Nac Mac Vegan: adventures in rabbit food

05/02/2006

Mrs. Bowdich’s Curried Beetroot and Cucumber

Filed under: Historic — Tags: , , , , — Feòrag @ 21:47

Someone expressed an interest in this recipe from New Vegetarian Recipes by Mrs. Bowdich, originally published in 1892, and working its way through Project Gutenberg’s Distributed Proofreaders right now. I should point out that I have not tried this recipe and am posting it as an historic curiosity. Notes on modernising it at the end.

1 cucumber.
1 beetroot.
2 shalots.
½ pint water.
1 teaspoon curry powder.
2 tablespoons cooked haricot beans.
2 ounces butter. (replace with marge, oil or, best of all, vegetable ghee)
1 teaspoon flour.
1 teaspoon salt.
½ teaspoon pepper.

Slice the cucumber, beetroot and shalots, and fry for ten minutes in the butter; add pepper, salt, curry powder and flour, mix well and add water. Simmer for half an hour, stirring frequently.


Notes: The choice of vegetables isn’t that surprising – cucumber being as close as you could get to some Indian veg. Remember this is a British book, and the date — when India was part of the Empire, and British people of a certain class were more than familiar with Indian food. Cucumbers back then were also not as watery as they are now, so maybe use courgettes instead, or squash, or tinda. I’d also roast and grind standard curry spices rather than using a pre-made powder, or use a paste and cut down on the oil. The salt is incredibly excessive by modern standards. Mincing the shallots would give a more authentic texture.

04/11/2003

Nuttolene and Green Pepper Curry

Filed under: Recipes and techniques — Tags: , , , , — Feòrag @ 23:08

This is something I invented for my tea tonight, and it turned out quite well:

Nuttolene and Green Pepper Curry

1 tin Nuttolene
2 small onions
1 green pepper
2 tsp curry paste
1 tin chopped tomatoes
oil for frying

Chop onions finely and fry in oil until soft. Add the curry paste stir-fry on a medium heat for a minute or so. Add the tomatoes, and an equivalent amount of water (use the tin as a measure, and get the rest of the tomato juice while you are at it), and turn the heat back up. Extract the Nuttolene from the tin without removing any of your fingers. Dice it and add to pan. Chop the pepper, add to pan. Bring to boil and simmer until done, which is when the oil separates from the tomatoes. Serve with organic brown basmati rice – feeds two hungry ones.

Notes: Nuttolene is a peanut-based canned savoury ‘nutmeat’ thing made by Granose. I’m sure there will be a US equivalent. I use Patak’s Madras curry paste, which I actually saw in the US last time I was there…

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