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  • A quick Vegetarian Curry    From Judy Walker
    Chop 2 medium potatoes and 1 medium sweet potato then steam or microwave until partially cooked
    Heat about 1tbsp oil in a large pan or wok, add 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped red capsicum and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until soft. Add 2 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 tbsp curry paste and 1 tbsp masala and stirfry for a minute. Add vegetables, 1 small can coconut cream and 1 small can chopped tomatoes, bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are tender – about 5 minutes.
    Optional extras – chopped ginger root, green vegetables eg sliced beans, broccoli etc, chopped coriander parsley,garlic chives for garnish, a can of drained chickpeas.
    Add a handful of lightly roasted cashews(microwave or pan) just before serving.
    Masala is a mixture of spices without chilli, garlic, ginger. It is very cheap in a big jar from Indian stores. I buy mine at a store in Chelmer. You can just use masala and chillis if you wish but I add some curry paste for extra flavour. The paste I am using at present is Patak – coconut and coriander. Roghan Josh is my favorite with meat curries.
    Hotness usually depends on added chillis but I prefer extra root ginger for heat.
    For flavour Ardoma is the best local brand of Aussie tomatoes otherwise you can use the imported Italian  ones. The flavours of a curry are enhanced if made a day before eating.
  • Pumpkin Damper
    Mix together: 1 can pumpkin soup, 2 cups SR flour, 2 eggs
    Bake at 160ยบ until a skewer comes out clean. Enjoy the warm buttered damper with hot soup.
  • Malabar Spinach – Basella rubra  is one of the best tasting greens that I know of.  As the name implies, it can be used like spinach.  I prefer it cut in 1 cm wide strips and stir-fry very quickly with only black pepper and salt and just enough olive oil to keep it from sticking to the wok. Ref: Thurston 28/01/20011 Ref: Russell Reinhardt]
  • Taro/Sweet Potato Soup   4 parts taro to one part sweet potato, cooked in 1/2 can of coconut cream with a bit of honey added. Was mashed to a very fine soup like consistency. Really delicious!    Ref:  Oscar, Hawaii