Monday, January 31, 2011

Beef Vindalo and Whole Wheat Chipatis

I have a new ritual- waking up on Sunday mornings to watch Aarti Sequeria's "Aarti Party" show on the Food Network. Her bubbly personality, bright set, and amazing food make for a cozy morning with a cup of coffee and a note pad. Last night Matt and I tried her Beef Vindaloo and whole grain chipatis and wow-it was wonderful! Thank's Aarti!
 Because it isn't my recipe, I will direct you to Aarti's  page on the Food Network site. Here you will find her recipe for Goan Beef Curry with Vinegar: Beef Vindaloo! 

 I am a big fan of her Ginger-Garlic Paste
  1. 1/2 cup cloves garlic, whole
  2. 1/2 cup fresh ginger, peeled, 1/2-inch slices
  3. 1/4 cup canola oil
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until ..well ..pastey
Store in a jar (and in the fridge) for 2-3 weeks and use in all your curries. 

 Making the Wet Masala- Toasted Cinnamon sticks,  peppercorns, cloves and cumin, ground in a "spice grinder" (aka Mr. Coffee old coffee grinder, cleaned out with rice.) 
add in paprika and turmeric and blend with apple cider. 

After sauteing red (I used white..) onions in canola oil, 
I added in the wet masala and cooked down. After adding beef I added a cup
of water and let simmer for 30 minutes.  It smelled amazing!

 Meanwhile I kneaded two cups of whole grain wheat and one cup of water together. After letting the dough rest, I formed a long log and cut into 10 pieces (Aarti suggests 12 pieces) 
Chapati time! 

Rolling out the dough. This ended up being a lot easier than I thought!

Keep a little bowl of olive oil on the side 
with a spoon to sprinkle oil on the chipatis and
watch the puff up!


Triple Yum! Vindalo success! 
We ate ours with a side of basmati rice and of course, 
the chipatis!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snowstorms in DC

I was warned that snow storms in DC are very different than they are in Michigan. For one, the snow doesn't last very long. White winters are not the norm in DC (of course!). Secondly, when it snows in DC everyone panics. At first, I thought this was silly. I am not used to the heavy frustration and fear that comes around the threat of a winter spit storm. After yesterday, I understand. 
The snow came. It came in big wet flakes that stuck to my coat and wouldn't let go. The streets
were all slush and the sidewalks, slushy ice. Frustration and fear set in to the city as everyone- all at once- tried to leave their work places and head home. The roads were a gridlock for eight whole hours and as my co-workers shared with me today- the subway was backed up for two + hours. As for me- well, I am a bus girl. I always ride the bus. Yesterday, after learning the buses were getting stuck and were very backed up, I decided to walk home. It wasn't the most pleasant walk, but with my mind focused on not falling and getting home, I made it just fine. (side note: Did you know it can lightning and
thunder during a "blizzard"?? Who knew?! )
After getting home and warming up, we decided that the night was too special to stay in, so we bundled up and headed to dinner in Adams Morgan. The town was quite peaceful all covered in snow..and quite honestly, the magic of it all made the slush and the memory of my long commute home disappear. Adams Morgan seemed peaceful, and for once, was quite quiet.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bailey Doesn't Bark

Dotted Necklace

These Dotted Necklaces from Bailey Doesn't Bark

are some of the prettiest necklaces I have seen in months!

Their simplicity is charming and quite refreshing.

(make sure to check out her ant dishware as well!)

Tonight is the Night! Matchbook Magazine Launch

I am anxiously awaiting the launch of Katie Amour, Jane Lilly Warren, and Fallon Hogerty's  Matchbook Magazine, due to launch tonight! This is one magazine that has a good future ahead of it!

Their fabulous manifesto is here: 

(illustration by Katie Evans for Matchbook)

The matchbook girl...
views the world through rose colored glasses • loves to throw dinner parties, but has been known to burn the roast • values eccentricity over convention • is the first to laugh at her own bad jokes • knows the cha-cha, the charleston, and the tango • paints her nails bright coral when she's feeling blue • is infinitely curious • could happily live off of red velvet cake • pens hand written notes to her grandmother • has a signature shade of lipstick • secretly thinks she may be babe paley reincarnated • received an iPAD for her birthday, but will never give up her library card • has a bucket list a mile long and dreams a dime a dozen • is smart, but never a show-off • listens to the day's forecast, but trusts her own intuition • never says no to a sunday matinee at the theater • is quick to blush, but never short of a witty reply • has a skip in her step and a twinkle in her eye • always shares her last piece of gum

 Visit Matchbook Magazine at

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Charley Harper at Purl Soho

Tall Tail CH-T073
Bluebird CH-B023

I know a couple of collectors back in Michigan that would get quite the kick out of these fabulous Charley Harper needlepoint canvases!
I see needlepoint making a comeback! 
All available at Purl Soho

Things I Love: Gorgeous Decorative Paper


Hello lovely! The Gold Mums Fine papers from Paper Source would 
look fabulous framed, or wrapped around that novel you love, but are totally 
embarrassed to own.

  Red Tear Heart on Cream Fine Paper

....because it is almost Valentines, this darling print had to be 

acknowledged. Very festive!

Lamali Gold Polka Dot Paper on Burgundy

Chiyogami Yellow Roses Fine Paper

These yellow roses are so whimsical and fun!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Vegetable Curry with White Basmati Rice

potatoes- red and yellow, red and yellow bell peppers, and carrots
make for a tasty combination in this quick and easy curry dish! 
For a starchier dish, use more potatoes and let simmer until they 
break apart with a fork. 

What you need!
1 cup of basmati rice
5-10 whole cloves
salt and pepper
brown sugar
potatoes (variety is good!)
bell peppers
onion (optional)
garlic powder
one can of coconut milk
Green Curry paste (I prefer Thai Kitchen's)
large wok or frying pan
and of course...
35 minutes of uninterrupted time

I use Whole Foods' 365 brand Basmati. At 2.99 a bag, its a great deal in the District!

Add whole cloves into the rice along with a dash of salt and pepper

cube potatoes and slice carrots and bell peppers.
(try to cube and slice evenly, for even cooking!)
in a large wok or frying pan add half a can of 
coconut oil, and one tablespoon of green curry paste.
Reduce for 4 minutes, or until sauce starts to boil.
Add a 1/2 of a tablespoon of brown sugar, 
some salt and pepper. Stir.

Add Potatoes, cook for 4 minutes,
then add carrots and peppers.
 Cook veggies until potatoes are fully cooked, 
and carrots are tender, but not mushy.

serve with warm basmati and enjoy!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Alphabet and Eye Exams

alphabet color
digital art, size: 11"x17"
printed on 80 lb paper in matte finish
hand signed and dated

eye exam
digital art, size: 11"x17"
printed on 80 lb paper in matte finish
hand signed and dated

A is for Aalto, B is for Bertoia, C is for Castiglioni....this is my type of alphabet.

I find these posters quite amazing! 

to learn more!

Blanca Gómez

I am in love with Blanca Gómez's illustrations.

Reminds me a little of  M. Sasek

 don't you think?

 vist more of Blanca's work here: