Sunday, August 31, 2014

WORLDFOODS Sauces

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When I was a teenager I worked in a small Chinese restaurant that also had a small Thai menu. There, I developed a taste for dishes such as Siracha, Siam & Curry. I quickly found that I put the tastes that I was accustomed to up on a pedestal & was very judgmental when it came to the same dishes from other places. The only time anything ever got my seal of approval, was when I ordered at a restaurant that was owned by my boss' family. Unfortunately, over the years, most of them have closed their doors. Except for one, but I rarely get to go there & indulge my taste buds. 

I'll admit that I was extremely hesitant to try this particular group of sauces from WORLDFOODS, but also excited. It's been so long since I've had a good curry. And if I could make it at home all the time, I would be the happiest gal on the block! 


Thai Yellow Curry Cooking Sauce

This creamy yellow curry made with coconut milk, lemon grass, ginger, green chili, coriander, cumin, fennel & turmeric, was right on the spot! I made my dish with chicken, onion, green pepper, carrots & green beans. I tried to remember what was in the curry dish I loved so much when I made this. I know I was a bit off on the ingredients, but it was still amazing since the sauce was such a #TBT (so to speak).


Thai Green Curry Paste

I was wondering how on earth this small jar was ever going to be enough to make a meal, but I tried to anyways. I was shocked at how the amount of sauce was just right. Not to mention tasty with its blend of green chili, lemongrass, Thai coriander, tamarind & cumin. For this dish, I used steak (the kind that says "perfect for tacos" simply because I felt like it), green pepper, carrot, water chestnuts & bamboo shoots. There was still the curry flavor I loved, with just a bit more heat . All in all though, it was the perfect blend yet again. 

Thai Coconut Galangal Stir-Fry Sauce

I really had no idea what to expect with this sauce. I had never heard of "galangal" before, but come to find out it's a cousin of ginger, only with earthy & citrus notes to it. This creamy sauce also boasts coconut milk, lemongrass, tamarind & chili to it's list of ingredients, giving it a mild bite. For this dish I used chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, onion, snap peas & egg. Honestly, it reminded me of a spicy peanut sauce (one of my faves), which is most likely from the earthy galangal.


Indonesian Fried Rice 'Nasi Goreng' Paste

I was completely clueless as to what dish to make with this paste. So I decided to look up some of the recipes that WORLDFOODS has on their site. I finally decided on the Stuffed Peppers with Indonesian Fried Rice. Which was probably the biggest chance I was taking since I never step out of my stuffed pepper comfort zone. The result was so amazing, that dinner was devoured before I remembered to even take a picture. This paste resembled the tomato paste & sauce that I put in my stuffed pepper recipe, just with a distinctive Asian flair to it. And chilies of course. 


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Simple Sunday: An Old Barn


Nothing like wandering around an old barn that's been sitting unused for 20 years.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Snacktastic Saturday: Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Do you ever have those rushed mornings when you're just starving? How about those afternoons when you're wondering how on earth you'll ever be able to make it to dinnertime without getting into the cookies? Yea, me too. Which is why I gave a twist to my breakfast smoothie one morning. And also why I drink it almost every afternoon. 
 
 
Of course this isn't necessarily a smoothie that requires measurements. If there's something in it you don't like, replace it with something else or only add a little bit. 
 
 
•cooked oats, any kind
•plain Greek yogurt
•ripe banana (go for the ones that are cheetah spotted)
•almond milk
•organic honey
•cinnamon or nutmeg
•almond butter
 
- Add all ingredients in a blender & blend away. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fun Friday: Simple Holiday Wreath - Perfect for Labor Day!

Have you ever gotten the urge to make something, only to have nothing that you wanted to make it with. Yep, that was me earlier. I had the urge to make a holiday wreath, but had nothing on hand to make the one that I wanted. So I improvised & all it took was a cardboard box, some yarn & a pair of scissors. 


First I found a cardboard box that was a good size & cut one of the sides off. 

Then I did the good old pencil compass out of pen & a string trick (hehe) to get the circles. They're a bit off if you really examine it, but it was close enough for me.  

I did happen to have red, white & blue yarn (for all the times I decided I was going to knit or crochet something & never did because I don't really know how). To measure my sections, I used a very calculated plan. I did a full arm span (using both arms), three times & cut.  

All that was left was just tying the yarn on & wrapping it around. The back is a cluster of strings tied together to help keep them all in place. And a folded strand of yarn tied onto the back as a hanger. 

I have to say that even though this flat cardboard wreath resembles nothing of the burlap & wooden letter wreath I had wanted to make, I'm still pretty darn happy with it! 

The kids have now informed me that I can make one to look like candy corn for Halloween. (Although I may buy an actual wreath to work from on that one.)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Think It Thursday: And The Fundraisers Begin

Guess what the kids brought home from school yesterday.


Yep, we are barely into the school year & the fundraisers have been sent home. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for helping the school raise money. But most of us are still reeling from the cost of school supplies & new school clothes. Let alone, it's always the same things. Magazine sales, been there. Cookie tubs, done that. Although they do have a new photo keepsakes one this year that I may actually look into. Actually I have too since I now have two kids that brought them home & who have their eyes on big prizes. Sorry kids, two a piece so you can get a "mouse racer" (that way you won't feel left out). 


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