I was watching Bal Arneson’s Spice of Life. It was the episode where they go fishing and have samosas for lunch. Anoop always makes everything sound so good and who doesn’t like food cooked inside dough. I recently made my first Indian recipe and wanted to try some more so I chose this one (along with Saag Paneer and Grilled Tandoori Chicken). I followed Bal’s recipe except I added a half an onion to the potatoes during the last four min. and the peas (doubled amount) during the last min because I used fresh. I found them to be a bit bland but with a lot of potential. I had only used half of the dough and filling so I looked at a few more recipes on the web and decided what I wanted to add. Meat and a lot more flavor. I added a half a pound of 90% ground beef, a couple of cloves of garlic, some ginger a jalapeno, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire. I needed more dough so this time I didn’t add any whole wheat but did add some cumin seeds. Next time I will try adding some flax seeds too.
Bal’s Samosa recipe

My changed recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
3 T grape seed or olive oil

1 sweet potato, peeled and medium diced 2 cloves grated garlic
1 yam, peeled and medium diced about 1/2 in grated ginger
Kosher salt 1 T Worcestershire
1 cup fresh or frozen peas, defrosted 3 T Dijon
1 onion small chopped a little lemon juice
1 jalapeno very finely chopped 1/2 lb ground meat
1/2 tsp salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom salt and pepper to taste

sour cream and salsa amounts determined by taste

Since I am new to this I didn’t get all the pictures I should have so will add more next time I make them. Here’s what I have so far.


I divided dough in half and then halves again til I had 16 pieces.


Flattened it with my hands and rolled it to about like a tortilla.


Cut that in half with my bench cutter.


Fold in half with the flat edges together (after moistening them with water) and pinch seam.


Add filling and moisten and seal top.


The samosa before cooking. Next time will make the dough just a hair stiffer so they will hold their shape just a little better.


Was doing good

It had been about 10 weeks since my last fracture and I was starting to feel pretty good. I was regaining interest in my herb and butterfly gardens and cooking. I was ready to try sewing since I finally got one eye fixed (cataracts). I was going to make an apron with fabric in my favorite color (orange). I felt like doing something all the time. Then two days ago I reached around in the car trying to get something from the back seat and there was that familiar “pop” and the stabbing pain as a rib broke. Now I am back to pacing myself. Go for a few minutes and then rest for a while as the pain subsides. I don’t have to try not to breath too deep because it hurts, like I could anyway. My lungs are being squished since I have had so many compression fractures that I have lost three inches of space in that part of my spine. The key is to stay positive, don’t let it get me down and remember that it only takes six weeks for a fracture to heal. Continue reading

homemade dulce de leche

Keeping myself entertained and occupied keeps my mind off the pain of my almost continual broken bones.

I needed some dulce de leche for the salted caramel filling for some macarons I was test baking. I want to make these for my niece’s baby shower in blue, so I was testing the recipe and the color ahead of time. I found on the web where it told how to make it from sweetened condensed milk. I chose the easy method of baking it.
Put it in a tightly covered oven proof bowl in a water bath for 60 to 90 min. It came out the right color but not as thick as I wanted it. So I put the same bowl over a pot of water and cooked it til it was the right consistency. Came out great. The macarons, not so much.
You can tell from the little point on top that the batter was too thick. They cracked and I have read that could be from the weather. You’re not supposed to bake them on a rainy day, but I did. The color and the filling came out great. Good thing I did a test run though.