Diving in bed and eggplant curry

If I said to you that my husband likes to dive in bed, you could be forgiven in exclaiming ‘What the!’

Calm down. It’s not what you think.

The Yak, when in the throes of sleep, likes to dive.

By this I mean, imagine you are watching the Olympic Games. A diver performs a breathtaking inward two and a half somersaults in the pike position, finishing off with a perfect rip entry.

When The Yak rolls over in bed, it is not a gentle roll or turn. He is an elite athlete, standing on the end of a diving board. He then performs an incredible triple pike turn in the tuck position, before landing back atop the mattress on the other side of his body.

The bed is merely a trampoline for his nightly diving shenanigans. The re-entry that he makes when diving back into the mattress, does not translate into the same pretty ripples that a pro diver makes when hitting the water.

I am merely the judge, holding up score cards.


Rest assured (because I certainly can’t), I would rather be sleeping.

We have this curry often, actually, we have all kinds of curry often. Cause that’s how we roll.

Mustard seeds and potato are like Laurel and Hardy, Sonny and Cher, fish and chips, bubble and squeak or some may even say, the Cheergerm and the Yak. They just go together. Little pops of bright mustardy goodness paried with the soft potato is the bees knees.

Eggplant are the sponges of the vegetable world. Not like the gross, mouldy thing that may or may not be hanging in a dark corner of your shower recess. But in an awesome ‘suck the flavour out the delicious ingredients that you pop in with it’ kind of way.

Earthy, spicy, unctuous eggplant and brightly flavoured potato (how very Nigella of me). Please sir, can I have some more?


2 tbl cooking oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 cm fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large peeled potatoes, cut into 1-2 cm cubes
2 small eggplants, cut into 3 cm cubes, partially peeled (see photo below)
1 tin crushed tomatoes
12 dried curry leaves
A big handful of roughly chopped coriander

Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan, add the onions and sautΓ© a few minutes until they start to soften.
Add garlic and ginger, cook for about 30 seconds then add all the spices and salt. Cook for 1 minute, take care not to burn the spices.
Add potato and stir, add eggplant and stir through.
Add tomatoes and 1 and 1/2 cups of water and the curry leaves.
Simmer on low to medium heat for approximately 1 hour until the potato is tender. Check for salt.
Add a handful of chopped fresh coriander to your taste.
Serve with basmati rice.
This has a zing as I used quite hot chilli powder, use less if you don’t like it spicy, use more if you like a bit of Johnny cash…

A Cheergerm creation

A happy Father’s Day to my own dad Mr Bagpipes, to the excellent Yak who is an outstanding Dad to our sproglets and to all you other big Daddies out there.

24 thoughts on “Diving in bed and eggplant curry

  1. I’m giggling away at the thought of your husband leaping around the bed. Mine wraps himself in the entire duvet, leaving me with a tiny corner to cover any dignity… Eggplant curry also looks delicious, I’ve been looking for a new midweek meal – thanks!

    • He he…I call a doona/duvet stealer a ‘doona hogger pogger’. The things we put up with hey? πŸ˜‰ It’s a great wee curry and there was plenty for both of us the next night, always a bonus! Hope you enjoy.

  2. Your curry looks so very delicious. I can almost smell it. But it makes me hungry for my coarse Pommery mustard, loaded with seeds. We are mustard lovers in my house πŸ™‚
    Big Daddies do tend to cause seismic effects when they turn over in bed. I keep thinking I’m going to get a king size bed so that the aftershocks will be tempered. But the shaking is nothing compared to the snores of the sleeping giant…

    • The curry is tasty but Ahhhhh….Pommery mustard. Methinks a potato salad is in your near future? Good to hear I ain’t the only one with a Big Daddy diving issue but snoring!! The Yak (thus far) has mostly only snored when he is ill or has had a glass or two more of liquid ambrosia than he should. When, oh when, will they invent the cone of silence?

      • The Long-Suffering One snores any time he is on his back and asleep. Maybe I’m the one who deserves the title of Long Suffering!!!
        Oooh yes, potato salad would hit the spot, during these last few days of summer.

  3. The doona hogger pogger! That is rich. I’d love to see you create a dish with that title. Hmm … the possibilities.
    And I adore curries. Can’t get enough of them. Sadly, the restaurants that make them round here are all sadly predictable and ordinary, so if you really want a decent curry, you need to make it yourself. And I don’t mind–especially the lingering smell for a few days after.
    Great post, Cheergerm. Another yummer.

    • Thanks Mrs P! Bed really is a battlefield hey? (Cue 80’s Pat Benatar song.) I think the Yak may argue that it is I who is the DHP but this ain’t his blog and no one will ever know…curries are fab hey? We have a few decent Indian restaurants around but I agree, great curries can be made at home. However, the special flavours that a tandoori oven impart for the bread and tikka dishes isn’t doable, sadly. Unless one has a tandoori oven at home!!

  4. troppodon

    That is very weird Lisa

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    • Thanks Madame Cupid. It’s pretty bloody delicious. Hope you are on the mend from what ails you. I think that Cirque du Soleil would really appreciate a bubble blower of your expertise, panache and skill…?? πŸ™‚

      • I’m doing great, thank you! Actually, recipes like this will be great for my health πŸ™‚

        They surely will. I can see my selling out arenas worldwide. You can be my majestic assistant πŸ˜€

      • We will be an unbeatable bubble blowing team….they will bow down before our greatness. (Seriously, as an assistant, will I just be handing you the bubble mixture? Sounds vapid and right up my alley!) Glad you are well. πŸ™‚

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