Not To Be Trusted With Knives

{February 8, 2007}  

While I’m on the topic of politics*, I just read an article that David Emerson is thinking about running the Vancouver Quadra riding in the next election. Vancouver Quadra is my riding**. As you may remember from my previous rants, I’m not fan of David Emerson. David Emerson, who defected from the Liberal party a mere two weeks after the election to take a cabinet position as a member of the “Conservative”** party, knows that he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning in his current riding of Vancouver Kingsway. The people of Vancouver Kingsway haven’t forgotten! Of course, despite the fact that the title of the article is “Emerson mulls running in Quadra or current riding,” Emerson isn’t actually saying that. My favourite line in the article was:

“I indicated to the prime minister what my plans at that point [during the Christmas holidays] were, but plans are always subject to confirmation or revision.”

Yes, David, we know that your plans are *always* subject to revision – even *after* you’ve been elected!

*I did mention politics in that posting, however briefly.

**I mean I live in that riding. Not that I’m the MP for the riding. Don’t be silly.

**I still can’t bring myself to call these guys the Conversatives. They are the Canadian Alliance, who are the Reform party. That’s all there is to it.

{February 8, 2007}   Aloo Gobi

I’m listening to the Canuck game and my future husband, Marc Chouinard, has just gone to the dressing room partway through the 2nd period with what appears to be a leg injury of some sort. I hope it’s nothing serious! Never fear, Marc, I will kiss it better for you!

In other news, apparently Condi Rice is coming back to Canada to get another piece of that hunk, Peter McKay…. *snicker*… nope, I still can’t say “hunk” and “Peter MacKay” in the same sentence with a straight face.

Oh – Marc‘s back! He’s trying to walk it off. He’s so tough! He’s back on the bench now!

I tried to make Aloo Gobi for dinner tonight… it turned out OK, but a bit mushier than I would have liked. Perhaps if the recipe I used had made more sense and I didn’t have to make up a few of the steps up along the way, it might have turned out better. For example, the ingredients list included both garam masala and coriander powder, but at no point in the instructions are you told when to add them. And the instruction to “Add cauliflower and high heat for about a minutes” required some guesswork. As well, there were a few points in the recipe where you supposed to bhoona, which the recipe explains means the following:

Bhoona is a technique that is essential to Indian cooking. The bhoona technique means that the mixture is cooked over medium-high heat, with constant stirring to avoid scorching, until all liquids are reduced and the spices coat the meat like a paste. About 1/2 cup of water can then be added, the dish covered, and a gravy created as the dish becomes liquified again.

The problem with trying to bhoona in this recipe is that there wasn’t a single liquid in the ingredient list! It’s rather difficult to reduce all liquids when there aren’t any. So I added water and hoped for the best. After taste testing, I decided that the mixture tasted like nothing and added a bunch more spices and a couple of chili peppers, which gave it a nice kick. However, I think all the adding of the water in order to be able to bhoona made the potatoes disintegrate, hence the aforementioned mushiness.

So, does anyone have a good recipe for Aloo Gobi?

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