Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Monsoon Wedding Dinner & a Movie

Today was the big day for my Monsoon Wedding Dinner & a Movie. And although I didn't make it out of the kitchen in under two hours as projected, doing so much of the prep work ahead of time made for a very relaxed afternoon of cooking. Unlike the delicate steamed and stir-fried dishes I've prepared for other Asian meals, or the exacting precision of traditional Japanese cuisine, Indian food is much heartier and durable. The stews, soup and legume dishes can easily be reheated without damaging texture or flavor, and therefore the timing isn't so crucial. But between cooking, enjoying the meal and the movie, and cleaning up afterwards, the project was an all day affair that has left me quite spent, so I'm going to leave the details 'til next time.