Monday, February 24, 2014

Coconut and Lime….and Thai red curry paste.

You know those days?
You know those days.
The air is thick…not so much with heat, but with fog.
They are insular days….make soup days.
I have lemongrass and limes growing
I ALWAYS have coconut oil and milk
and happen to have locally harvested mushrooms and ginger.
Put it all together…In a bowl, preferably that says “this bowl fights hunger”.
A local soup-kitchen fundraiser.
…and we get none other than a warm you to the core
Tom Kha Gai
:: Thai chicken soup for a foggy day ::
and while I didn’t have galangal, the traditional root used in this dish…ginger warmed it beautifully.
and instead of the requisite kefir lime leaves….I used the zest of the limes. Everybody was happy.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 stalk lemon grass (pound the white ends to release the flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons or more of red curry paste (found in asian section…most grocers carry it)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (found in same section)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (brown or honey will do fine)
  • 3 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breast sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and zest of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. sauté the chicken pieces till done, add the ginger, lemongrass, and curry paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stop and :: inhale :: the aroma. Slowly pour the chicken broth over the mixture, stirring continually. Stir in the fish sauce and coconut sugar; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and mushrooms; cook and stir until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the lime juice and zest; season with salt; garnish with cilantro. We love it served on brown rice.
Dare the fog to hang around…

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A spotted tale {tail}…

We are looking at this little spotted and dotted beauty
as a possibility to come join our home.
She needs one.
We have one.
I will let you know how the story unfolds.
And {if} said beauty did grace us with her presence.
what would YOU name her?
Pearl, Lola and Layla are the frontrunners….any others?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Did’ja know…..

Probably you did

But a cool new iphone/pad app called Glaze

makes these

lovely sunrise paintings….


out of  regular old sunrise photos.



But the other morning met me with THIS moody beautiful feel

no app involved!


The light therapy of a morning walk on the Atlantic is like


::happy sigh::

In other news…the Jungle continues to take over

So, machete in hand….we whack away…


only to not be able to throw the gorgeous giant leaves out…

so we put them in pots



When will we learn.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Guilt{less} Sunday….

So we have had rain

and cold

SOME would not call it that. But it is to us…to ours


I went out with all good intentions

to work on the damage.

Of Ignoring a jungle.



I am sure it only  takes days

of benign neglect. not weeks or months


{Path to the barn…that I SO want to work on}

For the Inmates to get restless


{Avocado tree touching the clouds…with nary a fruit to be found}


{meditation corner. We have taken to naming the different *rooms* in our yard}


{Crazy huge Chinese Fan Palm….was in a six inch pot, originally.}



screw it.

smelling the flowers…watching a game.

there is always tomorrow.


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