a rather italian week, it seems

  • polenta with turkey sausage and caramelized onions
  • spaghetti alla bolognese
  • squash apple soup, boule au levain
  • beet risotto
  • tortilla de papas y chorizo


tasty things

  • finally found pixian (broad bean) doubanjiang (郫县豆瓣酱) for even better mapo liver & tofu!
  • pad grapao and grilled eggplant salad yam makreua yao, “attractively smoky… hot, and equally sour and salty” (David Thomson’s Thai Food is full of such descriptions attempting to capture the unique balance of sweet-hot-salty-sour that characterizes each dish.)
  • pizze: bacon+date+besciamella, merguez+spinach+feta, pear+gorgonzola+honey
  • kashmiri dum aloo slow-cooked baby potatoes in yogurt-fennel sauce
  • kale saag paneer, saffron rice
  • rice (either tossed or maybe full on fried rice) with shanghai bok choy, garlic, and dried shrimp



I’m planning to go stock up on some Indian and Chinese ingredients this weekend. In order to prevent myself from overbuying fresh perishable ingredients, these are the things I plan to make next week with fresh stuff.

  • tindora with curry leaves and coconut
  • stir fried baby bok choy with dried shrimp
  • mapo liver and tofu looks sublime; bought liver at greenmarket today
  • if they have sorrel, gongura dal