Spicy Peanut Aubergine Curry
For our first public event at Wild by Tart, our soon-to-open space in Belgravia, buzzing with excitement, we debated long over ideas of what the food offering would be. This was to be the first time our friends and family would see our new space - the unveiling! And of course, we wanted to make sure the food would a perfect reflection of the Tart heart and soul. For the past year we have been working hard on this space- getting a business plan together, going out to potential investors, finding a team to help us to turn our vision into reality, designing the interior, the kitchen layout, the loos, the start of construction, endless problem solving, financial planning, branding, recipe tasting and so on. We have really devoted ourselves to this project. So for this event, which really felt like the grand opening, we wanted everything to be a perfect. We wanted to keep the food simple, to serve and to eat, as this was to be a stand-up Christmas market. We kept it casual, comforting and delicious. We went for three interactive bowl food stations, with our signature style of eclectic bowls full of extra toppings to add on, and our shared love - ultimate cheese toasties - sizzling on the grill. The bowls served were a slow cooked beef stew with pecans and prunes (as described in our cookbook), a spiced squid stew with a saffron aioli and a spicy red peanut curry with aubergine and rice. The latter we decided to feature in our column, after a few lovely faces asked for the recipe. Healthy curries are the ultimate way to give yourself a dose of comfort any night of the week, something we make most weeks. Although a dish known as curry is now so varied and widespread across the globe that its definition remains very open to include numerous cuisines and cooking styles. It is understood to mean either vegetables, meat or fish cooked with a spiced sauce, becoming almost an umbrella term. A term for the food style we love. They all make clever use of the combination of spices and how they come together. This recipe is wonderfully rich and filling, with a smoky spice and satisfying crunch of peanut, that is heightened and harmonised with a zingy yoghurt. We have got into the habit of making big batches of spice mixture, and freezing into ice cube trays for individual portions. Ideal for these cold dark months after work, to ignite your souls with exotic, ready to go spices.