Tuesday, June 27, 2006


I don't really have an appropriate peeler, so I used a big unwieldy and not-very-sharp knife to peel the squash. It got the job done, but seemed to take forever.

I ended up using more garlic and jalapeno peppers than the recipe called for, since people seemed to think that it was too bland. I used two peppers, and left the seeds in.
The coconut milk I usually get was out of stock, so I had to settle for some I hadn't used before, full of stabilizers and whatnot, and with "coconut extract" as ingredient numero deux, between water and cornstarch. It didn't smell great (in that it was pretty much odour-less), and seemed a little thinner than I would have liked.

Adding the red curry paste (I used three teaspoons) turned what was once a sort-of-colourful dish into a one-colour dish.
I cooked some whole grain spaghetti, and then tossed the squash mixture, the chopped cilantro, and the pasta together in a bowl. It was pretty good, but I think that I might have gone a little overboard with the spice.


At June 27, 2006 10:05 PM, Blogger michelleknits said...

oh! i totally love your first picture! you know, i've been thinking a lot about recipes and spicing. people, myself included, commented on the lack of spicing and tried to make up for it in their own ways, but what struck me was how in comments further down the page (on epicurious), people seemed to be panning the dish for it not being spicy enough. when it seems like spice is a personal preference.

i remember when i was in charge of the family meal and everything was "too spicy" for my new aunt's mom. i felt badly, and would cook differently for her next time, but i didn't agree with her assessment either, since i like it that way. you know?

oh, and hello!

At June 27, 2006 10:23 PM, Blogger stagflation said...

I tend to like spicy food; I think that I just went about spicing it in the wrong way. I should have used more variety than just more peppers and more curry.

and hi!

At June 28, 2006 6:50 AM, Blogger Carla said...

awww vegan spelled out in squash!

At June 28, 2006 1:41 PM, Blogger mishka said...

I'm so clueless. I did not even see the "vegan" in the squash. Duh.

Looks wonderful! And I have to say that I am grateful for the comments on the tweaks you girls are doing. It'll help when I get around to mine either tonight or tomorrow!

At June 28, 2006 1:57 PM, Blogger Carla said...

actually "stagflation" is a boy!

At June 28, 2006 4:00 PM, Blogger mishka said...

Ooops. Sorry :D

"... I have to say that I am grateful for the comments on the tweaks you're all are doing ..."

At June 28, 2006 4:14 PM, Blogger Carla said...

vegan boys are rare, uh! I'll be doing some tweaking on the recipe too

At June 28, 2006 4:31 PM, Blogger mishka said...

ugh. I want to delete my correction and correct it. I'm a bad, bad proofreader. I wish blogger allowed you to edit your comments.

Yes, vegetarian boys are rare enough, let alone vegan boys. I'm happy we have one in our cook-a-long midst!

At June 28, 2006 5:57 PM, Blogger michelleknits said...

are they? aa's vegan and so is jen's boy, trav! and i think robyn's punchy is, too.

wait, where's robyn??? she'd totally rock the cookalong.

and stagflation, what's yer name???

At June 28, 2006 6:24 PM, Blogger stagflation said...

my name is patrick

At June 28, 2006 7:10 PM, Blogger mishka said...

You... Jen... Robyn...! That's where they all went!!

Nice to meet you, Patrick.

At June 28, 2006 10:08 PM, Blogger Carla said...

You didn't make a bad, dearie, you just didn't know. I was keen for a chance to identify the XY chromosomes! Just the other day I was talking about the high female ratio in the vegan population, and Patrick / stagflation said his vegan peeps are about 50-50 grrl-boy.

At June 29, 2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Carla said...

but almost all the vegans I know are women.

So who wants to pick the next recipe? Any ideas for hot weather on long weekend food?

At June 29, 2006 10:51 AM, Blogger mishka said...

I have one, if no one else objects!

At June 29, 2006 10:54 AM, Blogger michelleknits said...

in my earlier vegan life when i lived in buffalo, most of the vegans were boys. but now, my vegan life is mostly online (for whatever reason) and those are mostly girls.

anyway...mishka, if you've got a recipe, i say go for it!

At June 29, 2006 5:08 PM, Blogger vania said...

I love the vegan in the squash too! yeah for all us vegans! J's a veg but in our house we always make vegan dishes and he adds his cheese when he wants it. I have to admit that i won't be able to make this week's recipe cuz i had a crazy work work and am off to PEI for 6 days. I will make it ASAP when i return though. Is that OK?
Mishka, do the honours!


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