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Entries in Amber India (2)

Tuesday
May252010

San Jose Pictures

Henry's Hi-Life BBQ:  I was so unimpressed by this that I only took one picture.  See how dry the ribs look?  Even the chain BBQ place down the road from our apt is better!  Sad...

 Ribs and Chicken - the chicken is the scary looking thing at the top of the picture.

 

Amber India:  great Indian food!  I don't think these pictures do the food justice...

  

Cauliflower with a sweet, spicy sauce.  The cauliflower was very soft, kinda like chicken.  It didn't have the texture of what I think of when I think cauliflower.

 

An appetizer plate with various marinated chicken and a beef 'log' with mint.  This tasted much better than it looked!

 

My main couse.  Chicken in a spicy marinade (red) and chicken marinated in lemongrass and Kafir lime (green) - this was fantastic!

 

 

Tuesday
May252010

Pota - Toe

I know what you are thinking.  What. in. the. world. is. a. pota-toe???  A pota-toe is a toe that has had a just-out-of-boiling-water potato dropped on it.  And this is my world.  Fun times, isn't it??  Not so much.

I was cooking dinner last night and moving along just fine.  I baked chicken smothered in Nat's 'it's so good it's dangerous' bbq sauce and I was boiling potatos for my lemon-thyme potatoes.  I had just taken the chicken out of the oven, made the sauce for the potatos and was forking the potatoes from the boiling water.  One of them was very soft and as I was moving it to a plate, it broke apart, bounced on the plate and landed squarely on my left toe.  The soft potato broke apart even futher upon landing and little bits of hot-hot-HOT potato seared into my toes (I was being the typical Hunt girl and wearing flip-flops).  I started jerking my foot around trying to sling the burning mash off and was screaming.  Loudly.  To tell the truth, yelling is probably more like it and while I don't remember what I was yelling,  I'm sure it wasn't pretty.  Michael came running and helped me to the sofa.  He brought an ice pack and ran out to purchase Solarcaine.  The throbbing was so intense!  So today, I have a very nice blister that covers most of my second toe.  Putting shoes on this morning was tricky. 

I bet BC never has to put up with anything like this!!!

 

On a better note, one night last week a work buddy took a group of us to a fabulous restaurant in San Jose - Amber India.  Thanks Raj, for introducing me to great Indian food!! I had a grilled chicken kabob that had been marinated in lemongrass and Kafir lime.  Delish!  I also had this fantastic sauce (I believe it's called Chutney even though it was a smooth sauce - when I think of Chutney, I think of a chunky relish type thing) that was a deep vibrant green and spicy hot.  I believe it had cilantro, mint, garlic, lime juice and serrano chiles in it.  I went to B&N last night and dug thru several Indian cookbooks until I found what I think may be a recipe for it.  Shhhhhh!  Don't tell Michael - I'm going to spring it on him at some point.  He has said he doesn't think he likes Indian food because he doesn't like curry or coconut but I think this sauce would be great on bruschette, steak or (God help me) boiled potatoes.

My sis has asked for the recipe for the lemon-thyme sauce so I'm including it here:

zest of one large lemon

juice of 2 or 3 lemons

3 or 4 sprigs of fresh thyme - only the leaves

several tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil - whisking in with the lemon juice

freshly cracked pepper to taste

kosher salt to taste

I usually boil 4 soft skinned potatoes, then cut them into chunky bites and mix with the sauce.  The sauce would make a great salad dressing also.