Tribal Connections

Busy week with having a draft research project due. There has been no pleasure reading, no cooking, not even grocery shopping. My kitchen has been lonely. But I took time out yesterday to get a few veggies and veg a little myself watching TED Talks. I really enjoyed this one and I think he says three informative things. One – that what people want most is to be missed. Two – that you don’t need something (like charisma) to succeed at a particular relationship (in the case he illustrates, leadership), if you start the process the experience will help you gain it. I think that is a lot like love. And third – commitment is key to success.

There are also pornographic animal balloon artists involved.

I also found this quote on twitter. “If a girl is stupid enough to love you after you broke her heart, I guarantee you. She is the one.” That’s commitment.

Spicy paneer skewers

From BBC’s Good Foods what  a great summer food for vegetarians.

  • 21 oz paneer cheese (see Tip below)
  • juice 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp ground cumin , plus extra for sprinkling
  • 21/2 oz gram flour (see Tip below)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • tub double cream
  • 4 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 2 red chillies , deseeded and chopped
  • 2 peppers , red and yellow, roughly chopped
  • 2 courgettes , sliced
  • 1 oz butter , melted
  • 2 lemons , cut into wedges
  1. Soak 12-15 bamboo skewers in water for 15 mins – this helps to stop them from burning under the grill. Cut the paneer cheese into 3cm cubes and toss with the lemon juice and ground cumin. Set aside for 30 mins.
  2. Sieve the gram flour, garam masala and paprika into a bowl and add the cream, garlic and chopped chillies plus enough water to make a thick batter, then stir until smooth. Drain the paneer and add to the batter with 2 tbsp of the cumin-spiced lemon juice. Coat all the paneer cubes in batter.
  3. Heat grill to its hottest setting and line the grill pan with foil. Thread the paneer onto skewers, alternating it with chunks of pepper and courgette. Drizzle with batter from the bowl and cook for 4-5 mins on each side, spooning over more batter when you turn them. Grill until charred at the edges. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with the ground cumin, and serve immediately, accompanied with lemon wedges.

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