Serving this soup in a pumpkin shell is not essential to the recipe, it’s a fine recipe served simply in a bowl. But what could be more festive to the season than serving a rich beef stew–or any thick soup or stew–in a pumpkin shell? I served this in small, individual pie pumpkin shells but if I was serving a crowd, I’d select a much larger one.
I love the addition of curry to this stew, but the definition of what constitutes a curry is as vast as the Indian Ocean. I’ve heard it said that, “Curry is not a thing, it is a state of being”. Curry powder is a blend of spices, not necessarily a dry blend, varying according to regional preferences or traditions. As a result, there are literally thousands of curries, each of which is uniquely suited for the produce and tastes of the region it was developed.
Indians tend to use garam masala (another type of curry powder, of which there are also many variations) the way people in the west use curry powder. An exception is in the south they have developed a mixture called “sambhar powder” that is quite different from garam masala.
Whatever curry you favor, this stew is delicious. As with most soups and stews, this is best made a day in advance, adding the zucchini and yellow squash when reheating.
Disclaimer: This is not a recipe you can whip up in 30 minutes. This is a Polish Grandmother Recipe. And anyone who is a Polish Grandmother, or anyone who has a Polish Grandmother, or anyone (like me) who lives next door to a Polish Grandmother, knows that Polish Grandmother Recipes can’t be completed in less than thirty minutes. But … Full recipe post »
On Sunday’s journey back from Utah (an impromptu trip utilizing a free AMEX companion plane ticket), while poring over photographs taken hiking Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, I lamented that I forget to take my wide-angle lens. Still. I could never capture Ansel Adam‘s American West no matter how many strings of cameras I roped around … Full recipe post »
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