Vegetable Curry and Japanese Treats!

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Today I received two awesome packages from my Mom and brother. Both were filled with Japanese treats that I love! Pictured above, my Mom sent me some S&B Curry, Japanese Rice Crackers, and Japanese Brown Rice. So for tonight’s dinner I made vegetable curry. I looooove curry! I love Japanese, Indian, Jamaican, you name it! I just love curry in general! I will post the recipe for tonight’s dinner below. It’s very easy. S&B Curry isn’t hard to find either. I can find it at my local Walmart or any Asian market. You can add meat if that’s your thing. 

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This is the brown rice she sent me. It may seem like regular brown rice to you, but it’s not. Unlike any other brown rice you cook on the stove, which takes forever and a day to cook. This brown rice can be cooked in your rice pot! Yess! Which basically cuts the cooking time in half. Following the directions on the package, my rice came out perfect! I had this with my curry! 

 

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My brother sent me this Japanese Taro Mochi. I’ve never had Taro Mochi before. The only Taro I’ve really eaten, is Hawaiian Poi (a fermented taro paste).  If you don’t know what Mochi is, it is a glutinous rice that is pounded and shaped into little balls.They are filled with all kinds of things. They can be filled with red bean paste and Taro! I was ready to give it a try! 

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Cool packaging.

 

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This is how it looks inside. You get six nice sized pieces of Mochi.

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This is how it looks individually. 

 

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I must say that these were absolutely delicious! The outside texture of Mochi is a bit chewy and soft. So if textural things bother you, you may not like these. The Taro inside had a nice subtle sweetness. It almost reminded me of some kind of graham cookie, in a weird way. But I loved the taste.It’s going to be hard not to eat the whole box! LOL I love how the sweetness wasn’t overpowering and was just the right balance. The taro melted in my mouth too. Yum! I suggest you go out and get you some! I would like to thank my family for hooking a sister up! I always love when I get goodies in the mail! 

 

And as promised here is the super duper easy recipe for my Vegetable Curry:

This recipe made enough for at least 4 people

1 package of S&B Curry

2 fresh carrots

1 stalk of celery

2 white potatoes

half of a yellow onion

1 tablespoon of butter

1 pot of fresh rice (brown or white)

Prep all of your vegetables. I just peeled and diced everything. In a large pot, heat your butter. Add in all your veggies, except for the taters. Saute vegetables until slightly soft. You will then add in about 2 cups of water and your potatoes. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until taters are soft. Thrown in your curry block. Break up the squares, and stir until it dissolves. Cover the pot and turn the heat down to medium low. I like to let it simmer for another 15- 20 minutes or so. That’s it! Serve over rice!

Enjoy!

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This is a version I made a while ago with green beans, carrots, and potatoes. I did not have a boiled egg on my version this evening. It may seem weird, but it actually is very good with the egg. 

 

 

Vegetarian Bean Stew

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This will be my first vegetarian post! Yay! Temperatures here have dropped to record lows! It was about 8 degrees this morning! Yikes! Thanks Polar Vortex! While temperatures started plummeting yesterday evening, I felt it was suiting to make some kind of soup or stew! This was totally improvised and I basically pulled all the ingredients together as I was in the grocery store. If you are not a vegetarian, the meat substitute can be replaced with real Polish Sausage. On to the recipe!

Things you will need:

1 can low sodium kidney beans

1 can red beans

1 can fire roasted tomatoes

3-4 fresh carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 package Tofurkey Polish Sausage

1 whole yellow onion

3 large white potatoes

about 1 cup of corn (frozen or fresh)

1 large container of organic vegetable broth (organic isn’t necessary)

Olive Oil to saute vegetables

Seasonings of your choice.

I used:

Cumin

A dash of Tony Chachere’s

Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt

Garlic Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Prep all vegetables. Chop carrots, celery, and onion.  All of the ingredients will go into a large pot. I have a large soup pot. Add about a tablespoon or so of Olive Oil to the pot. Throw in your carrots, celery, and onion. Also known in French terms as a Mirepoix! Hee hee! Saute vegetables until soft. I chopped all of the “sausage” and then added it to the pot. Continue sauteing. While this was browning up a bit, I peeled and chopped my potatoes. After the “meat” is a bit browned, add in your tomatoes, beans, and vegetable broth. Then add in your taters. Let the ingredients come to a boil. Then cover the pot and turn the heat down to about medium. I let this cook for about 45 minutes or so. I then added in my seasonings. This batch yields a large amount of stew, so I add the seasoning to taste. You can adjust it to your liking. I let this simmer on the stove covered for a couple of hours. Make sure your potatoes are soft.

This is more than enough for four or more people. I also made some cornbread to eat on the side. I also froze half of this batch for a later time. Enjoy and stay warm!

Coming Back!

Sooo! It’s a been a looong time!!!! Three years to be exact. Felt like I needed to come back and do a little something something with this blog again. I’m still posting pictures of food via Instagram. I’m going to try and get back in the swing of things posting recipes to go along with those pictures. Stay tuned! Oh yeah, I have now become a vegetarian so all the recipes going forward will be along those lines. Tootles! ~Feather

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