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WNDC: Food Intervention! [Oct. 19th, 2006|03:11 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Last night was the fourth official Wednesday Night Dinner Club. Just as we were finishing up cooking, my roommate came home and started heating up water for his ramen.

Friends don't let friends.

I dumped out his water and gave him black bean soup instead. It was a defining moment for me. meterbridge knows. Not so very long ago, I was the ramen-eating roommate. He had to intervene. I'm in a better place now. I can give back.

Zucchini pancakes (adapted from original):

2 large zucchinis
1/2 C soy flour
1/4 C flour
1 egg
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 T sunflower oil, for frying

Mix everything except the oil, form cakes, fry them like you would any other pancake. Yum. Good with salsa or sour cream. Serves 4.

Caribbean black bean soup (adapted from original):

2 T of the following, combined in whatever proportions you like: salt, black pepper, white pepper, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, brown sugar
2 large carrots, diced
3 large celery stalks, diced
1 T olive oil
Bragg’s to taste
3 25-oz cans of black beans
1 1/4 C water
2 limes

Stir the seasoning blend in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat until fragrant and slightly darker in color, about 4 minutes. Transfer seasoning to blender. Saute carrots and celery in olive oil in saucepan for 5 minutes; add Bragg’s. Meanwhile, add black beans to blender and puree. (You’ll probably need to do it in batches.) Transfer puree to saucepan and add water. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Squeeze in one lime. Serve with wedges from the other lime. Serves 4, plus one roommate.

For dessert we had fried bananas and Baileys ice cream, courtesy jonatthebar.

Previously at WNDC:

  1. September 27: Squash stew, although instead of butternut, we used a Japanese acorn squash that royhuggins and eliciel brought over. Mike made, uh, some kind of butter-sugar-chocolate-caramel-nut thing for dessert.
  2. October 4: Electra made a feast from Japanese Homestyle Cooking. (By the way, how 'bout those new, slightly friendlier Amazon URIs? How long have they been doing that?) I brought pumpkin cookies (with soy flour and without baking powder).
  3. October 11: Mike made fondue at my house. Gruyere, cheddar, white wine, white pepper, yum. We dipped apples, grapes, broccoli, asparagus and zucchini. Roy brought over a Mudd Pie from Trader Joe's.

[User Picture]From: geminus
2006-10-19 05:05 pm (UTC)

black bean soup

yum yum. try replacing some of the water with a can of coconut milk-- it makes plain old black bean soup silky smooth. (if coconut milk makes the list of acceptable foods, of course)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-19 10:50 pm (UTC)

Re: black bean soup

It definitely makes the list. Actually, for the squash stew a few weeks ago, I tried making my own coconut milk with dried coconut and hot water pureed together and then strained out. I'm not sure it was worth the effort, though -- it didn't taste much different than the canned stuff.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-19 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's definitely real, but I think it must go in and out of style.
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[User Picture]From: geminus
2006-10-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
yum indeed. have you ever tried black and tan ice cream?

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-20 07:28 pm (UTC)
This whole ice-cream-and-booze-together thing...the decadence, it's too much, I can't handle it.
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From: hiamanda
2006-10-20 06:29 am (UTC)

I miss cooking...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-20 07:29 pm (UTC)
Let's cook together when you're in Portland!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-24 08:01 am (UTC)
Good for you. It's a great feeling to make good food for other people (and show them how to make it). I really got a kick out of your roommates hovering around my chicken and potatoes until we got done serving ourselves. - me@matthewgifford.com
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