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July 17th, 2005
09:21 pm
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I'm curious whether this replicates any existing cuisine—as far as I was concerned, I was just throwing stuff together (it started with the thought “what can I do with these tomatoes that are starting to get mushy?”) but something that happened towards the end makes me think this may be at least partially a re-discovery rather than an innovation.

First, I chopped 2 small tomatoes, 3 small potatoes, and 1/2 large onion. I heated some oil (enough to coat the bottom) in a large saucepan and put the vegetables in. I also added 1/2 can of kidney beans, and crushed 2 cloves of garlic into the pan. (In addition, I added a cayenne pepper (whole) to try to soak out its flavor, but I'm not sure if that actually had any effect).

Next, I added 4 tablespoons of lime juice, some basil (1 teaspoon? 1/2 teaspoon? I didn't measure) and about the same amount of ground bay leaves.

Now I had a bit of a dilemma: I didn't want something too watery, but I knew the potatoes would cook faster in water. I added just enough water to almost immerse the potatoes, and cooked on pretty high heat (6 to 7 on my stove, which goes from 1 to 9 plus “high”) for about 20 minutes, adding water whenever it got down to about half the amount it used to have. I gauged when to stop by tasting a piece of potato before each time I added water.

When I served it, it was good, but I distinctly felt that something was missing: raisins. Fortunately, I had some, so I added those and some almonds and mixed them in. (This is what makes me wonder what cuisin I have re-discovered.) Something like this would probably more typically be served over rice, but I ate it plain.

Oh yeah, and hi, I haven't been on LJ much lately, blah blah, I'm doing fine. :-)

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Date:July 18th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds complicated! The raisins make me think of curry, but it doesn't sound like it had that many currylike spices.

With the pepper, did you cut the top off so the liquid could get inside?
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Date:July 19th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
I guess it did have a surprisingly high number of ingredients and steps. I didn't think of it as complicated because I made it up completely on the fly, so there was little or no mental state to retain.

I think it might have reminded me of some sort of dessert, actually, because as I was eating the leftovers this evening, I realized that the potatoes could have been switched out for apples.

No, I didn't think to cut the top off the pepper—good call, I will do that next time.
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