Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What To Wear...

Grocery Shopping!  Every time we go to The Helmand for dinner my wallet cringes.  Because we eat a lot.  Several courses really.  It's great Afghan food, but I wanted to try making it at home.  So we headed to the grocery store to finish picking up ingredients.  We were going to make it last night, but when we realized the beans and chickpeas that cost 50 cents a can at the commissary cost $1.29 at Safeway, we decided to wait and pick up those today.  

Dress:  Old Navy
Tights:  Anne Klein (from TJMax)
Boots:  Kenneth Cole Reaction
I had a cute pink bangle from Gap on earlier, but this photo wasn't taken until I was done cooking dinner!

My apron (one from my Grandmama) looked good with the whole outfit, so I had G take a pic of this too!

Dinner was a salad called shornakhod.  It's really simple, cheap to make, and tastes oh so damn good!  The hardest part is the cilantro sauce, since I didn't have a food processor or blender, and was using a mini chopper.  It didn't get it as fine as at the restaurant, but sill really good. 

Yes, it's messy... this was after mixing it up.  Pre-mixing it looked like there was something growing on it!

*EDIT* For those of you who really cannot stand cilantro, but want to give this a whirl, I came up with an idea for a sauce.  Just let me know if you're interested!

And finally, if you want to see our (simple) first project for our home, please head on over to Une Maison Chic and let me know what you think!


  1. Hi, I like this new 'What to wear ...' feature!! I meant to comment before on your Gerard Darel bag - did you get it in England? I really love those. The salad looks great too - tomatoes, beans, chickpeas, potatoes?

  2. Thank you! I will try and keep them up. I ordered the Gerard Darel bag off ebay while in England, it actually came in from a lady in Portugal. I'm now looking for one that looks slightly like this one, but in a chocolate brown.

    And the salad has dark red kidney beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), red skin potatoes, tomatoes, and then the cilantro sauce. I just kind of winged the salad mixture part, and looked online for an Afghan cilantro sauce recipe. I think next time I am going to try seasoning the salad mixture slightly (a bit of salt, maybe). I made a huge soup pot full of this so we would have plenty of leftovers!

  3. You dress the way I want to, I wish that you lived closer so that we could go shopping together.

  4. Bobbi, thank you! If I make it down to Texas (and G's military, so really, this will happen at some point) we are totally going shopping!

  5. That looks delish! I'm going to have to try that out sometime.