Saturday, 16 May 2015

Pumkpin stew

Hearthy and easy, this dish is good year round (if you can find a pumpkin) and for many people.

(4-6 people)

  • 1 butternut squash or hokkaido pumpkin
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • (maybe a courgette or some mushrooms, potatoes or other vegetables)
  • 1 can of chick peas or beans or both
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper, spices
  • Fresh green herbs, e.g basil, thyme, or coriander
  • Sour cream or yoghurt
  • Oil for frying

Chop all vegetables. If you're using a hokkaido pumpkin, I'd suggest washing the skin instead of cutting it off - it adds a good flavor and texture. 

Fry onions and garlic, and add the veggies. Leave for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes and peas/beans and the spices. Leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes (or 5, if you are very hungry or impatient! In which case I would suggest meditating for 10 minutes anyway...!)

Season to taste and serve either 
  • sour cream or yoghurt and herbs
  • over rice
  • with good bread
  • with some fish/chicken for the pesce-/flexitarians 
  • all of the above. :) 

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