Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Well... it turns out I got bitten by the Canyon bug as well. As soon as I got back, I entered my name into the lottery system for a permit of my own. And I won! The responsibility of coordinating and planning a trip now fell on me. I knew it was incredibly important to have a group with whitewater experience, to keep us all safe, and that everyone had to be hardworking, positive and easygoing. The real risk of having a bad trip isn't in the elements; it's the people. So I put together a group of older men who have done this trip dozens of times between them, and my younger friends, a few of whom had almost never camped a day in their lives. With a group in place that I felt confident about, I could turn my attention to the most important of matters: the food!
Basmati Rice with Bay Leaves
Aloo Jeera (Potatoes with cumin seeds)
Cabbage Thoran (Cabbage with mustard seeds and grated coconut)
Gingered Cauliflower Curry
Vadouvan Dal (Red lentils with garlic and chiles)
And for dessert:
Giant Cowboy Cookie
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Raw Mango Pudding
The frozen banana is really just so that you can eat it immediately without chilling. If you only have fresh bananas, just place the completed pudding in the fridge until cold.
1 frozen banana
1 fresh mango, peeled and sliced into chunks
about 6 slices unsweetened dried mango, soaked in water until soft
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until very smooth and fluffy. If necessary, add a splash or two of the soaking water from the dried mango.
Smooth pudding into bowls with spatula and garnish with fresh seasonal fruit. I used peaches and blackberries.