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.
There is nothing to distract from a bad day like cooking. Cooking forces me to focus on a given task and, unless I want to eat bad food hours later, I don’t tend to stray. Well, with the exception of a Facebook update on the meal, that is.
John and I had the sort of day where you spend hours trying to get in touch with the insurance company, help desk, doctor’s office, mortgage company, etc. only to find out that you are really, really screwed.
Since John is currently between jobs, we were really counting an my adjunct work to get us through the Spring. I found out today that I am going to have two classes instead of four. If you don’t know what an adjunct is, the technical definition is a part time college instructor. The reality is, adjuncts are the bitches of whatever department they belong to. We do the same amount of work (minus meetings), don’t get an office, and get paid 1/4th of a full time instructor’s salary. Why do we do it? We love it and we love our students. And we hope that, one day, someone higher up will notice us and we will be full time. There are exceptions; there are adjuncts who have retired from full time teaching and do it part time because they want to, and I’m sure there are others, but for most of us, we would be more than happy to set up in an office in our department.
It hasn’t been a good day. Our daughter basically cried from sun up to bed time. So, I decided to try out a new recipe, courtesy of Recipezaar and Fairy Nuff:
It’s simmering right now and I might have burnt the cauliflower that I added to the recipe (had to cook it today or throw it out) because I was writing here, but I think it’s going to be good. I picked up a giant pack of Naan from Costco that doesn’t look too bad, so I’ll heat that up and slather it with butter as an accompaniment. While we eat dinner, we will forget the bullshit that we’ve had to endure today. Our bellies will be full and so will our hearts. Our minds will hopefully be blissfully empty. We might even laugh. Right now, I can’t ask for more than that.
Some notes on the recipe: I left the sugar out, used diced tomato + water instead of puree, and added salt and black pepper and at the last minute or two, frozen peas, the magic ingredient to most saucy dishes.
You want to see it? Sure! Here are some photos:
It was good but I wish we had time to make our own!
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