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Football! Week 17 – Yellow Curry with Sweet Potato Recipe

We’re finally here in the last week of the NFL season.  With the Bears season over weeks ago and the holidays upon us, you’d think that I’d pack it in and not give a damn about picks this week.  And you’d be partly right.

But the last week of the season has always been an interesting week for football predictions because many teams who are either in or out of the playoffs don’t really give a damn.  The ones that are in will rest starters and avoid major injuries.  Some of the ones that aren’t in the playoffs won’t give a damn either because a loss will get them a better draft pick – unless the coach is about to get fired, then he’ll try to win.  They all say they want to finish the season strong, but I don’t know if I believe that.

As you can see there are a lot of factors that have nothing to do with the actual game on the field.  So for this final week I’m not going to choose based on who I think would actually win head-to-head, I’m going to do it based on the following hierarchy:

  1. Teams that are the top seeds in playoffs and don’t really care how the do so they’ll lose – Patriots, Ravens, Packers, 49ers
  2. Teams still trying to make the playoffs so they’re going to try really hard and will win– Raiders, Titans, Jets, Cowboys.  I almost didn’t pick the Cowboys because Tony Homo’s injured.
  3. Teams trying to get momentum going into the playoffs so will try to win– Falcons, Steelers, Saints, Broncos
  4. All others – my usual gut feeling.


Curry Up

I got this recipe from “The Gastrokid Cookbook”, creators of  I picked up the book when Borders was closing and it’s easily the best $4 I’ve ever spent.  It’s not so much a cookbook with recipes that kids can do, although there are a few that they can.  It’s more of meals that lean toward the adventurous that everyone in the family can enjoy.    It’s definitely not the usual family cookbook.  Everything I’ve made from it has been a solid hit with everyone in the family and were very easy to make – salmon saltimbocca, Spotted Pig’s Gnudi (gnocchi made with ricotta), roasted chickpea bruschetta. 


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 yarge Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • salt
  • 1 16 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into inch-long pieces
  • fresh cilantro


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in some olive oil until tender (3-5 minutes)
  2. Stir in the spices and cook for several minutes
  3. Add potatoes , then some salt, and stir
  4. Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, and bay leaf, reduce to simmer.  Cook until potatoes are tender (15-20 minutes). Adding water if necessary.
  5. Add the tofu ad asparagus and cook until the asparagus is tender and tofu heated through.
  6. Season as necessary and garnish with cilantro.  I served this with coconut rice.


This week’s picks

This guest produce this time is a bunch of Maitake mushrooms who chose teams by flipping a coin.




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I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

2 comments on “Football! Week 17 – Yellow Curry with Sweet Potato Recipe

  1. KTC
    December 29, 2011

    Hedonist, I’ve been reading for awhile now (despite your unfortunate taste in football teams) and nothing so far has put a bigger smile on my face than your Lions/Packers prediction. Right on! 🙂

  2. thefoodandwinehedonist
    December 29, 2011

    Ouch… I’m glad you like the pick, even though it has nothing to do with who would win a real game. I absolutely detest the Packers, but they would own the Lions if the game mattered to them. My guess is that Rodgers gets pulled before Suh decides to do some more foot-stomping. If it makes you feel better, if they make the playoffs, I’d probably root for the Lions in a lesser of two evils scenario. Thanks for stopping by!

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