As I said in a recent post, whenever I resolve to eat better and exercise more, my body goes into a panic, gets sick, and begs for comfort (i.e. starchy and fatty) foods. The very foods I (mentally) want to avoid.
And that’s what happened this week. I’ve been congested and very achy, with horrible chills that roll across me like waves.
This has been a fantastic year for hot peppers in our garden. Some years we barely get any, others we do pretty well, but this year? Abundance. We grew cherry peppers, habaneros, jalapenos, peppinos, cayennes, and poblanos. There are still a lot of them out there ripening on the vine, and we’ve made good use of the ones we’ve already harvested.
In this case, Bill really wanted a jalapeno hot sauce.
We've been making batches of Red Thai Curry Paste for years now - we freeze it in ice cube trays and use it whenever we've got a craving for complex flavor coupled with scorching heat.
I wrote about this, my favorite "color" of the various Thai curries, nearly two years ago. In that post, we'd made a batch and used some of it to make fish tacos. I only posted the curry paste recipe, not one for fish tacos per se. But you can wing that yourself, I bet.
Anyway, we've made plenty more red curry paste since that last post, and we've kind of tweaked it a bit (and continue to do so each time we make it), and so I thought I'd write about it again, and this time, I've got pictures. Lots of them.
I'd written yesterday about the sushi dinner we had to celebrate/reward my son's completion of the guitar book (lessons) he's been working his way through this past year and a half. Among other things, my husband made a variation of eel sauce, or Tsume Sweet Sauce, to serve on broiled tilapia (since we didn't have any eel to cook.)
This particular recipe is from Charmaine Solomon's The Complete Asian Cookbook. I think I've referenced this book before. It's HUGE and covers the cuisines of Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The Tea Eggs, of course, are from China.
Oh yes, it's yet another sampling from Peggy Fallon's book Great Party Dips. You know, the book I'm giving away to some lucky random entrant in the giveaway? That book. So far I've also tried out the "Rockin' Moroccan Salsa" and a bright pink version of the "24-Carat Caviar Dip," both of which were very yummy.… Continue reading Wild (and Tame) Mushroom and Walnut Pate
This is a variation on one of the dip recipes in Peggy Fallon's book Great Party Dips. As you may or may not know, I'm hosting a giveaway featuring this very same book. To enter, you can click here. Anyway. The recipe in the book is called "24-Carat Caviar Dip" and calls for the… Continue reading Frighteningly Pink Caviar Dip
Sometimes I take photos of something I'm making, but then get busy with other posts and forget (or neglect) to post some of the older recipes and photos. Like with these eggrolls. I made them in...early June. Okay, so that's only about 5 weeks ago. Could be worse, I suppose.
...then this may not be the sauce for you. From the book Food 2.0, by Charlie Ayers, this is not your run-of-the-mill hot sauce. With seventeen ingredients, not counting water, this is a sauce that will set your mouth on fire and your taste buds tingling. Sweet, tangy, smokey and spicy. What's not to love?
I've had a few requests for this recipe, an unfortunately I don't have photos of the whole process, but next time we make this I'll take pictures and add them to this post. Last year Bill made a big batch of this when he picked peppers from our garden. Then he froze it in an… Continue reading Red Thai Curry Paste