Massaman Curry

This dish was delish. A great combination of tastes and textures. Thai food is really something special.

The Soup Diva

This flavorful and mild curry is a popular Thai dish, despite its stark difference from other Thai curries (due to the influence of Indian cuisine). The traditional version contains chicken, beef, or lamb, and only potatoes and onions (although there are many modern versions with other meats and/or vegetables). Purists are adamant that no cilantro or chilis be added, as these will disrupt the balance of spices in the paste and the sweet/sour of the sugar and tamarind.
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 can coconut cream or milk (14 oz or so)
  • 1 small can massaman curry paste (4 oz or so)
  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold or other small potatoes (12-16), cut in fourths
  • 1 sweet onion, rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown (or palm) sugar
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste (optional, but authentic)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (optional…

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Forgetting Your Phone At Home

Google-Pixel-XL-1-511x501I left my phone at home this morning heading out to breakfast. So I was without it for most of the morning. We survived as a civilization for thousands of years without them so it should not be a big deal. One thing this does is forces you to interact with others, to pay attention to what you are doing and frees you for things like real life conversation. There is a feeling of vulnerability without it because if an emergency were to take place it would be difficult to get help or to notify ones family/friends. Sometimes forgetting a phone is a good thing while other times you don’t know what to do with your hands.

Not Like Me

There is a college football game happening in my hometown at the time I am writing this and I am not there (duh because I am writing this post). A couple years ago I would be all over it, going down to support the home team. Today home is the place I wanna be most. In full disclosure I do have some depression issues going on so that has something to do with it. Perhaps its fatigue too because I expend myself during the week. This morning I did go out for breakfast and to Walmart with family and when I got home I took a nap. No doubt I have changed and perhaps what gives me joy has changed. At home I am blogging and watching coverage of Hurricane Nate instead of a football game on TV. Maybe I am not like me because I am not like me two years ago. It’s strange how we change and the things that give us pleasure change too. Strange indeed.

Something About Being Yourself

Be you is a easy thing to say but hard thing to do. Unfortunately there are expectations that others have of all of us in order to fit in. Life is tough enough without having to play a role that doesn’t seem genuine or authentic. It’s kind of nice to be in a space and place where you can just be who you want to be without anyone demanding you play the part you don’t want to.