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Recipe: You-won’t-believe-it’s-not-takeout Thai Curry

23 Feb

Who needs take-out when you can make this delicious, healthful(?) Thai curry at home?


  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1T yellow curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk (don’t get the “light” stuff, it just isn’t the same)
  • 3T soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1T sugar (brown sugar, if you have it)
  • lots of cauliflower florets
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of tatsoi, leaves only
  • 1/2 cup of basil

Saute the onion in oil until translucent, but not browned.  Pour in the coconut milk and curry paste, stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes to let flavors develop.  Meanwhile, combine sugar, broth and soy sauce.  Add broth mixture to coconut milk along with the carrots, cauliflower and half the basil.  Cover and cook until carrots and cauliflower are softened – about 20 minutes.  Add the tatsoi and the rest of the basil and cook until tatsoi is wilted.  Serve with brown rice.  Yum!


Recipe: Spicy Radish Salad

15 Feb

Veggie burgers tonight with a fun, spicy radish salad based on this recipe from Design Sponge, scaled down for 2 people.  It’s a pretty quick salad that uses up a lot of radishes, if you’re starting to notice that they’re piling up.


  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic total (1 clove for dressing, pulverized, and 2 cloves sliced for infusing the chile oil)
  • 1 t red chile flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 tangerine
  • 1/4 cup of grated piave (if you can’t find it, substitute parmesan or a good aged cheddar)
  • 1 bunch of radishes, smaller ones halved, larger ones quartered
  • small handful of basil rough chopped

Pour olive oil in pan over med-low heat, allow oil to get hot add chili flakes and garlic cook 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, sieve oil and let cool.  Meanwhile turn the garlic into a paste by using a knife and salt.  Put in bowl with citrus juice and some pepper.  Whisk in the oil.  Taste for salt/acid/etc.  Toss dressing with radishes, cheese and basil and serve.