Friday, May 20, 2011

Restaurant Review: Namskar - Cuisine of India

I would like to apologize up-front for the terrible quality of the photos. One day, when I get rich from blogging, I will carry around a DSLR and a light source, so I can take beautiful photos of delicious food even in dimly lit restaurants.

Finally, I get around to writing about our absolute favorite (and only) Indian restaurant Namskar. Alright, I'll admit, they are in desperate need of a new website, but look past the annoying intro, random lady reading items from the menu, and startling Indian music that starts playing on every page. This place is awesome. We started going there about a year ago I suppose, and it's been consistently delicious ever since. It's a relatively small place, but very clean, pretty, and quiet, with some Indian-style music playing in the background. The menu is quite large, they have a vegetarian selection, and even an Indo-Chinese menu. So the way it works is, you select a meat dish (we usually get one each) - it does not come with sides, it's just the meat. Then you select your rice (enough for 2 people), bread (2 large pieces per serving) and chutney, if you'd like. The meat dishes pretty much consist of sauce (however spicy you'd like it) and your choice of meat (lamb, chicken, beef, goat, or prawns). You really can't go wrong.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coconut Cream Pie

Who doesn't love pie? Everyone loves pie. And coconut. Also, cream. Just read the damn recipe!

Coconut Cream Pie
I used a deep 9 inch pie pan

3 cups half-and-half (I used cream, you know, it's better that way)
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut, toasted (equal parts sweetened and unsweetened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
1 cup whipped cream

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Self control? What's that?

I find it so hard to say no to myself when it comes to food. How sad is that? Real sad. I regularly raid my fridge for yummy leftover stuff. Pepperoni sticks. Cheese. God forbid there's some cake or pie left over! Oh, I'll just have one tiny slice. Oh god, this is so good, just another nibble. By the time I'm done with that, I've eaten 2 whole pieces' worth.

I never really binge though. I used to when I was younger. I'd sneak downstairs around midnight and eat a bunch of chocolate. Just like that. Oh, those were the days... I also went through a phase where I practically lived on tuna, salad, and water, and had an aversion to anything fried. Lost like 4 pounds! Was pretty proud. But that all passed. And, ironically, those were also the days...

I'm actually surprised that I've been able to more or less maintain my weight within the past year. And now that I've started a 4 week fitness camp, I'm really gonna try this portion control deal. Another big issue. I load up the plate, and eat it so fast that by the time I'm done, I'm ready to lay down if I make it to the couch. Eat slow, they say, but how can I if the food is so delish and I'm oh so hungry??

This has gotta be an addiction of some kind. How. Sad.