Well, here we are, February, and I am officially facing how I am going to move forward on this list. I have 464 of the 1001 tasted and confirmed on the list and now it is time to start checking off others.
A couple of opportunities are coming up for me to move the list forward and I am going to capitalize on them. The first is that I am having some "single and fabulous" friends over on the 14th of February and I think that this will be a great opportunity to find some great cheeses and sweets to serve. I might also look to find some of the veggies that I can use as an appie. The second thing that has come to my attention is that I am completely debbie downer these days for a number of reasons, not limited to the weather, hard economic times, not having a win at work in a while, life generally sucking a bit, it being February...... need I go on??? I think that it is time to start a monthly dinner of some sort. Lord knows I have enough things to try, I just need to find them and try them. I think that I must put the first one in the calendar for the end of February and get on figuring out what random meat I am going to try as the centre piece of the meal and where on earth I am going to find it. The third thing that I am going to do is get in contact with TK, my sisters Indian friend and have her amass the things that she said she would contribute. The list was:
Section 6: Aromatics
21. Curry Leaf
51. Amchur (green mango powder)
52. Black Lime powder
59. Telicherry Pepper
87. Panch Phoran
6. Holy Basil (Tulsi, Indian Stores)
29. Pandan Leaf (in Sri Lankan stores)
70. Anardana (dried pomegranate seeds or powder from Indian stores)
Section 9 Confections
65. Jaggery Indian Sweets
17. Rasgulla (milk balls, soaked in a sugar syrup)
24. Kaju Katli (made w/ cashew nuts, kinda like marzipan)
26. Pista barfi (made w/ pistachios)
That should help get some of them off of the list. Maybe the dinner in February will have an Indian theme? I'll have to do some research on the "Aromatics" and see how I can use them.
Well I am now getting more excited about it! At least this debbie downer now has a plan for February!