First, a tour of her lovely apartment. I am moving to a new house soon, so I took note of her impeccable abode, and marveled at her pretty cool view.
We went to the market to pick up ingredients for red lentil dahl soup. This is Erin's standby recipe:
2 tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 ilb 4 oz canned, chopped tomatoes, drained
1 cup red lentils
2tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
salt and pepper
chopped coriander (cilantro) and lemon slices, to garnish
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan and saute and the garlic and onion to 2–3 minutes, stirring. Add the spices and cook for further 30 seconds.
2. Stir in the tomatoes, red lentils, lemon juice, vegetable stock and coconut milk and bring to a broil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 25–30 minutes until lentils are tender and cooked.
4. Season to taste and garnish.
The dahl soup warmed us down to our toes and tasted like what I imagine the sun in India tastes like: heavy, hot and tinged with silky sweet. Eating the meal, sitting on the floor and listening to the tinkling of gamelan music, was as much of a joy as preparing the meal. Thank you thank you, Erin, for sharing your space and talents with me! Check out Erin's clothing line, Unity People, a company aimed to "provide you with clothing that represents cultural unity." Love all around.