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The curry love recipe
May 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
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Yesterday I took an adventure with the goal of purchasing curry paste in mind.  I was introduced to this ingredient through a friend, and have been on a mission to purchase it and cook with it ever since.  Not the most obscure ingredient ever, but still obscure enough to need to venture beyond the corner grocery shop. Chinatown as my destination, with the narrow hilly streets and Chinese signs as my guide, I ended up at Bangkok Center Grocery.  A little Chinese man with a few teeth missing yet the kindest smile offered me help as I stepped into the shop, recommending which curry pastes need coconut milk, which are spiciest, and which work best with bamboo shoots.  A few minutes later, I was purchasing 6 different kinds of curry paste, 3 cans of coconut milk, and some lychee juice for the road.  

 

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

Chugging my juice through the short crowded streets, I made my way through Chinatown and up to Little Italy.  People were eating heeping plates spaghetti and meatballs and cheesy, melty lasagna outdoors on an 80 degree clammy day. Nothing could be less appropriate for the climate.  

 

Lasagna (on a sweaty day)

Lasagna (on a sweaty day)

I finally hopped the subway to Union Sq to go to Trader Joe’s for my final curry dish ingredients.  Italian food would not be part of the equation, purely an interlude.  

The final recipe is

2 peppers – one green, one red

1 container of tofu

Broccoli OR Butternut Squash (depending on what Trader Joe’s has or doesn’t have)

1 can of red curry paste

1/3 can of Coconut milk

 

What you mix the ingredients in

What you mix the ingredients in

 

 

Incorporate all the ingredients in a deep pan, covered, and check back occassionally for your perfect cooking preference….I’d say 8 minutes.  This will serve 1-3 people, depending on how much leftovers you want.  Spicy and satisfying, healthy and hearty.  Fun for all.  

Well that is all for my international journey/obscure errand of the day.  I think I will start to find more obscure errands to run.  They tend to be more fulfilling than the ol’ run to the dry-cleaners.  Less dirty laundry involved.  What should I do next?

 

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