It was mid-morning on Saturday. A late breakfast meant that lunch was some way off in the distance, but I still wanted to be in the kitchen. I planned to bake. But to start my kitchen adventure, I made a batch of one of my favourite meals. I make Sweet Potato Curry normally once a fortnight. Most of the time, I add red lentils, but I have been known to add a can of chickpeas instead. The wonderful thing about this dish is its available options. I always add an additional vegetable to the sweet potato base. Most of the time, it’s either carrot or parsnip. For this batch, I added finely sliced broccoli stalk. I aim for no food wastage in this house! Plus, I think the stalk has the strongest taste, in a good way. It takes a fair amount of cooking though, which is why I sliced it thinly.
This made three portions for my freezer drawer. I would imagine it would serve two for dinner.
1 onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, diced
1 broccoli stalk, finely sliced
2tsp curry paste (I use Patak’s Tikka Masala paste)
500ml vegetable stock
60g red split lentils
1) Sweat the onion until it is soft.
2) Turn up the heat and add the other vegetables. Keep stirring on the high heat until the vegetables take on some colour.
3) Add the curry paste and stir through.
4) Add the stock and bring to the boil.
5) Add the red split lentil, turn heat down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
Whilst my curry was bubbling away nicely, I was browsing through a recipe book. My housemate entered the kitchen and asked if I was baking. I said I was thinking about making rock buns.
“Well, I’ve got some brown bananas upstairs if you can make use of them.”
Naturally, I nearly bit her hand off. The rock buns will have to wait for another day, because there is only one thing to make when your housemate hands you four, perfectly good, very ripe bananas – Happy Dance Muffins!
It was pleasant to spend a couple of hours pottering around the kitchen. It was also good to see the culmination of my efforts. The freezer drawer is looking very healthy now I must say. The same can’t be said for the cake tin. The muffins seem to be disappearing rapidly, but the smile on my face isn’t going anywhere. Banana muffins make me too happy!
Do let me know if you try out either recipe, I’d love to hear your feedback.