I'm grateful for the gift and am honoring it by creating piles of gorgeous, healthy food like this vegetable curry.
My daughter and I have had a fantastic long weekend here at home with our dog while the other family members were away. It's been spent mostly in pajamas! My daughter, who is vegetarian, really likes a little curry restaurant around the corner where she goes with her friends, and wanted me to go with her at one point, but I was loathe to change out of my pj's so, from my full larder, I created this panful. It was a big hit! I'm sorry I didn't write down the recipe but it was that kind of weekend. From memory, here's what I used, and you'll want to tweak the amounts and ingredients to your liking anyway. I hope it serves as inspiration.
a large yellow onion and several cloves of garlic, caramelized slowly over low heat in coconut oil
a head of cauliflower, trimmed, but including leaves and clean stems
a bunch of broccoli, including trimmed and peeled stems, which are SOOOO delicious
a can of chickpeas
a can of coconut milk
2 star anise
From trial and error, I've learned to use the spices sparingly in curry. You can always add more, but you can't take away. When tasting, if it first seems bland, I try adding a little more sea salt first, which usually wakes the deeper flavors so I don't need so much of them. I love a fresh curry, kissed with spicy warmth, but allowing the veggie flavors to star. After the flavors had melded, I threw some fresh raw spinach in there too, which wilted a little in the warm pan.