The Oven Shines

July 14, 2005 at 2:36pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Oven continues to impress me.

I had been craving Indian food for a while, so The Missus and I went to The Oven last night on our weekly date night. The atmosphere, the food, and the service were all excellent as usual. I tried a new dish, chicken tikka madras. Oh my. I know very little about Indian food, but I know what I like. I really like chicken tikka madras. Most people would call the dish spicy; it was, but to my tastebuds it was nowhere near “oh my God call the fire department!” Nestled within, however, were several thin red chiles. Wow, they sure were fiery last night! The first one caught me off guard and gave me the hiccups. After that, though, I was prepared. They had a kick, but with a great flavor.

I still can’t get used to some of the colors used in Indian cooking. The bright yellow mulligatawny and fire engine red chicken tikka still catch me off guard. As a guy coming from a pretty straight-up southeast Nebraskan-style cooking background it isn’t really surprising that the colors startle me. Growing up, the only bright colors I saw in my food were red (Heinz Ketchup) and yellow (Velveeta). But I’m learning!

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Mr. T July 16, 2005 at 1:29am

I am a big Indian food fan myself - possibly being one of my favorite national cuisines. I’m pleased to know that - even in the past few years - it seems like more and more people are beginning to like it. I do hope that eventually, good Indian becomes more accessible (ie cheaper) and less the domain of “high class” dining that it seems to be currently at least in the midwest.

I have an English friend who hails from Birmingham - which is apparently the self-declared “curry capital of the world” - such has Indian become so well-loved among the brits. Apparently in Birmingham, a bag of samosas with chutney or curry sauce is never more than 5 minutes walk away. Ahhhh….Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same options in Lincoln? 

Bottom line seems to be that people just want more flavor nowadays, whether its asian, latin or what have you.

Anyway, I just came back from Omaha for a conference in the old market and had some damn good rack of lamb with cous cous on wednesday and some shrimp etouffee today. Mmmmm.

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