My public service announcement of the day is this: be careful who you give your Netflix password to.  Cause you might be a 25 year old male who might have given it to a 24 year old female approximately two years ago and she might be abusing her viewing privileges and watching marathons of Dawson’s Creek at all hours of the day and night.


I really wouldn’t know anyone like this.

But I can imagine such a situation.

In my everyday life my wildest dreams.


(But seriously…how is this show so bad and yet so addictive?  And how are Pacey and Joey still so perfect for each other?

Some things just don’t change.  Even in this weird hypothetical universe in which we live.)


The real problem is that we’re in this transitional period.  Is it summer?  Is it fall?  When exactly is the new season of Gray’s Anatomy going to start because you can at least watch that on Hulu without any hard and fast proof of just how much of a teeny bopper you are?

As you can see.  I’m all torn up inside.


The only thing to do is to walk to the grocery store wearing a pair of shorts and a sweatshirt, pick up all the summer vegetables you can lay your hands on, and cook them as if it were autumn.

Trust me. It’ll taste good and make you feel much more at peace with this crazy time in which we’re living.  Plus it goes really well with a side of teen melodrama.  Hypothetically.  Or so I hear.


Summer Vegetable Ragout with Exotic Curry Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from Bon Appetit September 2010


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, coarsely chopped and pounded with meat mallet to flatten slightly
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp AP flour
  • 1 (15 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 lb assorted summer squash, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 green peppers (I used cubanelles), seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and boiled in salted water until tender
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh torn basil


  1. For the curry sauce, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, lemongrass, and ginger.  Saute until slightly softened, but not brown, about five minutes.
  2. Add the apple and curry powder  to the pan.  Saute until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.  Add remaining tbsp of oil, then flour, and stir 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until sauce is slightly thickened and reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes.  If desired, strain sauce through a fine strainer set over a bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.  (I didn’t do this and I thought the sauce was fine.)  Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. For the vegetables, preheat oven to 400.  Spread eggplant cubes and pepper strips in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Spray with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Place the summer squash on a separate tray and do the same.  Roast until squash, eggplant, and peppers are light golden and tender, turning occasionally, about 25 minutes for the squash and 40 minutes for the eggplant and peppers.  Remove baking sheets with vegetables from oven and set aside.
  5. Cut the kernels off the corn and discard the cobs.  My corn was sweet enough that I didn’t need to cook it, but if yours isn’t then cook cobs for five minutes in boiling water and then remove the kernels.  Combine hot vegetables with corn, chickpeas, basil, spinach, and curry sauce.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I am submitting this to Meatless Mondays hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory.


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69 Responses to Summer Vegetable Ragout with Exotic Curry Sauce

  1. Pierce says:

    There you go – another veggie mix that I want to incorporate for a lunch this week. You rock my world.
    Also, I get ya on that Netflicks thing! Our son accessed it and next thing, we are getting suggestions for movies we’d like (from Netflicks) on “boy stuff” (no, not porn, but stuff ,ike Thundercats, etc)

  2. Pam says:

    You had me at “Exotic curry sauce”!

  3. Lori Lynn says:

    Dawson’s Creek- brings back memories. I LOVED that show, especially Pacy and Joey! I wish they had reruns of it, b/c I’d watch it if I could. Your recipe looks really good. 🙂

  4. Raina says:

    You are so funny. I have never seen Dawson’s Creek. I guess I am too old and was too busy watchng Barney with my

    I have to start eating more healthy dishes like this. It looks so wonderful and delicious with great flavors.

  5. Lora says:

    Oh yum. This makes me want to run to the famers’ market NOW!

  6. Eden says:

    I’m just bitter at netflix for raising the price.

    Yea, is like a dollar more, but thats like 100 bucks in my jewish head of mine.

  7. Candace says:

    You had me at “Exotic Curry Sauce”, as well. Mmmmmm! After a day at the beach at a seafood fest complete with all manner of chowdas and stews and such, we couldn’t make the trek all the way home without stopping for curry. Can you imagine? We could eat it every day though. But tonight…it’s going to be your spicy chipotle honey chicken with sweet potatoes and winter squash….part summmer…part fall and completely delicious! Have a beautiful week, Candace

  8. Danielle says:

    Yum! I love a good curry recipe.

  9. Oh my, that Dawson can be so annoying, right? I used to hate him….

    Exotic curry??? Count me in!

    Camila Faria

  10. Deborah says:

    I hear ya – I don’t know if I should start cooking fall-ish comfort foods, or if I should still be clinging to summer! (And I was totally a Dawson’s Creek addict back in the day. Maybe I need Netflix so I can watch again!!) This looks like the perfect end of summer/beginning of fall dish.

  11. Kim says:

    I find teen melodrama is a great escape from adult life.

    I’m with Pam. You had me with exotic curry sauce and then you threw those chickpeas in and I was definitely sold. Looks delicious!

  12. Looks delicious, so many vegetables in one dish. Probably taste even better the next day, assuming there are leftovers

  13. Amy says:

    I’ve never seen Dawson’s Creek, but I also have to pay for my own Netflix account and I decided to enjoy all the seasons of LOST and Battle Star Gallactica. Now I’m thinking of Buffy!

    The temps here still constitute summer, so I’m just not ready to think about Fall recipes. I don’t care what the rest of the country is doing. I ain’t ready. Hrmpfh.

  14. brocstar says:

    September 22. So bad, but so good.

  15. Michelle says:

    “The only thing to do is to walk to the grocery store wearing a pair of shorts and a sweatshirt, pick up all the summer vegetables you can lay your hands on, and cook them as if it were autumn.”

    So true! You summed it up so perfectly. I love your writing, Joanne!

  16. I just bought a dozen beautiful ears of corn at the farmers’ market on Saturday and have 8 left to use. This sounds like a delicious way to use some of them!

  17. Lizzy says:

    I have every ingredient in my fridge/pantry! Another must make dish : )
    I love your blog!!!

  18. Karen says:

    This meal looks like one perfect for the transition from summer to fall. The sauce sounds so good!

  19. i think im still hungover from the weekend… but that looks like something i want to eat by the bowlful and massive quantities of it please!

  20. Miriam says:

    This looks fantastic! Funny post, sorry about your Dawson’s Creek woes (not like you really watch it of anything), :), [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  21. Aarthi says:

    this looks like a plateful of summer…Yummo

  22. Such a great mix of veggies! I am obsessed with curries… Sadly my husband is not 🙁

  23. Sofia says:

    just re-watched the first episode of dawson’s creek last week. it had been years, but i’m just as engaged as i was at the age of 14. amazing stuff. oh and this looks yummy too.

    yes to a big gay date! i am flexible, especially when ice cream is involved…

  24. That Girl says:

    Kind of amazing that anyone would give you a password. Sounds dangerous 😉

  25. In my mind, watching re-runs of Dawson’s Creek deserves way more respect than watching some of the reality shows on today. Also, eating a healthy portion of veggies while they are still fresh and tasty also deserves respect. Especially when they are in a delicious curry sauce.

  26. Shannon says:

    i’ve been dreaming about this since you tweeted. love your use of coconut milk! must make it… when i unpack some of my kitchen stuff :/

  27. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh.. love how you create such scrumptious treats with veggie! And all the summer veggies I do meal for tomorrow.

  28. Rachel says:

    Ah Netflix, I must take more advantage of this while I’m still unemployed. should be watching way, way more mind-numbing tv shows…while eating delicious dinners like this one, of course!

  29. Those kernels of corn fresh off the cob are calling to me . . . I can hear their little voices. That is one incredible looking pile of veggies. And I might need to check out Dawson’s Creek.

  30. I love how you have combined vegetables and chickpeas in the curry sauce..very tasty looking recipe Joanne! My husband is more of a Red Box & Blockbuster guy ..somehow he never tried Netflix..I m wondering why!

  31. teresa says:

    i was just thinking the same thing about this time of year. i don’t know what to wear anymore, pants? shorts? short sleeved shirt and a scarf? it’s stressful 🙂

    i do know that i’d be happy digging into this delicious dish, love all those veggies!

  32. Don’t worry, I get it. I’m totally addicted to watching Being Erica on Netflix and it’s taking up a lot of my cooking time. What a shame! Love the curry by the way.

  33. Amazing! the perfect dish I would eat everynight if I could!

  34. Swathi says:

    Long ago I watched some thing. Due to increase in their price no streaming in Netflix for us. Love that curry sauce in there.

  35. Swathi says:

    It has been long time watched some serial in netflix, due to their price change no streaming for us. That curry sauce looks awesome.

  36. Joanne, your dishes always inspire me to work with new ingredients and play more with the foods I make. This looks lovely and it’s full of things that I’ve never used before.

  37. Chris says:

    That looks currilicious Joanne but your Netflix comment had me rolling. I have a friend that is a flight attendant and into those “young adult” books. We let her use our account and the other main user is our 12 y/o son. The results and ensuing “recommendations for you” are hilarious.

  38. tigerfish says:

    The Madras curry powder just brings all the summer veggies together in an “autumn’ way. Awesome!

  39. Juliana says:

    Joanne, this dish sounds and looks delicious…love the apple in curry and the coconut milk…you are always so creative.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  40. OohLookBel says:

    Another gorgeous dish, I think I’ll make it tonight, seeing as it’s also a transitional season over here (Spring, yay!)

  41. girlichef says:

    Oh my goodness this is sexy!! Er, ah, I mean…transitional. 😉

  42. I like the word exotic. You can turn any vefetarian dish into an exotic fair. Well done.

  43. Kelly says:

    I wish summer would never end…. the lemongrass is so perfect here. Gorgeous vegetable ragout.

  44. I don’t know how you do it, but you always make “healthy” look irresistible!

  45. This looks SO good! I love the sweetness of the apple, the corn. Yum! And I have a whole bunch of corn in my kitchen, waiting to be eaten.

  46. newlywed says:

    Love that this has apple! And that it’s called ragout. I’m obsessed with anything called ragout.

  47. This sounds amazing! Perfect summer dish for us 🙂

  48. polwig says:

    Anything veggie is right up my alley, my live in vegetarian will omit it b/c of curry, eggplant and dozen other vegies she will not touch… on the other hand I can think of other things you could be surfing that are more incrimidating then Dawson’s Creek (even though I have never seen an episode).

  49. Faith says:

    Haha, great post! Sometimes tv that’s so bad it’s good is the best thing I can do for myself…so I totally understand! 😉 Great recipe, I love the addition of apple!

  50. Pam says:

    So many awesome flavors and textures in this one. I’ll give the show a try for a bowl of this!

  51. Laura Jeanne says:

    This looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing, I might have to make it this week before this semi summer weather is gone.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  52. You really do have the best recipes.

    Please tell me, you do not have time for television? Do you ever sleep?

  53. sophia says:

    Hahaha. I gave my Netflix password to my bro because I wasn’t using it enough to make it worth my money. Too bad Netflix changed policies and I had to cancel my instant view membership.

  54. julia says:

    oooo yes! yum!
    pick me! pick me! i want that!

  55. Jeanette says:

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  56. Jeanette says:

    Hit the return button too quickly — this looks amazing – has all my favorite veggies in a curry sauce plus chickpeas, full of protein!

  57. Dear Joanne, This sounds exotic and delicious. I am a fan of curry. I didn’t grow up having it but now love it. Have a blessed and wonderful day. Catherine xo

  58. Dana says:

    I made that! It’s good, huh? Kind of weird but good. I like this season in Seattle. The weather is good, the end of summer vegetables are in their prime, a whiff of fall in the air, a few winter squashes in the markets. Now we just need the rain to hold off!

  59. Nicole, RD says:

    Lemongrass and apple both? So refreshing! And Grey’s starts 9/22, I believe 🙂

  60. Saving this recipe for sure. The curry sounds delicious with the chickpeas.

  61. Reeni says:

    What a delicious and comforting melange of goodness! Perfect for this in-between time of the year!

  62. Carolyn Jung says:

    Curry and corn are so magical together — the sweetness of the latter plays so well with the earthiness of the former. 😉

  63. Wow – look at all those veggies!! Yum! I wonder if I have gotten over my curry fear to try this one? Curries are great summer, fall, winter – any time! 🙂

  64. You are preaching to the choir girl! Last week I spent almost the entire work day listening to Backstreet Boys. My teeny bopper heart goes a-flutter

  65. Kerstin says:

    Mmm, curry just make me happy and I like the apple in there too!

  66. I call this time of year summerfall- it’s as if the weather can’t make up its mind. I could go for this anytime though, with the amazing year-round availability of fresh veggies. 🙂

  67. I am loving that exotic curry sauce. 😉 This is a great mid-season dish.

  68. I love all the delicious stuff packed into this dish especially the coconut milk and curry powder mm.

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