While it’s been a while since we’ve last posted a Swat’s Cooking update, I assure you that we have been eating. And, I feel that last night’s cooking adventure is memorable enough that it should be shared with the greater public.
Last night we attempted- and I want to stress the word attempted- to make vegetable curry. I had thought that a group of Swatties were going to gather together to make the dish, but I was wrong. After coming back from the gym and meeting up with Steven, I received a message from one of the students saying that she would bring a dish when I let her know to come over. A few minutes later, I realized that each party was bringing a different food. Potlucks are fun, but the only issue is that I was left with the curry… and I’ve never really made curry before. Luckily, I had some friends (Steven and Alexis) to help out.
Several google searches later, we had a tentative list of ingredients, and made our way over to the grocery store.
Here’s how it went:
- 4 potatoes (far too many)
- 1 cauliflower
- 4-5 carrots
- 1 onion
- Curry sauce
- Garlic Naan!
What to do (an abbreviated version):
- Dice up the onion and begin to sauté it in a big pot.
- While the onion is cooking, boil some water so that you can cook the cauliflower (cut that up, as well).
- While steps 1 and 2 are occurring, microwave the potato (that you have already chopped up into cubes) in a container with water to pre-cook it.
- Cut up carrots and begin to cook the rice.
- Once the carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower are ready, add them to the pot with the onions. Stir in some water and let the vegetables soften.
- After about 10-15 minutes (tentative), stir in the curry powder or sauce (in our case, we used a sauce).
- Heat up the naan in the oven.
- Serve over rice and let all of the carbs soak up the curry sauce.
What actually happened:
While curry was, in theory, a great decision, I added far too many potatoes, and they soaked up all of the sauce. What should have looked like this:
Actually looked like this:
That’s not to say that it didn’t taste good, because it did. The sauce was well-seasoned, and had a great kick to it. But, there were a lot of potatoes (well…carbs in general) and it was quite hearty. After a few bites, everyone began to feel full. Every time someone came in to get some food, I warned them that it was not “normal curry,” which might have scared some people off…
I probably should have held back a little bit with the potatoes, but the group had a good sense of humor about it. And, they all helped out in the prepping/cooking process. The teasing was well-earned, but all in all, it was a great dinner. (Partially because Sera brought this great cold noodle salad, and Steven and Alexis made cookies for us… but the company was definitely the best part of the night.)
Cooking is, without a doubt, a learning process. Hopefully I’ll make curry once more, before the summer is out. Let’s cross our fingers for a better, saucier dish next time.
So, from a tour guide with a very full, potato-filled stomach, here’s to making mistakes, and eating them anyways!
Happy Hump Day (Wednesday),