After reading Bittman’s article in the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/dining/07mini.html?em

I decided I must try a few of the items on the list that weren’t already in use in our kitchen.

I procured miso paste and coconut milk for two different experiments. In grad school, I used miso from time to time but for some reason had fallen out with it since. I picked up the popular red bean miso paste at the health food store (note: Whole Foods does carry it). I used a little over a tbsp. of the paste to about 10 oz. of boiling water. I added some sauteed (in olive oil) garlic (1 tsp.) and shitake mushrooms. Then I wilted about 2 tbsps of roughly chopped watercress in it as well. My friend, Julis and I decided it needed something(s). We added two drops of tamari and it was pretty tasty but I really think some freshly chopped scallions and grated fresh ginger are necessary for full enjoyment next time.

Bittman says simply mix the coconut milk with curry paste sauteed in oil with chopped onion. Then combine a poached meat of choice (chicken) and serve over rice. Here is my version:

– can of coconut milk
– 1.5 tbsp. curry powder (Madras is what I had so it is what I used)
– 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
– 1/2 chopped red pepper (if you can find little red chiles, you should totally use a few of those instead!)
– 1/2 chopped medium sized yellow onion
– 1 cup chopped broccoli
– 1 poached large boneless chicken breast chopped
olive oil and salt and pepper

saute onion and curry powder in oil for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, add red pepper, red pepper flakes, broccoli and cook for another two minutes, add coconut milk and chicken. serve over rice (I used brown rice). Salt and pepper to taste.

I found it needed a little something. Next time, I’ll probably use a red curry paste from a jar or buy red curry powder. I also think you only need about 1/2 to 3/4 of the can of coconut milk. Basil would be a great addition and so would the little red thai chiles. This serves 4.

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Happy New Year

January 9, 2009

Well, the holidays are over and I have got to get with it! I certainly cooked a lot but the only report was Christmas night. boo!

Got several food books for Christmas that am completely distracted by. Am also really excited to see all the ongoing op eds in the NYT about sustainable agriculture and discussing the issues concerning big agriculture. Very exciting. Here is one I really enjoyed:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/opinion/05berry.html?scp=4&sq=sustainable%20agriculture&st=cse

The CSA share for the month is coming up on Tuesday and LWD is slated for the 22nd. The LWD will be "going out" edition.

Going to try to blog the share, the LWD night, an entry on our liquor cabinet, thoughts on the Pollen book I’m reading and maybe something on attempting to perfect Thai curry. Goals for posting this month seem like a good plan or there won’t be a post…