Jen wanted the avocado wasabi salad last night but neither of us was certain if we still had wasabi powder and such obligated a trip to the grocery. The nearest to work is Meijer and for the sake of convenience thus, was the post work target.
The Meijer’s around here used to boast great variety of produce and an extensive “ethnic” section with such wonderful things as tamarinds and black fungus. Those ads have not aired since they re-organized the stores and the “Asian” area consists, now, mostly of rows of Ramen noodles with some sauces (and, gratefully, nori).
Having previously purchased wasabi powder there it took considerable staring at the same shelf for several minutes before the white matter could cognate such potentiality paled and no form of wasabi was therein, neither at the “ethnic foods” nor the – supplementary stymied staring – spice aisle.
Once inevitable defeat was embraced and action potentials resuscitated, teasing intrigue tickled rememoration from the previous pondering with the Ramens, where, aside the typical tamaris and sordid soys were 4 rows of Indian gravies, specifically, Korma.
We just enjoyed veggie Korma at Mayur’s last Friday: Their sauce was fantastic but the veggies looked like they had just been dumped from a bag of Birds Eye mixed vegetables – you’ve got to simmer sauce sucking veggies like potato, cauliflower and onion in that sauce, man!
So, korma cravings hardly sated, yet wary of sodium saturated store sauces, the brew was examined, labeled with, “Vegetarian. Gluten-free. Kosher. Vegan.” and simply, these ingredients: Water, Coconut, Onions, Tomatoes, Cashew Nuts, Sunflower Oil, Garlic, Ginger, Cornstarch, Sugar, Chillies, Turmeric, Cardamom, Clove, Pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander.
And that is why it is now lunch! Brewed with red onions, potato, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, parsley, black pepper and a little sea salt and I can tell you now as I am sitting here eating, it is delicious. Also, I love the way broccoli holds sauce but it should probably be cooked separately and added at the last minute so it does not become unattractive.
We shall have to explore these more.