Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Green Chicken Curry
As many of you know, I have been fighting the flu, so I was craving something spicy, hot, and soupy. The meal I selected from my new Spark Cookbook was the Green Chicken Curry, on page 187.
First I placed a little more than half a cup of cilantro in my blender, and added the juice of one fresh lime and enough water to blend it together.
Then I sauteed diced and skinless chicken breasts. They were Amish raised chickens, organic - no hormones or antibiotics. I added onion because I didn't have shallots, and substituted a mix of mushrooms instead of peas. Asian mushrooms are supposed to enhance the immune system, so they seemed like a better choice this time. I omitted the yellow and green peppers because I am allergic to them. I think their freshness and crunch would be delightful in this recipe, for the green pepper eating world.
Once the chicken, onions, and mushrooms were sauteed I added Thai green curry sauce and coconut milk, bringing the mix to a simmer.
While the green curry chicken was simmering, I heated a package of precooked brown rice I got at Trader Joe's for times when I do not feel like or have time to cook brown rice. I placed the brown rice in the bottom of the bowl, added the lime/cilantro mix to the curry and ladled the curry over the rice.
I garnished it with a slice of lime and some sprigs of cilantro.
Then served it with a side of cucumber and avocado slices, which I drizzled a little of the cilantro lime mixture over.
If you have never had green curry, it is VERY different from the Indian curry normally associated with 'curry'. While it is spicy, it is much lighter in flavor. I like both curries, but I am especially fond of green curry.
The recipe was delicious and Mike absolutely loved it. I was pleased with the addition of the Asian mushrooms, and did not miss the peas. The one addition I would make to this dish next time is galangal, a Thai ginger that adds a freshness and zest to Thai curry dishes.
According to the recipe, a serving contains 248.6 calories, 31.4 g protein, 5.1 g total fat, 19.9 total cards, and 4.4 g dietary fiber.
It was the perfect dinner for me tonight, hot, mildly spicy, tasty, and nurturing.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Geneva is a future seeing eye dog named in honor of my parents, Gene and Neva. I will never meet her, but I enjoy getting updates on her training and progress. A family friend won the chance to name a seeing eye dog puppy last year, and chose to name her after my parents. She gets regular updates on Geneva and passes them on to my sister and I.
Geneva is a gorgeous dog and she always looks so calm. She seems to have the perfect disposition to be a seeing eye dog.
She is now vested and has done very, very well on her tests. She will make someone a wonderful companion.
I really wish I could eventually meet her, but I know that won't happen. I have to be satisfied with getting updates on her training and photos of her growing up. Once she is situated with her lifelong companion, I doubt I will hear any more about her.
My parents would have loved knowing that Geneva was named in their honor and would have loved getting updates about her progress. They were dog lovers all of their lives and raised wonderful, intelligent (and very sweet) dobermans.
In many ways, Geneva reminds me of my beloved German shepherd, Rudy. I trained Rudy to be a therapy dog and we volunteered for many years in nursing homes. He was a gentle giant who brought joy to many people facing the fears and loneliness of illness and old age in a nursing home.
This picture was taken in 2005, Rudy's last Christmas. He died of liver cancer caused by contaminated dog food the following April. Do you remember that, when carcinogenic ingredients were added to premium dog foods? Poor, kind, faithful Rudy was a victim of that horrific scandal.
It is especially poignant to be honored with glimpses into the fresh, young, intelligent energy of Geneva, even though I will never have the opportunity to know her personally.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I decided I would rather be not feeling so great at work rather than not feeling so great at home. I am not a good sit-still-and-be-sick kind of person. I did that for the duration of my fever, which lasted from Friday evening through Sunday evening. I am not worried about bringing my germs to work since I got sick from swimming in the germ pool of my students sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Flu was already there to be had for the taking.
The science teacher and I had already decided not to take the class for our Monday afternoon walk because there was an 80% chance of thunderstorms. It turned out to be a windy, but warm November afternoon, and the children asked if I might reconsider. After looking at the radar, we decided that we would be able to get a good hike in before any storms moved in, so we packed up our journals and hiked to a location that would be easy to hoof it back to the school quickly if a thunderstorm started rolling in.
I remembered to wear my step counter today; I am trying to get back in the habit of doing that. Between my quieter, less active teaching day, and our walk, I logged in 7588 steps so far today. That makes me feel a bit better after a weekend of reading and napping. I am still trying not to overdo it, though.
I am glad I went to work today.
I had a chance to look through my Spark Cookbook this afternoon after returning home. I found several recipes I want to try first, and wrote a shopping list for the ingredients I don't already have. I think the first recipe I want to prepare is the green curry chicken, which sounds like a dish that both Mike and I would really enjoy. I'll take photos and write a review of it after I cook it, which will be sometime later this week.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thank you to the people who responded to my question about whether the Spark Cookbook was too laden with nightshades to be worthwhile for me to get. My book was delivered sometime yesterday evening, but I didn't get it until today. One of the things I have been doing to entertain myself as I sit miserably on the couch with the flu, is reading through some of the recipes. I am planning my Thanksgiving dinner and some new food to try next week.
Before Mike brought the mail in, I made up a lentil soup in the crock pot. Lots of flu fighting chicken broth and garlic. I roasted the garlic and the onion first, then mashed up the garlic and chopped up the roasted onion. Along with lentils, I added carrots, kale, and some corn that I cut off the cob. I also added cumin for seasoning, and half a lemon. I think this should be good flu voodoo.
I am not good at being sick, I have to say. I have a fever and absolutely no energy, and am trying to stay low. But it gets tiresome! I have made soup, been on Spark - reading and commenting on blogs, read my book, read the cookbook, played solitaire bananagrams and sudoku, then started all over again.
I plan to go to work tomorrow come hell or high water just to have something keeping me busy.
Someone sent me this - I thought it was entertaining.
Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as
Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as
NFL 3.0 and
Golf Clubs 4.1.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?
First, keep in mind,
Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while
Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.exe, try to download Tears 6.2, and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If those applications work as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1.
Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)
In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program. This is an unsupported application and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend
Cooking 3.0 and
Hot Lingerie 7.7.
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