Tonight we had an orange sort of dinner. John and I had pumpkin risotto (his garnished with fennel and mine with carrots) and the baby had a nice carrot puree. “Wait, what about the toddler?” you ask. She had a red dinner. Red-faced angry that she was supposed to eat anything at all.
At least the baby eats.
John and I had the luxury of going out to try a new restaurant last night, thanks to my wonderful sister, who kept Lily overnight for us! John has been craving Indian food since we narrowly missed lunch at Chand Palace in Parsippany, NJ last weekend. He found a place in Somerset called Hoysala, which features Southern Indian cuisine, something we had not had the pleasure to experience before. Hoysala features a dinner buffet (or you can order off the menu) every night of the week except Monday (when they’re closed).
It’s a nice restaurant with a large party room, and is family friendly. They have a reputation for hot food and although I am usually a heat-chicken, we decided to both get the buffet since we didn’t know what anything was! The food was spicy, but so flavorful the heat was worth it!
Last night’s buffet offered almost everything on the menu, and was a great way to explore the regional cuisine for the first time. The server also kept bring out different types of breads: dosa, roti and poori. My tingling tongue was grateful for each one of these!
Our favorites of the night were the onion pakoda – an onion fritter, uddin-vada – a lentil doughnut, andhra chicken biryani – a chicken with rice dish, a potato dish that I can’t recall the name of or pick it out on the menu – it was our favorite, though, with saffron or turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, coriander seeds, and tasted a lot like the filling for samosas, and John’s favorite was Spinach Lentil Thouve – spinach cooked with lentils, green chilies, and a lot of hot hot spices (I was not brave enough to try it!).
I would go back here for the buffet (and the breads!) but I’m not sure there is any one dish off the menu that I’d want to eat a full portion of.
We tried to have pizza night last Sunday, but I wasn’t feeling too well, so we postponed it and it’s finally here again! John decided to try out a dough recipe that he’s been holding on to for a while. We both love pizza, but there’s a big thing that separate us: John loves crispy thin crusts and I grew up loving and still love thick, chewy Sicilian style pizza. Another separation is that I am more than happy with my pizza recipe – my Nonna made it, my mother makes it and my sister and I make it – and John is constantly searching for a better recipe.
Tonight’s pizza looked gorgeous, but for me, it could have had more flavor. I’m sure John will still be searching, and next pizza night is going to be Sicilian style. Maybe while John looks for the best recipe, we’ll explore and re-explore some our favorite thin crust pizza joints. We’ll make sure to write blogs about that!
If you have a recipe that you think is the best ever thin crust, share it with us: we’ll try it out and post the results here!
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Some days, all there is in the freezer is chicken. A lot of people eat chicken just about every day for dinner. John gave me a look last night when I said, “well, we have chicken,” in response to his “what will we cook tomorrow?”
His lackluster look was wiped away when I whipped out the mayonnaise, though. I love breaded and fried chicken breast as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want something different. So, I slathered it in mayonnaise and then gave it a breading of homemade breadcrumbs seasoned with tarragon, paprika, salt, pepper and a generous amount of shredded parmesan cheese.
It’s baking now, but you can be sure I’ll be posting photos of it (good or bad) when it comes out.
For our veggies, I have roasted some root vegetables – parsnips, carrots, onions and a sweet potato (how sad we were to discover the lone sweet potato!). I then coated them with a mixture of honey, balsamic vinegar and butter and will pop them under the broiler to heat/caramelize them when the chicken is cooked through and resting.
So, yes, it’s chicken again, but it’s not the same old thing and I think John will be happy. Perhaps I should break out a box of Rice a Roni?
PS It’s delicious!