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Cauliflower, potato, pea and red lentil curry

Cooked this tonight. Found the recipe I used before but as usual, I made the recipe my own.

God it was a good brew.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Bunch of coriander
  • Curry. I used two or three teaspoons of Keans curry powder, a generous sprinkling of ground coriander, and even more garum masala
  • 1 cup and bit of dried red lentils
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock. I use Campbell's real stock
  • Whole cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 3 or 4 small potatoes, peeled and chopped into quarters
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Big squirt of tomato paste, about 2 or 3 tablespoons
  • Several handfuls of frozen peas
  • I also used left over and wilting celery, finely chopped so it would disappear because Mr S doesn't like it. But he picked it straight away. OK, I didn't chop very finely.
  • Natural yoghurt, to serve


  1. Heat oil in large pan. Add onion, garlic, and celery. (The latter is optional.) Fry for a bit until onions soften. About 5 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder. Fry up a bit.
  3. Add lentils and stir so lentils are coated in all the curry goodness.
  4. Add stock, cauliflower, potatoes, tomato paste, tin tomatoes l.
  5. Simmer for about 25 minutes with lid on.
  6. Add peas and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. I turned off the heat and took off lid so it would thicken.

It has to be served sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves and thick Greek yoghurt.

I wish we had some Naan bread. That would have improved on perfection.


Today’s walk and fixing a bad back

Rest, anti inflammatory pain killers, massage and heat helped my back self-heal. It is still having the occasional twitch.

Pain is a funny thing. When it strikes, you think of nothing else, are quick to be ill-tempered and are hesitant to move. When it eases, you forget your back was troubling you and move freely. Until the twitch reminds you of what was and what may be again if you are not careful.

So did I slow walk. One that I had been interested in doing when I first saw the pamphlet:Pioneer Walk.

The trail meanders along a creek through Beecroft and Carlingford. Along the way there are information plaques, installed by the local council, that give interesting information about the early settlers, including the origins of the Granny Smith.


The size of the families and the age that the settlers lived to was pretty amazing. One family photographed on one of the plaques had 16 boys and 1 girl!!! All looked lean and healthy. Clearly the food, hard work and transport being limited to walking meant they were healthy – as long as you didn’t get an infection or succumb to an accident! But, oh, being a woman would have been hard work!!!

Apologies if the squealing disturbed nearby residents. There was a lot of rustling in the undergrowth and quick movements caught out of the side of our vision as lizards (and we hope not snakes) scattered away. It is quite scary, hearing a reptile move along the undergrowth next to your path, maybe more so when you don’t actually see it. Unless, of course, it is confirmed as a snake. Then it is truly scary. We did see several of these:

Most of the noises were probably these. Still scary when you are walking along and there’s a rustling alongside the track. They are about 30 cm and smaller and very skinny.

Saw one of these too. Much more impressive but less scary as they don’t look at all like snakes. As soon as the water dragon see you, it dives into the creek.


Longer walk

So, did my long walk today. Just got back!

It is 5.24km. (0.9km longer than my short walk.) Took me 55min.

Slightly slower pace than yesterday. My back is playing up and was hurting before my walk. In fact I started walking looking like a lame or disabled person. Had to swing my left leg forward. Could have easily said I was too sore to walk but my masseuse and chiropractor both said walking will help with my mobility and relieve my back. So after about one and a half kilometres my back was more mobile and stopped hurting.

Also we had people over for a BBQ for lunch and I imbibed a few glasses of bubbles so started my walk a little tipsy as well as with a sore back.

But I did it. And now, thanks to my Garmin, I know how long the walk is.

Good-o. Time to drink my litre of water!