I’m going to briefly apologize to anyone and everyone who came by to see yumtastic food last week, and I wasn’t here. My Mum’s dog passed on to the happy green fields of Doggie Heaven last week, so I’ve been over at The Parent’s house more than at my own.
Kitchen Kat has been lonely.
Today, I was feeling spicy. Not Baby Spice or even Posh Spice, but Moroccan Spice. Which means smoked paprika and cinnamon as the theme for this dish.
There’s a lot going on in this dish, but the flavors meld beautifully, and again…one pot cooking for the win!
It seems that I always begin with sauteing onion and garlic. Celery also, lately.
But it smells so good! Also, I watched a couple of tutorials the other day on how to dice and onion, and now I need to practice.
This dish is vegetarian, but Hubby and Rat Boy raise such
Banshee Queen wailing a fuss when I try to feed them anything vegetarian. So I added some sausage.
After a couple more minutes of browning, I added some veggie stock.
Then, cubes of butternut squash, sliced carrots, chopped plum tomatoes, and quartered new potatoes.
Here’s hoping the hand isn’t too scary.
I ended up using the rest of the carton of stock, to cover all the veggies. It’s 32 oz, so that’s 4 cups.
Wow! I just did math in my head. Correctly!
The interesting part of this stew, I think, is the spices. Cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. Of course, salt and pepper, too. Cook until the veggies are tender, about 30 minutes.
Then I added these groovy sweet peppers I found the other day at Whole foods, because they are pretty (and tiny).
Some coconut milk…about half a can. Plus a can of garbanzo beans, rinsed. I always have some garbanzo beans hanging around, as I never know when I might get the burning urge to make some hummus!
I let it simmer on low, no lid, while I made some rice. Naan would have been just awesome with this, but since I didn’t happen to have any on hand, I just went with rice.
Kitchen Kat was keeping an eye on me from his stealthy location inside the cupboard.
Please ignore how messy it is in there. Kitchen Kat likes to rearrange things, not necessarily in the best order…
At least he is out of the dishwasher.
Finally, I arrived at Moroccan stew with rice!
It was very savory, but not spicy at all from the paprika. To give it a kick, you might use half smoked and half Hungarian paprika, as it’s a bit spicier. Was great for a day like today, though…not hot, but not really cool, and cloudy like it couldn’t decide whether it would be worth the trouble of actually raining.
I think I would definitely make it spicier on a really cold day!