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Catch Up

I’ve been gone for a while – I apologize.  Well, I apologize if you missed me.  If you didn’t, well hello there!

I’ve been busy doing some family stuff and trying to catch up to some semblance of normalcy.  Let me see if we can update each other (me first) on what’s been happening on this end.

1.  I made the most delicious red velvet cupcakes with the most dreamy cream cheese frosting.

The recipe comes from none other than Ms. Deen herself.  I had it once at a chili-cook off and finally made it myself.  I can’t wait to make it again – with a slight twist that I’ll be sure to share.

2.  I’m attempting to be crafty.  

Mind you, I have no creative bone/nerve in my body.  But, when I saw this, I had to try.  Here is my current progress.

I can’t wait for the finished result.  So far it’s been easier than I thought.  Well, I’ll probably eat my words once the felt flowers come into place.

3.  We have been eating out more.  And the spicier the better.

Now that we have been balancing more with my mom/sister and making sure that we have a lot of family interaction to make this transition somewhat easier, I have been ignoring my home-cooking duties.  Therefore, a lot of lunches and dinners taken to go.

I thought my pregnancy spicy-cravings would decrease as time went on but alas – no.  I can handle the heat and the some.  It’s quite pathetic.  When someone asks me what I want to eat, my answer has almost always been ‘something spicy.’

Luckily, I work across from one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Dallas (Thai Soon), and they have an excellent lunch special.

Pictured above is a beef enchilada and puffed taco from Ojedas.  What is not pictured is the pitcher (yes, pitcher) of salsa that I drank with a side of chips.

4.  We have been painting.

What started out as a project just to paint the nursery turned into a whole-house paint project.  Working closely with our favorite Benjamin Moore paint and advice we read online, it’s been a project that’s mainly done by Binks.  Although I work very closely at the end to make sure he knows all the places he missed.  I’m sure he loves that.  🙂

I’ll show you finished projects soon!

So tell me, what are you up to?  

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Do You Panang?

If you don’t – you should.  No judgment.

Thai food has never been my favorite – I don’t crave it like I do a bowl of pho, banh mi, sushi/sashimi/nigiri, or just a plain bowl of kim chi jigae.

However, when the mood strikes – I want it pretty badly.  Usually either a larb salad or panang.  (Never pad thai – I don’t like peanuts or peanut butter in my savory food.  No judgment, please.)

And the mood struck.  Yesterday.  For dinner.

Well, it struck before when I was at Sprouts getting my bulk shopping on (20% off sale – HOLLA!), and saw a jar of Thai Red Curry when I wandered to the “International” aisle.  I was getting tired of the guy that had his cart in the middle of the grains isle, leaving no room for others, and would not leave the area.  No judgment, sir.

Tofu Panang

Ingredients

  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into cubes (take as much water out as possible)
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil (you can use olive oil but sesame gives this dish a great flavor), divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2  cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced – I have tried it with ginger powder and it was fine, not perfect but fine
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil – I have tried it with dried basil and it was fine, not perfect but fine.
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Thai red curry/panang paste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 can of water – read on
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1/2 cup carrots sliced into sticks
  • 1 package mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (if you don’t want to use this, use soy sauce or tamari), or to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro.

Directions

  • Heat pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil and heat.
  • Add tofu to pan and season with salt and pepper.
  • Fry tofu until browned on all sides.
  • Remove the tofu from pan and set aside.
  • Heat remaining 2 tbsp of oil.
  • Saute onions, garlic, ginger, and pepper, until tender – about 7 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Add curry paste, cumin and coriander, and heat with the onions until cooked through and the raw smell is gone – about 1 minutes.
  • Add basil and mix in with curry paste combo for about 10 seconds.
  • Add salt.
  • Pour full can of coconut milk into the pan.
  • Fill 1/2 of the now empty coconut milk can with water and pour into mixture.
  • Stir to combine and bring the whole mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add red & yellow bell pepper, carrots & mushrooms.
  • Bring to a boil – approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add tofu and turn heat down to medium-low.
  • Let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add fish sauce and lemon juice; mix until incorporated.
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve over jasmine rice.
  • Garnish with cilantro.  Serve with wedges of lime or lemon (optional).

Note:  BE CAREFUL with the fish sauce.  If it spills even an iota within a 5 mile radius, your skin, clothes and life will be ruined for a full week.  I speak from experience.

Do you enjoy Thai food?  Do you cook it?  Have you spilled fish sauce on yourself?

No judgment.

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