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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

We served this with couscous, but it would be every bit as good with rice – or even just plain. It was so delicious that AdventureMan said he wasn’t hungry any longer, but that he couldn’t stop eating it. It is SO good!

Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Ingredients
• 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
• 1 medium eggplant, cubed
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 1 onion, chopped
• 6 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 tablespoon curry powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 3/4 tablespoon sea salt
• 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
• 1/4 cup blanched almonds
• 1 zucchini, sliced
• 2 tablespoons raisins
• 1 cup orange juice
• 10 ounces spinach

Directions:
1. In a large Dutch oven place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons oil. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.

2. In a medium saucepan place 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.

3. Pour garlic and spice mixture into the Dutch oven with vegetables in it. Add the garbanzo beans, almonds, zucchini, raisins, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes, covered.

4. Add spinach to pot and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve!

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Cooking, Food, Recipes | 5 Comments

Water: Blog Action Day 2010

I am haunted by words from the great Prophet Isaiah, from a bible study we are doing this year in Bible Study Fellowship.

In Chapter 3, Verse 15 he says:

“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord Almighty.

The saddest thing of all is that he is speaking to his own people. He is also speaking to us.

Water is so fundamental to human life that we hardly think about it, yet, like all commodities, it is bought, sold, and while readily available in its natural form to many, it is scarce, rare and expensive to many of the poorest of the poor. Worse, it is hopelessly contaminated by fertilizers running from our fields, from the refining of our fossil fuels, from the effluent and poisons emanating from our factories, and from the sewage of an ever expanding earthly population.

I’m becoming more and more uncomfortably aware of my oblivious footprint on this earth, the amount of earth’s resources I am using up, much more than my equal share . . . not for life sustaining necessities like drinking and cooking, but by watering my lawn and washing my car, by letting the water run while I brush my teeth. The more I change my behaviors, the more aware I become of all the ways in which I waste. 😦

This is written for Blog Action Day 2010

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments