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It Ain’t Easy Being Green — Cooking With Chef Dusty Pettes — Thai Curry

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Now that the menu has changed at Ballygiblins and made way for a few new favourite dishes, I would like to talk about one of the recipes that I will miss the most. I am sure to re-visit this one on another menu at another time because It has a bit of heat and is incredibly fresh using a great amount of spices, herbs and vegetables. I would eat so much of this every time we made it. The Green Thai Curry is a rich blend of curry spices and a green thai paste. The paste can be bought at speciality food stores or if you feel adventurous you can make your own.
Keep in mind this is a batch recipe.For the paste puree all the ingredients into a paste
1 tablespoon sliced cilantro roots or stems
1 tablespoon coriander
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons galangal
1/4 cup garlic
1 Kaffir Lime
3-4 tablespoons sliced lemongrass
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup sliced shallots
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
1/4 cup Chili Leaf Optional
10-15 Green Thai Chili PeppersGreen Thai Curry4 lg red onions
¾ bag of spinach
2 cups butter
6 tbsp cardomon
6 tbs coriander
3 tbsp cumin
3tbsp garam masala
12 tbsp minced garlic
5 tbsp salt
3 tbsp pepper
200 gram green thai paste
100oz can of tomatoes
½ lb fresh cilantro
8 cups veg stock

Method

Start cooking the onions in a pot with the butter. When onions are soft add all ground seasonings. In a separate container puree the spinach, cilantro, veg stock and the tomatoes. Add the puree into the pot and bring a slow simmer. Turn off and let cool.

If you have any questions about the recipe contact me at Ballygiblins. #EatCP

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Ballygiblin’s

151 Bridge St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V6
(613) 253-7400

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Hurry my Curry! You’ve got to Eat in Carleton Place!

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Rural towns don’t really specialize in Ethnic foods, unless it has the name sweet and sour attached to it. I have to admit before I hung out in Berkeley, California, my knowledge of Indian food was basically Samosas, or a cup of Chai. After my frequent trips to the iconic Viks Chaat Corner  on the edge of Berkeley, I was hooked on everything from Bhel Puri to Aloo Tiki. But, there is no love sincerer than the love of food, and I wondered if I could ever get my Indian fix again in a small town like Carleton Place.

Imagine my surprise when I found out two local restaurants, Ballygiblins, and St. James Gate had Indian curry on their menu. Today, craving comfort, I opted to drop into St James Gate for a bowl of their delicious Vegetable Curry. What exactly is curry? Some people say that it was derived from a Tamil word, kari, meaning spiced sauce. If this is the case, any sort of food cooked in or served with a gravy could be considered a curry. So, if you think you don’t like curry, you are really limiting yourself. There are literally thousands of different curry blends that range from sweet and mild to hot and spicy.

At St. James Gate they let you decide your measure of heat. Their Vegetable Curry consists of potatoe, cauliflower, baby spinach, and green peas simmered in a special curry unique to the Gujrat area in India. The waitress Jamie advised me they had sold their last curry a few minutes previous, and the new batch was not ready. But, living in a small town, they aim to please, and Will, the chef, offered to make one using a Shrimp Curry base with vegetables. Seeing the Shrimp Curry had a real kick to the pants, she suggested I order the mild version.

The curry I was served did not disappoint, and it was chock full of fresh vegetables, complete with warm Naan, and Basmati Rice Immediately I was back in Berkeley, and the only thing I was missing was a Mango Lassi. Yes, this is filling, and definitely not a diet food, but as Julia Child says,

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

St. James Gate

111 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 257-7530

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

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