Savoury Sunday: Family Day In Ontario

"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly."  ~ M.F.K. Fisher~

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”
~ M.F.K. Fisher~

Ok, so today is not Sunday.

Today is family day in the province of Ontario.  It’s more commonly known as thank-freaking-gawd-I-don’t-have-to-get-up-and-go-to-work-in-the-cold Day.

Whether you’re blood relatives are wonderful, or you choose to spend the day with your family of choice, or even in the peace of your own company, it’s a day off, and we all love that.

I offer you a yummy recipe sure to become a staple of  your winter culinary repertoire. Serve this with sparkling apple juice for the kiddies and try some Innis & Gunn Ale to sweeten things up.

 Winter Warm Up Pasticcio

(AKA:Veggie Indian Stew, but Pasticcio sounds so much more delightful)

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp. oil

1 large sweet onion finely chopped

4 minced cloves of garlic

2 tbsp. minced ginger

2 tbsp. curry paste (mild-hot depending on your taste)

2 tsp garam masala

1.5 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground cloves, cayenne pepper

4 cups veggie broth

1 can (795 ml) crushed tomatoes – ( I use 1L of home preserved tomatoes)

1 pkg paneer (375ml) chopped

1 small can of chickpeas (drained)

1/2 cup basmati rice

1/4 cup chopped mint and coriander (use as garnish when serving)

METHOD

1) Heat oil in stew pot and add onion, garlic, ginger. Stir until onions are almost cooked then add curry paste, garam masala, cumin, cloves, cinnamon (adding cayenne is optional). Cook for another minute or two, combining the ingredients.

2)Stir veggie broth, tomatoes and chopped paneer and bring to a boil. Cover partially, and simmer for 15 minutes.

3) Add chickpeas, pepper and rice. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

4) Serve in bowls garnished with fresh coriander and mint.

Check out some John Mayer while you sip and cook….

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