Friday, June 26, 2009

Food Porn: Aloo Matar

Yes, yes... I've been a terrible blog slacker. I haven't been out doing much of interest frankly, so I haven't had much to post about. But, the Saga can't be left to decay indefinitely, so when I made a tasty Indian dish, it was time to produce a new Food Porn entry. It amuses me how many perverts find their way to the Saga this way, only to be disappointed by the lack of nekkid wimmin.

I do believe I'm standing in the light.
So, let's discuss the ingredients. This is from a recipe on, but with minor tweaks. I've highlighted the changes below.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes with green chilis, pureed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

I discovered after getting home with the groceries that I didn't actually have the canned tomatoes I thought I had, so I used the tomatoes with green chilis; a little extra heat wasn't going to bother me. I actually have garam masala around somewhere, but I didn't feel like hunting for it right then, and the curry powder was handy. I wasn't particularly careful with measurements, and I naturally used a good bit more cilantro than the recipe called for.

The process is pretty simple and already described on AllRecipes, so I won't steal their hits by repeating it here. This recipe makes enough for four people, so I should have lunches for a couple of days.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

So, William and Juliana and I went to see Transformers 2 on opening night. I have to call this one another big win. As with the first film, the humor gets more sitcommy than I like at times, and this time it really pushed the limits of my tolerance, but the pace of the movie is still fast enough for me to get over that pretty quickly. There are also times when Michael Bay and the writing staff are clearly channeling George Lucas and James Cameron.

Please don’t be fooled into thinking this is a kids’ movie. You probably wouldn’t want your kids using some of this language in school, Megan Fox is definitely “Miss Fanservice” (with a little additional help, too), and the violence is intense. Incidentally, this movie is over two hours long, and probably the last half is a protracted battle, so expect to be very wired when you leave the theatre.

On the other hand, this movie is extremely pro-military. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines must see Michael Bay as their number one advertising assistant, and the Coast Guard is probably wondering why they get left out.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Something to Keep in Mind

"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
--Thomas Jefferson