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Simple Curry Soup

This one was requested by my host parents last night and paired fabulously tonight with the leftover salad from last night. Anyway before making the soup I googled half a dozen recipes and most of them seemed a bit ridiculous, so I combined the two that looked the best and simplified the process a bit to create a rich, healthy, flavorful soup that will come together in about half an hours time and only uses one pot (why do so many recipes out there require you make such a mess?  So unnecessary…)

Simple Curry Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4dl/2cups chicken or vegetable broth/water and bouillon cube
  • 1 standard size (14ish oz) can of coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tbsp of Thai curry paste (I prefer red.  Use your favorite.  Also, use more for a hotter dish)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce, soy sauce, and/or sugar (use one, use two, use all.  It’s all good.)
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves/cilantro
  • Half a lime (for juice)
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • Vegetables (I used 2 garlic cloves, 1 zucchini, 2 carrots, 1 red onion, and 1 large red pepper.)
  • Feel free to add meat.  I didn’t but any kind, particularly fish or chicken (imo) would be fine.
  • A couple tbsps olive oil

Cook:

  1. Chop all veggies.
  2. In a large pot pour enough olive oil in to sautee all the veggies and the curry paste.  If using meat, cook that too.
  3. Add broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and lime juice.  Stir until flavors blend (10 minutes or so.)
  4. Stir in coriander right before serving.

Thats it.  Super easy, filling, and so warm on a freezing cold night like tonight is.  MMm.

-Ariel

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December 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Sharing Advice: 3 Tips to Getting Dinner Done (On-Time.)

I saw this topic on a different blog while browsing tags, and it seems to be a popular one.  I posted my tips in the comment section of the first one, and I’ll copy them below.   Getting dinner on the table on time with kids running around (or even not) can be difficult for anyone, so knowing what other people are doing and collecting tips can be a great help.  Here are my three tips:

1. Keep it simple. I consider this one to be a biggie.  It’s good to keep a couple staple items always in the house that can be used with any kind of vegetable or meat to make a good meal.  For me, I always try to keep the ingredients to a spaghetti sauce or Thai curry on hand (ie: rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, red curry paste, coconut milk, and fish sauce.  Because I can put anything in these sauces and it’ll still taste good.)

2. Prep ahead of time. Chop some veggies when you can and toss them in a bowl with some water and a drop of lemon juice. It’ll keep in the fridge for a couple of days and you can grab handfuls and toss them in with whatever your cooking when needed. This works great with carrots, peppers, string beans, you name it. Saves 15-20 minutes chopping.  I also put them in the kids lunches sometimes.

3. If it can be made in advance, froze, and re-heated, do it.  Sauces and soups are best, imo.

What tips do you have to share?

-Ariel

October 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment


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