I joked on the Fat Dude Facebook page recently about how I thought green curry paste only came in jars from Trader Joe’s. But the fact that this recipe calls for making Thai green curry paste from scratch reminded me of how far I’ve come in the kitchen.
I used to rely on boxed items as side dishes and pre-marinated meats for the grill or the oven. Now, I freaking make curry paste, and dishes using ingredients I’ve never even heard of before (Thai eggplant, wut?!).
For the first meal of Week 27, Chef Brian serves up a plate of vibrant Asian comfort cooking. Here’s Week 27, Meal 1: Shrimp green curry. Continue reading Week 27, Meal 1: Mean green shrimp curry
I’ve had this curious case of the sniffles for the last week — a reprisal of the yuckies that sidelined me a few weeks back — and it threw off my kitchen game last week.
The whole time I was cooking Week 19, Meal 2: Indian spiced lamb meatball soup with kaboucha squash, kale and wild rice I ran into problems. I couldn’t smell if the spices had toasted enough or taste if the dish had enough salt.
I planned to package the soup up for the following day, but there was a little miscommunication in the kitchen and we ended up leaving the soup out overnight in our comfortably warm condo.
I wasn’t so keen on trying it the next day as the cold hadn’t subsided (it still isn’t gone) and I wasn’t willing to test the boundaries of food poisoning.
So here goes the soup that never was. Continue reading Week 19, Meal 2: (Indian) wedding soup
Before I started this blog, there was pretty much one style of rice on the plate when I cooked at home.
It was white, flavored with a little salt, and that’s pretty much all folks.
Since, Chef Brian has introduced me to wild rice, brown rice and now, spiced rice.
For our next dish, Chef is breaking out the turmeric along with a whole lotta mint, cilantro, lemongrass and fish sauce.
Week 12, Meal 2: Grilled lemongrass chicken over yellow chile rice with snap peas and pickled carrot slaw is one hell of a ride on the flavor train. Continue reading Week 12, Meal 2: Grilled lemongrass chicken over yellow chile rice with snap peas and pickled carrot slaw
My stepmom never made Indian food like this, but if she had, I sure would have eaten more of it growing up.
As it turns out, crafting Week 10, Meal 1: Chicken tandoori tacos with harissa yogurt felt like finding my roots, on my own terms.
I swooned over the fragrant spices — especially the vibrant, beautiful turmeric — and today I’m proud to sport yellow stains on my fingertips from working with an array of spices.
Better than the spices, though, was the harissa yogurt, a chili-lemon-spices mix that tied it all together.
Who would have known Indi-Mex would turn out so well? Continue reading Week 10, Meal 1: Chicken tandoori tacos with harissa yogurt