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  1. andy,

    enjoying your blog--though i cannot approve of wanton food wastage. i am, however, discomfited to discover that you don't exactly eat like those kids in enid blyton's books--she would have been very suspicious of all this continental mucking about. all my illusions are being dashed one by one.


    p.s: i do find it funny though that you keep reminding yourself to stay on topic--i hope no one's shocking you or anything.

  2. how long you brew black tea depends also on the kind of tea it is. most people will tell you that a delicate darjeeling should not be brewed for more than 3 minutes. blends with more ctc in them can go as high as 5.

    then there are the insane people who will tell you not to let the water boil too long as it affects the oxygen content or some such. ignore also people who worry about whether the milk goes into the cup first or the tea (my own preference anyway is for black tea with sugar).

    i drink darjeeling--not a particularly expensive kind (brooke bond's green label, available in any indian grocery)--i am careful to add exactly one cup of water to the pot for every tea-spoon of tea, and i am careful not to go over 3 minutes. but there are no hard and fast rules as teas differ, as do individual tastes.

    but do not make masala tea with darjeeling.

  3. all, i'd like to apologize again to pim and anyone else who was offended by my post about the tsunami-blog a few hours ago. i stand by the content of what i said but realize that there is no way it can sound anything other than petty or trivial given the timing.

    in addition to pim's efforts, however, i would also like to recognize the work put in by peter griffin, dina mehta and rohit gupta, who not only set the blog up but continue to manage it, and all the other volunteers associated with it. credit for this isn't very important to them but they should get some.

  4. It's also good to see that pim's blog has made the BBC.Blogtastic

    this is the second site i've come across this comment on and i finally realized that the reference is not to pim's food blog but the tsunami relief blog. with everything else that is going on this may not be a point worth making, but that isn't exactly pim or anyone else's blog. it was set up by 4 people very early this week and various other bloggers have signed on since in various capacitites.

    this blog has really illustrated for me everything that i like and dislike about the blogworld. to begin with the blog was an amazing self-effacing effort (to date, peter "zigzackly" griffin's own websites do not even mention his connection to the blog--i know because i was one of the early people he contacted to spread the word)--however since more people came on board i've been seeing more and more posts all over the net with possessive pronouns involved. one of the later contributors posted a self-congratulatory message on the blog last night about the publicity the blog was getting--after some outrage was expressed by readers this was edited. the blog itself has gone from being a clearinghouse for relief information to an almost un-navigable mess--with some people cluttering it with completely redundant "news" posts that one can get at any news websites. posts about the economic effect of the tsunami are at best irrelevant at this point, and at worst a little offensive--but this i fear is part of a more general blogger malaise ("must post constantly", "must link and be linked to").

    anyway. "only connect", e.m forster said, and it is great to see so many people are getting involved and participating in lessening the sorrows of people far less fortunate--i hope this won't be restricted to just this disaster or its immediate aftermath--millions of people will need aid and attention focused on their plight for quite some time.

  5. i hope, given the content, egullet will continue to countenance this off-topic thread.

    pan, i'm not sure about specific relief agencies in south-east asia. organizations like oxfam are very reliable but your money may not go specifically towards this tragedy or a particular affected region, but into their general relief fund. some don't like this but it does ensure that victims of tragedies in places that don't resonate globally don't get left out.

    for those looking to help in india specifically, and the survivors of this particular tragedy, you might consider the ndtv relief fund (linked to in the blog i posted a link to). ndtv is the cnn of india and the money will not be misused--i have a lot of friends who are senior in that organization so i feel very confident saying this. you could also contribute to the prime minister's relief fund. regardless of where contributions go they are all tax-deductible.

    just imagine how much money egullet's membership alone could raise if we all said, "i will take the most expensive meal-day in my week, substitute it with a day of simple food and contribute the rest of the money". whether you're one of the folks who dines regularly at starred establishments or someone for whom a meal at the cheesecake factory is what we're talking about as a special occasion it will be a lot of money for the poor victims of this disaster. and if you feel conflicted about giving "handouts" consider that this is not some systemic man-made failure, but an act of planet that we're responding to. yes, there's lots of things we could help with but if you're not actually contributing to anything else don't use that as an alibi.

    sorry for coming on too strong.

  6. those interested in contributing to the relief effort may be interested in this page:


    i'm sure this is true in south-east asia as well but in india quite apart from the massive and tragic loss of life (7000+ on the south-eastern coast) there is the looming tragedy and crisis of the survivors. many of those who died were poor fishermen, often the sole/primary earner in their families. if we would all contribute the cost of our next fancy meal/food purchae to the relief funds (not just for the poor indian victims) it would make a major difference. keep in mind $1=rs. 43.

    edit: i inadvertently overstated the current death-toll in india, which is now above the 7000 mark; more than 12,000 are dead in sri lanka, with 8 million people rendered homeless there alone!

  7. paya is not a "curry"--except in the sense that anything made by an indian/pakistani/bangladeshi is a curry. it would be more accurate to call it a stew--you eat it with breads not rice.

    Good point, though I usuall call any indian/pakistani/bangladeshi dish that has sauce in it a curry. So what would you call Nihari?

    i call nihari nihari. for an analogue in "european" choose the word that would describe a slow-cooked/simmered stewy thingy. "curry" is so generic as to be meaningless--somewhat like describing anything you eat in an italian restaurant as pasta.

  8. Anyplace in the "tandoor-loin" in SF.  They are pretty much all Pakistani-owned.  Strict Punjabi non-veg "dhaaba"-style.  Shalimar (already mentioned) and Naan n' Curry are the best known but I  liked Lahore Karahi the best.  Hard to spend more than $10 even if you stuff your face.

    I've eaten at Lahore Karahi a couple of times and thought it was very good, but my personal favorite is still Shalimar. The nice thing with Lahore Karahi is they have a few dishes that none of the other restaurants have, in particular Paya, which is a slow cooked curry made of goat, lamb or beef hooves. But I think the Tandoori meat dishes are still better at Shalimar.

    paya is not a "curry"--except in the sense that anything made by an indian/pakistani/bangladeshi is a curry. it would be more accurate to call it a stew--you eat it with breads not rice.

  9. Tad, Joan, Muffin - Hey, I wish I could make it - I'll be in LA with my family in a couple of weeks - a bit late- that's just the kind of place I'd like to visit.  Hopefully if you all have time the same crew can get together while we're there.

    sunki, i was supposed to be coming into town in a couple of weeks too and we (tad and joan plus others) were supposed to go to chungking. i am no longer coming into town--perhaps you can replace me in the role of out-of-town asian egulleter. you'll just have to get a tan, and watch the simpsons episode with apu's wedding on repeat to get the accent down. oh, and you'll have to order the mapo tofu and sweat profusely as you shovel it down your throat.

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