Not knowing what to do on my lunch break plus a nearby Target is a dangerous combination. I think I frequent Target at least once a week just to get out of the office during lunch. I mostly try on clothes and buy some random items that we actually need. But sometimes I start to wander into the book and magazine section of the store. This happened the other day and started thumbing through the Skinny Bitch Cookbook. I read Skinny Bitch back when it came out and honestly, I didn’t really have an opinion on it. I thought some of the info was good but it didn’t profoundly affect my eating habits the way it has for some people. But once I got a glimpse of some of the food in this cookbook, I knew I had to buy it.
I’m kind of a compulsive cookbook buyer. Each new cookbook gives me hope that maybe one day I will cook. Maybe one day I will eat things other than pita pizzas and canned refried beans for dinner. I mean, sometimes I cook, but most often, I’m lazy. Long story short, I bought the cookbook.
After laying on the couch and watching crappy MTV shows that I secretly love for 5 hours post race, I decided I should cook. I thumbed through the dinners section and finally decided on Spicy Vegetable Curry.
I went to Kroger and bought the necessary ingredients.
As I was chopping up all the veggies and getting ready to roll, I realized that I didn’t have any curry powder in my spice drawer. I really did not want to go back to Kroger, so I got together some spices that I thought might be good substitutes – turmeric, cumin and garam masala and then I consulted the Google to see if I was right.
This was seriously one of the best things that I’ve ever made. A lot of the time when I cook, my meals turn out good, but not great. This was great. I did make a few changes in addition to not using curry powder (which you’d never be able to tell, by the way). I used half a red pepper instead of eggplant because I don’t really care for it and I used frozen okra instead of fresh. I also used minced refrigerated garlic and ginger. The recipe that I linked to above is a little wonky, at least in my browser. You are supposed to simmer the sauce for 30 minutes and then an additional 10 after you add the veggies.
I will definitely be making this again. So good. I think I’ll double the amount of vegetables though; it was almost like a soup.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can make out of this cookbook. Yum.