All posts filed under: Asian

Soup For You: Butternut Squash Curry

This soup is rich and heartwarming, ideal for when Winter storms, with names like “Thor,” interrupt our high hopes for thawing weather in the coming weeks. I’ve been told it has a lot of complex “layers” of flavor.  This soup’s veritable heat will will certainly get you hot and bothered. Make it this weekend and decide for yourself. Ingredients: 2- medium to large butternut squashes, cut lengthwise into 1 cm thick slices 2 tbsp- ginger, minced 5-7- garlic cloves, minced 2-3- shallots, diced 2 inch piece- lemongrass (optional, but adds nice flavor if available) 2-3 oz/80-100g diced up S&B Japanese Golden Curry mix or make your own with curry powder, brown sugar, salt 1 tbsp- fish sauce (or soy if making vegan) 2 cans- coconut milk, normal or light 2-3 cubes- chicken or beef stock (or 2 tsp vegetable stock powder) 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or Asian black vinegar Sea Salt- to taste 1-2 tsp- crushed black pepper 1-2 tsp paprika, smoked if available 1 tsp- ground cumin 1 tsp- cayenne, chipotle pepper or aji amarillo, …

A Tasting Menu Anniversary Dinner and Blog Kickoff

Hello to anyone beginning to follow me on this new journey of culinary experimentation, dietary exploration and musings, photoblogging and ultimately, self-discovery. I’m all too thrilled to begin sharing some of my own personal insights about preparing delicious meals, enjoying food fully, making mealtime an opportunity to feel creative, healthy, connected. In the end, it’s about making food that is healing to your body and mind. That which might warm your spirit and invigorate your efforts in the world, whatever they may be. My first post might give people a skewed idea about what my future posts will be like. I’m presenting a very ambitious meal I made several weeks ago for my girlfriend Melanie in celebration of our 1 year anniversary since we originally met at Sweet Revenge. I prepared an 8 course tasting menu inspired by some of our favorite meals from the last year together. This is by no means the “norm” for me, in that elaborate and multi-course meals are a rarity for me. But it brought me such intense pleasure planning and …