Monday, December 15, 2008

yellow curry with pumpkin: savory spun thoughts over rice alongside taste memories

like stone soup: little bit of pumpkin.......


little bit of asparagus......


little bit of spinach........shredded just so


simmered to slightly sweet savory spicy perfection

This is one of my favorite seasonal dishes to make for the family. I like to make a vegetarian version as well, but opted to make this version to blog about since it's a definite crowd pleaser. I often times cook with organic preferably free-range chicken. The meat is more tender + tastier. I pre-marinate tender bite size trimmed chicken breast meat with a little bit of yellow curry powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil and a touch of agave nectar to bring the flavor forward.

Cover + chill in the refrigerator for three hours or overnight will do.

adding coconut butter + coconut milk adds another dimension to this dish......

The fresh pumpkin wedges are simmered slowly in a heavy saucepan with minced garlic, olive oil, extra virgin coconut butter, fresh ginger root, coconut milk, garam masala and freshly ground black pepper.

Simmered and stirred on occasion to avoid scalding the curry concoction developing.....

comfort and delight in every bite

Stir in the marinated chicken.

Add dried chiles, curry powder, chili garlic sauce, touch of fish sauce, water to smoothe and asparagus.

Fast simmer . stir . reduce to low simmer . stir on occasion . saucepan to be simmering until chicken is cooked through just so yet still tender to the chew........


Fold in shredded spinach leaves, fresh basil + cilantro just prior serving with steamed Jasmine or Basmati rice.


homespun curry with asparagus, pumpkin, shredded spinach, organic well-tended chicken breasts + spiced to love


When I was little my mother used to make Japanese inspired yellow curry served over rice for the mid-week meal. Curry brings back taste memories of home.

Reflections of home include thoughts of nourishment, enclosure, growth, sense of community, peace, a place to take flight, a place to come back to and nourish again.......

This is a version using the abundance of pumpkins from this season. You can also add your own batch of favorite vegetables.....

As usual, am time sensitive here. I have FOUR posts I want upload before the end of 2008, including my visit with fellow food blogger Jenn at The Leftover Queen in St. Augustine recently. She wrote a lovely post about our recent visit together, you can read about here.

I plan to blog about my recent happenings + insight before the end of December ~ yikes!

With that said, I'll be right back.....

15 comments:

Manasi said...

What lovely colors! I've never heard of coconut butter, do you know where I can find it?

Passionate Eater said...

What a substantial and full-bodied curry! The colors and textures are riveting. And more posts coming soon? I am going to keep on your site, and repeatedly hit the refresh button!

taste memory said...

manasi ~ you can find at whole foods, health food stores, perhaps some asian markets....it also goes by 'coconut oil'. preferably extra virgin 'tis yummy!

passionate eater ~ yes definitely more to come very shortly! u are so sweet ~ you made my day + week! will see you on your blog as well
;-)

anudivya said...

Hey! Thanks for visiting me... and boy, oh boy! You have a great blog yourself, those pom pics are just breathtaking.

anudivya said...

Oh yeah, and I am a huge fan of coconut butter, esp on baguettes!
I made cookies with those... basically experimented and worked like a charm.

Gera said...

Hi Ingar!

Very delicious and colorful post, the photos are like a delicate-tasty painting!
Full of flavors and aromas there..:)

Gera .:. sweetsfoods

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yuumy! That looks so tasty and colorful!

ARLENE said...

Thanks for stopping by The Food of Love. Beautiful photos here! I have to be more patient taking my own photos. I'll be stopping by again to see what you have cooking.

foodhoe said...

ooh so many of my favorites all in one dish, and sounds so easy too! such delicious and beautiful pictures too...

Simply...Gluten-free said...

This looks like comfort in a bowl. Happy Holidays!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This looks so colorful and tasty. I love anything with coconut, and I must try to find agave nectar.

taste memory said...

Thank you for your comments and insight everyone....hope you all had a fantastic holidays + looking forward to all the blessings for 2009!

Quinroxanne said...

Hi. can I put coconut milk in place of coconut butter? I think coconut butter is not available here in our place.

taste memory said...

QRoxanne ~ yes coconut milk will be just fine.....coconut butter or coconut oil is fine too.

Thanks for stopping by + enjoy ;-)

Quinroxanne said...

Hi T! it's me again. Just wanna thank you for this awesome recipe.