Earlier this week I went to see Gravity, the new Alfonso Cuaron film. It’s probably just as well I’d never seen a trailer for it beforehand, as I doubt I would have dared to see it in that case. Not that it is in any way scary or especially suspenseful, but I have long believed that the only thing worse than travelling in the sky would be travelling in space, and as such the premise of the film is just terrifying. And also, as beautifully shot as the film is, it’s also slightly dizzy and disorienting at times (with great effect, of course) and I am a person who had to close my eyes during The Amazing Spiderman to avoid vertigo.
But as I say, I am glad I had no reason to be deterred, because once I got to grips with the spinning and crashing I was truly gripped by the film itself along with the acting. I am partial to a bit of George Clooney’s twinkly charm, but this was very much Sandra Bullock’s film. She is one of those women who just gets better with age – at one point in the film she removes her space suit and I was almost taken out of the loveliness of the moment because I was so distracted by the amazing shape she’s in. So I shall be eating healthy meals like this stew in the vain (in every sense) hope that I will one day look so good.
Sweet Potato, Kale & Peanut Stew
Serves 4, adapted from BBC GoodFood
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
chilli powder, to taste (I just use 1/4 tsp because it’s potent stuff!)
600g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
350ml vegetable stock
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp peanut butter
300g kale, roughly chopped
1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion for about 7 minutes until soft.
2. Add the cumin and chilli powder, stir through and fry for another minute.
3. Tip the sweet potato chunks into the pan, stir until well mixed with the spicy onions.
4. Add the stock and tomatoes, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Stir in the peanut butter and simmer for another 5 minutes.
6. Add the kale and heat through for 8 minutes or so.
7. Serve with rice and plenty of pepper.