Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Last night I made the most amazing soup. I know, everyone who blogs about their food says that, but this time, I really mean it.

I found the recipe on Pinterest – my source for everything from recipes, to DIY projects, to even workouts. The original poster was Bev from BevCooks. I had never been to her blog before – which is what is so great about Pinterest. You are constantly finding new and exciting bloggers. In her post she goes on and on about how easy and delicious this soup is. Almost to the point where I was like “Already already Bev – the soup can’t be that amazing!”

But I was wrong. It is that incredible.

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Coconut Curry Chicken Soup:

Makes 4 large servings 

*3 Tbs. red Thai curry paste (or more or less depending on your heat preference)
* 2 (14 oz) cans coconut milk
* 1 cup chicken stock
* 1 tsp fish sauce
* 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 2-inch strips
* 1 cup snow peas
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 2 bundles vermicelli noodles
* 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
* 1/2 cup sliced scallions
* 1 sliced chile, for garnish (optional)
* juice of one lime
* coarse salt

My Notes-

fish sauce: I couldn’t find fish sauce, and to be honest, it sounds gross so I left it out
vermicelli noodles: I used pad thai noddles because that is all I could find
shredded chicken: I used pre-cooked Perdue short cuts because when you are cooking dinner at 9pm after working for 10 hours and working out, that is allowed. I did my best to shred the pieces with two forks.
scallions: I didn’t have these
chile: I opted out. I had a jar of chilis in my fridge, but when I opened it, all that remained was the juice
Bring a large pot to a medium-high heat. Add the curry paste with 1/4 cup coconut milk; whisk until smooth.

  1. Add the rest of the coconut milk, chicken stock and fish sauce. Stir until combined.
  2. Add the red bell pepper, snow peas, peas, vermicelli noodles and chicken. Toss in a good pinch of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium for about 8 minutes, until the noodles have softened.
  4. Add half the lime juice, stir and taste. Need more salt? Add it.
  5. Serve soup garnished with scallions and chile pepper and remaining lime wedge.

I promise you – the soup is good and it is easy.

Thanks Bev for this wonderful recipe.

My Daily Dose

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After cleaning up my actual desk at work, I decided I should clean up my desktop as well. And while sorting electronic files doesn’t quite have the same rewarding feeling as physical files – I still get enjoyment out of it (yup, I realize that is weird).

One thing that I decided to clean up/clean out are the blogs that I read on a somewhat daily basis. Over the past year, I’ve accumulated quite a list of sites that I’ve bookmarked and try to visit a few times a week.

Most of these blogs are incredible and inspirational; however, I’ve decided to fine tune my list.

After my wedding I decided to stop reading wedding blogs. It was a hard adjustment but I think I can say I successfully cut that chapter out of my life.

[That sounds harsh – I didn’t cut out the chapter of my life where I got married… just my strange obsession with things like place cards, first dance choices and flower arrangements. It had to happen – I was becoming ridiculous]

So with the exception of occasionally peaking at Snippet & Ink or seeing some ideas that my engaged coworkers send over, I don’t follow any wedding blogs.

Up next: home improvement blogs. I’ve decided to limit the number of blogs that I read that focus on home improvement. I don’t need a daily reminder that Matt and I live in a one bedroom apartment – which we rent. Between the home improvement blogs and HGTV, I’m about ready to rip up the floor boards and start gutting my bathroom. Somehow I don’t think my landlord would approve. Thankfully I’ve decided that I can keep a few of these blogs on my list because one day, I hope to own a house and this is research for the future. Plus the family from Young House Love is just too cute to quite.

I’ve also decided to stop following blogs written by folks who are vegan, addicted to yoga or are master chefs. Let’s face it – that’s never going to be me.

So here it is: my favorite blogs for 2013

Apartment 34

Bohemian Gypsy Jane

Butter Me Up Brooklyn

Coco & Kelley

A Cup of Joe

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Design Love Fest

The Kitchn

Oh Happy Day!

Making It Lovely

Pink Briefcase

Say Yes To Hoboken

SF Girl by Bay

Simply Lovely

Smitten Kitchen

A Subtle Revelry

Suri’s Burn Book (don’t judge me)

Wit & Whistle

You Are My Fav

Young House Love

Comments and suggestions welcome! Here’s to another year of great blogs!

Friday Afternoon Round Up

I have been reading a lot of other blogs lately to see how I can make improvement on my own blog. A lot of folks in the blogging universe have been writing about the Alt summit that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  After reviewing the list of folks invited to speak on the various panels, I have added a lot of new bloggers to my daily reading list – I am trying to see which ones will “stick” before adding them to official list of blogs I follow. And while I am a little insulted that I wasn’t invited to this incredible party/blog love fest, I have to admit, I have learned a great deal just from reading the recaps that some of the invitees have given. And boy, do I have a long way to go before I can become the next “Oh Happy Day” or “Making it Lovely“.

Many bloggers use Friday as a way to highlight some of their favorite links from the previous week. I like this idea and I am going to institute a weekly Friday Afternoon Round Up. Welcome to its first edition (yes, copies of this will be very valuable. If you want a signed version, just let me know). Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or happy thoughts!

Thank you Snippet & Ink for this Where the WIld Things Are masterpiece. Stephen Colbert, I love you. Parts one and two.

This will make up for the fact that I was never a girl scout.

Best news story of the week (thanks Matt for sending me this!)

Wish I listened to my photographer and got a photobooth for our wedding. Don’t make the same mistake.

I miss my sister. And her adorable dog.

Last weekend I took on this craft project. Maybe this weekend I can make this?

Will you come to my “cocktails and crafts party” ? Here’s some inspiration.

I bought this for a friend. I might need to get myself one too.

Where it all started.

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Cold Turkey

I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that our wedding is over. Believe me, I am not happy about it, but I am beginning to accept it. Sadly, this means that my days of following Wedding Blogs is probably coming to an end. I do still enjoy reading these blogs and seeing the creative ideas, however, these posts make me sad that my wedding is over and I even felt a tiny bit of regret when I read about a cool idea that I didn’t get to incorporate. Our wedding was unbelievable (we had a rainbow AND heat lightning) so I don’t want to start focusing on the things that we didn’t do.

We were able to do so much because of the support from both of our parents and I want to remained focused on that. So I am going cold turkey – no more wedding blogs.

So that means that I need to find new blogs to fill my days with. I have visited a lot recently as I have been researching new cookies recipes. It is unbelievable how many other blogs there are out there sending posts off into cyber space hoping that someone reads something that captivates, inspires or entertains.

Here are some contenders:

Becky Bakes
How can I not love the blog that bought me Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies? So many food blogs focus on super healthy, organic, vegan recipes. And while I am certainly a believer in healthy eating, I love the tag line “life is uncertain, eat dessert first.”

With Style & Grace
Inspiration for the kitchen, planning a party or making a DIY holiday present. This blog has it all for the modern day Martha Stewart.

The Organizing Junkie
Is it possible – have I found someone who likes to organize more than me. Umm, yes!

So while I close the chapter in my life on weddings (at least until Abby or Courtney decide to get married!) I am trying to fill that void. Let me know if you have any suggestions as I continue my quest to find the best blogs.