Beef cubes, baby carrots, mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, onion slivers and S&K Hot Curry mix. Yum, yum, yum.
Well, it’s time to turn to comfort food…with a twist. This classic beef stew has a bit of a kick with S&K brand Hot Curry mixed in. I start by sauteing the carrots (whole baby carrots) with the mushrooms and onions in just a touch of olive oil. I layer the fingerling potatoes and the beef cubes in the crock pot. Once the onions are translucent, I add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pan and bring to a boil and add the curry mix – it’s like a paste brick in the package. I bring the mixture to a boil again stirring constantly to mix the paste into the water. When it’s all mixed, I pour the liquid over the potatoes and beef in the crock pot and set it on Low Heat overnight. This morning, the house smelled delicious! I turned it up on High Heat for about 2 hours, then back to Low Heat until dinner time. It’ll be served with cottage cheese and biscuits. See?! Comfort food with a twist!!
What better way to spend a day trapped inside than experimenting with a new recipe?! I got out to the store this morning before things started “heating up” around here and picked up some fresh, organic tomatoes and spinach for this recipe. It’s my classic spicy red sauce with the added tastiness of spinach…how could any of that be bad?? It can’t! My husband, Steve, can’t wait to try it. The sauce has been cooking all day and the house smells like garlic, onion, and all those great Italian spices. YUM!!
Making red sauce during Hurricane Sandy!
- Next step is adding the spinach…can’t let it cook too long with the spinach, or it will break down and become mushy.
Bulla Family Farm is growing each year, with 2012 being the best set of crops yet! I grew tomatoes – lots of tomatoes – along with cucumbers, squash, zucchini, corn, bell and banana peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, garlic, bush beans, okra, and eggplant. No luck with the watermelons this year, though.
Eggplant was my favorite crop this year. They have one of the most beautiful flowers (purple with a light yellow center) and are a wonderful substitute for meat in a meal. I know, I never thought I’d use those words together, but it’s true! I also made several batches of Caponata all Siciliana with these home grown beauties. Caponata, for short, is a traditional Sicilian dish of eggplant, olives, capers, onions, and homemade spicy marinara sauce. So good that my Sicilian in-laws were licking their fingers after the first bite!