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?

Birthdays in India

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Last night, the fam got together to celebrate birthdays a deux: my lovely and amazing sister, Jen, and her lovely and amazing hubby, Dan! Their birthdays are a mere 5 days apart (well, 5 days and a year) so we banged out both celebrations in one big family dinner at Haandi, a local Falls Church (what else?) Indian restaurant.

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Thanks for taking the pic, Taylor! It was a veritable smorgasbord of spicy, saucy, Indian goodness. Nommm.

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We started with an appetizer sampler plate (the samosas were huuuuge!) I always love the green tamarind-chutney-sauce-stuff (no idea what it’s called… help?)

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And the garlic naan was to DIE for. Hopefully the feast to come made for a very happy birthday couple:

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I know that my sister was just happy to receive the Oreo-lookalike (her new puppy) birthday cards!

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My brother was content to let me play the lone photographer for once, while he nursed this behemoth:

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Bahahaha.

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Saffron-ish rice, naturally, served as a base. And then… it began:

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Oh my goodness. There was palak paneer (spinach with cheese cubes), lamb korma (lamb in a creamy sauce), chicken tikka masala, some kind of spicy eggplant coconut curry, and channa (chickpeas) masala that I must have forgotten to photograph in my haste to, you know, eat. Hehe.

My plate:

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Times like a thousand more pieces of naan to soak up all the curry goodness left in the bowls. Hehe. We were all so stuffed by the end of the meal, we couldn’t even bother with dessert. Ah well.

So speaking of Oreo, we’re puppysitting for my sis and her hubs while they go celebrate for REALS in Las Vegas this weekend! I’m so, so jealous. I haven’t been to LV since I was… 13? Not quite the experience I’m sure most of you have had in Sin City, ahahaha. So for me, this weekend will be a fast refresher of what puppy-ownership is like. Even though Daxter is only 1.5 years old, I’ve clearly already blocked some things out, haha! But it’s okay, because he’s so cute it all balances out in the end. I just hope my roommates see it that way, too… hehehe.

Day 182 - Oreo
Photo by Ben Powell

See?

Also, and I tell you this because I am all about full disclosure on this blog, I may or may not but definitely am going to see Harry Potter for a fourth time this afternoon. NO JUDGING. I’m just trying to keep the magic alive! 😀