Cauliflower & Chicken Curry, Arcadia, and Adding Spice

 The haul from San Francisco's book stores.

The haul from San Francisco's book stores.

Here are my November resolutions: use more spices in food and read more fantasy books. When I was in SF a few weeks ago, my friend Brian took me to a bookstore called Borderlands Books, a bookstore focused ENTIRELY on science fiction and fantasy. And it's huge. It's HUGE. When we walked in, I was floored by how many shelves and stories and sections there were in a store for a genre that's usually delegated to a just few quiet shelves in the back of a bookstore that I, yes, I'll admit it, usually avoid.

While I stood in the adjacent coffee shop waiting for a turn in the bathroom, I tried to estimate how many books were in the store. I quickly realized I couldn't, but it really got me thinking about how many books are out there to read and how silly it is that I have so many misconceptions about this one genre specifically. So I picked a book off the shelf (Arcadia, which has been on my list for a while) and gave it a read. There are so many cool stories and books and authors out there to try, and it's going to be my mission from now on to make an effort to include more science fiction and fantasy in my reading list. Suggestions are welcome! And yes, Brandon Sanderson is on the list. I'll get to it; I promise!

Back in Chicago, I realized that the same goes for spices. Fun fact: I am never more than 0.2 miles away from a boutique spice store between work and home in Chicago. How cool is that? I've got to take advantage of it. Instead of using the same seasonings and flavors in my cooking (looking at you, smoked paprika), I'm going to cook with unusual spices and herbs that may involve some trial runs. Keep a look out, but in the meantime, check out today's recipe, Cauliflower & Chicken Curry, which at least forced me to finally purchase turmeric, which I still haven't figured out how to pronounce.