Last night’s episode of “Spice of Life with Bal Arneson,” was titled “Demo Derby.” Bal Arneson is a chef, cookbook author, teacher and a mother, who knows how well spice adds to her cooking, but she also makes sure to add some spice to her life as well.
As the episode begins, Bal is making breakfast for her daughter Anook and son Aaron. Today she is making delicious blueberry pancakes, with a mouthwatering blueberry sauce made from frozen blueberries with cinnamon and star anise.
After breakfast, Bal has to take her car for service, it is a 1982 model, but she loves her car, although Anoop finds it an embarrassment. Bal tells Anoop not to drive the car if she does not like it, but it always gets Bal from point a to point b. Well, this time it did not start, so she called her mechanic Lee, who hauled it off to the shop. When diagnosed, the car will cost about $2,000 to fix properly, and he offers to buy it for scrap for $100. This is her baby! Lee then tells her that there is a demolition derby coming up, and it would make a great derby car. Bal loves the idea! So she agrees to let him modify the car for the derby. There is a $2,000 pot at stake, and he agrees to a 60-40 split if her car wins. So she agrees to make lunch for Lee and his guys, who originally wanted a 50-50 split. While she was preparing the lunch at the garage, the car started, and her heart skipped a beat, but she agreed to stick to the original plan. The lunch consisted of burgers topped with onions and cremini mushrooms sautéed with coriander and cumin, and corn grilled with an aromatic rub of olive oil and cumin. The guys loved the lunch but Bal needed lessons to drive in a demo derby. So after lunch, Lee gave Bal a lesson in a junkyard, as she ran into things, she confessed that it was how she drove in India. Then they removed everything that could break or catch fire, and Bal had fun smashing the windows and removing the insulation. It was a fun day for Bal, who really enjoyed the car’s make-under.
So the night before the derby, she needed courage to face what was ahead. So she made garam masala, a spice mixture to use with her delicious sable fish dish topped with crusted poached eggs. While making dinner, she told Anoop about the demolition derby, and her daughter was shocked that she would do such a thing. Loving the dinner Bal made, she just hoped it was not their last meal together!
The next day, the derby day arrived. Her car was completely transformed. She had the number three car and was psyched for the competition. She got bashed from all sides, and was laughing all the while … until her car died and she found out that ninth place does not pay. But she got to kiss her baby goodbye on this episode of “Spice of Life with Bal Arneson.” For the recipes on this episode click here and add some spice to your life!
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