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jamaican sweet potato curry

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Sweet potatoes make magic in this Jamaican-style curry.

After a streak of unseasonably warm weather, today was brisk and drizzly, and I was more than happy to bundle up for the last Live @ Five downtown – and more than happy to whip up this cheery Jamaican curry for dinner to warm us up.  I adapted this recipe from the Jamaican Yuca Shepherd’s Pie in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Veganomicon; instead of the shepherd’s pie version, I serve it as a traditional curry over brown rice.  It’s super easy and just the thing to brighten and spice up a gray day.

First, I sautéed four minced garlic cloves, two chopped bell peppers, and two chopped jalapeño peppers (with seeds, for extra heat) in olive oil for about five minutes.

Then I added in three cubed sweet potatoes, two bay leaves, a dash of oregano, and about half a cup of water; I stirred, covered, and cooked for about 15 minutes (until the sweet potatoes were easily pierced).

The coconut milk makes this (vegan) dish truly decadent.

I added the coconut milk, a can of red kidney beans, and a bowlful of lima beans (which I'd already cooked). I turned the heat down to simmer, stirred, and seasoned with ginger, onion powder, and a generous dash of curry powder.

Et voilà. The perfect balance of sweet and heat.

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October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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bathroom beautification (part one)

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Beautification step one: a better-looking vignette on the chest of drawers.

After a couple of weeks of feeling rather uninspired by my décor (and frustrated that I cannot, in fact, redecorate my entire abode), I realized there are small victories to be won.  This overhaul of the vignette on the chest of drawers in the bathroom was just dramatic enough to feel like a victory, and it was time- and budget-friendly enough to feel sensible, too.  Here’s to having and eating our cake.

Before: uninspiring.

Before closeup: questionably-tasteful jewelry box, my alarm clock from high school, a Waterford crystal dish given to me as a high school graduation present, bamboo, and Kleenex.

After: streamlined.

After closeup: vintage custard dishes, vintage-inspired clock, Waterford dish, and a tray given to us as a wedding present.

I scored these vintage custard dishes – the perfect way to organize and display the jewelry I wear most frequently – at the Calico Mall downtown.  The vintage-inspired clock was an Amazon find, and the Waterford dish, where I keep my wedding and engagement rings, looks more at home now.  The black and silver tray, which I’ve had for years and never really found a permanent use for, became the perfect anchor for the vignette.

Beautification part two, in which I (finally) replace the drawer pulls on the chest of drawers, coming soon.

Written by Ann

October 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

fall inspiration: gray

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What's not to love?

Fall is finally here – even if, so far, that just means below-90 temps and less humidity – and I am loving the color gray.  It can be both moody and light, it’s always refined, and it goes with everything.  I think these pieces would be right at home in my condo.

1. Stella Quilt in Gray Stone from West Elm.

2. Avec Tweed Sofa from CB2.

3. Photon Rug in Charcoal from DWR.

4. Eames Molded Plastic Chair in Greystone from Room and Board.

What are you loving this fall?

Written by Ann

October 13, 2011 at 11:23 am