Saturday, 2 May 2009

When Two Seasons Clash*: Butternut Squash & Sorrel Curry

Tired looking butternut squash in the cupboard. Googled. Found my dear friend, Niamh (Eat Like A Girl)'s squash, chickpeas and spinach curry recipe.

No spinach.

Then. A moment of what passes for inspiration in our house:

Feral sorrel from our abandoned vegetable patch (don't ask) growing outside the backdoor. It worked. No need for lemon juice - the acidity of the Sorrel balanced the appalling non-seasonality of the squash.

Thanks Niamh.

In case anyone thought otherwise, this is not a Tintern Abbey-style blog ("the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings from emotions recollected in tranquility."). It's real-time, and that Cotes-du-Rhone is 14.5%.

*For those of you who behaved at university in the early 80s the heading of this article might be a mystery. Or at least you may not get the full benefit of the play on words (this is really a stretch but stay with me).

The conscious reggae act, Culture, enjoyed their greatest moment with "Two Sevens Clash", which dealt with the appalling 1976-77 electoral violence in Jamaica between supporters of Michael Manley and Edward Seaga. Bob Marley famously forced the protagonists to shake hands on stage at Smile Jamaica (just a few days after being wounded himself at a rally). I once went to see Culture in Glasgow. There were twelve people in the audience. It was terrific.

Consider yourself educated.


  1. The binary trencherman! More semantic ingredients:
    In the "Two Sevens Clash" song from the album, the chorus goes: "Wat a liiv an bambaie / When the two sevens clash?" It's patois for "What is left for by and by", and is sometimes used in Jamaica to refer to leftovers. I'd venture that this was a subconscious reference on your behalf anyway.
    I add it here merely as a side dish, if you will. For fusion-style seasoning, the esperanto version of "bon appétit":
    Bonan apetiton!

  2. 'Feral sorrel' - you are a wordsmith. Nice.

  3. Thanks both. I obviously need to brush up on my Patois. I have been listening to that song for twenty years without understanding it.

  4. Culture great band saw them too but nt as wild as Clint Eastwood and General Saint

  5. Gastro1 - your enthusiasm for multi-generational butchers and Jamaican toasters no bounds. They were indeed awesome.