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.

Christmas night

December 25, 2008

The kitchen looks like a tornado hit is. We made a 8 pd. leg of lamb and served it with baby carrots (there were baby and full sized in our CSA share), new potatoes (CSA), roasted fennel and creamed pearl onions. It was…really good.

This Christmas at "home" in NYC has been…INSANE. Hubbie’s parents are in town (and we are so thankful for the visit, yes) and EVERYONE sent food. So far the tally is:

– One stollen baked by a random cousin
– 1 large box of sausages and cheeses from Murray’s Cheese (woot. yeah. rock on.)
– 1 WONDERFUL ginger cake from Zingermann’s in Michigan (so tasty)
– 1 tin of chocolate covered pecans (from Alabama yet from a lawyer I work for, randomly…and thoughtfully. Small farm.)
– 1 bottle of Veuve (another lawyer)
– 1 bottle of a really nice Cote de Rhone I’m enjoying…right now (another lawyer)
– huge box of grapefruits and tangelos from Florida

The last on the list is from my sweet 90 year old great-Aunt living in Sarasota and her younger man, Uncle Bob who is 81. They went to a local farm in their area and sent us local produce. Um…rock on. Seriously, this is very likely my favorite gift besides the hubbies surprise of the first season of "Weeds" on DVD (he knows I worship the Mary Louise Parker bigtime). My elderly relatives went to a LOCAL SMALL FAMILY OWNED FARM…you know, near them and they sent out Christmas gifts of those products. AWEsome. We have realllly enjoyed them, too. Citrus can last out and then in the fridge for over a month but we are down to one grapefruit. woot.