Sunday, March 02, 2008
I have a very simple but absolutely delicious recipe to share with you today- these gorgeously crispy and healthy Oven-baked Rosemary-Pepper French Fries.
But first, this: two of my favorite bloggers have honored me with the Nice Matters Award- the delightful Arundati of Escapades and the talented Priya of 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian. Since both are bloggers I admire, I am truly touched. Thanks, girls, for being so nice.
Arundati also tagged me for a meme about seven weird things about myself, and I must admit that at the beginning, I was a little flummoxed. I am certainly no straitlaced sweetheart, but on the other hand I live a pretty humdrum life. Weird people, on the other hand, are exciting, strange, fascinating. In fact, I've always secretly longed to be an eccentric.
But then I sat down at my computer, put on my thinking gloves and got in touch with my inner weird. Once I'd started, it was hard to stop at seven. In fact, I even had to get rid of a couple!
So here they are, if you care, seven little weird tidbits about myself. And if you don't find them weird enough, all I can say is, you are weirder than I am! :)
I refuse to wake up in the morning unless my dog Opie has licked my whole face at least once.
I hate Bollywood movies. Now I know that statement is going to make some people mad, but since it appears in this meme, I am acknowledging that it is a weird thing for someone born and raised in India. After all, Bollywood flows thicker than blood in Indian veins. But while I love a bit of brainless entertainment every once in a while, bad actors dancing like robots and carrying on in a hyper-emotional state is not my cup of chai. Sorry!
Here's a food one: my favorite veggie as a kid was ladies' fingers, or okra. Yeah, that slimy green one. And each time I went to a restaurant, I'd order french fries for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!
Another food one- I can guzzle peanut butter by the jar, but I absolutely cannot stand to eat peanut butter cookies or candy. I don't even like it on bread.
I love traveling, but I hate to travel alone- something I do all the time for work.
I get really, really jealous when my cat, Pubm, chooses to sit in Desi's lap instead of mine. Horribly, I-will-gouge-out-your-eyes jealous. He'd better watch out!
I detest shopping - for anything. If I had a single wish, it would be to never again enter a store. Ever.
Okay, now that you've been entertained/bored by my weirdness, here's the recipe for those great french fries. I'm sure you won't be able to stop making- and eating- them over and over!
This recipe is my entry to the Ode to Potato event hosted by Sia.
Oven-baked Rosemary-Pepper French Fries
Ingredients:2 large potatoes, cut into long strips as for fries, and washed a couple of times in cold water. Pat them thoroughly dry.
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt to taste
Put the potatoes in a baking sheet large enough so you can spread them in a single layer.
Powder the peppercorns and rosemary together with a mortar and pestle or, less preferably, in a spice grinder.
Sprinkle the pepper-rosemary mixture and olive oil on the potatoes and mix thoroughly.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 35-40 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking to ensure all sides turn evenly golden-brown.
Sprinkle with a little sea salt before serving.