3 Mar 2015

Vegetable Curry

VEGETABLE CURRY
I was looking for inspiration for a fantastic thick chunky vegetarian curry recipe,   but none particularly appealed to me,  So, once again, I fell back on my own inspiration and wanting of good healthy food.   I ended up with this wonderful recipe, which I use regularly and adapt according to what's in season.  Perfect for a cold rainy evening.  It is Vegan, and Gluten Free,  and only uses one pot (bonus!).  I hope you love it as much as my family does.

Vegetarian Curry
Ingredients:
Olive oil
1 Onion, quartered and sliced
1 Tbls, Garlic crushed
1 Tin Tomato diced (410 grams)
1 Tbls (15 ml) Tumeric
1 Tbls (15 ml) Curry powder
1 t (5 ml) Fenugreek
1 t (5 ml) yellow mustard seeds
1 cup (250ml) water
1 t vegetable stock
1 handful (about 80 ml) dry lentils
1 handful (about 80 ml) dry soya beans, or beans of your choice
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 Butternut squash, peeled and cubed / about 1 cup pumpkin
5 zucchini / baby marrow, thickly sliced
2 Carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:
*  Slosh a bit of olive oil into a medium sized pot, enough to coat the bottom
*  Add the sliced onions, and fry over medium heat until just turning golden
*  Add garlic,  fry a bit longer
*  Add the tin of diced tomato, and the next 4 ingredient spices.
*  Add the water, and veggie stock, as well as the beans, and lentils.
*  Simmer for about 20 minutes,  then add the potatoes and Butternut (or pumpkin) and simmer
for about another 10 minutes.
*  Add the carrots and zucchini, and simmer until the potatoes and butternut are soft enough to easy poke with a knife.
*  Add a sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper.
*  Taste.... add salt, pepper, or more curry powder according to your buds.

simmering in the pot
Tips and Suggestions:
* For more fabulous ideas have a look at my Yummy Food index page

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30 Jan 2015

Building our Pool

Our summer heat and humidity, is only just bearable. We did a toss up between building a small cottage for family guests or building a pool.  After wading our way through another stifling hot sticky February - the pool Won - guests lost!  "Ag shame" you might say in true South African-ism... but we have a guest house on the farm we holiday let out anyhow... they can stay there in all its luxury! - see Chumbi Bush House.
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Hand Raising a wild antelope

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21 Mar 2014

Chumbi Bush House

Are you planning a trip to Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa
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Main entrance

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This is my most pinned recipe from my other blog Fabulous Food Recipes.  It is an old post but it still gets pinned daily even now.  It really is delicious, so... for those of you who have not yet discovered this fab recipe... this is for you.

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