In early 1996, Henry and I spent part of the blustery winter in London. We’d just graduated from college, and to celebrate, his parents had treated us to a trip. From our little Curzon Street apartment in Mayfair (right in Shepherd Market), we ventured around the city. Besides playing tourist, Henry wanted to catch the world premiere of Trainspotting (and drink beer in the theater) and stock up on Doc Martens in Camden. (It was the mid-90s, after all.) Me? Ever the gastro-tourist, I was there for the food. And you know what they say: when in London, eat Indian food.
Authentic Indian cuisine wasn’t new to me. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, with its large and vibrant Indian and Pakistani communities, I can’t remember a time I didn’t crave great Indian grub: spicy curries, meat and vegetable stews, and rich, fragrant daal—all served with a variety of breads like brick-oven-baked naan, deep-fried bhatura or pan-cooked chapati flatbread.
But the Indian food in London was revelatory, and we ate copious amounts of it. When we spent a weekend in Paris, I got sick and holed up in the hotel; my only directions to Henry were to bring me back macarons and—of all things to eat in Paris—Indian samosas. I was hooked.
You’re a samosa fan, too, right? These fried pastry pockets can be stuffed with spicy vegetables or meat, though these days, I prefer the latter. After all, the meat filling—keema—is the perfect emergency protein: it’s simple to make with pantry and fridge staples, and it’s great with everything from cauliflower rice and sweet potato hash to hearty omelets and crisp lettuce wraps.
For my deconstructed samosa dish, I adapted a recipe for sookha keema (dry-cooked spicy ground meat) from one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking. The jacket is torn and tattered (and held together with tape), the text-only pages are dog-eared and splattered with curry sauce, but my first-edition copy of Classic Indian Cooking is still my go-to for authentic Indian recipes.
If you’re on a Whole30, you can serve the spiced meat in lettuce cups. Otherwise, you should buy this recipe from Tara Grant of Primal Girl and fry up some Paleo-friendly flatbread for this recipe. (And no, I wasn’t asked or paid to mention Tara’s recipe—I didn’t even sign up to be an affiliate, because I’m not looking to make money off of it. I bought the recipe myself after reading some rave reviews online, and I think it’s well worth the $3.95 price tag. I mean, we spend more on a big cuppa coffee, right?)
Now that I don’t eat regular French fries, baked sweet potato fries are my favorite side dish when I’m serving burgers at home. These aren’t quite as crispy as fried spuds but they’re tasty and easy to make. Plus, you can totally switch up the seasonings and your taste buds won’t get bored.
Get the simple recipe after the jump!
Want to get fit? DO THIS every morning.
- next time you want a cookie, eat a fruit.
- need some chocolate? switch to dark, its way healthier!
small changes make a huge difference, you can do it!
Alright!! GRAY FULLBUSTER EXERCISE GOOOO!!!
i wanna do this
For the summer, I’m planning to dance at the bare minimum everyday. I don’t feel like I’m working out when I dance, but boy do I break a sweat :P. Also, I’m gonna try to keep up with the Pushup challenge and the Squat/Butt challenge-cause I need it, hahah.
For food, I’m trying to figure some kind of plan that’ll work for me so once I get it sorted out, I will defiantly post it!
Wish me luck!!
So…I kind of sucked that first time around but anyways…. I have started anew!
Yesterday I had an awesome workout, did day 1 of the 100 pushup challenge and the squat challenge. I also did some cardio (danced and biked). Felt pretty good afterwards. My diet was…let’s just say I’m working on it!
Today I focused on them legs. I started the “30 day bum challenge” which is something I found on pinterest and I can totally feel my gluteus hurting. IT’S A GOOD PAIN! I also jumped some rope which I haven’t done in YEARS! Felt good! Diet was again….less then desired.
Tomorrow I’m going to get my diet on track and do day 2 of the challenges! Wish me luck!
I started things off slowly, this morning I did some dancing to get some cardio in because I haven’t done any sort of exercise in MONTHS. For breakfast I made myself some hashbrowns with green and red peppers and two eggs. Lunch was one piece of rye toast (not the best I know) with some tuna. Snacks of the day were three carrots and cheese, crackers and pickles. I need to get me some better snacks!!!!!!! DInner was just some chicken noodle soup and I MIGHT have had a piece of chocolate cake…..
For tomorrow, I wanna start some sort of workout, not sure what yet. Also gonna try and have no junk food or soda!!!!