August, 2013

  1. chana masala & garlic naan

    August 16, 2013 by Angie

    Our buddy Lorena came over for an Indian, vegan dinner on Wednesday night. I made, for the first time, chana masala using the Smitten Kitchen recipe and garlic naan using {never}homemaker’s 5 minute naan recipe. They tasted great with some pinot noir!

    chana masala & garlic naan

    Both went pretty well for new recipes and got thumbs up from everyone. I omitted a couple things from the chana masala because I didn’t have them and couldn’t get them. Those things were: the hot green chili pepper, cumin seeds, amchoor powder, and lemon (I did have a lemon but I forgot to add it). I followed the naan recipe exactly but needed to add about triple the amount of flour to get a dough-like consistency. Once I achieved dough status, it was smooth sailing. I cooked them in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Robbie microwaved a bowl of Smart Balance for me and added some fresh minced garlic into it. I brushed that onto the naan to make garlic naan, which, in our opinion, is the only kind of naan the world needs.

    garlic naan

    Two of the four garlic naan cut in half.

    Indian, vegan dinner party

    Indian, vegan dinner party spread!


  2. panang curry

    August 7, 2013 by Angie

    Although her recipes are a touch too decadent for me at times, I’m a fan of the vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli. I’ve made her panang curry twice now.  It is on the rich side with its creamy nut butter and coconut milk sauce but I really like it.

    Panang Curry

    I made the following changes: I used cashew butter instead of peanut butter due to my allergy, I used about a teaspoon of light brown sugar instead of two tablespoons, I used light coconut milk, and I used fresh spinach instead of kale. It’s tasty and the leftovers are great. I’d definitely make it again. I’ve tried several of Chef Chloe’s recipes , all of which you can see here.


  3. We Love Sookie cross stitch

    August 7, 2013 by Angie

    I didn’t find cross stitch all that enjoyable when completing my first project. I spent most of the time struggling with knots in the floss. I keep seeing so many adorable cross stitch patterns and I like to have a small, portable project for long car rides or to work on when I only have a few minutes so I decided to give cross stitch another chance. It was a lot less frustrating this time! Here it is, an homage to our labrador mix puppy, Sookie.

    framed cross stitch

    Here are two photos I just took of Sookie in the yard, for comparison and because I want everyone to look at my sweet baby dog.

    Sookie Lizard Border

    I googled “labrador cross stitch patterns” and this one from fab.com was by far the cutest. I didn’t need an entire cross stitch kit so I transferred the design to 14 count graph paper (I got here) by counting the stitches to make a pattern. I also moved the heart from the booty area to the chest. I was going to put her name underneath but decided it looked better without it.

    Sookie cross stitch pattern

    Cross stitch pattern

    completed cross stitch

    Here it is completed, ironed, and ready to be framed. I used this method from Instructables.com. I used the thin piece of cardboard that came inside the frame and sewed the edges of the cross stitch fabric together around that.

    closeup cross stitch

    A closeup.

    I’m so happy with the results that I’m planning more projects. I bought two tiny hoops for Christmas ornaments and have a favorite Don Draper quote in the works as well.