Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy to be Home

Chana dal with lots of tomatoes, onions, and spices



Chicken curry with chilies


Zucchini with black mustard seeds



Whole wheat chapatis


It's been a while since I've been able to write anything. It's been a while since I've been able to cook. The Fourth of July came and went, summer is here, although it really doesn't feel like it.
We've had a really long, bad week in the Markel/Gonzalez house, with emergency room visits and lots of staying indoors, but Jose is much better, almost back to normal, and we can finally get back to our regular routines. So yesterday, after going to the hospital to get stitches removed, we took a walk to find some ingredients and make our first real dinner this month. It was a beautiful and very hot day as we made our way to the Trade Fair on 37th Avenue and 75th Street, stopping here and there, just happy to be outside. Once the doors slid open, we wandered the aisles separately until we got lost. Past the section devoted to canned pickles and olives with Arabic script, next to bags full of spices, turning the corner were bottles of Brazilian palm oil nestled against Peruvian cans of aji amarillo, halal meats, organic chickens, Polish preserves, it went on and on. But when we both found ourselves in the spice aisle we knew what we wanted, and began to construct our ideas for an Indian dinner. A packet of chana dal, some chicken breasts, black mustard seeds, and whole wheat chapatis went into the red plastic basket, and we were on the express line and on our way home. I started to cook, and the house filled with the scent of cumin, of chilies, of onions and ginger, of tomatoes bubbling in a big pot, of curry, of cooking, of home, again.

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