Saturday, April 18, 2009

Momentous culinary event.

There are moments, here on the internet, when I fear I am talking to no one . . . but anyway: today I made pot stickers. I did what any sensible person does, goes on The Google to find out the 411 (or, as my NYTimes crossword had it yesterday, the "FOURONEONE") about pot sticker technique, and then I made my own recipe.

We had the historian's kids over for dinner with the passel of relevant grandkids. It was noisy and fun, and also delicious. I made a Thai-style curry, including a vegetable one that was sublime, I tell you. (I think the secret is Kaffir lime leaves, which I was lucky enough to find at Whole Foods one day not so long ago and which I hope I will someday find again--I did not let a single glossy dark green leaf go to waste, they were that precious and indeed that curry-altering.) Also, garlic snap peas. Also, salad with oranges, avocado, and cardamom seeds. Also, the pot stickers. They had grated carrot, Napa cabbage, garlic, green onion, a little ground peanut, mint, cilantro, and maybe something else, I forget. Salt. I fried them in some roasted peanut oil, another pantry item that I have cherished and doled out sparingly. I will need to find another bottle, but this may entail a quest. The dipping sauce had soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger and green onion and it was divine. Everyone loved the pot stickers and I was so proud of them, their little pursed selves, how well they held together and how delicious they were.

Since everyone went home and we loaded the dishwasher and packed away the leftovers, I have been watching restful and foot-healing amounts of television. When you cook a big dinner, sometimes you are on your feet for awhile or all day. Movies on television, some of which I have seen so many times it would blow your mind, are just the thing to make your feet feel better. And no, I will not say what these movies are. As if. Like I need the internet to make fun of me for my movie preferences.

8 comments:

gilian said...

Oh my, it all sounds healthy and delicious and well, I have to say that I am a bit relieved to finally have confirmed that you don't simply toss all of these amazing meals together in 15 minutes or less. No wonder you haven't had the time to play the piano every day.

Amelia said...

Yum. I cannot believe I don't get to eat this meal.

lis said...

it sounds delish. dinner parties at your house are a wonderful thing.

Becky said...

Oh wow, that sounds fantastic! You should be proud!! Your work in the kitchen always pays off. mmmm

Ann said...

And I tell you that my mouth is watering. WATERING!

Renaissance Girl said...

You know you can get the lime leaves at that Asian market on, um, I think 40th south and Redwood? (The address may not be dead on, but it's across the street from the trailer supply store...)

Lisa B. said...

Good to know, RG! I figured there was a place . . . and yet, somehow, this project seemed to provoke the lazy.

Dr. Write said...

You can get lime leaves, all the kinds of oil you need, etc etc etc at the super Asian market on 900 South and 500 East. I think I would like to live there. But for now, I shop.
Also: curry paste, mushrooms, coconut milk...etc.

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