Hey All! It's Raj filling in today. Holley is taking a much-deserved few days to unplug and take in some nature. But before she left she made this Curried Apple Sauce (and left me with a few jars). So we can all look forward to hearing about that (hopefully) next week. She had some words for us all as well:
I feel like I am burning out. The constant demands of work, and everyday life, I need a break. My house is a mess, but after a day at work, I have nothing left. I just can't sustain anymore. I yearn for a cabin in the woods. A great escape for just a couple days. I am doing it, completely unplugging for 2 whole days. I am taking a week off work, but 2 of those days I will have no cell service or internet, I have found a cabin in the woods to use! The thought is a little panic-inducing. Raj unplugged for a weekend this spring (you can read about that here and here) but was with a friend. I am doing this entirely alone. I am filled with fear and excitement. I will fill my day with some hiking and reading; taking solace in my complete solitude. I can't remember the last time I went more than a few hours without my cell phone or heard the hum and energy of other people. Noise and light pollution fill my days and nights.
I'm looking forward to hearing about her experiences. In the meantime, let me tell you a quick story.
I watched a movie called The Lunchbox (you can find it on Netflix). Based in India, it’s a drama about a middle-aged man and a young woman who develop an unlikely friendship. There are a bunch of interesting conversations about life and it’s a really interesting insight into the different motivations and what people do with their lives. And the importance of human connection.
Not surprisingly to any of you who know anything about me, the food, oh my God, the food. It looked amazing. I was drooling non-stop from the beginning til the end of the movie. No joke. And the thing is how much love the woman puts into her food. Oh man, I feel like I’m going to drown in my own saliva. It’s been too long since I’ve had an Indian meal like that. Some people eat like that all. the. time! Can you imagine having someone putting so much into feeding you like that? Such flavorful foods!?
If you’re like me, you should know what that’s like because growing up Mom always cooked amazing food for the family. It wasn't always curried like in this case, but always fantastic home-made real food made with love. The f’d up thing is that you don’t appreciate these things when you’re growing up – not like you do when you’re older and doing all these things for yourself. Not like now that I know what food means. So Momma: thank you. I love you too.
I am craving an Indian meal like you have no idea. The problem, of course, is that even though a restaurant would be delicious, it wouldn’t be that home-made meal that I’m dying for. And yes, I could make something, but I don’t think there’s any way that I could survive long enough to make it today. I’m clearly going to need to make some amazing Indian dishes in the very near future.
Thanks to Holley for leaving me with this Curried Apple Sauce to enjoy in the meantime! This will be a really fantastic flavor addition when I do make some curries….
Sweet apples simmered with rich curry: perfect on chicken or pork!
- 5 lbs apples peeled and cored
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- Peel and core apples, slice and put in a large pot.
- Add water and all spices, stir well and bring to a boil.
- Turn down and let simmer 45-60 min until apple are soft.
- Mash or use an immersion blender until apple sauce is desired constancy.
- Add lemon juice, and stir well.
- Put into jars and water bath can for 30 min, or store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.
Already made apple sauce? Just add the 1/2 of the called for spices and mix well!
note from Raj: try adding raisins! And eat with a slice of cheese (if you eat lacto-paleo/primal)
This post is featured at Natural Family Friday.