Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cold weather calls for hot soup

Yesterday, I made a really good chicken curry soup. It’s basically a tweak on the famous Tom Kha Gai soup, and it was pretty tasty!

Here’s what you need:

16 ounces chicken broth (homemade is great, if not, use an organic kind)

1 can coconut milk

2 tablespoons red chili paste (or less if you don’t want it too spicy)

3 tablespoons curry powder

1 chopped red onion

1 chopped red bell pepper

2 garlic cloves

2 celery sticks

1 cup mushrooms

Juice from one lime

Fresh cilantro

4 chicken breasts (if you want vegetarian or vegan, you can use veggie stock and double up on vegetables instead.. or experiment with tofu)

You can also grate some fresh ginger, if you like the taste

Cut the chicken up in pieces, sauté in frying pan with olive oil.

Chop up onion, garlic, bell pepper, shrooms, celery and let it simmer with the chicken.

Meantime, pour the broth and coconut milk in another pan, heat to a boil, then simmer. Add lime juice, curry, chili paste and salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken and veggies, and let simmer for about 40 minutes. Add cooked noodles, or boiled rice on the side. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

Bon Appétit!

Oh, and I added some carrots as well... :)

Oh, and I added some carrots as well… 🙂

Some Insta-moments

I love Instagram! But I don’t post pictures very often… I’m kind of picky about what I put out there.. it needs to feel right. I hate blurry pictures, and I rarely post pictures of the people I’m with. Not that I don’t love them, but I want my account to have a certain mood about it. I’m not trying to be pretentious here at all (trust me, I’m not the world’s best photographer!!), but I’d like  it to be a display of how I see things, be it a flower, an animal, or just something I can’t take my eyes off of. (Cue Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons!)

Anyways, here are a few pics from my account. If you want to follow me, you’ll find me at @anki_hm 🙂

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City

Daytrip to Cannon Beach

Daytrip to Cannon Beach

The Hotcake House in Southeast Portland

The Hotcake House in Southeast Portland

PSU Campus

PSU Campus

When life hands you lemons…

.. Ask for tequila and salt! That sounds goofy, yes, but it’s a reminder that whenever there are bumps in the road, there’s always a way to overcome them. Even if you need a drink. We’re all humans after all!

I haven’t been a good blogger lately. I’ve been busy with work, life, everyday stuff. But I’ll try to write more, because it’s therapeutic to me. Sure, what rants and nonsense I put on here probably won’t draw a huge audience, but that’s not the point. It’s a diary I can look back at whenever I need to. I call it a diary, but I’m not sharing super personal stuff – about myself or others. I’m just another person using the internet as an outlet for whatever reason that might be.

Today I want to focus on happiness. How it can be a choice. And how you can do anything in YOUR ability to find out own path and overcome obstacles.

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