Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Warm Stew for a Cold Day

It's getting cold here. Ice is forming on the ponds. I took the camera outside with me to cut the kale for a nice warming dinner. My hands were hurting by the time I got back in the house. This kale might be the last thing I harvest directly from the garden. Other garden ingredients for my stew are already in the basement or in the freezer.

I chose West African Groundnut Stew from Vegetarian Soup Cuisine by Jay Solomon. What follows has a few changes from the original recipe.

West African Groundnut Stew

1 T oil
1 med. onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 c. water
2 c. tomato juice
1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes
2 c. diced butternut squash
1 T dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 c chunky peanut butter
4 c, shredded kale, stems removed

In a large saucepan heat the oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and cayenne. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the water, tomato juice, tomatoes, squash, and seasonings. Cook for 25 minutes over med-low heat , stirring occasionally until the squash is tender.

Aggressively stir in the peanut butter. Stir in the kale and return to a gentle simmer. Remove the stew from the heat and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped peanuts. Serves 6.

It's too bad you can't smell the aroma coming from the kitchen!


Susan Tomlinson said...

It looks good! Can you make it with other nuts, though? Peanut butter is not my favorite...

DeVona said...

Your recipe is a great addition to an already wonderful blog!

Amy said...

I love you banner photo - my mother grows those very same pink poppies.

I was cold here today too and I also made a great big pot of soup. Just the thing for a November dinner :)

Becky said...

Of course groundnuts are peanuts because they grow under the ground. You need a nut butter so try the one that sounds good to you. I dislike cashews, but I think cashew butter might be good if you like it.

Linn said...

That recipe indeed sounded delightful. Count me in for dinner.

Barbarapc said...

So glad I found your blog - thanks to Nancy Bond's first snowfall project. Love the header - so much scope to your garden, will enjoy following its progress.

Anonymous said...

Oooh. Peanuts and squash and garlic? I like it! I'll have to try this.