Yes, we had it all. We had the lava rock, we had the heavy oak mantle, and I'm sure there's a bottle of Boones Farm hidden around here somewhere, all that was missing was Alice.
That was until we went to work on the grasscloth with a Paper Tiger. Yes, that's not just an expression to me anymore. It's a nifty device sort of like a cheese grater for wall paper.
After a day and a half work, we now have the Brady Bunch Family Room, Paranormal Activity version.
But one cannot strip wallpaper all day, or even more than a few hours without getting hungry. So, meanwhile, back at the boxes.... which we are keeping in our friend's kitchen, I went looking for something I could find to cook, and cook with.
Now the last time we moved from LA to Sonoma, I discovered that I had actually packed garbage. Not the coffee grounds and banana peel kind of garbage but you know the kind of stuff, broken pencil stubs, half empty boxes of birthday candles, a broken yoyo, you know, stuff. This move I didn't exactly do that. I did do a drawer purge this time, but I also made my own new series of stupid moves. For some reason I don't remember, I packed a can of baby corn. Baby corn? That's something I can picture Don Draper enjoying on a salad in Mad Men. I didn't know what to do with it. Hell, I don't even remember buying a can of baby corn, let alone packing it carefully in newswrap. But evidently I did, and I found it today, along with my food processor. For the life of me I don't know how or why I packed some of the stuff I did. I thought I was packing smarter this time. Evidently not.
It does sound like some sort of twisted game show. You got a can of baby corn, a food processor, whoops no blades! Oh, there they are packed with the shoes. Who did that? Never mind, just cook lunch. But, what does one make out of that? I had no idea, so I consulted the one thing I couldn't lose in packing.... the internet! I made a beeline to the website of renowned Indian chef the late great Tarla Dalal. Believe it or not, she had just the answer, a recipe for baby corn in a Hara Masala (green masala) sauce. It included everything I had in the house. And the other thing about this dish, it cooks in about 10 minutes! Nothing wrong with that. After all the Paper Tiger awaits. I picked up a couple of onions, a bunch of cilantro and a tomato. Bingo, done!
Baby Corn Hara Masala
Here's What You Need:
1 can of baby corn
1 cup of chopped onion
1 and 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro
salt to taste
1 shallot chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
3 Tbs coconut oil
2 serrano chilies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
Here's What To Do:
Locate your food processor, when you find it, fill it with 1 and 1/2 cups of cilantro,
1/2 inch piece of ginger, 1 shallot peeled and chopped, i cup of chopped fresh onion...
2 serrano chiles,1 tsp of cumin seeds,1/2 tsp of lemon juice.
Toss in 1 and 1/2 cups of cilantro...
...and start your engines.
Set the Hara Masala aside.
In a skillet or kadhi, heat 3 Tbs of coconut oil.
Cook everything for about 5 minutes.
Add in the baby corn, and 2 Tbs of water.
Mix everything together well and add salt to taste.
Cook everything for another minute.
Add in 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of sugar.
Mix everything together well
Sprinkle a bit of tomato strips over the dish and serve it up hot and spicy.
Spicy, and a bit sweet, this dish is a great side and who would have thought baby corn would find a home outside of a late 50's cocktail party? Coming up next, Sonoma Wine country meets Indian food as I get crazy with grapes, did I mention that I found my blender.....follow along on Twitter @kathygori