Spicy Lentils in Pita

April 5, 2009

1 onion, diced
6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Lentils (Recipe calls for 8oz, I just use like a cup or something. Make sure you soak them for a bit before hand if they’re green ones)
1″ ginger, very finely chopped
Chilles if you want, finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp ground cumin seeds
.25 – .5 tsp cayenne pepper
6-7oz shelled green peas ( I use frozen )
4-6 heaped tbsp fresh coriander leaf, chopped (I just add more coriander powder ’cause this shit is expensive)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt (I usually omit)
1.5 tbsp lemon juice (I eyeball it)
Pita bread (yay)

Fry the onions until lightly browned. Add garlic. AFter a minute add ginger, chillies, coriander, cumin, and cayenne.

Add lentils and water (to cover–I use veggie broth if it is on hand) and cook until lentils are tender and edible. Don’t let them get too mushy, they should hold their shape. This takes about 30 minutes.

Add the peas, coriander leaf (or just more powder… like 1-2tsp), garam masala, lemon juice. Cook until pease are soft. Reduce heat until liquid is gone. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN IT. It’s going to want to scorch when it’s almost done. Make sure you stir it a lot at this point.

Warm/toast the pitas before serving. Add lentils to pita. Devour.

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This past week in food

January 11, 2009

I’ve decided to do a blogging-lite food summary this week.

Monday

  • Cereal
  • 1.5 Pitas with hummus, tomato, and onion
  • Diet Snapple
  • Banana
  • Four Cookies (FAIL)
  • Lentil and Couscous curry

Tuesday

  • Macaroon x2
  • Cereal
  • Couscous lentil curry
  • Pita with hummus, tomato, and onion
  • Grapes
  • Banana

Wednesday

  • Cereal
  • Banana
  • Couscous lentil curry
  • Couscous with lemon juice and parsley

Thursday

  • Cereal
  • Couscous with lemon juice and parsley
  • Ham sub and sunchips

Friday

  • Cereal
  • Spicy Lentils with Pitax2
  • Banana
  • Cookies x3
  • Taco
  • Crispy Gordita
  • Mountain Dew
  • Apple juice

Saturday

  • Cereal
  • Small amount of mountain dew
  • Spicy lentils with brown rice x2

Waking Up

December 1, 2008

Over the last couple months, going back to the beginning of summer, I’ve felt myself sliding down an edge into apathy and a more internalized sense of awareness. By that I mean I have felt completely disconnected from everything going on around me; I didn’t feel like I was a part of any of it. I was just watching. I was a lot quieter than normal–and for me, that means a near silence. My personality seemed to sink behind a veil of reserve and distance. I was sullen.

I was asleep. I felt connected to no one and belonged in no social group. I was in what felt like a suffocating relationship. I didn’t care about work–my job performance has suffered greatly. I didn’t care about science. My guaranteed 95%+ in school during the first month of this quarter has fallen into possibly irrecoverable pieces.  My thoughts were slave to someone whom I will probably never see again. I let my health slide. I stopped eating breakfast or eating in general. I lapsed out of near vegetarianism and into the consumption of candy and junk food. I started to drink soda instead of water. I stopped exercising. I stopped sleeping. I didn’t play music. I stopped blogging. I’ve stopped managing my finances.

I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last month and a half–mostly from not eating.

However, most of that is completely irrelevant. I didn’t fucking care. No, really. I couldn’t care less. I wasn’t sad, depressed, happy, anything. I was a nice, neutral, apathetic creature. That is what was truly horrifying.

Thankfully, today, I think all that has come to an end. I’m not really sure what caused it. It started at about 2:00pm today, while doing a research paper and became fully realized upon being dropped off at home at 8:30pm or so. I do believe if was the sum of several events, relationships, friendships, with a handful of individuals over a a couple months of time.

So, here we are. It feels like a new beginning, really. This time I don’t have a mane of hair to cut, a wardrobe to throw out, a pet to get, a relationship to break out of, or any of thedramatic representations of change I’ve gone through in the past.

I’m okay with that.

It’s such an irony, this dark foggy weather.

-Good morning-

Day 28

October 7, 2008

3/4 cup of Generic Cereal: $0.10; 120 calories

1/2 cup “Supreme” Skim Milk: $0.13; 45 calories

I didn’t have time to pack lunch this morning so I’m going to have to go with school food. I also massively failed a second time today when I forgot a fork with which to eat my lunch, so I had to go get pizza as well. DAMN IT, SELF.

Ham and Macaroni and cheese with some Quiche: a lot, $4.50

Vegetable pizza of awesome: A lot, $5.00 because the hot guy at the pizza place gave me a discount.

Apple Juice: $1.35, 150 calories

Day 27

October 7, 2008

Banana: 100 calories, $0.26

3/4 cup of Generic Cereal: $0.10; 120 calories

1/2 cup “Supreme” Skim Milk: $0.13; 45 calories

Cheese Rice Crips: $0.25, 60 calories

Apple: $0.80, 50 calories (holy crap they’re expensive)

Lentil Soup: ~$1, 260 calories (This actually costs way less than $1, but we’ll esrimate high to be safe)

Santa Fe Rice and Beans: $0.88, 360 calories

I’m bad at this.

October 3, 2008

It’s true.

I’m going to try next week to actually like, post and stuff. This very importantly involves me getting groceries and cooking for next week well before I have to sleep Sunday night–unlike the past two weeks.

I’ll be better, I swear. T_T

Day #FAIL

October 1, 2008

So I managed to make food that I can’t eat AGAIN. Not that I don’t like it this time, but I seem to have some weird taste aversion to coconut milk curry, but only when I make it myself. Don’t ask me how. I managed to eat it yesterday but today I had to go get pizza because I couldn’t even look at the stuff.

Cereal with skim milk

Apple

Banana

Fat free coleslaw

Boiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

PIZZA $3.50, 400 calories

Day #Something

September 30, 2008

I haven’t figured out calorie counts or anything yet, but here’s at least a list:

Cereal with skim milk

Apple

Banana

Fat free coleslaw

Boiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Goan-style Curry with Jasmine rice

OKAY. Back!

September 28, 2008

Best video ever. It might be the best description of my world view ever.

OKAY, so.Last week I managed to buy TONS of groceries for a lot of money and made lots of food. HOWEVER, turns out, all the recipes I used I didn’t like. Therefore, I ended up buying a lot of food at the school cafeteria and at work because I just couldn’t eat what I had made. So, that really sucked financially and health-wise. This week I’m going to try to make absolutely sure that I have food that I will like and maybe let up on the health and cost concerns just a little bit so I don’t repeat this past week.

Mini-hiatus

September 22, 2008

School starts this week! I’m going to not be posting for a bit anything specific about what I’m eating because I don’t have time! Once this first week is over I should be able to pick it up again. =( Sad time!