I had an extremely stressful day at work today. Actually it was before work. For about 2 years now I have been carpooling with Beverly. Beverly is in her early sixties and has never had a drivers license. Through a random lunch conversation we learned she lived less than a mile from me and we had the same work schedule. “No problem, you can ride with me!” We have developed quite a relationship over this time and have become very fond of each other. While driving into work this morning she had a heart attack. I have never experienced anything like this before. I was scared shitless!! I had to pull over and call 911 (emergency in the United States). The ambulance came and took her to the hospital. By the way, we work at that hospital. She is now getting the treatment she needs and I am praying for her recovery. I cannot imagine riding into work without her.
When I got to the ER, Beverly’s manger was there. He offered to get me some Starbucks. I wanted to say yes, but I could not settle my mind on what I needed. I spent the entire day going from my desk to checking on Beverly. I asked to leave early because I have been a real live basket case all day!! On the way home I wanted to stop and get some wine, but I still could not settle my mind on anything there either. I decided to do what I love most. Cook! I haven’t been to the grocery store lately so this left me with opportunity to be very creative.
I pulled out all items that made some sort of since to me. Going back and forth from the fridge to the spice cabinet to the pantry. I had bought some curry powder several weeks ago, but not yet used it. I bought the curry because I had never cooked with it before and wanted to give it at try. Today just seemed like the day to live.
I began washing, chopping, dicing and opening cans, still not sure of my directions. I just knew it would be “kale, sweet potato and chickpeas”.
Blackberry is not allowed in the kitchen while I cook. She is usually elsewhere in the house doing God only knows what. But today she stood in the kitchen door the entire time. I am sure because my energy was so stressed she was keeping and eye on me. Sweet Baby Girl!
Once everything was in the pot and simmering I became very disappointed. “This is not what I had in mind.”, I was thinking. Then I realized, I had nothing in mind! I gave the broth a test for seasoning and was stunned. The curry was not only beautiful, it was fragrant and warm. The taste was earthy and my soul was instantly warmed.
I made myself a bowl and sat at the table. Blackberry went back and forth from her food bowl to my side. This is just what I needed, “soul food”. I tried to pinpoint this taste, but I could not. I don’t think I have every had curry before. Just be warned, there will be lots more curry dishes on this blog.
Kale, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Soup
1 bunch of curly kale (stems removed, washed, and torn to bite-sized pieces)
1 med sweet potato (peeled and diced)
1/2 white onion (diced)
1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T. curry powder
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 T. olive oil
1-1/2 c. veggie broth
I sauteed the onion in olive oil for a few minutes before adding the sweet potato. After adding the potato I added 2 T. of veggie broth so the potatoes would steam and not fry. Once the potatoes were just about done I added everything else, except the kale. I let it all simmer for 10 minutes. I turned the stove off added the kale and put a lid on it. I let it sit for 5 minutes and served it with 4-seed multi-grain crackers.