Today, I found in the refrigerator ( well not found exactly, I knew it was there) a cauliflower. So the question was, what was I going to do with it? Just plain old cauliflower, a cauliflower cheese? A cheesy and ham cauliflower cheese? Not any of them excited me.
I often make what I call, Refrigerator Soup. This is normally made when we are about to embark on a trip and there are perishables which need to be used, but I could do something similar here. How about a curry? That spurred me on, I looked in many books, looked online and in the end concocted a curry of no specific region. It ended up with a little bit of this and little bit of that, but I think the end result was not bad.
I started out by heating some oil, in a heavy casserole, added some spices, ( Garam masala, turmeric, caraway seeds, curry powder, chilli flakes , fenugreek, coriander and cardamom salt and black pepper ) cooked this for a couple of minutes, then added finely chopped onion, garlic and ginger, and chopped fresh chillies. ( sometimes I go to the local ethnic market and buy a Job Lot of chillies, chop them up, bag them and freeze them so I always have a store of chillies.) Next was the cauliflower cut into small florets, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes , a courgette cut into chunks, likewise some carrots, some celery and some leeks, along with a couple of small potatoes.Oh, and a few sliced mushrooms as well !
A small can of coconut cream followed, along with some dried coconut and I let it simmer until the vegetables were tender. Then I found in the back of the refrigerator a bag of rocket, the front half new and crisp, the back half a bit frozen, that became chopped rocket and into the pot. Next was the spinach, there was nothing wrong with that at all, but just it’s time had come, and there were a couple of limes that needed using or losing so in they went as well. So that is tonight’s dinner sorted, not sure Himself will go much on a vegetarian curry, we shall see!
All I all a successful use of theming s that needed using. Maybe I do not have any right to call it a curry, but it tastes like curry and although it may not make the menu of Indian Accents ( Michelin star) , it certainly fits the bill.
And maybe, just maybe, this will now in the future be called Refrigerator Curry !