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Kristin’s cinnamon spiced Moroccan stew

20th January 2016

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Since arriving home from our American trip a few weeks ago, I have been ‘nesting’ in my home, cooking, baking, moving things about, filing, organising, simplifying, and creating things, all inspired by my stay in Sebastopol and that lingering sense of being held, nurtured and a deep inner feeling of peace I felt there.

This tasty Moroccan stew is inspired by Kristin, who made it for dinner one rainy, chilly evening. I have been making it weekly for Jonathan to take to work and for the children’s school lunches, or in the evenings for a warming, cosy, comforting meal.

This was a recipe Kristin had written down for me and sent by ‘snail’ mail years ago, but I had never gotten around to making it.  So when I arrived home from our trip, I set about rifling through my drawers, walls, cupboards, mirrors, where I have all of her artwork and things stuck – to find it.  I keep all of her letters as they hold such soft, peaceful beauty and the art inside always inspires. She says I am her muse, but she is my teacher, in so many, many ways – I admire her authenticity to this yogic lifestyle and teachings, and her simple living as a householder.  She has the ability to live with such modesty, surrounded by natural beauty as you can see by the images below – but still maintains a balance as she moves in this world.  I am ever grateful to be moving on this path with her.

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– Sebastopol, California.

Freshly grind the spices where possible, it makes all the difference to the flavours of the finished dish. The cinnamon and cumin have an exotic aroma, flooding your senses with a ‘little of the divine’.   It is delicious.  Use any combination of vegetables – carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, eggplant, zucchini, beans – all combined to make at least 5 cups of finely chopped or sliced vegetables…

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Kristin’s cinnamon-spiced Moroccan stew with couscous

Serves 4 – 6

for the couscous

2 cups couscous

3½ cups boiling water

½ tsp salt

4 Tbsp ghee/butter

½ cup roughly chopped almonds

for the stew

cup olive oil

2 heaped tsp cumin seeds

2 heaped tsp turmeric powder

1 heaped tsp cinnamon – preferably Indian – a spicy, strong cinnamon

1 heaped tsp good quality paprika

a combination of approximately 5 cups of finely chopped vegetables – 

2 sticks celery

1 large red bell pepper

2 large tomatoes

2 small carrots

1 small sweet potato/wedge of pumpkin

1 cup green beans

2 cups water

1 cup pre-cooked chickpeas

2 heaped Tbsp jaggery

1  heaped tsp fine rock salt

a handful of chopped parsley or coriander

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prepare the couscous

1.  In a medium saucepan, place the couscous, ghee and boiling water.  Stir to combine, cover and allow to sit for 20 minutes, undisturbed.

prepare the stew

2. In a small pan, dry-roast the cumin seeds until slightly golden, allow to cool and grind in a mortar and pestle. Add the turmeric, cinnamon and paprika – set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, and saute the celery and red pepper until soft, add the tomatoes, and spices, stir to combine.

4.  Add the starchier vegetables first as they take the longest to cook, add the water and pre-cooked chickpeas, simmer for 10 minutes, then add the green beans, cover and simmer on low until the vegetables are slightly softened – 10 minutes.

5.  Season with salt and jaggery, stir in the chopped parsley/coriander.

6.  Fluff the couscous with a fork, and garnish with the roughly chopped almonds.

To serve, scoop a generous helping of couscous, a bountiful spoon of Moroccan stew, garnish with more almonds and freshly chopped coriander/parsley.  A few good rounds of pepper, and if desired, a crumbling of feta or grated parmesan.

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Goodness shared by Stacey

mellow tofu & vegetable stew with kombu

15th July 2012

deep breath in…..

and let go….

I did ask for something tremendous to come into my life and I think this is it.

This shift. I’m grateful.

But then with these

shifts, there’s always a letting go.

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mellow tofu & vegetable stew with kombu

I usually make this for a Friday lunch when the children get home earlier from school.  Change the vegetables to suit the seasons. Quick, simple and tasty.  Inspired by a friend, Sher, who was an inspirational sparkle in the kitchen, putting quick, healthy meals on the table for her 4 children.  The secret to this dish is to simmer the sweet potato until it is soft and breaks up, as it thickens the sauce and makes it especially tasty.

ingredients 

1 Tbsp ghee/ oil

200 grams tofu

2 medium carrots

2 medium sweet potatoes

6-inch strip kombu (kombu contains glutamic acid – a food tenderizer and flavour enhancer)

2 small zucchini

handful green beans

handful cabbage

½ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp paprika

6 – 8 cups vegetable stock

fresh coriander

salt to taste

preparation 

1.  Peel the sweet potatoes and carrots and cut all vegetables into bite-sized wedges – set aside.

2.  Heat ghee in a heavy based saucepan and saute tofu, add the turmeric, paprika, and cumin powder – allow to saute with the tofu for a few seconds, then add the stock, kombu, sweet potato, zucchini and carrots – simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.

3.  Remove the kombu, slice into half-inch squares, then add back into the soup.

4.  Add the green beans and cabbage, simmer for 10 minutes more or until tender.

5.  Add salt to taste and freshly chopped coriander.

Serve with rice or quinoa.

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