Psycho Cooker

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Curried Chickpea Salad

Make a mental note: when it’s too hot to cook, you’ll make this for dinner.  Vegetarian?  Vegan?  On a budget?  Looking for something healthy, but satisfying?  Just plain hungry?  This recipe will fit the bill.  This is a Mark Bittman original recipe.  Truth be told: I have a sweet spot for ol’ Bittman, but this recipe is particularly tasty, and functional.  The requirements are simple: chop a couple vegetables, and stir a few things together, and you have a light summer meal at your disposal.  Chickpeas, curry powder, red bell pepper, lime, scallions, cilantro, peas, and coconut milk: that’s all […]

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Curried Broccoli-Cauliflower Soup with White Cheddar

I am heading out of town in a few days, and I wanted something to eat this week that would be readily available and somewhat detoxifying, as I know calorie-laden food will probably abound while I’m on vacation.  I settled on broccoli soup, akin to the one in this post, but as I contemplated my plan of attack, the recipe evolved throughout the day, into a new and blog-worthy form.  Initially, it was supposed to be the vision of simplicity: broccoli, onion, and potato, simmered in chicken broth, then pureed and finished with a little white cheddar, but this beast […]

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Curried Chicken and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

As the semester winds down, the intensity of school only accelerates.  For a normal human being, this would result in simplified cooking, or picking up sandwiches.  Not the Psycho Cooker.  This week, a massive neuroscience exam was my most significant burden; I now know the difference between the medial and lateral geniculate bodies of the thalamus, and some of their subsystems.  Please, curb your rampant jealousy; I can sense it from here.  I promise, it wasn’t quite as much fun as it sounds.  In the midst of studying, I decided that making a stir-fry was mandatory for both my physical […]

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My First Curry

Indian food seems to be one of my culinary blind spots.  Between my parents’ love of food, my cooking pursuits, and my years of waitressing, I have been exposed to a lot in the world of food.  Somehow, Indian cuisine has not been a part of that.  My brother took me to an “all you can eat” Indian buffet for lunch once; maybe that turned me off.  Nonetheless, this entire cuisine is a mystery to me, and lately this lack of knowledge has been nagging at me.  I started doing a little research on curry.  It seemed like a good […]

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