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Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 20, 2018 [21 May 2018|09:20am]

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Happy Monday, all!
Having survived my week of hell, I am working briefly today before heading off to see Deadpool 2! *g*
Hope you're all having a marvelous day. <3

Ali's List of Fics: May 14 - May 20 )
And here's what's (hopefully) to come:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

Also, fingers crossed I can catch up get a bit ahead on stuff I want to write. ;)

[21 May 2018|07:42am]


Title: Nice Day for a White Wedding, I
Challenge: wedding planner
Word Count: 100

The bride hesitated outside the shop door. The Perfect Wedding was a dark, cramped, dusty shop on a dark, narrow, dirty street near Warboys Square, and she wondered if everyone who'd given it five stars on Yawp!.com had been high, drunk, or both.

“You know he planned Angela's wedding, didn't you?” murmured her maid of honor. “Did a bang-up job, too. Remember how great she looked?”

“Yeah. That's why I'm here.” The window was decorated with faded crepe paper hearts and artificial doves that had fought a battle with mice and lost. “All right then, let's do it.”

Drabble: The Night Ahead [20 May 2018|06:47pm]

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Title: The Night Ahead
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[ profile] dracoharry100's prompt 526: Ahead.
This is part 108 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: Time for some refreshment.

The Night Ahead )

Drabble: Staying for Breakfast [20 May 2018|07:12am]

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Title: Staying for Breakfast
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 100 x 3
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/pairings: Hermione Granger/Millicent Bustrode.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] femslash100/[ profile] femslash100's prompt # 599: Breakfast.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.

Staying for Breakfast )

Challenge #744: "Snape and the Alternate Muggle Career: Wedding Planner." [20 May 2018|07:05am]


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Challenge 744: Snape and the Alternate Muggle Career: Wedding Planner

This job wasn't on the official list, but I have (royal) wedding fever so...why not? I think Severus would make a precise if temperamental wedding planner, and it would certainly be easier with magic. However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and his new job as an (Muggle) Wedding Planner.

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SS/HP Prophet - May 13 -19 [19 May 2018|10:25pm]


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SS/HP Prophet - May 13 -19 [19 May 2018|10:15pm]


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art by [info]stellamoon

One Shots
[x] Anonymous: A Web of Living Light [Explicit]
[x] Anonymous: Draco Malfoy and the Magic Holodeck [Explicit] Severus/Harry/Draco
[x] CalmlessnesS: Good Year [Mature]

Completed Chapter Fic
[x] JentheSnarryShipper: The Truth about Professor Slughorn - Chapter 3/3 [Explicit] [Chan]

Works In Progress
[x] Alisanne: Wisdom - Chapter 58 [PG]
[x] Cautta: Shivers in the Dark - Chapter 18 [Explicit]
[x] Cithara: Oneshots from A Brave New World - Chapter 6 [Explicit]
[x] Cithara: Wild With All Regrets - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Debstheslytherinsnapefan: Haunted Jaded Eyes - Chapter 56 [Mature] [Chan]
[x] Demondog136 Ellianarna: Dragons, Snakes, and Secrets - Chapter 32 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: Choices Have Side Effects - Chapter 6 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: My Maltese Tiger - Chapter 4 [Not Rated]
[x] Elvirakitties: My Maltese Tiger - Chapter 5 [Not Rated]
[x] Elvirakitties: Nagini's Children - Chapter 9 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: The Little Bat - Chapter 17 [G]
[x] Falconlux: The Dead Master - Chapter 6 [Mature]
[x] GravenLament: Gaudium Ténebris - Chapter 6 [Explicit] [Chan]
[x] Gravenlament: Death's Desire - Chapter 4 [Mature] [Chan]
[x] Hippocrates460: The Gift of Kindness - Chapter 2 [M]
[x] Hippocrates460: The Gift of Kindness - Chapter 3 [M]
[x] Hittocere(jadehittocere): Wind Beneath My Wings - Chapter 4 [Teen]
[x] JBankai89: I Will Save Myself - Chapter 23 [Explicit] Severus/Harry/Draco
[x] Kurohebi: Love Even Though We Are Uncertain - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Lillymoid: Happiness Phoenix - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Lilyseyes: Worthy Child - Chapter 7 [PG-13] Sevitus
[x] Lyraonyx: Black Souled - Chapter 1 [Explicit]
[x] PygmyPuffs: Draco's Saving Grace from his Devastating Past - Chapter 1 [Teen]
[x] Qualamity: A Picture for 1000 Words - Chapter 8 [G]
[x] Ryotigergirl: Harry Potter and the Man of Paradox - Chapter 6 [Mature] [Chan] Severus/Harry/Voldemort
[x] Shackleddamsel: Fall in Love Again - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Shortsnout: The Curse of Artemis - Chapter 11 [Mature]
[x] SlytherclawRain02: Seeing Clearly - Chapter 2 [Teen] Chan
[x] Snarry5evr: Something Precious - Chapter 3 [Explicit]
[x] Sneck: The Fairy Glass - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Younoknowme93: Adventures in Inebriation - Chapter 4 [Teen]

Drabbles And Ficlets
[x] Alisanne: In Attendance [PG]
[x] Alisanne: New Pursuits [PG]
[x] Googlestrade: 10 Song Drabbles [G]
[x] Lillymoid: Mother's Day [Teen]
[x] Smallhobbit: Much Too Late [G]
[x] Smallhobbit: The Four Poster [PG]

[x] Snarry100: Has Posted Challenge 629: Privacy
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[x] Zanship: Snape: the Homes Fries Nazi - Chapter 1 [Not Rated] Podfic

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Storming the Potters' [19 May 2018|10:16pm]


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Title: Storming the Potters'
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Frank Longbottom, Augusta Longbottom, Alice Longbottom, James Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snape100's prompt # 743: Severus and the Alternate Muggle Career: Offshore Oil Worker.
This is part Fifty-Four of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Storming the Potters' on LJ/IJ/DW.

Drabble: Storming the Potters' [19 May 2018|09:58pm]

[ mood | working ]

Title: Storming the Potters'
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Frank Longbottom, Augusta Longbottom, Alice Longbottom, James Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [ profile] snape100/[info]snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 743: Severus and the Alternate Muggle Career: Offshore Oil Worker.
This is part Fifty-Four of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Storming the Potters' )

CAP Beauty No Bone Broth [12 May 2018|07:50am]

Bone broth is all the rage. But I don’t cook with bones, so I’m always trying to come up with nutrient-dense, mineral-rich broths that check all the beneficial boxes. Enter this CAP Beauty No Bone Broth. It’s dense with mushrooms, seaweed, root vegetables, ginger, turmeric – you see where this is headed? All the good stuff.

CAP Beauty No Bone Broth Recipe

I’ve been cooking quite a lot from High Vibrational Beauty: Recipes and Rituals for Radical Self Care over the past few weeks. It’s such a great new book by the founders of one of my favorite natural beauty hotspots in New York City, CAP Beauty (go visit!). Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy Diprima Morisse include a robust No Bone Broth in their book and it is SO GOOD. My pro tip: make double, because it goes fast.

CAP Beauty No Bone Broth Recipe

The recipe: I made a couple little tweaks based on the ingredients I had on hand, but it’s pretty close to Kerrilyn and Cindy’s version. My version is a little less “sea” tasting comparatively, because I used dried porcini and chanterelle in place of shiitake mushrooms, and less seaweed.

Keep in mind, while you start out with 8 cups of liquid, you lose a lot of that because of the long simmer. Also, there’s a lengthy ingredient list, which is what you want in a broth like this (for that wide range of beneficial) ingredients. But, consider a double batch while you’re making the effort. You can always freeze half for later use…

CAP Beauty No Bone Broth Recipe

I used my broth as a base for miso soup, I also used it as the broth in my v. favorite Instant Pot congee (brown rice & turmeric!). I was also great as the base of a brothy noodle bowl topped with asparagus and broiled tofu, and crispy shallots!

Continue reading CAP Beauty No Bone Broth on 101 Cookbooks

Edible Flowers [10 May 2018|06:24pm]

I like to use edible flowers – both fresh and dried – in my cooking. The fragrance, the color, the range of petal shapes – it all makes them irresistible to me. Spring and summer are when I encounter the widest range of blossoms, and because I get a lot of questions related to sourcing and using edible flowers, I thought I’d write up a few of the things I do to ensure I have a supply throughout the year.

Edible Flowers

I’ve included a number of the things I’ve learned down below, in the section that normally hosts the recipe. One of my favorite things to do, with certain flowers, is simply dry the petals. These organic rose petals are about halfway through the process of drying (instructions below). They lose an incredible amount of volume as they dry, so even if you feel as if you’re starting with more petals than you could possibly use, keep in mind you’ll end up with far less than when you started.

Edible FlowersEdible Flowers

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11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer [08 May 2018|07:49am]

Last year, around the time I bought the Instant Pot, I also purchased an Air Fryer. I wanted to experiment with it, see what all the hype was about. The Air Fryer was being heralded as the next “must-have” counter-top appliance, roughly the same size as the 6-qt. Instant Pot, with one primary feature – it’s a small, electric convection oven. The draw here is, in theory, you can emulate the results you get with frying, using a much healthier cooking method.

We had some hits and misses with the Air-fryer straight out of the gate. Things “fried” directly from the freezer generally did better than anything clever I dreamed up. Big fails included: beer-battered cauliflower, and all my tempura attempts. One day Wayne brought home a big bag of all-natural, frozen, cauliflower onion rings and those were awesome. We also did potstickers in it a few times, and those were pretty good – a little dry though, so our strategy was to overcompensate with dipping sauce.

After a couple of weeks, my love-affair with the Instant Pot continued, and the Air-Fryer took up residence in the corner of the pantry for the months to follow, neglected. That said, I’m not ready to give up on it quite yet! I thought I’d comb the internet for new Air-Fryer recipe inspiration, and ask you all to weigh in as well. These were a handful of the recipes to catch my attention. If you have any favorite, go-to, veg-friendly recipes for the Air-Fryer please(!) post a link in the comments. I’d love to figure out the magic here – my take-away is that people are likely using them for frozen fries 90% of the time? Laugh / cry.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

1. Gobi Manchurian (Olives for Dinner) There are many air fryer cauliflower recipes, and most qualify as good side dish candidates. But this is the recipe that caught my attention. Erin’s Gobi Manchurian, could definitely be a main. An elaborate-to-make main. And I’d probably add some lentils. And shallow-fry. Anyway, I’m intrigued! It looks delicious. Also see her Buffalo Cauliflower Steak for another way to use air-fried cauliflower. I’m totally going to try these as well.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

2. Smoky Sweet Crunchy Chickpeas (Spa Bettie) Chickpeas in the air fryer is something I hadn’t thought of! Kristina’s chickpeas use the aquafaba as a base for the coating (brilliant!), with paprika and maple for flavor, producing a great snack.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

3. Easy Falafel (From My Bowl)
Good falafel is a wonderful thing. Caitlin of From My Bowl has a recipe that is gluten free, air fryer tested, and looks good! Imagining it with a bit of spiked tahini sauce and a warm pita.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

4. Za’atar Spiced Air-Fried Kale Chips (One Arab Vegan) I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to get kale chips right in the standard oven. This post promises crispy kale chip perfection, with za’atar in the mix as an added bonus.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

5. My Favorite Air Fryer Tofu Recipe (Julie Hasson) I love Julie! And (good) tofu is in regular rotation in my kitchen. This recipe is high on my must-try list.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

6. Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes (Cadry’s Kitchen) Here’s a fresh take on classic fried green tomatoes – vegan and crusted with salt and pepper potato chips. Cadry’s recipe has exact cooking times and tips on spritzing with oil and when to flip.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

7. Homemade Croutons (Sandhya’s Kitchen) Homemade croutons are always better than store bought, especially if they are still slightly warm. Sandhya, does these two ways using the air fryer, one batch with oil and another with butter. Yes to the garlic version.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

8. Air Fryer Risotto Balls (Vegetarian Mamma) Deep-fried risotto balls (arancini) are wonderful – so indulgently wonderful. I imagine making a big batch of risotto in the Instant Pot one night and then using the leftovers to make these risotto balls the next night.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

9. Curried Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Creamy Cumin Ketchup (Glue and Glitter) It would be difficult to have a list air fryer recipes without an example of fries! These use curry powder for the fries and a cumin-spiked ketchup to make these flavor-forward fries.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

10. Buffalo Cauliflower (LL Balanced) Here’s another great-looking cauliflower recipe that elevates the dish from a side to a main with the unconventional combination of hot sauce and nutritional yeast.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

11. Twice Air-Fried Vegan Stuffed Idaho Potatoes (Healthy Slow Cooking) Baked potatoes were a regular dinnertime staple in our household growing up. These feature a twist, removing the potato, mashing it with vegan yogurt (or whatever yogurt you use) and putting it back in the shells.

Continue reading 11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer on 101 Cookbooks

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey [06 May 2018|07:53am]

Sit tight! This is one of my very favorite recipes. It’s a boosted wellness honey – bright rosy pink, vitamin C packed, and bursting with flavor. This honey tastes like a thousand Sweet Tart candies were crushed up and dissolved into it. It’s tangy, sweet and sour, and ups your honey game immediately.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

I tend to make a big container of this Vitamin C Honey a few times a year with whatever powdery Vitamin C ingredient magic I have on hand. This batch has rose hips and hibiscus, and some echinacea. It’s an electuary of sorts.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

Little jars of it make the best gifts. Or a little spoonful after a meal to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you love PB&J sandwiches. Make one with this honey in place of the jelly.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

I’ll note this in the recipe down below, but use my recipe as a jumping off point. Play around! If you can’t find one of the ingredients I call for, no big deal. Leave it out, or add another spice or powder you like! Pitaya powder is tricky to source (and pricey), you can totally leave it out, and maybe crush up some freeze-dried strawberries instead!

Continue reading Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey on 101 Cookbooks

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram [01 May 2018|07:47am]

There is so much good Indian food inspiration on Instagram – there are so many great Indian cooks, so many cooks making great Indian food. After returning from India I’m really enjoying discovering more and more, and thought some of you might want to follow some of these cooks as well!

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Swayampurna Mishra / @lapetitchef – Cooking in Raipur, Swayampurna makes a combination of Indian classics and western desserts with fantastic styling.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram– Nira Kehar / @youarewhatyoufeast – Keep your eyes peeled for her stunner of a new cookbook OJAS : Modern Recipes and Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Ayurveda. It’s beautiful, informative, inspiring, with a fresh take on cookbook photography and design.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram– Anagha Godbole / @saffrontouch – Anagha cooks so many things that are new to me, dishes I’d like to try – for example, moringa leaves cooked in the maharashtrian style. Pictured: puranpoli, ghee, katachi amti.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Anubhav Sapra / @delhifoodwalks – If you find yourself in Delhi, and are game for an adventure, be sure to do a Delhi Food Walk! Or live vicariously through the Insta-feed.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram– Uma Ramanujam / @indiancurrytrail – Lunch-box Instagrams accounts (and before that blogs) have long been a thing, and this is a great Indian example of the genre to follow. An added bonus, Uma injects a pop of color with saris #sarilove #sarigram.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Radhika Penagonda / @justhomemade – Such a beautiful feed! Colorful food & strong spices from Radhika’s Bangalore kitchen. Pictured: Chintha Chiguru Pappu (tender tamarind leaves dal).

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Thomas Zacharias / @cheftzac – Thomas is the chef at the Bombay Canteen in Mumbai, his feed is a combination of his exquisite modern cuisine and the traditional dishes that inspire it. Also, lots of epic thali inspiration. (pictured: a Tamilian potato curry made with poppy seeds, cashew and coconut milk)

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Rumela Roy / @mixandstir – Based in San Diego, Rumela’s beautiful photography highlights a combination of epic Indian savory and decadent baked desserts. Everything. Looks. Amazing.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Maunika Gowardhan / @cookinacurry – Originally from Mumbai, but now in the UK, Maunika’s feed is a combination of comfort foods and all sorts of new-to-me dishes I would like to try. She’s also a contributing editor to Vogue India. (pictured – Thakkali Pachadi- tomato chutney with chilli, garlic, urad dal and curry leaves. )

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Archana Pidathala / @archana.pidathala – Archana was inspired to complete and publish her grandmother’s unfinished cookbook in a beautiful volume called Five Morsels of Love. The book’s traditional recipes are paired with stunning, modern photography and design. Her Instagram feed is a wonderful (and charming!) mix of food and family.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Kankana Saxena / @playfulcooking – Kankana makes every recipe from her Sunnyvale, California kitchen look like something you want right this minute. Look out for her cookbook (coming soon) – Taste Of Eastern India. (pictured: mung beans and kale daal)

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram– Mallika Basu / @mallikabasu_ – Based in London, Mallika is a columnist for the London Evening Standard. Her latest cookbook is Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Nandita Iyer / @saffrontrail – Nadita is a doctor who specializes in nutrition, so the recipes she cooks in her Bengaluru kitchen are very veg forward. Her feed also reminds me of another fantastic, veg-loving, plant centric pediatrician I adore (based here in SF) – Dr. Reshma Shah.

If you Love Indian Food Follow These 15 Cooks on Instagram – Sia Krishna / @siakrishna – Sia’s food is lit up with color. Every dish is beautiful and bursting with it, always so many things I want to try here :)!

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A Really Good Chana Masala [29 Apr 2018|07:17am]

There are a lot of chana masala recipes out there that are perfectly good, but this is the chana masala you should make tonight. It’s what I want when I order chana masala in a restaurant. It’s what I look for when I dive into a beautiful thali plate.

A Really Good Chana Masala Recipe

Chana masala, the wildly popular dish from the Indian subcontinent made of chickpeas (chana) simmered in a feisty, spice-forward tomato sauce. It’s one of those gateway preparations that introduce people to the food of India and Pakistan, and I’ve enjoyed versions of it all over the world. I’ve had it in Bangkok, I’ve had it in Rome, I’ve had it in Jodhpur, and I’ve had it in Istanbul. I’ve formed strong opinions, and there were a number of variables I wanted to (finally) get right for a go-to version I would make regularly in my own kitchen. It has taken a while to crack the code!

A Really Good Chana Masala Recipe

Chana masala varies from region to region, across borders, and from cook to cook. This is the version of chana masala I hope for and crave when I order it at a restaurant. What you tend to get in a restaurant is often overly oily, sadly seasoned, boring. This is not that. This is a Technicolor version of chana masala. It’s spicy, racy, and balanced. There’s kick from cayenne, serrano, and chana masala powder. There’s a bit of sour from the tomatoes, from the mango powder and pomegranate seeds in the chana masala powder.

A Really Good Chana Masala Recipe

As I was working on this recipe there were a number of things I wanted to focus on. First, I wanted to get the flavor and texture right (of course). Texture is really important, and my favorite chana masalas often lack clear definition between the chickpeas and the sauce, in a good way. They have this third thing going on, a crumbled texture of sorts, which I learned is from broken up chickpeas. You’ll see that reflected here.

There’s an onion masala sauce I like in Urvashi Pitre’s Indian Instant Pot Cookbook. I used that as one of my jumping off points here – scaling back the oil and salt by half, tweaking the spice and ingredients amounts more to my liking, and approaching things for the stovetop instead of a pressure cooker (or IP). Once you have a simmer sauce mixture like this prepared, you’re 90% there as far as effort is concerned, and you can make it more or less spicy based on your own tastes. One other idea I had in my notes – rehydrate hibiscus flowers (jamaica), chop them, and use them as a finishing topping. I feel like chana masala really needs a balancing kick of acid (usually citrus) to counter the chickpeas and sauce, but maybe the tang of hibiscus could be welcome too.

Second, I think one of the things that intimidates people about cooking Indian, or Pakistani, or Sri Lankan food at home is those long ingredient lists (so many good-for-you spices). I’ve written this recipe so you’ll have enough of the simmer sauce for two meals. One for now, one to freeze for later. Double that and you’ve got four meals…

A Really Good Chana Masala Recipe

Which chickpeas to use? The answer is simple, whatever you have on hand. If you have chickpeas you’ve cooked from dried (like these turmeric soaked chickpeas), use those. If it’s a Wednesday night, and all you have is canned chickpeas, go for it! Either way, your chana masala will be delicious.

Thick or thin: Some chana masala is thin and soupy, other times it is thick, and more cohesive. It’s all a matter of personal preference – I tend to like mine somewhere in the middle.

Chana masala powder: You need to source good chana masala powder. It matters (meaning, don’t leave it out), and you’re not going to make it at home – it has mango powder, ground pomegranate seeds, dried musk melon, and a long list of other wonderful but challenging to source ingredients. I’ve been using this MDH chana masala powder, and I like it. Spicy! Tangy! Good sprinkled on all sorts of things.

Pair with: Eat chana masala with rice, eat it with flat bread, eat as a component in a thali plate, eat it spooned over your favorite grains. I love it with a simple side of cauliflower, and often I’ll throw in a handful of shredded kale or spinach, to get my greens in – a perfect one dish meal.

Hope you love this recipe!

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The Most Popular Recipe Last Month [24 Apr 2018|07:46am]

I’m always quite surprised to see which recipes pop the most throughout the month. For example, the last time month I did this (January), the most popular recipe was this Black Bean Chili with Kahlua, even though I was sure it was going to be this Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts. You really never know what is going to resonate with people. Here’s the recipe that took the top spot this time around – a vibrant twist on pad thai!

Sunshine Pad Thai (Vegetarian)

1. Sunshine Pad Thai (Vegetarian): This was the most popular recipe on 101 Cookbooks last month! Its a pad that that combines a Thai heart and a California spirit. Hot water is traditionally used to soften the rice noodles, and I boost that water with lots of turmeric. The noodles drink it up until they glow a hot yellow!

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup

2. Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup: And I can’t help but mention the second place contender, because it really is the perfect weeknight meal. If you can bring yourself to chop an onion, along with a couple cloves of garlic – the rest of this taco soup creation is dump-and-stir. And in case you don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries, it’s just as easy to make on a conventional stovetop.

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Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas [22 Apr 2018|07:48am]

Remember the turmeric-soaked turmeric noodles I used recently in this pad thai recipe? Well, these turmeric-soaked chickpeas build on that idea. I wanted to figure out a way to work turmeric into the chickpeas, and it was actually pretty straight-forward, thankfully. You can make them on the stovetop. You can make them in an Instant Pot – I tested both approaches. Pick whichever method you prefer!

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

I’ve been using these chickpeas in all sorts of preparations, and I thought I needed to isolate the recipe on its own, so I can point to the technique when I post a recipe that uses them. You can use them in a lot of recipes that call for chickpeas.

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

I’ve used these in hummus, in my favorite chana masala, and in meals like the one you see below. I’ll post that recipe next! Working on it now. All in all these chickpeas are a great way to easily integrate a bit more turmeric into your everyday eats.

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

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Food, Flowers, and Photography  Traveling Around India [19 Apr 2018|07:10am]

This is just a quick post to highlight some of the videos and photos I posted related to my recent India trip. Its for anyone who missed them as I was traveling, or anyone wanting to catch some glimpses of what traveling around India might be like! I posted a bunch to my Instagram account, and set up and India collection of video clips (which you can see on your phone) as well. This was the second time I’ve been to Delhi (and then Rajasthan), and it was as inspiring as the first. It was rickshaws and thali plates and rich, thick garlands of roses and marigolds. It was long dusty walks, faded floral fabrics, and market baskets filled with ladyfingers and bright green desert berries. The palaces! The forts! The traffic! It was deafening horns, and morning chanting, and gin and tonics, and getting sick, and then getting better. It was old trains, and desert blooms that blind you (literally), and kids in lots of denim with huge smiles, phones in hand for selfies.

To see the videos – if you’re looking at my Instagram profile on your phone, you should see the INDIA collection. Beyond that, you can click on the location tags and hashtags to see where I am, or get more info. It looks like this:

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

I also posted a good number of photos, but they’ll get pushed down my feed over time. In the short term, look for them here:

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

If you’re curious about how I ended up in Rajasthan for the second time in five years, here’s the story. Those of you who have been longtime readers know I like to take a class or workshop every year or so – whatever inspires me, or whatever I want to dive a little deeper into. Over the years I’ve done color photo printing classes, letterpress intensives, most of the G.I.A. labs – it all somehow weaves itself into my work at one point or another. I’d been looking for a serendipitous sign to pull me back to Rajasthan, and when I got an email from these two legends / superstars / favorite people, saying they were teaching a workshop in there. Exactly! I was in. This lady ended up being my roommate (leap of faith!), we had a blast, and are already scheming the next adventure. Maybe to the South next time?

I hope you enjoy the photos, there are so many more I haven’t had a change to process yet. I shot a lot of portraits on this trip, and might wrangle them into a collection of some sort. Long way of saying, more to come.

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Melissa Clarks Instant Pot Hummus (with Variations) [17 Apr 2018|07:57am]

I’ve been having quite a lot of fun playing around with different Instant Pot recipes over the past few months, but one recipe has emerged as a breakout. It’s the one that keeps my Instant Pot on my counter instead of under it. You ready? It’s the hummus from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant. I find myself making it once or twice a week (no joke!). Because, who doesn’t need nearly effortless containers of hummus in their refrigerator all week?

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

The recipe yields a silky, smooth hummus, and once you nail the method, the variations you can do are endless. I love to take it in different directions, and the version you see photographed here is fortified with a couple generous handfuls of spinach. I’ll also including notes related to a few other favorite variations down below as well. Because, as much as I love classic, straight-forward hummus, I also like to make an herb version, a spinach hummus, there’s a beet version, and (pictured here) berbere spiced hummus – maybe my favorite version yet?!. It goes on and on.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa uses some interesting techniques here, and it results in a beautifully smooth, billowy hummus – without having to peel each individual chickpea! I think the biggest positive impact on the texture comes from making an ice watery paste with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, and then working in the chickpeas from there.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Hummus Variations:

Berbere Hummus (pictured above): The version pictured here is flared out with berbere, a spice blend typical to Ethiopia and Eritrea. I like the berbere recipe in Josef Centeno’s Baco cookbook. But if you don’t have it, google around for another version online. To make the berbere-accented hummus, add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste!) of berbere spice to the blender with the other ingredients. Also, sprinkle on top of the hummus, after drizzling with olive oil.

Beet Hummus: throw a small, peeled (yellow, orange, or red) beet or two into the pot long with the chickpeas, and proceed with recipe. Alternately, you can add the beet raw to the blender.

Herby Miso Hummus: Add a dollop of this wintery miso paste to the blender,

Turmeric-soaked Chickpeas with Yuzu and Black Pepper Hummus: I’ll post my technique for these chickpeas soon (working on it!), I season that hummus with a generous splash of yuzu juice, you can find alongside Japanese ingredients on occasion in well-stocked grocery stores. Also, lots of freshly ground black pepper.

If you don’t have an instant pot, you can still use these ideas, just start with cooked (canned will work) chickpeas. Also, for reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

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Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal [10 Apr 2018|06:36am]

I keep a big, double container of this on hand for days when a quick breakfast is in order. It’s one of a handful of custom cereal blends I like to keep in rotation – there’s also this one, and this one. The big-batch thing is the magic. Especially if you’re at all lazy, but still want a great breakfast. The thing that makes this cereal blend different? It’s oat centric. So, if you’re trying to work more oats into your diet, make this a go-to. Rolled oats and oat bran In addition to unsweetened O’s cereal form the oat trifecta, with puffed kamut added for more crunch, and freeze-dried blue berries for a boost.

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

Like I mention related to the other cereal blends, I’m including the recipe for what I think of as my “master” cereal recipe, but use it as a jumping off point, and don’t get hung up on whether you can track down the exact cereals I use.

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

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