Monday, May 21, 2007

A Bit Of Catch-Up

This is a bit of a catch-up post since I've been busy, busy all week. First off....Happy Victoria Day!

Beer is the official beverage of this weekend, but I like this - Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc. What a great wine for summer!

Here's my bruise, 3 weeks later.

It's getting there. The middle of it, where the rack hit, is still sensitive & swollen. I haven't touched the pies since that fateful day.

Our pal, Doug Gilmour, was in the Toronto Sun last week. He's part of an inititive to enhance lives of the elderly. (click the picture to see it bigger & read the blurb underneath). I could pretend to not know how to skate if he'd put his arm around me & hold my hand like that. ;o)

Last night, I was home early and able to make a tasty dinner. I had some veggies languishing in the fridge and wanted to use them up. I got some help from one of my favorite ladies...

The dish I made, is a favorite of mine that I've mentioned before - Cousin Natasha's Everything But the Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry.

I started by sauteeing some onions until translucent.

Then threw in some carrots, a sweet potato that was on the verge of sprouting, and garlic, lots of garlic!

Then some spices, vegetable broth, chickpeas & raisins. This was starting to smell really good.

After that simmered for a bit, I put in red peppers. Peppers were on sale this week and they were nice for a change.

I don't like cauliflower or zucchini overcooked, so I put those in right near the end and only simmer for about 5 minutes. I also threw in some frozen peas. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever vegetables you want. It's never the same - just depends on what I have in the fridge.

Once everything was pretty much done, I added some roughly chopped spinach, stirred that through, put the lid on and turned off the heat. After about 5 minutes, the spinach had wilted and dinner was ready!

I had some frozen samosas in the freezer, so while the curry was coming together, I put these in the oven. They're pretty good. Not too hot. I also had some tofu that I cubed and had simmering away in Patak's Balti Curry Sauce.

Voila! The samosas aren't in the picture. I had them on a separate plate and forgot to put one on the side of this plate for a photo. You know what a samosa looks like anyway.

We both ate a big plate of this. The vegetables are spooned over basmati rice which is by far, my favorite rice. This is soooo good. If you haven't made it yet, you must!

Just to finish, I want to give kudos to the City of Toronto for being named #10 in VegNews' list of Green Cities!

There is a nice little write up, so grab the June 2007 issue and read all about it. Now, enjoy the fireworks because it's back to work tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Still looking pretty colorful there! ;) Thanks for the comments...I replied to them on my blog! I love Toronto! I'm going to have to get my passport soon...ek! Yummy looking food you have here too!!! YAY!


urban vegan said...

What a fun, diverse, colorful post. I've never been to Toronto but must go visit sometime--I've heard only great things about your progressive city.

Unknown said...

Wow, everything looks delicious! Except for your bruise; that still looks painful!

bazu said...

I'm going to try to make it to Toronto this summer- I live too close to miss out on such a fabulous city- it would be a shame.

Oh, I've now joined you in the enormous bruise club! I have a brand new monster on my left leg... ugh.

That curry looks fabulous.

High Power Rocketry said...

You cant show that leg and food at the same time anymore, it ruins things for me.

Why do women bruise so much more than men?

aTxVegn said...

That curry looks delicious and your bruise still looks awful! I would truly love to visit Toronto, but it's so so far away...

Dr. Melissa West said...

That curry looks awesome! I'll have to pick up a copy of veg news. I will have to check out what they have to say about my favourite city!

Tanya Kristine said...

i love basmati too. i don't have that cookbook. i must get it...i have the other two and thsoe are so very fav is the sesame goshimo noodles...mmm...but your curry dishlooks delightful! paired well with that wine too...

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie! Wow, that bruise is a nasty one. At least you've been cooking up some great food which has to help keep your mind off the pain it must be causing you. I've been catching up on all your old posts I missed and I have to say, the hand holders are "otterly" adorable. That was the cutest video I've seen in a long time.