Mystery Squash Curry

So you know the squashes I picked up on OLIO this week? Well, it inspired me to add some stray items I had in my cupboards that I wasn’t going to use, and funnily enough one of them was picked up by the squash lady. And she said that the striped squash would be very sweet taste wise.

To remind you here is a picture of the squashes I picked up.

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I decided that the best thing to do with them was to turn them into a curry.

They are very sweet as well, they smelt a bit like melon when I was cutting them.

Anyway, the curry was absolutely lovely.

MYSTERY SQUASH CURRY

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons Ginger Garlic Paste

1 teaspoon Mild Curry Powder

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1 teaspoon Garam Masala

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Onion

1 Carrot, diced

2 small Squashes (or 1 large), diced

400g tin of Chickpeas

400g tin of Coconut Milk

400g tin of Chopped Tomatoes

400ml Vegetable Stock (optional)

A little Rapeseed Oil

METHOD

Make a cheats curry paste with the ginger garlic paste and spices.

Start to cook the onion in the rapeseed oil. When covered in oil and cooking lightly add the curry paste and mix with the onion.

Add the rest of the vegetables and then the coconut milk, the stock (if using) and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil, and then simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

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Realise you now have a ton of curry and will be eating it for the next week.

Add ‘make best curry in the world’ to your to do list, so you can cross it off, because this was a mighty achievement.

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Batch Cooking My Work Lunches: Brown Lentil Dahl/Soup

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I call this Dahl/Soup as it was supposed to be a soup, and by some definitions still could be, but it could also resemble the texture of a Dahl. I will leave it to your own judgements to decide what side it falls on.

WARNING: If you use dried lentils like I did then bear in mind they may need soaking for up to 12 hours before hand. Do not attempt to skip this step. Always follow the instructions on whatever lentils you use.

INGREDIENTS

300g Dried Brown Lentils

Frozen Peas

Frozen Onion

Minced GingerGarlic (about 2 tablespoons worth)

Turmeric, Cinnamon, Pepper, Curry Powder, Rapeseed Oil, Tomato Puree

1 Litre of vegetable stock

1 x 400g tin of coconut milk

METHOD

Prep the lentils, begin soaking (if needed) the night before.

Cook the lentils in the stock for about 40 minutes or according to your packet instructions.

Once the lentils are cooked add the frozen peas and onions and coconut milk.

In a little pot or ramekin mix 1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil with the 2 tablespoons of minced gingergarlic, 1 teaspoon of turmeric (there ain’t no party like a turmeric party), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and 1 teaspoon of curry powder.

When the lentils, peas and onions are nearly all cooked and thickening up add the seasoning and mix in.

This makes 4 portions that will be fine for hearty stomachs, or you could make 3 decadent portions.

The ‘I’ve had a good day’ Korma

Although I have gotten a little but more laissez faire with expiration dates on food stuffs, I’ll admit I still err on the side of caution. So when the Korma paste pot I bought for Monday’s ‘Sweet Potato and Pineapple’ Korma (also known as the ‘I’ve had a bad day’ korma) said it needed to be used up in 7 days I realised I would be eating a ton of korma over the next few days.

Not that that is a particular hardship for me.

Today’s was once again from the BBC Good Food website, and was a Prawn and Pea one which used up the long-a-lurking half eaten bag of frozen cooked prawns in the freezer.

I also made a batch of the ‘Throw anything at me’ soup to use up some questionable veg in the fridge drawer.

I have had a good day as people at my work are falling over themselves to tell me about vacancies that are going to come up soon in the department in the hope that I will apply for them and they get to keep me as a worker.

After so many bad experiences in previous jobs I am finding it hard to believe that people actually like me and think well of me.

To be honest that applies to EVERY area of my life.

And it brings me to the Twat woman on Monday.

On Monday I was at a morning training course about how to be successful at interviews. All the people on the course were from all over my employer and we sat randomly at tables. We then had to talk to the person next to us and later introduce them to the room.

The woman I was with I had taken an instant dislike to due to her use of certain derogatory terms used to describe sub cultures of people, and she did little to change that opinion.

I introduced her, mentioning her many years of service to the institution, where she had lived across the world, her family etc.

Hers went like this:

‘This is Flo, she has never had a proper contract here and is desperately looking for something. She has a boyfriend.’

The last bit was in a tone that said ‘I guess Flo isn’t a total f*** up’

The room laughed.

Someone who had only just met me felt that that was the most appropriate way to describe me to a room full of strangers.

I was pretty upset and naturally did nothing other than avoid this woman for the rest of the course.

The irony is I was made to look like a failure when actually I feel I am the most successful I have ever been.

So here is my personal statement:

‘I’m Flo, I am loved and adored by every department I have worked with here and I have enjoyed finding out more about my employer through these roles. I am making moves to change direction into Finance as that is a huge passion of mine and I will be studying a second degree in Economics once I have saved up enough money. I have a blog I contribute to every day with loyal and lovely readers. I have an amazing partner who I am deeply and passionately in love with.’

So here’s the lesson people, never let anyone else describe you. Tell your own story and don’t forget to tell the truth about how great you are!

The ‘I’ve had a bad day’ Korma

Sometimes you need carbs and spicy, comforting, stodgy food.

I have had a bad day today.

I feel I need to mull over exactly what has happened but lets just say it heavily involved my social anxiety and a twat of a woman.

This is a recipe from the BBC good food website, it is a sweet potato and pineapple korma. We have a glut of sweet potatoes that look like they might go bad quickly so I was looking for recipes last night involving sweet potato.

This has the happy bonus of using up a tin of pineapple that has been in my cupboard for so long it’s expiry date is this month.

And yes I did have a plate of mini naans. I AM AN ANIMAL.

It was lovely, and I’m glad I took the time to buy the ingredients for this and make it when all other times I have had a bad day it has┬áresulted in a pizza for dinner.

And as per usual I have enough leftover for lunch tomorrow.