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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Indianish with a Side of Sadness

I had taken out a package of sliced pork roast when I reshuffled the big freezer to make room for the items I keep in the freezer section of the refrigerator, as I was getting ready for some sort of power loss during Hurricane Irma. I am so sad that Cuba took a thrashing, but it did lessen the impact when it hit Florida and by the time it made it to us there was little more than rain and a few gusts. Our lights never even flickered, but by Tuesday I needed to start using the things I had taken out to thaw to make quick meals in the dark.

I was contemplating what to do with the pork slices when Shelby, the dog, appeared. I cut her a couple of small nibbles and without any thought kept cutting until it was all in cubes. So if anyone deserves credit/blame for this meals it's Shelby.

TheHub had a work dinner meeting and I was cooking just for me so I decided I could have whatever suited my fancy. TheHub is not a huge fan of Indian cuisine, which made it the perfect night for me to indulge myself. It would be even more perfect is I actually followed a recipe instead of just using my typical wing and a prayer approach, but typical of me I did not; which is why this is more ish than Indian.

1 tablespoon olive oil*
1 onion sliced
1 small handful baby carrots cut in "coins"
1 can diced tomatoes, drained, reserve liquid
1/2 head cauliflower in florets
1 clove garlic
1 slice fresh garlic
salt to taste (I used none but I am not a huge salt fan)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
couple of shakes of red pepper flakes (my tastes, but adjust downward if you do not like heat)
1 cup (ish) diced cooked pork
yogurt (optional)

In a large pan saute' the onions  and carrots in the olive oil until they begin to wilt. Add the cauliflower, garlic and ginger stirring until everything is wilted and fragrant, but not browned. Stir in the tomatoes and keep stirring until the mixture is almost dry. Sprinkle with the seasonings and stir them through.  Add the reserved tomato liquid and additional water as needed to make a sauce. Plop the pork in the pan and continue stirring. Turn the heat down and let it simmer until everything is nicely hot.  Serve over hot rice,  add a dollop of yogurt sprinkled with a bit more garam masala and enjoy!

Son2 and Girlfriend2 stopped by after a heartbreaking 24 hours. She lost her father unexpectedly late Monday night and they came here to decompress. I was so thankful I had cooked this because it made enough for all three of us, was comforting, and gave us some quality time to have a communal meal and conversation. I am so sad for her, but so thankful she feels comfortable enough to come and share her grief at my home. Hoping and praying that she will be blanketed with peace.


*I used a large copper finish non-stick pan. Using a regular pan might require a little more oil to keep the veggies from sticking

22 comments:

  1. I am sorry for the sadness and very, very glad that she felt she could come to you for comfort. And a meal. High praise.

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  2. I am not a fan of Indian food, but that sounds delicious. I, too, am not a fan of salt, but my food is not bland. The girl's father must have been young. It is a good sign that she was willing to be with you in her grief. A good meal certainty helps.

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    1. It was good but I am mainly glad we could help her through a horrible day.

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  3. I echo the others. So glad that she found your house a safe haven.

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  4. How very sad for GF. Makes other problems seem trivial when something like that happens.

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  5. See what a comfort you are? If i had a tragedy I would run into your arms also. Food feeds the emotional soul.

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    1. I am from the south, so whenever anything happens we may not do everything you want or need, but we will put food in your belly.

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  6. I'm so sorry for the girlfriend. It's great that you care about her so much. I've been preparing post-hurricane meals.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. I told Son2 if he did anything to mess this up I am kicking him off the island and keeping her

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  8. What a lovely ma-in-law! I'm sorry she lost her dad, and so young

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  9. My deepest sympathies to your son's girl-friend. I'm glad you were there for her and she knew she could come to you for comfort. Your pork curry sounds lovely. I would have been tempted to add some coconut milk to the tomato juice for the sauce, but I've made curries without milk, too.

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    1. Normally I would have added coconut milk, but since it was initially just me eating it I didn't invest any more time or ingredients to it. Also if I had added the coconut milk I would have made it much hotter, but I like hot stuff!

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  10. That looks really good!

    I'm glad y'all were spared Irma. We had a few odd showers of the remnants, but nothing more.

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    1. Irma whimpered in and for that I am extremely thankful!

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