Scavenger Hunt

I have been wanting to cook up my favourite potato & pea Indian curry since Sunday, but it kept getting put off (two unplanned dinners out, feeling sick on Tuesday, my ED&BV chili making adventures on Wednesday). So finally, tonight was going to be the night! I had picked up lovely local new potatoes at the market on Saturday, so I was ready to go. Or so I thought. This was what I saw when I opened the drawer to get the potatoes.

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Seriously?! I just bought the damn things on Saturday, and they are already bad? So not impressed. Sure, I probably could have salvaged that one on the far left, but it was hanging out with the bad crowd, so I just dumped the whole lot in the trash. I hate throwing out food, but I hate food that goes bad too soon more.

I then proceeded to thrown a little temper tantrum in my kitchen, trying to figure out what to have for dinner. I first though screw it, I’ll just grab something out of the freezer. But I really wanted curry damnit! So I went on a scavenger hunt to see what other vegetables I had around that would be an acceptable substitute for potatoes.

So what I came up with was…Random Starchy Veggie & Pea Curry!

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I figure the recipe is so different from the original (in my favourite cookbook, The Essential Asian Cookbook), I’ll even give you a recipe tonight 😀

Random Starchy Veggie & Pea Curry (serves 3 – 4)


  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil (you could probably get away with a little less)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp vindaloo curry paste (it’s just what I had in the fridge – you could sub curry powder or garam masala to taste)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 1 mini butternut squash, peeled & cubed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled & cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup peas
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup frozen spinach


  1. Place mustard seeds in large dry pan (I use my wok), and cook over medium heat until the seeds start to pop. Add oil, onion, garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring, until onion is soft.
  2. Add tumeric, chili powder, cumin, vindaloo curry paste, carrot, squash, and sweet potato; stir until veggies are coated. Add water, cover, and simmer for 20 min, or until the veggies are just tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add peas, chickpeas and spinach, and stir until combined. Simmer, covered, for 3 – 5 min, or until all veggies are cooked/heated through and liquid has absorbed.

I like to serve mine with yogurt, mango chutney, and pappadams! Black peppercorn pappadams to be exact – they are so easy to cook up in the microwave, and great for scooping up all that curry goodness.

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An Indian feast, fit for me!

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Well, it wasn’t exactly the same, but it was still damn tasty. To be fair – when I make the potato & pea curry, I always add a can of chickpeas, and usually add some spinach. I have also throw in sweet potatoes before when I didn’t have enough regular potatoes, and cauliflower when I have that as well. I’m sure you could add any veggies you have on hand, but you do need a sturdy starchier one in there to for the base for this curry. I think peppers would take away from the curry flavour, so I never add those. Green beans might be a nice addition though 🙂

After filling my house with wonderful Indian food aromas (note to self – light scented candles), I set on doing the dishes (I am the messiest cook ever), then hit up the gym. I spent some time on the elliptical, then did some upper body work. It’s been far too long since I’ve done my regular upper body strength training, and boy did I feel it. Doesn’t help that I’ve pulled a muscle in my neck, which is giving me some pain. It could just be my car accident injuries rearing their ugly head again – over 2 years, but they still affect me. Uncool.

At least the dessert I had planned hadn’t met the same fate as those nasty potatoes! There was a decadent brownie in the fridge just waiting to be turned into a sundae!

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I heated up the brownie so it got even more ooey gooey, heated some fresh raspberries to make a sauce, and added a scoop of So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Check out that sexy brownie.

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You better believe it tasted as good, if not better, than it looks 😉

These are probably the best brownies ever. EVER. It’s my friend’s recipe, which I definitely need to get from her. Ooey, gooey brownie crack. Love!

I then spent some time sorting out a few school things – or at least trying to. I think I’ve just confused myself more, so I’ve sent out some emails. Gotta get all my ducks in line before I register on July 16th. I can’t believe it’s so soon! I took the day off work, so I don’t feel rushed to get my registration in. I figure I might need extra time, if I don’t get the classes at the times I want – might be frantically trying to rearrange things!

Anyways…this girl wants to bike to work in the morning, so she better be off to bed. Night!

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8 Comments on “Scavenger Hunt”

  1. July 3, 2009 at 4:07 am #

    Ekkk those are some super quick rottening potatoes! the random curry looks SO good though!! and that dessert! yes, you must get the recipe 🙂

  2. July 3, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    Sexiest brownie ever.

  3. July 3, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Hah random starchy veggie! Sorry about the ‘taters – that’s so weird they would go bad so fast!! That dessert looks BUENO!

    Ugh I register the 14th 😦 I hate the mad dash to get all your classes. Good luck!

  4. July 3, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Oh yeah, that ice cream sounds great! I had never heard of So Delicious, only Soy Delicious. I’m assuming they are the same company..

    I feel your pain about fresh produce going bad. IT’s strange that potatoes would go bad though, they usually last a bit longer! Oh well, you obviously still managed to find some starch!

    Have a great weekend.

  5. July 3, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Curry AND a brownie sundae? yes please!! I hate hate hate when my produce goes bad so fast!

  6. July 3, 2009 at 6:52 am #

    My zucchini that I bought at the market Saturday were rotted when I pulled them out of the fridge last night too! I feel you potato pain! You still managed to come up with a gret dinner though! BUT! Dessert tops the charts! 🙂

  7. JB
    July 3, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    i hate when produce goes bad too quickly! that happens to me with berries sometimes and it’s always so disappointing. those pappadams look good! i love indian food. and your dessert……ohhhhh myyyyy godddddd. need i say more? you are spectacular, darling.


  8. kristenandcoffee
    July 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    HI! Were your taters in the fridge? If so, that’s why they went bad–they have to be stored in a cool, dry place. I have made the same mistake, so i know what i’m talkin bout! 🙂

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