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.
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”.
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!
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
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.