In this new town there's:
- one pizza place (no delivery)
- one coffee place (open 7-3, what?!)
- a diner (proudly advertises that tripe is on the menu)
- and one bar (where the kitchen closes at 8pm. Try asking for something at 8:05. I dare you.)
I wasn't much of a cook when we moved five years ago, but I do love to eat. I mean, I feel passion for some foods. I will even dream about food sometimes! After we moved I was motivated by powerful cravings to learn how to throw together some of our favorite dishes. This one is modified from a recipe in the lovely 660 Curries . This is so much easier than it sounds. On night where I have to whip something up, this is what I do. (Or pancakes...oh we eat a lot of those.)
One large kitchen knife
One large cutting board
Large skillet (cast iron if you have it) with a lid
2 Tbl veg. oil
1 Tbl spice mix** (cumin seed, fennel seed, fenugreek, yellow or black mustard seed)
1 jalapeno chopped (with or without seeds, to taste)
4 medium potatoes, cubed
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 tea sea salt
1/2 tea turmeric
1/2 bunch of kale, washed, trimmed, ribs removed, roughly chopped
Basmati rice on the side - optional, but awesome.
Gently heat oil in the pan over medium heat.
**Make spice mix. I make a double batch and keep it in the cabinet. Combine the following.
3 tea cumin seeds
1 tea fennel seeds
1 tea fenugreek seeds
1 tea mustard seeds
Add 1 Tbl of this mix to the hot oil and stir until fragrant 15 to 30 seconds. Sometimes the mustard seeds pop like pop corn. Have a lid ready!
Add jalapeno to the pan (I use seeds) and cook until softened, then add potatoes and a sprinkle of water. Stir and cover this for about 5 minutes.
Add a can of coconut milk, salt, and turmeric.
Deglaze the pan. Cover again for 15 minutes and simmer.
Wash kale, remove ribs, and chop roughly. Add to the pan and cook until wilted to your taste. I like it bright green, flavorful, and toothsome. You might like it cooked a little longer until it has the texture of wilted spinach.
This is so delicious, I end up making it once every two weeks! I hope you try it and change it up. Spinach? Sure! Collards, Mustard Greens? Awesome! Let me know how it goes.