I am now back at work downtown, the G-20 nonsense a distant memory.
However, I am still enjoying some of the goods I prepped during my time off 🙂
In addition to the items I mentioned in my last post, I also made;
- Pumpkin Ginger Bread
- Punjabi Chhole (I am stretching with this one…)
First up, the pumpkin bread. This bread is my absolute favorite quick bread. I use this recipe. The recipe makes two loaves. To make one loaf, I half all the ingredients – except the spices! I use the full amount of spices called for and usually add an additional 1 T of finely diced crystallized ginger and 1T finely chopped fresh ginger. I don’t think this amount of spice is overpowering. I love it! This bread is super moist and a rich orange color. Divine.
Next, I moved on to brownies. I tried this Cooking Light recipe. I had to cook them a bit longer than the suggested 23 minutes. They certainly did the job (killing a chocolate craving) and I liked the mild coffee taste. However, I am not sure these were a home-run. While they were fudgy, I was not getting a rich chocolate taste from them. Perhaps some chocolate chips or icing would have helped (although I am sure this would kick them out of the Cooking Light realm).
Lastly, I sort of, kind of tried my hand at Indian. I actually had plans to make Chana Masala after seeing it over on Rose’s blog. I planned on using the same Orangette recipe Rose mentions. However, I had trouble locating the needed spices at the Market District Giant Eagle and did not feel like making my way to the Strip District (my Pittsburgh go to for ‘exotic’ spices – try Penzey’s, PennMac or any ethnic food market!). The Market District does have a very small ‘Indian’ section. I perused the tiny area and finally came up with this:
Which contained this:
And ended up looking like this:
The packet contained cooking instructions, which were similar to those for the Chana Masala. I followed them loosely.
It was tasty but quite mild. I enjoyed mine with a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt and brown rice. Most of it went into the freezer for future quick dinners. Perhaps after a trip to the Strip, I can make some ‘real’ Indian 🙂
And that concludes my G-20 cooking whirlwind. I promise I did some other things, like attend the Bloomfield Little Italy Fest and run the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K. Stay tuned for recaps of both!