Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

Better with Brita:

Water as an Ingredient

&

Potato & Kale Curry

Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

It’s odd how many recipes never have water as an ingredient, and yet we use it all the time in numerous recipes, especially when cooking vegetables, stews, rice, pulses, beverages, soups and sauces; it’s never listed and yet it is an essential ingredient. As I live in a hard water area in North Yorkshire (and when at my home in South West France) I am a big lover of  water filters, and like many people, I CAN see the difference between filtered and non-filtered water especially when making hot beverages, as well as in my everyday cooking. At the end of last year, Lisa Faulkner, TV presenter, actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef, joined forces with BRITA to launch the “Better with Brita” food and drink campaign. The campaign is designed to bring to our attention just how much we all use water in our cooking and to show how much better BRITA filtered water is when used as an ingredient in our kitchens. As part of her association with BRITA, Lisa created some lovely recipes, where water is an essential ingredient, and it was her Potato and Kale Curry that recently caught my eye, so I decided to make it using BRITA filtered water as a key ingredient.

Potato and Kale Curry - Lisa Faulkner - BRITA

Potato and Kale Curry Recipe Card

I have copied the full recipe below, and as you can see, the recipe uses beautiful seasonal ingredients such as curly kale and new potatoes, as well as fresh coriander, coconut milk and hot red chillies. The recipe is simplicity itself to make, and is packed full of tantalising tastes and flavours with the curly kale making a star appearance. Using filtered water makes the liquid in the base stock of this recipe clearer and without that “film” that appears on top of water, gravy and hot drinks when you use non-filtered water; plus the flavours are undoubtedly cleaner and fresher.  I made this for a light lunch for my family, including my vegetarian parents, and we all loved it, even my “chilli hating” husband! I can see this recipe being a family staple when new potatoes and curly kale are in season. My fresh vegetables were all locally sourced from the Farm Shop just down the road, so as well as being seasonal, they were local  too, which in my book is a “win win”.

BRITA Filtered Water Comparison Chart

But now some exciting news! As part of the ongoing “Better with BRITA” campaign, I am very pleased to announce my role as an “Ambassador” with BRITA in the UK. I will be working with them on their ongoing campaign for “Better with BRITA” for the next 4 months, and as well as testing one of their new filter taps, (soon to be installed in my kitchen) I will also be on their judging panel for the latest BRITA competition to be launched in May this year (2014). The contest is being run in conjunction with Delicious magazine and will be hosted on the Delicious website – and I’m being featured along with the other judges in the June edition of the magazine, which is also very exciting! Watch out for the start of the competition on the 1st May, when I will be sharing all the relevant links and entry mechanism here on Lavender and Lovage. As well as the National contest, please remember to come back for a special Lavender and Lovage Giveaway, where I am pleased to be able to offer a FABULOUS “Better with BRITA” hamper of Marella jugs, Fill&Go bottles and filter cartridges – all in colours of your choice, so stay tuned for that!

Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

Better with Brita: Water as an Ingredient & Potato & Kale Curry

In the meantime, I will leave you with this wonderful curry recipe, perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, and also a fabulous recipe for all you chilli heads out there! That’s all for today, keep popping back for more information about the big  BRITA and Delicious Magazine contest, as well as my BRITA giveaway, Karen 

Potato & Kale Curry

Potato & Kale Curry

Disclaimer: Sponsored Post – I was paid a fee for working with BRITA as an ambassador as well as receiving a BRITA Filter Tap (RRP £499), a BRITA Water Jug (RRP £33), 4 x BRITA Fill&Go Bottles (RRP £14:99) and relevant cartridges. 

Potato & Kale Curry

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
Region Thai
By author Lisa Faulkner
A spicy, tasty and yet "clean" tasting vegetarian dish that is made with curly kale, baby potatoes and coconut milk. The recipe was created for the Better with Brita campaign by Lisa Faulkner.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg curly kale
  • 225g new potatoes, boiled and cut in half (or use sweet potatoes or butternut squash)
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 fresh red chillies, chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 1 fresh lime
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Note

A spicy, tasty and yet "clean" tasting vegetarian dish that is made with curly kale, baby potatoes and coconut milk. The recipe was created for the Better with Brita campaign by Lisa Faulkner.

Directions

Step 1 Bring pan of BRITA filtered water to the boil, add the curly kale and then remove as soon as the water comes back to the boil.
Step 2 In a separate pan heat the oil, add the chillies, onions, garlic and ginger and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously so as not to brown. Add the halved potatoes, which have already been cooked in BRITA filtered water for 25 minutes and the cooked curly kale, stir for a further 5 minutes.
Step 3 Add the coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chopped coriander and the juice of 1 lime, season and serve as a side dish or a great vegetarian curry option.

Potato & Kale Curry

Potato & Kale Curry

Comments

  1. says

    how funny that we both posted very similar coconut based curry’s… yours looks so delicious and SO trendy with trendy Kale i there… I love it, it really looks beautiful. D xx

  2. says

    Lately we’ve been eating spicy chorizo and kale soup a lot that it’s starting to get a lot overplayed! This is a nice variation!

  3. says

    Fab news Karen and the curry looks absolutely delicious. We have Kale and weirdly I’ve just dug up some potatoes which seem to be in better shape than those harvested in the autumn!

  4. says

    A Brita filter makes a massive difference to the water. I always filter my water, who wants cloudy tea? This curry looks so very, very tasty. Really appetising and just right for this time of year. GG

  5. says

    Well done you – or should I be saying, ‘Ambassador, you are spoiling us’!
    I have to admit I laughed when I saw the title of your post and thought of the Emperor’s New Clothes (as in, ‘try this lovely water curry, it’s delicious’) but I have to agree, water quality DOES make such a difference. We are so lucky to live in places where it comes out of the tap safe to drink to start with – and if it doesn’t need filtering, even luckier!

    • says

      Yes your ambassadorship is fine Lucy! LOL! Yes, it could have been the emperor’s new clothes, but when you think about it, it’s an ingredient that never gets added! Karen

  6. says

    I guess we just figure everyone has water. Good point though, thank you.
    Love the look of this soup! I will try to make ut, hopefully it works for me that looks delicious . Thank you for sharing!

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