Caribbean Roti on Indiana (5/18)

“Caribbean roti: what’s that?” was the question on everyone’s mind before last Thursday’s meal.
Think Indian Burrito, and you’re close: A buttery flour shell encasing any kind of filling you could imagine. After spending the previous week in a Caribbean neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, I knew this was cuisine our co-op had to try. I decided to fill ours with curried Lentils, quinoa, sorrel, tomatoes and asparagus. With a tomato chutney sauce for that extra nom.
7 of us were able to sit around our dining room table and share in this experiment, complimented by good beer and great conversation. This menu will certainly be one for the roster.

If you want to experiment with stuffed roti at home, this can get you started: http://www.food.com/recipe/caribbean-trinidad-roti-288544?scaleto=8&mode=null&st=true

The sauce I made was roughly based off this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-tomato-chutney/detail.aspx

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Spring Pasta at the Carlton Saloon

We had our first successful May GR Dining Co-op dinner last night.  We made pasta with asparagus, chickpeas and sun dried tomatoes tossed in a lemon oil sauce served with a delicious salad and a Schnitz bakery baguette and dipping sauce.  It was so nice to make such a wonderful dinner for this great group of people last night.  The opportunity to cook for 10 doesn’t come up that often and I forgot how much fun it is.  Instead of chopping up a half an onion for a pasta dish for my self or 2 people we need to chop 2 whole onions. My biggest pot was overflowing with this delicious pasta concoction.  And one of the best parts was that I did not have to do any of the clean up.

This is the beauty of the dining co-op; we not only share the enjoyment of eating tasty food but we also share the work to get it all done.  The next dinner I go to I will not have to cook or clean. I can simply go over to Dan’s house tonight after a long day at work and pick up some of the delicious Walnut Quinoa Tacos they are making tonight.  And all this for $3?? or maybe $5 if I never want to be obligated to cooking or cleaning?

It’s been a lot of work to get this Dining Co-op rolling and the co-op, as well as the work, is only just beginning, but the dinner last night gave me confidence that this can work.  Doesn’t matter how big or small or group ends up being, we will still achieve or goal of sharing the work, sharing the cost, and sharing the enjoyment of sharing meals with each other.

Come share a meal with us and find out how you can get involved!