Beezer’s Curry House

Just throwing up a quick crock pot curry recipe:

  • 1 can coconut milk (15 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1/2 can yellow curry paste (3 oz? Should be tiny)
  • 1/2 can chicken or vegetable broth (15 oz)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 sweet potatoes or regular potatoes, or in this case, Korean yams
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh green beans, to taste
  • Turmeric, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • 1 cup water or more, to taste (if you want more sauce or the original is too concentrated)

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Put it all in a crock pot for 6-8 hours. Enjoy those turmuerician health benefits.

 

 

St. Paddy’s Day Feast: Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here’s a question with an answer I didn’t expect:

What was Irish food like for the 1500 years between St. Patrick and potatoes?
The short answer is: milky.

Turns out potatoes didn’t make it to Ireland until the 1600’s when they showed up from Peru.  That means bog butter was a thing, and you probably had it with oatcakes and curds.

My gravelly backyard in D.C. is no place for grazing, so I went with the classic St. Paddy’s day feast this year: corned beef and cabbage with a healthy dose of potatoes and carrots. I got one thing right though – whip up some horseradish with heavy cream, and you’ll have a delicious (and mildly traditional?) milky topping that unintentionally pays homage to Ireland’s dairy-driven past.

If only I could get bog butter at Safeway

If only I could get bog butter at Safeway

No Seriously, Meat and Potatoes

Unfortunately, the phrase “meat and potatoes” typically evokes the bland and uninspired. This Grimm Mission: jazz up some taters with wasabi and cilantro so when your guests get a hold of ‘em, they’ll forever associate “meat and potatoes” with a feeling like this:

Steak and Cilantro Mashed Potatoes
Bring redskin potatoes to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.  Smash them with cilantro paste and a little cream, and grill up some steaks.  Highly recommended:  Lizano Salsa for the steaks, which mixes well with the mashed potatoes. Also pictured: fruity spring salad with grapes, avocado, and craisins.

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Not my Irish forefathers’ meat and potatoes

Salmon and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
This Lady Grimm submission switches up the meat and seasoning, starting with wasabi powder (or paste) mixed in with butter and cream in the mashed potatoes, then topping them with veggies stir fried in sesame oil, honey, and soy sauce and finishing everything off with baked salmon. A most un-meat-and-potatoes meat and potatoes:

Attention-seeking meat and potatoes

Attention-seeking meat and potatoes

Grimm Tactics: What to do with your leftover apples and pumpkin seeds

It’s Halloween time and the Boo Brothers are out in full effect:

Once you’re done carving pumpkins and visiting orchards, don’t overlook the leftovers.  Bake pumpkin seeds and apples in a tray sprinkled with cinnamon and a bit of salt, and then add powdered sugar.

With and without apples

With and without apples

Not pictured: a separate batch loaded with cayenne pepper for a spicy fall kick. Lady Grimms for the win!

Grimm Tactics #2: Jell-O Pudding Snack Pairings Guide

Recently I was cranking out a dirt cake for a friend’s birthday, original Montefalco style, and picking up the requisite ingredients: Cool Whip, cream cheese, and instant vanilla pudding. This prompted some reflection on the proper pronunciation of Cool Whip.

During the pilgrimage to the Safeway pudding aisle I decided I wasn’t about to make instant vanilla without a refrigerated Jell-O swirl pack.  What came later was divine intervention: chocolate stout plus chocolatey pudding snack.  Or, Lunchables: Happy Hour Edition.

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Highly recommended. Maybe a nice Porter would do well too.

As for a proper dirt cake?  Not quite sure.  It’s vanilla based, sugary as can get, and in this case I found it best served in a bucket.

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When possible, serve food with plastic spade

….I’m thinking Dirt Cake + White Russian?  Definitely would have at least one taker.

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