there wasn’t much cooking going on the past two months or so. the lead-up to summer has always gotten me down a bit and the thought of adding more heat to an already steamy house did nothing for the desire to cook and bake. but i’m becoming more accepting of heat, and i’m tired of piecing together stove-less meals.
recipe 1 :: spicy coconut, curry, and sweet potato soup (here you go, ladies)
adapted from at blanchard’s table
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 TBS thai red curry paste (or more)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp light brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
5 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
in a large pot over medium-low heat, combine oil, curry paste, onion, ginger, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. cook until onion is softened, 6 to 8 minutes. add sweet potatoes, chicken broth, salt, and coconut milk. raise heat to high and bring to boil. reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are just tender. adjust seasonings and serve with lime wedges on side.
we served this over short grain brown rice with some sauteed shrimp on top.
recipe 2 :: peanut butter cookies from smitten kitchen. deb and i are on a good run with each other right now, and these didn’t break the cycle. the recipe is good. the end result is good. the cookie dough is good. my only change was to use all bittersweet chocolate chips. no peanut butter chips hanging around here.
recipe 3 :: cold-brewed iced coffee. perhaps it is a bit premature to write about this one. the grounds are in a jar hanging out with the water as i write. i need to wait until the morning to try it so i’m waiting for the verdict. it was the new york times preferred recipe and the one used on smitten kitchen, so my hopes are high. ever since my dairy-free stint during lenna’s first 5 months i’ve become used to drinking my coffee black. the cream wasn’t doing anything for me anymore. but now…black coffee is starting to lose its magic. here’s hoping this method brings it back.