Week’s Recap

by Julie

I think the highlight for me this week was an impromptu dinner party, where a small group of friends gathered at our place to make the now-famous Peanut Tikkis. While our patties didn’t turn out as picturesque as those on the recipe website, the combination of good wine + good food + good friends made the cooking experience all the more rich and rewarding.

Tuesday: Peanut Tikkis

(prep ingredients: coarsely ground peanuts, toasted sprouted grain breadcrumbs, diced bell pepper)

(i was in charge of mashing the potatoes)

(first batch...)

Although Tuesday’s recipe called for a jar of tamarind-date chutney, my friends and I decided to be a little bit adventurous. We made our own chutney by dicing up 2 mangoes, 1 jalapeno (seeds and all!), 1/2 onion, and 5 cloves of garlic. We sauteed the jalapeno, onion, and garlic for about 7 minutes and then added the mangoes and some salt. It was delicious.

(mango-jalapeno chutney)

(a kale and avocado salad with purslane rounded out the meal)

Wednesday: Garam Masala

(i added some extra veggies to mine and served the masala over brown rice)

Thursday: Cucumber Peanut Salad & Baked Peaches with Pine Nuts (but I used cashews!) 

The peanut-coconut combination in this dish is reminiscent of a topping my Oma used in her Indonesian cooking.

(cucumber peanut salad served with steamed beets and lemon-pepper crusted tofu)

My no. 2 highlight were the baked peaches pictured below. They came out soft and juicy, warm and melt-in-your-mouth sweet. Combined with the meatiness of the cashews, I’ll certainly be making these again. (Soon.)

(i don't know what i was expecting, but these baked peaches were delicious. one of my new favorite desserts.)

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

(a new wine i'm excited to try)