Friday, February 25, 2011

Thai Red Curry!

Or as Stephen's mom would say it in her cute Sri Lankan accent, "cuddy". =)

I've gotten lots of requests for this recipe. It was always on the list of those dishes that I thought I would never be able to make just because it was soooo good and seemed so hard...and the first time I tried it, was an EPIC failure! We have a favorite Thai restaurant in Arlington- Thai House- their red curry is pretty much the best I have ever tried! Now I can make it at home whenever I want instead of driving to Arlington. We still visit often though- they have ann array of fantastic dishes!! The Drunken Noodles and fried rice is another favorite!

And of course.....because it's always fun to look cute while cooking.....

{coming from someone who used to change into a t-shirt to cook for fear of getting dirty}

There are lots of variations to this dish. If you have an aversion to fish sauce, you can use 2 tsp soy sauce instead {I always use fish sauce}. Also, never use sweetened coconut milk."Thai Kitchen" and "Taste of Thai" brands are not good beacuse the are sweetened. I usually use the ones what you can't pronounce the name. Those are usually the best! Also- I use Mae Ploy red curry paste from Central Market. Depending on what brand you use, they may taste different, so you'll need to start out with just 1 Tbsp curry paste and see how it tastes. I always use about 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp. We like it hot! And remember, as with anything else- easy on the salt!!!  Too much will ruin this dish!


Thai Red Curry
This recipe serves 2-3 adults

First, Start with getting all of your ingredients together. This dish is fast-pace so you'll need to make sure everything is already handy. Make sure to slice your chicken as thin as possible. Have your carrots peeled and chopped and your bell pepper sliced before starting.

Ingredients:

Coconut oil (olive or veg. oil is fine, but coconut oil has the best flavor}
1 whole boneless/skinless chicken breast, sliced thin
One 13.5 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
1 Tbsp red curry paste, or more, if you like it hot
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
salt to taste
1 red bell pepper, sliced
3 med. carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2" pieces
3/4 cup frozen peas, slightly thawed
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving
Jasmine Rice, for serving

1. Cook jasmine rice according to package instructions. I always use the rice cooker.

2. Melt coconut oil in wok (or large pot) over medium heat.
3. Add chicken and cook while stirring. When chicken is a little over halfway cooked, add half of the coconut milk. Cook and stir until it thickens and starts bubbling.

4.  Whisk in the curry paste until combined and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.

5. Add the water, the remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, and basil; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes; season to taste with salt {Remember- easy! I just use a pinch}


6. Add your vegetables and boil gently for about 2 to 4 minutes, until they are heated. Do not overcook, they will become mushy!

Serve over rice, and top with more fresh basil. Hope you enjoy it!!! If you have any questions just comment!

Happy cooking!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Couch makeover!

It's almost Friday!!!! I love the weekend....it could be relaxing, or full of adventure....you just never know!! I don't mean to throw Monday under the bus.....I love Monday too. Especially for being self-employed....so many new ideas to work on and plan for the coming week. I am very excited for what's in store for our company in the near future, great big announcement to make in the next week or so! EEEK! I am so excited for a new business venture...but...I don't want to spill too many beans so I'll hush for now. =)

Speaking of our business, I'll be adding a new tab at the top of the page that will give you much more info about Trinity Uptown Construction. Many have asked me about what me and my husband do, so I'll be more than happy to share more info about our biz.


Because Friday is so exciting, I am going to get a head start and show you all what is probably my favorite project to date. I did this back in December. After this, I just don't know if I want to reupholster anything else for quite a while. It was a pain in the rump. I'm still cringing at the thought of having stapled my finger with a high-pressure staple gun. *shudders*

 Here's the before picture, in all of it's dusty pink glory. Careful, don't sneeze all over your computer screen.



I found this in Goodwill on a half-price Wednesday for.....brace yourself.........

$15.


Yes, fifteen. As in, pocket change.


It was $30 because it had a broken leg in the back, which was not even detatched. It was simply cracked and we fixed it, you would never tell it was ever broken. I had my mother in law help me with it, she had reupholstered 2 chairs in her living room so she knew the ropes.

And for the lovely, dramatic after....


Ta-da!

I found the purple velvet at Cutting Corners on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. I love that place! They have an incredible selection at great prices, and very friendly and helpful customer service.

I love it...it turned out better than I had imagined. Feedback? =)


Happy {almost} Friday!!

-B

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2 years.

Monday we celebrated our wedding anniversary. 2 years!


It goes by so fast. I just know that it was the best decision I've ever made, and I hope to always return to him the kindness and love that he shows me unconditionally, everyday, no matter what. God blessed me with such a treasure. I love him so.

Although our anniversary was Monday, we started celebrating Sunday afternoon. We went to a new restaurant in Fort Worth's West 7th neighborhood {our favorite hang out!} called Brownstone. We've been anxious to try it, and I must say, I was very good. The brunch was amazing and I pretty much talked Stephen's ear off while I drank 4 {!!!!!} cups of coffee.  All in all, it was enjoyable. We then headed to Hotel ZaZa {!!!} in Uptown Dallas. We have been wanting to try this hotel ever since we first got married. We've been priveleged to stay at many luxury hotels, and this was definitely one of my favorites! The room was beautiful. The entryway was alluring. Of all the times I've been around Dallas, I've never been down McKinney Ave! I absolutely loved it! So quaint and picturesque.

Here was our room...and an adorable husband checking out restaurants online =)


The drapes were my favorite part. And the chair that said "Sit on Me". hehe


I loved this lamp. Definitely got the diy wheels in my head turning!


On our way to Dinner! This was the balcony right outside of our room. {This photo took about 15 attempts....we had my Rebel turned sideways and propped up by Stephen's phone and iPad and set the self timer. Whatever works!!}


One of these days, I'm going to have a pink chandelier in my entryway. That's that.


After Dinner at Ocean Prime. We had quite a meal...started out with Oysters Rockefeller, which was simply to-die-for. We both decided on the same entree, Crab crusted tilapia. And chocolate cake for dessert. Oh, and our server looked just like Michael Buble.


The next morning we hit Bread Winners, also in Uptown Dallas. I knew as soon as I walked in, I had a new favorite Sandwich shop! The have more than sandwiches though, the have a great breakfast and dinner menu as well. It was such a beautiful day! The perfect day to sit outside and have lunch. Great conversation was had, and lovely memories were made!
We then went inside to get a few sweets to top off the wonderful meal. Didn't take me long to find the strawberry cupcake =D

What an enjoyable day spent with each other! I have such a fun husband =)

Make it a great week!!!