Writing about what feeds me.
Before leaving to go to Ottawa for my week break from teaching, I had trouble sleeping and didn’t want to be late for my bus, so I did what anyone else would do at 7am: COOK! I wanted to use some of my groceries so that they wouldn’t go bad in the fridge. I found this recipe and just went for it! I was missing a few ingredients, but made due. Read till the end to see how I fared…
Process & Ingredients:
– 5 min boil w/salt:
full bunch of kale
– add the following and simmer till thickened a bit:
1/2 cup brava beer
1/2 cup chickpeas
3/4 of a red bell pepper (my idea, cause I had some left over)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne in lieu of smoked paprika*
2 cups water
at least 10-20 dashes of salt (or to taste) while simmering…
* problem with early burning of onions and garlic (adjust heat?); or is that the basil that looks burnt?
** this made the stew far too spicy; not that I couldn’t handle it, but it was just overwhelming (must try again with paprika)
Results/Verdict:Honestly, it wasn’t thick enough and as rich-tasting as it was smelling. The aromas were incredible, but I realize how important the missing ingredients (smoked paprika especially) are to the dish. The substitution of cayenne made the spicy flavor overwhelming as opposed to enjoyable (and normally I LOVE it pretty damn spicy!). I froze the rest before I left for Ottawa, so we’ll see how it tastes when it’s thawed and eaten again.As per a second blog I found (linked from the original recipe), I would be open to using vegetable stock in addition to or in lieu of the beer. My final product was more soupy than stewy and I definitely needed more chickpeas and sweet potato. The red bell pepper was a nice addition though. Alas, this is what you get when you only have three quarters of the ingredients! haha