Siobhan- the Solyanka is even better than a soup: it's a casserole! Sweet potato, cottage cheese, sour cream cabbage, onion caraway. Mmmmm. I was loving it! I'm hoping to have the leftovers for breakfast with some bratwurst and quiche, if I can get hungry before my family finishes it off.
The people I was eating with are apparently unadventurous in their eating. Only one tried the solyanka, and no one braved the Waldorf salad. I managed to resist the chickpeas(not too hard, as they were spicy, and I don't do spicy, but man, they smelled fantastic) and the fritters (grain-based batter) and asked for just a spoonful of the rice and ended with 1 cup! When Indian ladies serve up for you, they mean for you to eat hearty! It was fantastic. I'm going to see if I can get the recipe. Lemon involved, and cashews, a lots of lovely turmeric.
Okay, I seem to be racing ahead of myself. Maybe I should say how yesterday went:
Up at 6:30
4:00 1C indian rice
1C taco meat
1/2C Waldorf salad-apples, celery, pecans, raisins in yogurt/mayo dressing
1/2C Solyanka- cabbage, sweet potato, onion, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and CARAWAY!
Bed at 10:00
My plans went slightly awry. Ran out of time and didn't make the chicken satay- grabbed a container of taco meat before I ran out the door. Ditto with the Valentino brownies for me, but I did take the time to mix up some ganache with dark chocolate and cream, and bring a bit for my dessert, so that I would stay away from the devil brownies.
And it worked. Although, getting up in the middle of the night with the dogs, I was actually tempted by them again! (Really? You're trying to trick me, Mind Hunger, when I am half asleep? Not sporting, not sporting at all!) This morning, no dice. I consolidated the leftovers and closed up the container without a thought of putting them in my mouth. But I am wondering if Mind Hunger had been ready for me to have Valentinos, and felt cheated. Maybe I should take the time to make some this week, to fulfill the mental promise that seems to be going on. I could spread the leftover ganache on top! Ooooh!
Had a great time playing games. I felt at ease with this group right away. Hope they felt likewise, and that we can get together again soon.
Now, to go tackle dishes. Littlest and Middlest got adventurous while we were away, and it seems every pot in the house was used!