Slow Cooker Curry Lentils


  A light snowy drizzle was the first thing I saw out my bedroom window when my eyes fluttered opened Tuesday morning, and curry was the first thing on my mind. As the better half built a fire, I set up my slow cooker with lentils, black cardamom and curry leaves. The vibrant, warming aroma…

Paneer Broccoli Stir Fry


Paneer is a fun cheese to cook with and it lands somewhere on the texture wheel between tofu and chicken breast, which makes it pretty versatile. Trying to cut back on soy, I’ve started using Paneer on occasion in my vegetarian stir fries. Aside from that, it’s just tasty. The most difficult part about this…

Tofu Curry with Basmati Rice


Last time I visited Newark Farmer’s Market, an international grocery near me, I picked up a package of fresh curry leaves. Curry leaves are basically the Indian Bay leaf and should be cooked with accordingly. The smell of curry leaves crackling in a few teaspoons of Ghee along with a few mustard and cumin seeds…

Potato Mushroom Curry


So, what to do with one Russet potato and button mushrooms? Curry! I often will utilize an odd array of veggies into an Indian inspired recipe. With a few good spices on hand, such as curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom pods, mustard and cumin seeds, a warm and fragrant last minute dish can be…

Peanut Tofu Curry


Who doesn’t love peanut sauce? It’s my kind of candy. Sweet and spicy with a nice umami punch. I had a hankering for a warm, creamy curry and with leftover peanut sauce in the fridge I thought why not? Coconut milk and peanut sauce go together right? Growing up in poverty I watched my Momma…

Red Lentil Curry with Broccoli Leaves, Basmati Rice


Did you know that broccoli plants have large, edible leaves? I didn’t until a few weeks ago. Working at Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill is broadening my knowledge of vegetable varieties and all their delicious edible bits. Broccoli leaves are large and very similar to collard greens in texture and preparation. I received a bunch in…

Potato Chickpea Curry, Tomato Chutney, Basmati Rice


Back in April I helped plant potatoes at Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill along with Nancy, the farm’s owner and a couple of other guys also participating in Fair Weather’s work share program. The past several weeks, I’ve also spent several hours plucking potato beetles off the plants. It’s really hard work but I am…