"My cat knows the meaning of life, but has no interest in sharing the secret."
-- Ashleigh Brilliant
Tumbling Blocks Park is in Ava, Missouri.
The exterior of Basmati Blues is painted with African and Indian symbols. Just inside the door is a space selling reusable bags. Beyond that is the dining area. The stage and dance floor are in the back left part of the restaurant.
The back parking lot has a few flowers against a wall. There are feeders and shelters for feral cats.
This dinner spread has Red Drink, BBQ Pork Ribs, Palak Paneer, and Basmati Rice.
Hibiscus tea is a popular version of red drink. Here the Indian version adds ginger while the African one adds lemongrass and fruit juices. Basmati Blues uses ginger, lemongrass, pineapple juice, and just a little mango.
Beets come in several colors and can be cooked in many ways, a popular soul food. They have an earthy taste, and some are very sweet. In India, they are often cooked with asafoetida / hing powder to keep them from being insipid. Basmati Blues makes mixed beets in a pressure cooker. They are seasoned with cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, and a pinch of asafoetida.
Chutneys and dips come in many flavors, including mint and hummus.
Soul food condiments include pepper sauce and Southern comeback sauce.
Tiger Butter is a type of fudge made by swirling two or three types of fudge together so it has light and dark stripes. The most common flavors include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate; peanut butter, caramel, butterscotch; vanilla. These can be combined in a lot of different ways. The important thing to remember is that they have to be actual fudge, not just chocolate or peanut butter added to a fudge layer. There are other kinds of Tiger Butter candy, such as Tiger butter bark, but they are not Tiger Butter fudge.
There are two methods of combining the colors: 1) Pour one layer, then another, in solid sheets. 2) Alternate blobs of different colors. After all the fudge is in the pan, drag a knife through it to make the swirls. Make sure you touch the bottom of the pan! Don't just skim over the top. The finished product should look something like this.
A challenge is that the different colors may not meld or set properly if they are too divergent. Ideally, you want to find a base recipe for fudge that is designed to take on many different colors and flavors.
Kaju Katli or Kaju Barfi is cashew fudge from India, often flavored with cardamom and/or rose. It can be made from scratch or with condensed milk. If combining with other flavors of fudge, you want the version made with condensed milk, which makes a reliable fudge base plus it works and plays well with itself. That way, the flavors usually meld properly and don't separate or set unevenly. This way you can swap in an uncommon flavor of fudge into American desserts.
For making Tiger Butter, cashew fudge combines well with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or peanut butter fudge. Use the base recipe plus clinical-grade dark chocolate, clinical-grade milk chocolate, peanut butter, or cashew butter as desired. Basmati Blues customarily makes their Tiger Butter fudge with dark chocolate and cashew flavors.
Why "Tiger Butter" as a name? It goes back to a very old story that most people either love or hate, called Little Black Sambo. It features a bunch of tigers fighting so fiercely that they melt themselves to butter. So the name "Tiger Butter" came to apply to fudge or other candy that was striped, and it's popular in soul food.
This purple cat is actually one of Turq's cohort, Tyria. Tabby markings distinguish the "agouti" pattern even if most of it is invisible or broken up.
Asafoetida is an Indian spice. Yes, really. Nevermind the herbal guidebooks that list common names like "Devil's dung" and warn you not to eat it or even burn it in the house. It's a potent funkener used to balance sweet dishes, and you only need a tiny pinch.
The goldfish app is not actually made for cats, but some other games are.