sweet curried kidney bean soup with tomatoes and coconut

This was very quick to make:

2 cans of pinto beans (I used whole foods' organic)
sweet curry powder
smoked paprika
crushed tomatoes ( I used enough to fill up a small saucepan, so about 1/3 of a large can)
sweetened shredded coconut
garlic powder
1/2 stick butter
maple syrup, salt and pepper to taste
a dash of soy sauce
2 drops of liquid smoke (optional)

Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the beans.
Mash about 1/3rd of the beans with a potato masher.
Add seasonings, coconut and tomatoes and cook on low for 20 mins or more.

simple shrimp scampi

This is really easy to make. I made enough for at least two days.

2lbs shrimp
8 cloves garlic minced 
half a head of parsley
1 stick of butter
olive oil
gin (yes, gin, I didn't have any dry vermouth on me)
the juice of 2.5 small-medium lemons
pinch of smoked  Spanish paprika
dash of Hungarian paprika
salt and pepper to taste. 

Rinse your shrimp and  lay to dry on paper towels while you melt the butter in a large pan. 

Add a glug or two of olive oil as the butter melts and heat until bubbly.

Add your shrimp either a bit at a time or all at once and remove the fully pink ones to a bowl then set aside.

When all the shrimp is cooked add the minced garlic and parsley till the garlic is golden brown. 

Pour a generous amount of  gin into the pan. 

Add the lemon juice and spices.  Cook till bubbly and reduced (basically until you can discern the oil from the rest of the mixture since most of the liquid will have evaporated).

Put the shrimp back into the pan and coat with the sauce.

Serve over warm pasta. I used thin linguini. 

things I forgot, part 2

I forgot what I put in these awesome stuffed artichokes but I -think- I used the following:

genoa salami
panko crumbs
fresh bread crumbs from a baguette
plenty of olive oil
a little butter
tons of garlic
lots of lemon
maybe a lil chicken broth?
garlic powder
salt and pepper
tons of parmesan

pad thai photoSPLOSION

I made a promise to myself that I'd take more prep pictures. I think I went a bit overboard.

Using the foolproof recipe from Chez Pim I set out to make a not-so-quick dinner. I hadn't made this in 3 years (2 kitchens ago) and the amount of ingredients was rather daunting for my tiny kitchen, but here goes.

First up is the sauce. It's basically fish sauce (stinky & salty), tamarind pulp (sour and smooth), and palm sugar (bitch to get out of the jar, but sweet and tasty).

Pim says to use 1/2 a cup each. Apparently the fish sauce I got from Bangkok down on Moscoe is extra skrong (yes, skrong it's the big ugly mutant brother of strong), because the sauce was way too salty when I first tried it. 

So I kept adding more tamarind and palm sugar and think it came out ok. Just let it come to a simmer and make sure all the palm sugar's melted then add your chili/paprika.

Pim mentions using paprika or spicy chili. The boy doesn't like spicy things so I decided to go the smoky route.

I used two paprikas from Penzeys. The smoked one is Spanish and the sweet one is Hungarian. 

Dried Shrimp

These things are retarded to grind when your hand hurts and mine did... so I put a bunch in hoping that at least half would get "fluffy" after pounding in the mortar. I wasn't disappointed.

They're like hard rocks at first, but after patient coaxing and a whole lot of thwump noises you come out with something like this (ok I know there are still some whole ones left, but ise tired so I picked em out and used the fluffies):

 Rice Noodles

The dude at the store told me to soak them for a half hour. They got soaked longer than that because I plopped them in water before I even started the sauce. I've also included a picture of the brand, not that it really matters. 

The Rest

Ok so there's the shrimp, scallions, regular chives (eh I didn't get the garlic ones) and garlic pieces.

Next up ground peanuts and bean sprouts

Don't forget the sauce you lovingly stunk up the house with

Firm tofu

and the brand

The Process

Ok so then you heat up your wok, slug some oil in, remember you don't have a wok utensil, curse for a moment, use a silicone slotted spatula and some tongs instead.

Throw the tofu in there with the scallions and the garlic. Get em nice and toasty brown.

Add noodles, a generous glug of sauce... cook till almost done.

Push to the side, add an egg or two and let sit till halfway set. Mix them all up.

Add the shrimp, peanuts, dried shrimp and pickled turnips if you're using them (I didn't use turnips)

DON'T take pictures in the middle of this because you will end up with burnt noodles in a spot like I did. =/

Cook shrimp through and turn off the heat.


Pass out.

Wait... get something skrong to drink that hopefully doesn't smell like fish sauce... eat... and then pass out.