A Curry-Filled Life

I like to think that I’ve had my share of adventures.

As I believe I’ve mentioned, I was on a jury for months. Then. I was hit by a very drunk bimbo idiot wrong-direction really-fast-speeding almost-killing-me-and-Super-Zoe driver; and so therefore couldn’t walk for months.

And.

Then. I worked with someone in a professional setting who legally changed his name to Dr. Cat and answered the telephone, “Meow.”

For real.

I’ve seen things, people. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand. So I’m not scared of the odd experience.

However, when someone suggested I try curried pumpkin apple soup, I was afraid.

For fairly obvious reasons, I had a few problems with this suggestion. Pumpkin. Apple. And Soup. Three things that are usually completely fine on their own, but together, not so normal. Kind of like The Blue Man Group.

Plus, then there’s curry. Hate. Hate. Well, hated. Forever I hated curry. But then, thanks to the aforementioned drunk bimbo and a fantastic resulting head injury, it seems I began to actually crave the stuff. Crave it. And I have no idea why. But after the wreck, curry, my former enemy, was all I wanted to consume.

So. I tried this.

Curried Pumpkin-Apple Soup Recipe

4 Macintosh apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups chopped fresh pumpkin
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon white sugar

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, curry, and cumin; saute, stirring often, until onion is soft and fragrant. Stir in apples, pumpkin, broth, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Puree soup in a food processor or a blender. Return soup to saucepan; reheat, covered, over low heat.

And oddly enough, it was really good.

So it’s become a Autumn tradition. And it always makes me think a bit. This, and really anything featuring my once spicy adversary, reminds me of how thankful I am to experience the everyday adventures of this life, on the other side of my crash course in curry appreciation.

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0 Responses to A Curry-Filled Life

  1. super zoe says:

    Ahhhh, drunk bimbo and Dr. Cat…the good old days! I love curry, so I may try the soup, but we shall see since I do not love cleaning up after cooking. Maybe I can get Law Boy to make it for me!

  2. laurie says:

    wow. what a life. thank goodness you've got a blog so you can tell us all about it! terribly disturbed to hear about the drunk bimbo, but the curry? yum.

  3. Design Mom says:

    The soup sounds so yummy.Unrelated: how would one contact GcQ by email? If possible, would GcQ please email me from the link on my blog and let me know? Thanks in advance.

  4. Jill says:

    In high school I had a teacher who legally changed his name to a number. Something like 90724. It had some kind of cosmic signifigance, but I just thought him an idiot. Love curry. Had it for lunch. Maybe I'll give your recipe a try.What would happen if I decided to be lazy and use applesauce and canned pumpkin?

  5. Bek says:

    GcQ…I see a quest blogger spot in your future!!! :-)I have heard of people having injuries that changed their personality, but never changed their food likes… as a curry lover I am glad to have another one on our side.P.S. I made your chicken salad again and added curry. I am crazy like that…..Mr. Cat?

  6. mad muthas says:

    you were very brave – and i'm just talking about the soup here. someone once gave me past with sauce made of curried apples. and strange to relate, it was really yummy. life is full of surprises!

  7. Marmite Breath says:

    Oh man–now I'm craving curry. I love it. My mum makes the most WICKED curry you've ever tasted. At every get together, she makes all different kinds….spicy, vegetarian, etc, etc. I could eat it for breakfast. This is awesome too:Curried Tuna SaladTunaCurry powder (to your taste)1/2 Apple, chopped into tiny pcsBit of mayoSalt + PepperI like to throw raisins in here too.It is heavenly on toasted bread.

  8. shpprgrl says:

    Gosh, you've been put through it. Your theme song is "I Will Survive" right? ;) I'm glad you're ok.It's always interesting when strange things come together in a recipe to make something yummy.

  9. Kristen says:

    I'm dying to hear more about Dr. Cat. Wow. I love curry. If I weren't a lazy and horrible cook, I would be rushing out to chop some pumpkin and start a pot of this. But sadly, I don't even know how properly to chop pumpkin.

  10. Lady M says:

    Curried pumpkin-apple definitely seems mild in context of all the wild happenings in your life!

  11. Nat says:

    I know what I meant to say to you! I have never met another American who likes The Housemartins! Do you like Beautiful South too?

  12. Jenny says:

    "meow" That. is. awesome.What is not awesome however, is pumpkin. People should not eat pumpkin. Ever. So disgusting.Except occasionally pumpkin pie but I like to think that it's just called that because it's in the color of pumpkin. Please don't correct me or I'll never eat it again.

  13. Marmite Breath says:

    Jenny, you freak! Pumpkin is awesome! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake.I am DROOLING!

  14. KCG says:

    I loves me some pumpkin. Meow. I like that.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I hate curry too — though I might, just might, be convinced to try this soup now — it does sound yummy and the ringing endorsement doesn't hurt. I just hope I can somehow prevent myself from saying, "Meow" as I taste it. ;)

  16. Girl con Queso says:

    Yeah. Dr. Cat is probably an entire entry on his own. It wasn't really fair to just throw him in this one.A number as a name. How artist formerly known as Prince. Or Jill formerly known as MM. Ha! Ha! You know how I love to say ha ha.Martindale Chicken Salad with Curry. Brilliant!Curry tuna. Almost as good as curry turkey buffet.And Don't Hate the Gourds! Pumpkin is the new black.

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