fashion flashback: Au Coton

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Yeah, I’m definitely dating myself by talking about my 80s fashion flashbacks. Au Coton played a huge part in my junior high school fashion experience.

I’m wearing my black Au Coton t-shirt. Not as oversized on me now but still roomy. I had black overalls and white overalls. I think I must have had five or six shirts. You try finding a t-shirt nowadays that will last 20 months, let alone 20 years 😛


hunting high and low for a summer dress

In the past, I had good luck finding dresses. Not this year. My usual chain stores are carrying tons of short skirts and shorts.

Now, I’m getting so desparate I’m considering getting a maxi dress. I have two problems: I’m busty and have very long legs. So far the maxi dresses I tried on made me look pregnant. If I was pregnant I wouldn’t have minded. Worse still, they were too short on me.

I’m going to try the GAP and see if I can find something there at their summer sale. The thing is that I’m not too keen on their maxi dresses though. One looks like a converted tablecloth and the other one looks liike I’d be drowning in fabric.

It’s times like these when I hate shopping! .

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West Indian Cooking: Roti

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One of my favorite cooking blogs is TriniGourmet— kosher caribbean food at it’s finest! All these years, I never attempted to make a roti. Tonight, the urge hit me and I live nowhere near kosher Caribbean joint so here I am. I knew roti meant different things in India, South Asia, and the Caribbean.  I learned from TriniGourmet is that roti is not the same everywhere in the Caribbean.

What I really need is a tawa:

A tawa is a flat skillet using in Indian cooking. Notice, there are no raised edges on it. Since I don’t have one, I used a regular non-stick skillet.

Anyway, back to the roti. Since, I’m half-Guyanese I looked for a Guyanese roti recipe. Considering it was my first attempt, my roti came out 75% correct. I found a few problems. One, I couldn’t find my rolling-pin (yes, I know that’s really sad.) Two, I found that I was using too much heat and oil. Finally, I realized that I wasn’t rolling them out thin enough. That’s why the first roti came out like an export cracker and the second one burned. You can make roti either dairy (using butter or ghee) or pareve (using margarine and/or shortening and vegetable oil)
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Summer Shabbat Menu

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Anyone that reads my blog can figure out that I’m not the typical Ashkenazi chick. When it comes to cooking, I definitely fall in the fusion culinary school. Why? My mother was from the Deep South and my father was a Sephardic Jew from the Caribbean. So I was exposed to tons of different cuisines that I found use similar ingredients. Toss in my love for Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and you can see my very interesting pantry.

So for my first food post, I’ll do a modified version of a traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat dinner. Still heavier than every day, but no hot soup or cholent in the summer. For me this is important since I don’t have an air conditioner 🙂
Check out the menu after the jump!