Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I ran across this wonderful recipe from a fellow Oregonian's blog, Wives with Knives. The author speaks of having a rendition of this soup at a local McMenamins restaurant, which is exactly where I first tried it. And let me tell you, the first bite I had knocked my socks off, it was so good. For you non-Oregonians, McMenamins are a chain of establishments including restaurants, pubs, funky hotels, and entertainment venues around the state. The ones I've been to are all amazing. Check out their website if you are interested in reading more about this interesting corporation.
This soup went together in no time and the results were fantastic and very much like the restaurant version I have had many times. This will definitely be a go-to recipe in my soup repertoire. It was everything I needed and I do believe I can breathe a little more clearly now!
West African Chicken Peanut Soup
1 cup diced cooked chicken
2/3 cup diced onion
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup chopped stewed tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
In a large pot, saute the chicken, onion and garlic in the sesame oil until the onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, and saute 1 minute more.
Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes and peanut butter, stirring until well combined. Heat until very hot, but not boiling. Serve immediately
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
My very first tea cup
One shelf of my china cabinet
Some of my glassware
My mother's good china (inherited from her mother)
My mother's Blue Onion china (she has 3 other complete sets of dishes)
So now the world knows about our family disorder. I will no longer live in shame and I will hold my head up high the next time I walk out of the antique or collectors store with my newly purchased tea cup.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
As much as I enjoy trying new recipes, my leaning has not been toward the most healthy, low cal foods. What fun is it to blog about celery sticks??? Well, my waist line has paid the price and it's time to pay attention. I will still be blogging recipes from time to time, but I am going to use this blog to post photos and writings of whatever strikes my fancy. I'm not going to feel tied to the kitchen every weekend cooking, but instead I am hoping to get myself outside and moving again.
Those of you who follow me on a regular basis are much appreciated and I hope I will still keep you as an audience as I venture on to new arenas, as I have subtitled my blog, A Slice of Life. Above is a picture I took last Saturday on a sidewalk on my block as I started off on a walk in between rain showers, with the sun peeking through the clouds.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Beautiful yellow plums in our back yard
So....I'm taking a break. Check in occasionally. I may need a change of pace from my projects and I often do get the itch to get in the kitchen if I'm away from it too long. I just can't promise anything! I leave you with a few pictures from the past glorious summer.
A lovely sampling of microbrews in Cannon Beach, Oregon
And speaking of Cannon Beach, its famous monolith
Calla Lillies in our yard