Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Last night was our 90's flatwarming party! It was a hit, even if the 4 of us were the only ones that dressed up. I woke up this morning with a killer hangover and needed something to nurse it asap. When I fiiiinally heaved myself out of bed I went I remember why I never threw parties in high school. The flat's a mess, but that didn't matter; I needed mashed potatoes.

I still don't feel like cleaning...Gilmore Girls and potatoes are much more tempting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Carrot and Potato Curry

One of my favorite things to do is experiment with different curries. They're so easy and versatile and...OH! I heart them so much. Tonight I tried a new one using carrots, potatos, and peas and the main ingredients. I didn't measure anything, but I'll write down basically what I did so you can try it. It was amaaaazing! Seriously, the picture does not do it justice! Sweet, tangy, and savory all in one. Mmmm...

canola oil (to sautee the onions)
1 onion
3 carrots (peeled and grated)
2 potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
frozen peas
soy milk
garlic paste
ginger paste (you can use fresh garlic and ginger, but I use these to save time)
soy sauce
~ tbs curry powder

While you're sauteeing the onions, put the potatoes into boiling water until soft. Once the onions are transluscent, add the grated carrots and a few splashes of soy milk. Bring to a soft boil, and the peas, and reduce to a simmer. Squeeze in some garlic and ginger paste (I tend to be preeeetty liberal with the ginger), curry powder, and a splash of soy sauce. Let simmer for a while until slightly thickened. I served mine with quinoa, but rice or clear noodles would also work well.

Sweetcorn Chowder

It was a pretty gross Saturday this weekend: cloudy, grey, and the misty type of rain that makes my hair explode. My flatmate, Tasha, and I were both nursing some nasty colds so the plan for the day was clear: SOUP!

Of all days to be barren, our pantry chose this one. Of course. We found some vegetable stock granules, a can of cannelini beans, frozen peas, an onion, and tvp. Don't try this at home...we weren't expecting anything great. We were sick and just wanted something to fill the soup void in our ickle ill hearts.

No such luck. The groul that bubbled and hissed in the pot could not have been less edible. Somehow we were going to have to soldier on to Tesco for ingredients...and find a recipe. No more romantic hopes of creating a perfect soup spontaniously. Non. Us wild birds needed some taming. Boundaries. Instructions.

Aaaanyways, we managed to get all the ingredients for Sweetcorn Chowder from VWAV and some root vegetable soup Tasha found online.

I didn't try Tasha's or take a picture of it, but my corn chowder was delicious! It was a bit too sweet at first but some extra salt made it perfect.