Today at lunch, I was again faced with this meat from the broth pot and no idea what I was going to do with it. One daughter suggested soup again. After two days of very fine tasting soups I didn’t think any of us (except her) would want soup again… She suggested that I do something curry like. (She once spent an entire summer mastering the art of curry making.)
Before GAPS, curry always meant something with rice or a flat bread. So when I think of curry I have to rethink it, attempting to capture the flavors we love in a way that suits our current dietary needs. Recently, I have begun to try to get more fiber into our diet. (One of those stopping to evaluate what we need to tweak moments…)
Also, as you could guess by now, I do not cook from a menu but use what I have on hand. This usually means the meats I pick up on sale, the veggies I get for a good price, or stuff that I grew myself. I had a bumper crop of winter squash this year and we are still just making a dent in the pile. So after very little thought, I decided that butternut squash would make a fine thicken agent for my curry.
I am trying to incorporate a bit more palm oil into our diets (good source of Vit E) so I started with a palm, coconut, butter, and seasame oil blend. I tossed in one small sized squash cut up in fairly small pieces. Along with this I added a small onion, about a quarter of a green pepper (I did not want this to be on overpowering flavor) and a handful of sliced mushrooms. I let this cook for a few minutes until the squash was done. Then I added in the meat and about a cup of broth. Next came the spices: salt, pepper, 1/4 tsp of powdered ginger, a good dash of paprika, and a couple good dashes of curry powder. I let it all simmer for a few minutes and called the family to lunch.
I told them that I felt like lunch was not going to be very exciting and suggested that the “curry” would probably be good with the French Cream that I put on the table. I hadn’t eaten any yet when one daughter piped up with “this is good!”, and quickly the other two concurred. I put a little French Cream on mine and when I tasted it I was surprised at how good it was.
Don’t you love it when a meal comes together better than you expected?