Saturday, February 6, 2010



Serves 4-6.
1.5kg leg lamb, boned,
2 Tbs ghee or oil,
2 onions, finely chopped,
2 cloves garlic, crushed,
2 small green chillies, finely chopped,
5 cm piece of fresh ginger, grated,
1 ½ tsp turmeric,
2 tsps ground cumin,
3 tsps ground coriander,
½ - 1 tsp chilli powder,
1 – 1 ½ tsps salt,
425g can crushed tomatoes,
2 Tbs coconut cream

Cut the meat into cubes, trim the fat and sinew. Heat the ghee or oil. Cook the onions over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add garlic, chillies and ginger. Keep stirring until fragrant but not burnt. Mix turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli powder with 2 Tbs water to make a paste. Add into the onion mixture. Keep stirring and add in the meat, a handful at a time. Brown the meat and add more meat when they are all browned and coated with spices. Add salt to taste. Stir in the tomatoes. Bring to the boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Add in the coconut cream and simmer for another 30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Source: Family Circle: The Complete Asian Cookbook.

Following the philosophy of permaculture:

The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term.
Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area.  (Bill Mollison)
What is Permaculture?

What Bill Mollison describes in his books is a totally integrated design system that's modelled on nature. If you design your garden or farm like a natural system you can save yourself a lot of work, save energy, and eliminate waste.
Nobody digs and sows, plants and weeds, or sprays bugs in a forest. The forest grows and feeds its inhabitants in a sustainable way. If any task in your garden is an unpleasant chore, there is a a better way to deal with it and nature has already developed a solution to every problem that you could possibly encounter in your garden.

It is also the ultimate recycler. Everything goes round and round and there is no such thing as waste: everything is a resource.

A permaculture garden takes little effort. Mainly looking after itself, it is incredibly productive, beautiful and attractive to wildlife.

This post was entered into the "Grow Your Own" roundup, created by Andrea's Recipes and hosted this month by:  House of Annies