My youngest son, William, has a fairly sophisticated pallet for a 12-year-old. He loves macaroni and cheese, Pop-Tarts and exorbitantly-sugared cereals - like most kids - but he maintains an affinity for "adult" fare as well. For example, he would just as soon eat a grapefruit for breakfast as a Toaster Strudel or a sweet bowl of Count Chocula. For lunch, a nice piece of fish and a scoop of cottage cheese would not cause him to pine for Spaghettios. He doesn't even like Spaghettios. For Easter, the little epicurean has requested lamb.
Makes 4 servings 8 ounces lean lamb (tenderloin) 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon fresh-grated ginger 1 teaspoon crushed fresh garlic 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon corn oil 2 onions, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 1/4 cups water 2 fresh red chilies, seeded and sliced into strips 2 fresh green chilies, seeded and sliced into strips 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves Cut the lamb into strips. In a bowl, whisk the yogur
Makes 6 servings 1 boneless leg of lamb (about 4 pounds) 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 2 teaspoons herbes de Province 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper...
From CHOW.com Makes 12 servings 2 tablespoons shredded, sweetened coconut 4 large eggs 1 pound sweet rice flour (about 3 cups) 3 cups whole milk 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for coating the baking dish 1 teaspoon coconut extract 1/4 teaspoon fine salt Heat oven to 350 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Makes 60 dumplings Dough: 3 cups flour 1 1/4 cup cold water (possibly less) 1/4 teaspoon salt Filling: 1 cup ground pork 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon dry sherry 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1/4 cup minced green onion 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage 4 tablespoons shredded bamboo shoots 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced To make the dough: Stir the salt into the flour in a mixing bowl.
Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year - or the Lunar New Year, aka "Spring Festival." It is the time to "cleanse the house" and "sweep away all ill-fortune" even though it is considered bad luck to use a broom during the holiday. It's sort of like our Christmas season, spread out over 15 days with various celebrations. This year is "the year of the goat" - a phenomenon that hasn't occurred since 2002. My meager research tells me the one major difference between these two traditions is in their mythical representatives.
Makes 6 cups 1 pound fresh cranberries, finely chopped 2 tart apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup apricot preserves 1 10-ounce package frozen raspberries, thawed and drained 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
Makes 2 cups 1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded 4 scallions, coarsely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons ground allspice Juice of 2 limes 1/2 cup ketchup
Serves 1 or 2 1 tablespoon cream cheese 1 12-inch flour tortilla, preferably flavored 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 8 ounces grilled Jerk chicken, chopped 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/2 cup prepared fruit chutney
Once again, old man winter has stayed in hibernation like a lazy, confused polar bear. The season, for all practical purposes, does not exist. So how do all you global warming nay-sayers (and there are a lot of you) like being eternally stuck in the month of March? Is your new snowmobile parked in your living room, and did it come with an end table and a matching love seat? Even worse, do you make your living selling snowmobile furniture?