Curry Wraps

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It’s official. I never want to be a real chef. I am depleted. Exhausted–after just two days of cooking. I mentioned my guest ‘chef’ appearance at the Briggs Garden event on Saturday in my last post. It was a blast, and I truly feel lucky to have had the chance to share my food with the Durham community. But I was tired afterwards. Super tired. Super tired, yet unable to rest because Sunday was the annual Pie Social Fundraiser at SEEDS and I had committed myself to making three vegan pies for the event. After this weekend, my back ached, my feet throbbed, and my allergy-exacerbated fatigue have come together to make this a particularly difficult Monday. This weekend made me realize that I don’t have it in me to cook any more than I already do on a regular basis. In other words, Giada and Emeril can rest easy–there’s no competition coming from my end :).

In other news, my camera is on the fritz and I’ve lost a number of pictures of dishes–near catastrophe in the life of a food blogger. For this reason, instead of posting the vegan moqueca I promised to post, I’m actually offering one of the two dishes I prepared for the Briggs event (but do not fret… I will make the vegan moqueca again this month and will share the recipe … with pictures… soon). This recipe, like the queso de cabra, is a non-recipe recipe (that’s two in a row for me). What makes the wrap special is the earthy, spicy curry mixed with the sweet grapes and creamy Vegenaise. If you’re not vegetarian/vegan, this can, of course, be made with meat, but honestly, I really do not think you’d miss the meat making it my way :D. The wraps were a huge hit. Folks came back for seconds and thirds. And multiple people (many of whom eat meat!) approached the demonstration table saying, “where are these wraps everyone’s talking about?

Curry Wraps (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

1 pound veggie “chik’n”–chopped

1 cup grapes-halfed

1 1/2 cups Vegenaise

2 tablespoons curry powder (or to taste)

salt/pepper

pea shoots (or arugula or watercress)–washed and dried

whole wheat wraps

Method:

*Chop chik’n and grapes. Add to large bowl. Mix with Vegenaise, curry, salt, and pepper. Adjust seasoning as needed. Add to wheat wrapper. Fold bottom of wrapper up and then fold in each side of the wrapper so that there is an opening remaining at the top of the wrapper. Lightly stuff pea shoots (or other greens) into the top opening. Secure with toothpick and enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. Hi Tiffany :) I LOVE your wraps – they look like a huge beautiful bouquet of goodness!! I wasn’t expecting curry wraps when I clicked, so they’re a pleasant surprise. Congrats on them being a huge hit! Fantastic choice in greens for this. Pea shoots, arugula and watercress are all huge favourites in my house.

  2. I love curry. I am always looking for new recipes to use it. These look like a lighter and healthier version of my chicken curry. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. yum! ive had chik’n before and its pretty tasty – thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the way you presented these. Like a bunch of flowers!! They sound wonderful. I love anything with curry in it!

  5. Wow adding grapes! That’s very refreshing! Well you are not used to be a real chef so you are probably tired. But I’m sure you will be a good chef after you get used to it! This curry wraps are sooo cute, like Beth said they looks like flowers! So sorry about losing pictures. I know how you feel. I’ll be REALLY mad too… :-( Cheer up Tiffany. :-)

  6. These sound delicious, I’ve never seen chik’n here but I’m going to check it out now. This reminds me of Coronation Chicken, do you get that there? It was the dish invented for the Queen’s coronation in 1958 and it’s still popular now! I would never want to be professional chef either. Boiling hot kitchens, stress, hard work, long hours, no thank you!! Thanks for your comment on my blog about calling my restaurant Cashews & Coriander. I’m never opening a restaurant again (too stressful) but I’d love the name for my cook book, so thanks!!:D

  7. Very fresh wraps. Hope your camera is doing better.

  8. These wraps sound excellent, love the addition of grapes!

  9. Oh dear! Sorry you got so worn down from all the cooking but being a social hand grenade is hard work 😉 I’m sure your dishes were incredibly appreciated tho! These wraps look lovely. Big curry fan, myself. Well done!

  10. These wraps look fresh and very spring like. Congrats on being a huge success!

  11. Looks good! And this is coming from a carnivore. :)

  12. I hope you feel recovered soon. Those wraps sound quite delicious. I can see why they were so popular!

  13. They look and sound delicious. I really love pea shoots and can’t wait to try them with grapes.

  14. These look absolutely gorgeous – I think I would have been in the queue for third helpings. The peashoots are a lovely touch

  15. Yay! Thank you for this recipe! I’ve had a jar of Vegenaise in my fridge for a month, just staring at me and begging me to do something with it.

  16. Nice wraps…in spite of never had veggie “chik’n”…I love the idea of fresh grapes…looks light and tasty. Have a great week ahead :-)

  17. They look like a beautiful spring bouqet, with grapes no less. C’mon don’t you want to give Emeril a run for his money? Betcha he can’t make Vegan Curry Wraps like you do. Get some rest girl you deserve it.

  18. Hey Tiff don’t tell my students I spelled bouquet wrong in my previous comment. LOL!!

  19. Mmmmm count me in for anything with curry!!!! These wraps look amazing! No wonder people were coming back for more!!!

  20. Those wraps are tempting … I wish I could pick them off the screen! This sounds delicious!

  21. Great idea! I love curry on anything. :)

  22. Very light and satisfying meal! Love the addition of grapes in them..

  23. Follow your dream!!! You will be a chef! So sorry about your photos…I know how frustrating that is :(

  24. Such pretty wraps! I feel you on the chef thing, too – every time I cook for a crowd I turn into a sweaty mess and think, “This is SO exhausting!”

  25. ooh, I love grapes with curry! And pea shoots are the best thing to happen to sandwiches in a very long time. That chef stuff is hard work, eh? Theresa

  26. I understand you must be really exhausted! You should take a rest and hung on your blog for a while: Out for holidays! And you still have time for blogging?.
    Thanks for it!

    Great receipe, no need to add meat!
    Begoña

  27. What beautiful wraps and love the recipe….sounds like you had a great time, definetly allot of work though :)

  28. Ohmygosh how fresh and delicious! It looks like these were just picked fresh from the garden. Beautiful – keep up the great work and get some rest!

  29. CONGRATS on your cooking gig. And those wraps looks soooo good and pretty!! I know good things are in store for you! :)

  30. Sounds delicious! I wish we had vegan “chicken” and other great meat substitutes here!