when i went and bought the groceries for this recipe it felt like a deja-vu experience. maybe because i had bought the groceries for jerk-curry chicken 5 days before. tuesday of last week knoxville had a micro burst sweep through town causing 125,000 people to lose power. 3 other times this year we’ve had massive power outages and both times i was fine so of course it was my turn. 5 nights 4 days without power. if i had better prepared laundry and food wise i seriously think i could go off the grid for much longer than that. every hopeful my power would be turned back on in a short amount of time i transformed my fridge into a massive cooler adding bags and bags of ice. day 2 first casualty the popsicles and by the 4th day almost everything including my jerk-curry chicken ingredients. needless to say not cooking for 4-5 days also was kind of driving me crazy. i may have gotten a little over excited to start making my sunday night dinner. for this celebratory occasion of cooking and having power i wore a new apron.
this recipe is one i’ve been wanting to try for a while. it has some of my favorite ingredients in it; jerk seasoning, curry seasoning (which i swear you can add to anything and it makes it better), sweet potatoes, and peanut butter. how could you go wrong. it’s also a one pot dish, which when your kitchen is tiny and you have no dishwasher is a total plus. as i was throwing things in the pot i got sudden urges to add extras like red wine, and other veggies. i soon concluded this is a “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe.
the stew like concoction is served with jasmine rice and was really yummy. i put in a little extra peanut butter which was the right move. sweet, salty flavors in a bowl of yumminess.
for some extra “i now have power!” entertainment at dinner i began the first season of “Soap” on netflixs. yes the ridiculous 70s comedy show that makes fun of daily soap opreas and has a very young billy crystal playing a gay man. and of course this entertainment was best enjoyed with one of my favorite combinations for dessert, vanilla ice cream topped with m&ms. a celebration of being back on the grid was truly had!