Paneer Mushroom Masala ~ Of Anise Stars and Butcher’s Knives

Sometimes one must go to extreme measures to get a point across- if not to oneself, then to the multiverse and all of its dwellers.

Sister Madly has learned just how to do that.


She has been attempting to buy wax paper for the last 3 days, each time returning home with a surplus of the usual what-the-hell purchases (star anise, candles, a few sparkly things) not one of which is wax paper. Shopping lists are of no use to Sister Madly since they are typically scrawled across the back of the electric bill and mailed off with the payment. But something had to be done, because the tantrums she was throwing from painting her art projects to the kitchen table were borderline unacceptable.

Now, Sister Madly has gone past tying strings around her fingers and hanging notes on the door; any sort of electronic reminder is met with either the loving touch of a cast-iron skillet or by being hurdled across the room. She is more apt to remember certain responsibilities or appointments if she takes a common household object and leaves it somewhere out of place.

And so Sister Madly went to the usual measures to remind herself about the wax paper: she brought the garbage along with her to the market.  It’s hard to become sidetracked when your passenger is a large, brooding, stinky bag of garbage.


Allow yourself this glimpse into the Sister Madly psyche:

-A shoe hanging on the door knob reminds Sister Madly that she is not dressed appropriately to leave the apartment.

-A web of duct tape across the mirror notifies her of utilities that are to be paid (utility bill usually attached to this web like a helpless, succulent fly.)

-An elaborate sock sculpture resting on the laptop means there is something she needs to do on the computer.

-Any knife, sword, hatchet or bloody object lying on the counter is a typical weekday affair and not to considered out of the ordinary.

-A pickle jar in the middle of the floor is a general reminder to ask herself why she put the pickle jar in the middle of the floor in the first place.* If there is any decoration attached, she may have been drinking at the time.

*Sometimes this discussion amongst herself occurs in the middle of the night, when she kicks over the pickle jar in the dark on her way for a glass of water.


This same method was often applied at a previous place of employment, when there was a slight problem with roaches. Notes left on the note-leaving board went largely unnoticed, all because the management did not want believe there was such an infestation in their beautiful little world.

Or maybe the roaches were to blame.

On the off chance that it was the fault of the latter, Sister Madly started leaving notes taped to tubs of cookie dough and buckets of frosting. Then she left several notes tape to several buckets of frosting, which she arranged into a nifty pyramid sculpture in the middle of the kitchen- which backfired because, as it turned out, she was the one who opened the next morning and had to deal with said nifty pyramid sculpture.

Finally one night, after an amusing chase around the whole of the bistro, Sister Madly was able to corner one of these the elusive, note-destroying creatures. With a significant amount of packaging tape, she attached the roach to a piece of paper, applied a fancy network of arrows as to guide the management to the correct visual aid, and stuck the note to the back door with a butcher’s knife.

knife in door

Much like this, only with a Roach attached and less poetry.

This upset management slightly, as this was the only butcher’s knife in the vicinity and it had been placed out of her reach.

But the roaches were no more.

The pickle jar will be set out again tonight: the Professors, you see, have planned a weekend of experimental fun for Sister Madly, and she is not to be late…



  • Paneer, cubed
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (or to taste)
  • Lg. pinch of Fenugreek
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 tsp heavy cream (opt)
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil/butter/ghee

Pan fry Paneer- set a side.
In a skillet Sauté bay leaves, cinnamon stick, ginger paste and spices til fragrant.
Add the onion. Sauté til onion is translucent.
Add mushrooms; Sauté for five minutes.
Add the tomato. Cook till soft- 5 minutes or so.
Add the tomato paste and mix.
Add the coconut milk, paneer and simmer for ten minutes.
Add the cream, necessary salt, and lemon juice- mix.
Let stay for few minutes before serving.

POST’S THEME SONG: Always Something There to Remind Me, Naked Eyes

16 responses

  1. Note to self-find Naked Eyes cassette….


    July 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Yes! Let the nostalgia begin!


      July 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

  2. Good morning Sister Madly,
    I must inform you that after further research into the significance of a Dodo interfering in your life I’ve made some very startling discoveries. The Dodo is a plague unto itself. causing Havoc to lie with Chaos bringing total confusion to your world. I’m in the midst of my research and will inform you of anything that can be done to rid yourself of this stealthy pestilence. In the mean time, chin up. You are no longer alone.

    Eerie Dwarf


    July 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    • Sister Madly

      It’s good to know that there is someone on my side in this matter!

      Chaos- yeah, that’s the word for it…

      Liked by 1 person

      July 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

  3. Mmmmm… Pickled eyes….


    July 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    • Sister Madly

      The moment one winks at you… run!


      July 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM

  4. This is my favourite of your posts yet. Hands down.


    July 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you. Just a typical day. 😀

      Which reminds me, I need to put out the pickle jar…


      July 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

  5. Hi there! Love your gravatar! 🙂
    And recipe sounds good, I’d love to try it!


    August 7, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you!

      Hope you enjoy the recipe, should you try it- thanks for stopping by! 😀


      August 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

  6. Aniseed is great with braised dark soya sauce duck with tofu and hard boiled eggs. We eat it in our little red dot with plain white rice porridge and or with flat white noodles. Yours is an interesting recipe that sounds yummy…will give it try and see if I succeed 🙂


    August 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Sounds like an interesting dish- may have to try it sometime.

      Actually, I bought the star anise because they were pretty… 😉


      August 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

  7. What’s missing is huge chunks of boiled potatoes and peas 😀can’t have paneer without peas 😀


    August 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    • Sister Madly

      By all means, add them! Yum!


      August 12, 2014 at 12:36 PM

  8. So these are projects … got pics?

    Stuck to the table as some type of bizarre day of decoupage is good.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 19, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Don’t know if I have any pics. Didn’t really think about it at the time.

      I think the Necronomicon Journal post is still up somewhere around here- that might be the only pic. Been thinking about doing another journal giveaway if I can get around to finishing them.


      July 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM

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