Olympic diversions

I was going to write on Valentine’s Day, I swear. The post was drafted and all I needed to add was the photos. Sadly, my ode to the perfect breakfast food–the pancake–went unfinished. I told myself, “You’ll do it later.”

Later never came, but the Olympics did.

You should know, dear Reader, that I am a big hockey fan. While watching a game live is best, the talent on display at the Olympics slices through the television screen.

Despite my home country loyalty (U-S-A! U-S-A!), I am a crazy fan of team Sweden. I will be truly torn if the gold metal match is between the US and Sweden.

The US team is freaking awesome! They totally owned Canada on their home ice (the link is to a video of the full game, thanks NBC Olympic coverage). I loved how the entire arena went silent. Team USA is a young team, but they have the talent to win gold.

Team Sweden is the reigning Olympic champion–taking gold 2006. I watched every single game during the 2006 winter Olympics. I got up at 8 AM on a Sunday to watch them win! I’m also a quarter Swedish (thanks Grandpa!), which is probably why I feel so involved.

Me and Grandpa @ Thanksgiving 2008. Love that Swedish heritage!

Whoever wins the gold in Vancouver will be the best team. But if it comes down to a match between team USA and team Sweden, who do I root for?

On second thought, my team wins either way right? SCORE!

Now that I’ve prattled on about sports, lets get on to the food.

In keeping with the “rooting for other countries” theme, I’m going to tell you a secret: I LOVE ETHNIC FOOD. I’ll take a spicy curry or pad Thai over macaroni and cheese any day of the week.

I’m big into spice, and I have found that Indian food is the best thing to get my spicy fix. I have the local Indian restaurant on speed dial, and you can find me on Fridays at their mouthwatering lunch buffet.

However, sometimes that Gobi craving hits me when I can’t go out to eat. Enter the Indian spice-pouch meal!

That sounds awkward, but it’s not I swear. Basically it’s a little packet of all the spices you need to make an Indian dish–in this case Gobi, or spiced cauliflower–and all you need to add is the other ingredients.

It has been a while since I took this picture and I don’t have the recipe anymore. I do, however, remember the ingredients.

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

2 roma or plum tomatoes, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

fresh ginger, minced

olive oil

cilantro, for garnish

If you’re interested I will gladly send you the recipe. I remember a big skillet and a lot of simmering.

Totally worth it! This dish was delicious. The package of spices gets an A++. Serve with fluffy basmati rice and a healthy sprinkling of cilantro.

Are you keeping up with the 2010 Olympics? What sports are your favorite? Does your heritage influence any teams you root for?

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