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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 December Instagram pics

Christmas Day breakfast!

Christmas Day breakfast!

Old school! Christmas music on cassette!

Old school! Christmas music on cassette!

Our tree... (I wish)

Our tree… (I wish)

 

Creepy Santa! If you've been naughty, he'll come visit you.

Creepy Santa! If you’ve been naughty, he’ll come visit you.

Follow me, @webangel81

And finally, some words of advice…

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Mmmmm….. Pho!

I’m totally on a soup binge these days. Can’t….get….enough. What’s better than broth? Not much… it’s pure delish. In honor of Meatless Monday, you can totally make a vegetarian version by using veggie-broth and tofu instead of chicken.

4 oz noodles, fresh ones
4 cups low sodium chicken broth or veggie broth
sliced carrot, celery and onion
pinch of five-spice powder or whatever you prefer
1 tbs soy sauce
2 cups shredded chicken/tofu
1/2 cup edamame
1 lime
Cilantro
1/2 cup broccoli

Heat the broth, bay leaf, five spice powder, and soy sauce together over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and the veggies and simmer for another 5 minutes, until heated through. Add the fresh noodles and let it simmer on low 10 minutes.

Pour into 2 bowls. Top with whatever you want – cilantro, and serve with lime wedges, hoisin sauce, sriracha, and jalapeno (for the brave ones). Or bean sprouts! Yumm!

This is a modified version from this website. I just tweaked it since I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients. Hope you’ll enjoy! 🙂

Pho - perfect tweakable Vietnamese soup!

Pho – perfect tweakable Vietnamese soup!

 

 

What Christmas means to me

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First of all, if you haven’t already figured it out, I’m Norwegian, so (duh) my traditions vary enormously from what you Americans call Christmas. No offense. I love me some fat jolly Santa just as the next person. OK, here it goes. We open our presents on Christmas Eve! That’s right! We’re all dressed in our gayest gear and eat dinner precisely at 5 pm, because that’s when the church bells declare it is at last the holy hour of Christmas.

But before then it’s a tradition to sit in your PJs eating candy watching:

 

OMG. This is the ULTIMATE Christmas flick, just ask any girl born in the 80’s or later. It’s a Czech movie originally titled ” Tri orísky pro Popelku“, which is dubbed in Norwegian by an old man so all the kids can understand it. It’s basically a “modern” (how modern is 1973, anyways?) take on Cinderella, where the protagonist finds three nuts, which each will fulfill her wishes. Needless to say, it has a happy ending where her prince whisks her away on a horse. Awwwww.

And so, after too much candy and TV, we clean up and don our festive clothes. No jeans or crocs allowed, shame on you.
In my family, this is what we eat:

Oh, it's glorious. Lamb ribs, mashed rutabaga, potatoes, sausage, sauerkraut and red cabbae. Image

Oh, it’s glorious. Lamb ribs, mashed rutabaga, potatoes, sausage, sauerkraut and red cabbage. Image

When we enter the house and face this smell, we all shed a tear, because it is, after all, Christmas once again. Yumm!

After about three hours of eating, drinking, discussing, shouting, taking pictures and making sure the cats don’t tear down the trees, the “grown-ups” do the dishes while the children impatiently wait for the big event – to open the presents! After we serve coffee and cake (and some brandy, cough, cough) we open the gifts, one by one, to endless “aaaws” and “oohs”. This usually lasts way into the a.m, but it’s so worth it and I love it. I wish I could be home this Christmas because I have been away for too many, but next year, my dear family, I will be there. With bells on!

Home sweet home!

Home sweet home!

Eugenics*

Willamette River

University of Oregon campus

Vero coffee house

Lunch at Vero

At the Cuthbert

Jamie eyeing the show

Waiting for The Shins

6: Banana creampie cupcakes

OK, sometimes I cook. And bake. But that’s a secret. This is never going to turn into a food blog, so don’t hold your breath. However, I recently made these banana creampie cupcakes, and they were delish!

Recipe taken from here.

Preparation: Line cupcake pan with liners. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • ¼ t baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk

1. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and  beat on medium high speed until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add in salt and beat until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Add in vanilla and beat until combined.

2. Turn off mixer. Combine sour cream and milk until smooth.  Using a sturdy spatula or a wooden spoon, add in sour cream mixture and flour mixture, alternating in thirds. Fold in each rotation, beginning with the sour cream and ending with the flour mixture, mixing each rotation until just combined.

3. Fill cupcake liner two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Banana Cream Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ bananas, plus 1/2 banana for divided use
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ kosher salt

1. Place all ingredients in food processor bowl or blender and process to combine. Pour mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and cook until mixture starts to bubble, making sure to constantly whisk. Continue to cook mixture until it thickens, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Whip Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups of whip cream ….  (I just made whip cream out of heavy cream…. sure that helps)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Place whip cream, sugar and vanilla in a chilled bowl. Using a whisk or a hand mixer beat whip cream on low until it starts to bubble. Increase speed to medium high and continue to beat until cream almost doubles in size and is smooth and creamy.)

I didn’t do that. I just added vanilla and sugar to the whip cream. It was wonderful. Like I said, I am not that savvy.

Assembly

1. Using a serrated melon baller or knife, dig out a well in the middle of each cupcake and fill with banana cream filling. Frost with whip cream to preference.  Finish by drizzling caramel sauce on top.

k, sorry, bad pic...

 

And… LET’S EAT! No, my cupcakes didn’t look at all like the ones in the picture of the original web site, but they tasted like heaven! So I guess I did SOMETHING right! 😀

4: Things that fascinate me

In no particular order…

1) Languages

2) Weird blogs

3) Items at grocery stores

4) People with really weird faces

5) The way cats walk

6) Hipsters

7) Make-up

8) People standing in line waiting to board the plane

9) Bizarre stories about serial killers

10) Actually, anything that is bizarre, grotesque or unusual

11) The mail. I’m obsessed with mail

12) The moon

13) Anything retro and nostalgic

14) Ugly tattoos

15) Foreign destinations

16) Words

17) Old photographs

18) The ocean

19) Art

20) The smell of coffee beans