One of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had was in an unassuming, traditional Japanese izakaya in Tokyo called Robata. While every dish we tried was awesome, the one which stuck out the most was a tender pork stew that came complete with a hard boiled egg. I’ve been hunting for a recipe that could reproduce that meal ever since, but sadly to no avail. So after a bit of experimentation, I’ve adapted one which came closest. Although it’s still no patch on the original, I think it’s a worthy alternative; and it’s a sinch to make. If you’re ever lucky enough to be in Tokyo you should definitely make the effort to hunt the place down, as it’s one of the tastiest things you can hope to eat.
I use lentils as a base for most curries I make. This one is vegetarian (and can be made vegan with the right bouillon powder), but if I was using meat I’d add it before adding the lentils, and reduce the amount of lentils used overall. Either way, it’s full of good stuff, and is a fairly spicy curry – probably a ‘medium’ heat – but that can be adjusted with the amount of chilli used. The coriander seeds and cumin seeds can be replaced with their pre-ground equivalents, but the flavour is much better if you do it yourself.
I came up with this as a variation on a curry recipe. I think it’s worked pretty well.
Jeremy was dicking about, being a douche, but I got him up close and personal.
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About this time last year, I was busy working at an SEO company, putting the finishing touches to a data harvesting program which would go off to the internet and grab posts from music blogs when notified of updates via a feed. The motivation was my MSc Computer Science project, at the time untitled, and without much of a plan or a direction to go in. I knew I wanted to do something related to music, and probably to do with recommendations, with a view to creating a hopefully fresh take at how content can be discovered from editorially subjective sources, rather than behavioural sources such as playlists. Read the rest of this entry »