Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Proof that I read into your comments

Well, due to the resounding lack of response to my last post, I'm going to assume that most of y'all aren't really into the idea of a holiday cd mix exchange. However, for the three of you that are, I'll personally send you a mix - just for playing. Jenny - if you could email me your address (contact info on my profile page) that would help.

For the rest of you - I'll get back to what you're more obviously interested in. Food. Growing up in a small town, I didn't have a wide selection of Asian cuisine available to me. We had one Chinese restaurant and one Vietnamese restaurant. But I grew up completely addicted to the Girl Talk series of books. One of my most vivid memories of the book is one of the girls in the group, Randy Zak was cool and from New York and her mother and she ate thai food takeout - straight from the container. First, I ADORE the idea of eating food out of a paper takeout carton. I'm always trying to get Thatboy to bring home cartons we can eat out of with chopsticks. But there are two problems with this. You'd be surprised how few places actually use them anymore, and it makes it hard to eat family style, which is how we usually eat. The other thing I got from the books is the exoticness of Thai food - which I always wanted to try. As soon as I was out of the house, Thai food became a staple in my diet. Luckily Thatboy is equally as interested in Thai food and the first two years of our relationship we had a semi-permanent booth at a local place near our college.

Thai food is one of those cuisines that is a little intimidating for me to make at home, so I usually go out when I have a craving. And it's just so easy because the place a block from our house is fantastic, and the waitstaff all know me. When I do make it at home, I go the easy route and usually use a premade curry which I then add meat and veggies to. But I have been looking for curry paste to attempt to make my own - and a couple weeks ago I found it. (I know, I wasn't looking very hard....I work right beside an Asian market. I just always forget to pick some up when I'm there.)

Once I had the curry paste, it wasn't very difficult to throw together the remaining ingredients. And this way I could add as much coconut milk as I wanted! Some of the Thai recipes I've attempted and featured in this blog are a little labor intensive, but this is insanely easy. Almost a cheater recipe. And while it won't ever take the place of my neighborhood haunt, if you pick up a takeout carton from Michaels you can eat it right in front of the tv!

Shrimp in Red Curry
1/2 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp red curry paste
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1/2 cup of snow peas and red bell pepper, sliced
1 Tbsp fish sauce

  1. Heat coconut milk in skillet, just until simmering and stir in curry paste and sugar, sturring until disolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Add shrimp and veggies to coconut curry mix. Cook until shrimp just turns pink.
  3. Stir in fish sauce and remove from heat.


  1. Ohhh! I have to try this! I have been leaning to cook Thai food and am LOVING it. Here in Hick Town most people have never even HEARD of Thai food much less serve it so I was thrilled when I got a Thai cookbook. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow!!
    The Post-It Place

  2. We had one Chinese restaurant and and Italian pizza place in my home town. They grew in popularity over the years. I think I was 11 before I had my first slice of pizza.

  3. So easy and I'm so with you on the carton containers. Michael's usually has a good supply as do most of the dollar stores around here.

  4. Love Thai food myself. And oh poo I missed the CD exchange, I was out of town and did not read all of my fav blogs while gone. I love some of your picks and one of MY favs is Wonder as I Wonder as well. A lady sang it every year at church even long after being crippled with MS, it got to the point that she would have to sing it from her wheel chair at the back of the church. Never a dry eye.

  5. Hey did you see the free 20 song holiday ITunes sampler?

  6. I have a couple of thai-inspired dishes from CL that are totally in my monthly favorites. So easy to make, but so yummy!

  7. mmmm, fish sauce. smells so bad, tastes so good.

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