Bad Sandy stew

I’ve been watching and reading news and twitter feeds all day long from the north east.. Thinking about friends in this terrible weather,…. Having been in hurricanes myself (covering the for a major worldwide cable TV network) I felt all day long like something hearty and warm and delicious, to make anyone who eats it feel cozy and at home,… So I rushed home after work and school and I fried Sandy’s “wrath” with a lot of enthusiasm! Eat this you monster storm you!

“Bad Sandy” stew

1 table spoon olive oil
1 large onion
1/4lb apple smoked bacon
2 cloves garlic
1/4 lb okra
1/4 lb chopped fresh kale
1 box organic chicken stock
2 cans organic great northern beans
1 lb chunked cabocha pumpkin
Sea Salt to taste
1 to 2 pinches of paprika
1-2 pinches curry
1-2 pinches dried peppermint
Cayenne pepper as much as you can take
Chop the onion, but not too fine
Chop the garlic cloves
Chop the bacon or use scissors to slice it (I use scissors for many things in the kitchen)
Chunk the pumpkin and peel (if you want to get fancy,you may roast the seeds and the peel them and toss on the soup as a delish crunchy garnish
Start by heating up your French oven (or another thick bottomed deep pot)
Heat up a table spoon of olive oil
Throw in the bacon and turn your heat down to low
let the bacon get crunchy
Throw in the onions and garlic
Keep them sautéing for another couple of minutes until they get brownish but not burned
Throw in the chunked pumpkin keep stirring and sautéing
Next,throw in the sliced okra, and in a minute, the kale
Once the kale is in, it will look like there is no space…take 2wooden spoons and fold everything well. The volume will subside
After you have taken control of your pot, pour in the chicken stock, add your spices, and keep stirring
The important thing about this stew is, unlike Sandy, who is a b….ch, you need to show it some love, so keep stirring and sending it happy thoughts
When you see things are getting nice and incorporated, throw in these two cans of organic beans (if you had time to cook 2-4 cups of dry beans in your pressure cooker overnight until the are mushy, then by all means, keep the cans for another day and use the freshly cooked beans)
Fold the beans into the rest of oowey gooey goodness ( You should be seeing the okra and the other juices just become one..)
Turn the hear to ultra low, and get your bowls and spoons ready..
By the time you have all that set, the stew will be ready.
Now take your favorite crusty bread, or Melba toast and crumble itat bottom of the bowl, the pour generously the steamy Bad Sandy over it.
Dont forget to blow!
Now eat and let all your worries melt away …
A glass of merlot or Malbec makes that bowl worth its weight in gold!… Just suggesting.. 🙂
I may have left something out. In which case, you are on your own…which is a good thing, cause you will make my Bad Sandy, yours!
Love your body! Love your food!

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