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Recipe: Potatoes and Peas in a Delicious Sauce

I am not a vegetarian.  I do not know anything about “vegetarian cooking”, except you can’t use meat.  But I’m trying to eat less flesh, and I’m trying to figure out how to make it simple, because I don’t like to spend time cooking even delicious, meaty foods.  So here are my more successful experiments at creating stupidly easy, tasty vegetarian dishes.

All the recipes in this series will be tested, however sloppily, in my own kitchen, and will require fairly easy-to-find ingredients, taste pretty good, scale easily, pack as lunches well, and reqire minimal effort to throw together.

Potatoes and Peas in a Delicious Sauce

Ingredients:

2 medium potatoes

1 bag frozen peas (or unfrozen, whatever)

1 jar Korma Sauce (or other spicy sauce.  I got my Korma sauce from Whole Foods, but you may have a local Indian grocery or just another favorite spicyish, creamy sauce.  Try what you like, I’m no Food Fuehrer.)

Wash the potatoes and cut them into bite-size chunks.  Dump chunks into a frying pan.  Dump peas into the frying pan until the proportion of peas to potatoes look delicious to you.  If you’re using canned peas, drain them first.  Dump the sauce onto the veggies until all the veggies have sauce on them- mix while you’re dumping, so you don’t add too much.  Add some water to the pan- enough the cover the bottom, at least.  It should say to do this on the side of the Korma jar.  Turn on the heat to medium, and cover the pan.  Let everything simmer until the potatoes are soft.  While it’s simmering, continue to stir the food so nothing sticks to the pan, and add water if it all boils away so none of the veggies burn.  If you can mush a potato chunk with your stirrer, it’s done.

You’ll have time to do some dishes or futz around while it’s simmering, also, which is good for me, since I like to read while I cook.  I’m not a good cook, did I mention?  And if you use frozen peas, the mix might need to sit for a day or so for the delicious sauce taste to blend with the peas.

Enjoy, and let me know what kind of spin you’d like to put on it.  A different sauce?  Different vegetables?  Let me know how to make it better.

 

Garden: Third Week

So far, everything except the sweet peas has come up from seed. Those I planted a full inch deep, just like the packet said, so I’ll wait a little while before I start worrying. The shelling pea plants are growing the quickest.

spearmint sproutI’m rather suspicious of my success. All I did was collect dirt, pots, seeds, and water. I didn’t even get drainage in most of the pots right, so they’ve flooded twice with the heavy rains the past couple of weeks. And for this, I am rewarded with perky sprouts? Just get a load of that spearmint sprout. He has no idea what he’s getting into. Clearly unprepared for, and unconcerned with, the ravages of my attention. I want him to grow quickly, so I can make tea of him.

I have discovered an effective method for curing the impatience between planting and finding green things: go away for the weekend. Plant Thursday night, make some plans, come back Sunday, and voila! No chance to spend the weekend avoiding one’s phone and staring at dirt, plus rewards when you return.  This has been keeping me calm, anyway.

Eating these guys is the next step that I’m very excited about, but the next actual step is transplanting. I started my seeds close together, like the package said, so I’ll need to thin the morning glories and climbers especially, and the hidden kalanchoepeas, also- there’s one guy who’s struggling in a small pot with two other thriving pea plants. The kalanchoe is now hidden in the glories, but he appears to be doing well. I assume he’s a bit confused about all the (living) company these days, but soon he’ll be moved to safety.

My Gentleman Friend’s wonderful mother gave me a gigantic stash of planters (with a huge spiky bromeliad bonus) this weekend, which is going to make it possible to separate things the way they should be (and decorate my bathroom). For now, though, more photos of the garden tonight are here. I have romaine lettuce, maybe!

I’m also looking for good homes for a few morning glory sprouts. They’re probably best in pots, since they tend to grow quickly and consume yards and native plants otherwise. Want one? or six?

My Lavender Might Be Alive

Baby Lavender

It’s the greenish smudge in the middle. I’d read a lot about the difficulty of growing lavender from seed, and my soil isn’t draining well at all (lavender loves to drain!), so I had despaired. But something’s come up. Only one baby lavender, from about 20 seeds, but that’s ok, it’s a start.

Last night, I soaked peas, basil, and a few more climbing guys (which allegedly go nicely with morning glories), and I planted them tonight. soaking seeds

Hopefully their pots will drain better- I filled the bottoms with gravel to give the base some breathing room. Gravel was collected from a defunct water fountain and the side of the road, on my way home (Yes, I washed my hands after, mom). I did have to purchase dirt yesterday, though, which is the most ignominious part of urban gardening. Hypothetically, I could steal it from a public green space in the dead of night, but that’s not fair to my neighbors. Plus it’d be full of puppy doo and broken glass.

HD sells both organic and non-organic dirt!  Well, I got potting soil, but they had “regular dirt” of both kinds too.  I bought the non-organic kind, but I’m wondering the impact of growing vegetables and herbs in it, since it’s got the chemical fertilizers and such.  I’ve got enough for a while, and I won’t waste good dirt, but I should read up more on it and make a more informed decision next time I obtain some. Also, bags of dirt are surprisingly heavy, and I’d like to thank the nice man at Home Depot on 236 who helped me get mine into the car Tuesday afternoon.

(The morning glories and chives are still growing too!)

chives day 8morning glories day 8


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