions.) and not getting intimated by the long ingredient list for almost every recipe.
Now, speaking of New Year's Resolutions. I'm curious if you all have made your list. Somehow, the older I get, the less inclined I am to make that "list." But I do always look forward to the new year as an opportunity to re-evaluate my life. See what I'm doing right and give myself the chance to "do-over" what I"m not too happy about. I firmly believe January 1st presents a perfect opportunity to start fresh in whatever we want to change. That's why I'm so excited about my friend Eileen Flanagan's new book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference. The book's subtitle is "When to Make a Change--and When to Let Go," and it is the perfect primer for looking at your life and deciding what needs adjustment.
In the book, Eileen talks to dozens of people who have made extraordinary decisions in their lives when faced with serious challenges, ranging from the death of a loved one to surviving hurricane Katrina. In a way it's a spiritual, how-to book, but without the preachy how-to dogma (For the record, Eileen is a Quaker). The book has been so well received, even the Dalai Lama is a fan! He actually wrote a blurb for the book. His words, "The Wisdom to Know the Difference is about being able to change. What is important is that we can make a change and transform ourselves into better, happier people."
And now one of you lucky readers can have an autographed copy of Eileen's book and start making your own life, better and happier. You have until Sunday night, January 16th to post a comment and be entered in the drawing. You must tell me one of your own "resolutions" or tell us why you don't write resolutions. I'm happy either way.