East Meets West (Yet Again)

You guys know that I’m not exactly what I’d term “picky” when it comes to cooking. I play pantry roulette on frequent occasion because I am too lazy to follow real recipes, and it usually works out.

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As always, the game started with a rousing round of “what ingredients do I currently have in my possession that are still okay to eat?”

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It can be a risky game. RIP, my friend.

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Pantry, pantry, what’s in the pantry?

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But otherwise, it was all chop-chop-dice-dice-cook-cook-done!

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And, lo and behold, surprise success yet again! I’m giving all the credit to my Whasian roots this time.

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Putting my new post-HLS recipe-writing skills to use…

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Green Curry Mac & Cheese
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Similar to my Sweet & Whasian Tofu, this “dish” (I use the term very loosely) has a whole east-meets-west-in-your-mouth kind of vibe to it. Creamy and zesty, this one is potentially very weird, yes, but good! You’ll end up with plenty of curry sauce leftover as well, so bring it to work and pour it over some rice for a fast and delicious homecooked meal!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 (6 oz.) box of Annie’s Organic Shells & Cheese (White Cheddar)
1 tablespoon green curry paste
1 (14 fl. oz.) can light coconut milk
1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
1 large tomato, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Set a pot of water on the stove to boil. Heat olive oil in a saute pan to medium heat, then add garlic and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until onions become translucent. Add zucchini and bell pepper, cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

2. While veggies are cooking, add the noodle shells from the mac & cheese to your boiling water. Cook per the instructions on the box, then set aside.

3. In the same pot you cooked your noodles in (or a separate one if you don’t mind doing more dishes) mix curry paste, coconut milk, fish oil and cheese packet from mac & cheese over low heat until all is dissolved thoroughly.

4. Add cooked veggies and chopped tomato to curry mixture and bring the sauce to a simmer. Allow to simmer and reduce for an additional 5 – 10 minutes, or until curry is of desired thickness. Pour some of the sauce over noodles and enjoy!

Strange? Yes. But delicious? Definitely. And a much fancier take on just a plain ol’ box of mac & cheese, don’t you think?

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See? I told you there’d be leftovers.

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And judging from the way these vultures were buzzing around, it must have smelled good, too.

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No curry for you!

And just one more…

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We’re dogsitting for my sister right now, in case you couldn’t tell.

Are you a fan of fusing cuisines together? Or does this seem like it’s just a little bit too weird for you? I’m always interested in other people’s take on it, but I find it fascinating. I mean, I kind of AM fusion, you know? So why wouldn’t I want to eat Whasian food?

23 Comments

  1. This is way more creative than anything I could come up with! It looks delicious.

  2. Ai Reisays:

    I never EVER would have even thought of combining Mac & Cheese with green curry. This recipe is a must try!
    Fusion food is always delicious. The only time where I don’t want any is when I am in one of those moods where I really want traditionnal goodness. But aside from that, some of the best things can come out of fusion (and I don’t just mean food).

  3. This looks absolutely delicious!! We love cooking with curry. I’ve never fused cuisines together but would definitely give it a shot now. My husband might think it’s weird but I’ll make up some name that makes it sound legit and he’ll love it :). Ah the trickery!!

    • Bahaha, you sound like my sister, always having to trick her hubster into trying certain things. I love it!

      • Jen robinsonsays:

        Shhhh don’t let him know that! Well he doesn’t read the comments on your blog anyway (I hope) 🙂

  4. Honestly, I always cringe when my BF does ‘fusion cooking’. He’s originally from Korea, and he loves to put sesame oil, garlic, sriracha, and kimchi on everything, even Italian pasta or potato gratin! I guess I’m way more traditional when it comes to cooking. There are some classic dishes you really shouldn’t mess with.
    On the other hand, your Curry Mac & Cheese does sound good!

    • Hahahahahaha, well you have a point! Not all flavors were meant to go together. This could have ended up TOTALLY disastrous, and maybe some other people will think it’s really gross. I’m just an oddball so I really liked it!

  5. Danielle Kaplansays:

    Gretchen! This is one of the weirdest takes on Mac and Cheese I have heard of sooo far, but clearly you have gained skill with the pantry left overs. I am really big on Couscous at the moment in time and I recently combined Curry Couscous with Mexican Fish Tacos. I’ll admit the flavors fought alot with one another, and the spicy aspect of the curry with pollack fish actually complimented one another, but Mexican and Indian are seperate cuisines for a reason! I was wondering what excerise you do!? I recently just started going to the gym near my office on my lunch break, but the weather is becoming less unbearable and I’d like to start getting outside again!

    Hope all is well, and your trip to philly was fabulous.

    • Bahahaha, well, I acknowledge that I’m a little bit of a weirdie when it comes to food. But hey, life is for being adventurous (in the kitchen) right? 😀

      Right now I’m training for a 5 miler at the end of September in the gym so I’m running on the treadmill. I also walk ~2 miles roundtrip commuting to work every weekday, and do the occasional home video. I’m not very good at running outside, unfortunately. I’m also not very good at exercising, admittedly, hahaha. I’m working on it though!

  6. I think that sounds wonderful! I love coconut milk but never keep it in my house. i can’t seem to go through a can fast enough to use it up before it goes bad!

  7. Jen robinsonsays:

    My puppy is so adorable!! I can’t wait to get him tonight! The curry Mac n cheese sounds like something I’d like- although Dan might think it blasphemy 🙂

  8. I love mixing cultures with my food. I am half arab:hispanic and I have no probs dipping tortillas in hummus or putting plain yogurt on refried beans and rice…mmmmm

  9. Michaelasays:

    Love fusion and this looks great!!

  10. I’m a huge fan of pantry roulette. I love adding boxed soup into the rice cooker with veggies and the water to cook for dinner. Sometimes it’s a miss but often its a huge hit. 🙂

  11. This looks interesting and something I would have never thought to try.

  12. Oh… that looks Yummy! My meal planning is very much Pantry Roulette as well… Smoothies included!
    I do like the new recipe format, a lot of other bloggers from #HLS have talked about how they plan on making changes to their recipes as well.

  13. First of all, your dogs are adorable. I knew I’d fall in love at first sight. 🙂

    And second, I love mixing different cuisines together. We like to make a stir fry that has an Italian flair (think tomatoes and basil in a stir fry), but I never would have thought to mix mac and cheese with Thai food.

  14. I have that curry paste but haven’t tried it yet – I keep looking at it in my cabinet and thinking “I have to use that soon!” I’m going to have to veganize your recipe a bit, but I’m totally going to try this. It looks delish!

  15. Hi Gretchen! This looks delicious! I had dinner all planned for tonight, but I might change everything up. A few years ago I wasn’t a fan of fusion food, but I went to this great Asian Mexican fusion place in Denver and I’ve been a convert ever since.

    P.S. Is it weird to say I’m a big fan? Because I love your blog! I moved to DC recently, so hopefully I’ll get my act together and get on the DC Blogger meet up list. 🙂

    • Hahaha, it’s not weird, but it’s probably misplaced. 😉 Thank you though! Definitely join the Facebook group and come out sometime! We’re planning on standing monthly happy hours, so it’s just whenever your schedule works out. Would love to meet you!

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