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More soup

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We have a soup problem, I think.  Back on solid food next time, I promise.

Over the weekend I dragged Chris through Williams-Sonoma because I had a gift certificate and I basically spent it on all food.  The most exciting thing was Sarabeth’s strawberry raspberry preserves, which I have of course been eating on bread like a civilized person.

No.  I eat it out of the jar with a spoon.  It’s a problem.

The other exciting thing was a red curry base.  I have tried many, many times to make curry, and I always fail.  I am not good at it.  But this stuff looked pretty idiot proof, and I’ve really been wanting to try to make a coconut curry soup after I saw this recipe.

Here’s my version:

  • 2 cans of lite coconut milk (I used this brand, which was actually the best lite one I’ve ever had)
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 – 4 T red curry base
  • 1 cup milk (I actually used almond milk)
  • 1/2 T red curry paste
  • 1 scallion
  • A ton of cilantro
  • 10 – 12 medium shrimp, chopped
  • 3 cups of frozen corn (or more, just add as much as you want.  I didn’t really measure)
  • Salt and pepper

Slice the leeks into thin ribbons and cook them in a little olive oil.  Add the garlic and cook for one minute, then add the coconut milk, regular milk and corn.  If your shrimp is cooked and frozen, you can add it now, too (if it’s fresh, I’d wait until it’s almost done so it doesn’t over cook).  Stir in the red curry base (not to be confused with the red curry paste – I know) and bring the soup up to a simmer.  Ladle a couple tablespoons of the broth out into a bowl and mix with the red curry paste until it’s incorporated, like so:

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Then, add it back into the soup.  Add salt, pepper, scallions and cilantro and serve. This makes about 4 – 6 servings. Here’s mine:

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We had it with bread:

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There is a new little shop by my apartment that sells really nice vegetables and bread and cheese and fish.  I will find any excuse I can to go there because I’m obsessed with it and I’d like to work there and then possibly buy it someday and eat bread and cheese behind the register.

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More eggs…

I have a carton of eggs to use up, as you can probably tell, so I decided to make this frittata for dinner.  For once in my life, I pretty much followed the recipe, except I left out the two extra egg whites because I didn’t have them.  I thought it turned out really well for my first frittata attempt.

Here is my frittata cooking:

And out of the oven:

I made garlic bread with part of a whole grain baguette to go with it.

My plate:

It’s a weird angle.  Or maybe the garlic bread really was twice the size of the frittata slice.  Hmm.

For a snack earlier, I had a Z Bar.  No picture, sorry.  I know you’ll recall what they look like.

And, because of the overwhelming demand, here is the pup:

He’s feeling rather forlorn today because he accidentally peed on his own nose earlier.  That’s what happens when you sniff the ground and pee at the same time.  It generally doesn’t end well.

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Me, Me, Me

As if I don’t talk about myself enough, I got tagged to write five things about myself by Cara and Jenny. They want to know more. Here is what I am to do:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names, linking to them.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Okay. So. Here we go.

1. I really, really, really hate when my food touches on my plate. I use a different plate for everything. Which sucks because we don’t have a dishwasher. Unless you count Chris. Which, for the record, I do.

2. I am obsessed with cooking shows. My family may have been the last in the country to get cable television, so I watched the ones on PBS when I was little. I also used to get in my sandbox and make mud pies and “talk to my audience.”

3. I do not understand music and movies, which are things that everyone else likes and so this makes me weird. I always pick horribly stupid movies, and things like band names, song titles and lyrics just don’t stick with me.

4. I had a hamster when I was little, which I creatively named Hamy.

5. I am from West Virginia. Because of this, I am not so good at living in a city. For instance, I always forget to lock our apartment door when I am inside. Chris hates this. Also, sometimes he comes home and knocks just to see if I’ll ask who it is before I let him in. I consistently fail this test.

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And now, on to the food. I had my salad last night, with a piece of the strange bread I had to buy at the grocery store because it was the only loaf that didn’t have HFCS:

It’s kind of good bread. Kind of not. I can’t decide. It’s called Healthy Delite, and apparently it’s “Made From the Old Country.” Or so the package says. I’m not quite sure what this means, but I fell for it. It sounds good, right? I also don’t know why it’s “lite.” It is 80 calories a slice, which is relatively standard in my experience.

This, however, was a HUGE slice, like three times the size of all the others, but like I said, the package clearly states that it is 80 calories a slice and someone from the Old Country cut this into one slice so it can’t possibly be more than 80 calories, am I right?

I also had this, which you may or may not think is weird:

Strawberry fruit spread and pretzels. I am on the verge of a strawberry fruit spread addiction. It is my new thing.

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