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18 May 2009 @ 09:43 pm
Embarrassed by my initial question, I asked in a locked post about cooking tonight with stuff I had in the kitchen. With a lot of advice from that post (thank you unav, glitzfrau and unblinkered) I cooked something much more palatable than I had originally come up with. While I can't claim it was instinct cooking, as I ran back and forth between cooker and computer, hopefully it'll help me cook by instinct in future. Plus it tasted good now, which is the important thing :-)

So, I suppose it was a chickpea stew, with brown rice. Writing it up for those who are interested and future reference.

The not so good bits left over from the onion half I used yesterday (see previous post), chopped
a clove of garlic, chopped
a carrot and a bit. Call it a big carrot. Sliced.
half a nearly dodgy red pepper, chopped
a courgette (not as elderly as I had feared), chopped very small cos I'm not keen on them
tin of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
half a knorr vegtable stock cup mixed into a mug of hot water
around a cup of santini tomatoes, mixed red & yellow, halved
two normal tomatoes, chopped
small amount of frozen green beans, defrosted in hot water, chopped.
ground ginger
chilli powder
salt & pepper
a teaspoon or so of tomato paste
sunflower oil for frying

It was suggested that I sweat the onion, but I didn't know how to do that and the internet was inconsistent (bad internet, no stew). I fried it and the garlic gently in a bit of oil. That maybe sweating it, I don't know.

Add the carrots, red pepper, courgette. Saute (or possibly just fry) for a while.

Add the chickpeas and about half the stock. Turn up the heat to start it simmering. Add both types of tomatoes, and the rest of the stock, or as much as fits. Simmer.

Add the green beans, herbs, spices, seasoning.

I tasted it after a bit and decided it needed something else, hence the tomato paste.

Not sure how long I simmered for. Probably about 15 mins. The rice went on just before I started frying (2 cups brown rice in rice cooker) and finished around the time the stew was a good texture, with plenty of the liquid gone. Pure luck. So... simmer till the chickpeas and carrots are softening and the liquid is reduced.

Serve on brown rice.

Probably enough for three. So that's my lunch tomorrow sorted.

I still felt it needed something more when I tasted it again after adding the puree, but it was grand when served. Don't know if it was the reducing, or the rice, or what.

I'd like to try something similar with lentils and probably a bit of chorizo. And get more confidence with the spices.
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Blinkunblinkered on May 18th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds yummy! Well done....and the more you experiment, the easier it'll get!
a very caring potato: fruit pacmanmollydot on May 18th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you - it was! I was so surprised!

Though you know, not so many years ago, I may have hated it. So much veg!
Doriandorianegray on May 18th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
To sweat your onion: Put oil in pan. Put chopped onion in pan. Turn on heat as low as it will go. Cook until onion goes translucent.
Doriandorianegray on May 18th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Also, you might find deliciousdishes useful for further culinary matters.
a very caring potato: reasons to procrastinatemollydot on May 18th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm taking a look at it, as you've probably guess by my comment on a post of yours :-)

I will resist joining it now, as I'm a sucker for hoarding recipes, but will be able to find it via your profile in the future.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 18th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Do you put a lid on?

IIRC, I got some translucency, so I probably sweated it a bit. I didn't get any brown on the onion until after I'd added other veg.
Doriandorianegray on May 19th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
I don't put a lid on.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 19th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
unavunav on May 19th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
Sounds good!

Lentils and chorizo will be nyom delicious!
a very caring potato: vending machinemollydot on May 19th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Shopping required first :-) Used up all the carrot, courgette, pepper and, most importantly, onion.
kristammkristamm on May 19th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant achievement right there. I almost always end up throwing out half an onion at some point.
a very caring potato: reasons to procrastinatemollydot on May 19th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Me too. In fact, I nearly did, but decided to wait a couple of days (or at least until the next shop) and see if I used it. And I did! Twice!
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on May 21st, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yum! Good show! I bet it tasted even better the next day - I usually find that the flavours deepen overnight in the fridge.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 22nd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I didn't pay much attention to it when I finished it off. Damn internet.