I’m sitting here at a coffee shop, kid-free and soaking up every minute. I ordered a coffee with almond milk, extra hot, in a to-go cup please because I don’t want it to cool down too fast. I want hot hot hot coffee while I sit and do whatever the heck I want for two hours.
If I let my mind wander it goes to all the undone chores, the loose ends, the fact that Christmas is in 21 days, (I just googled that) and all the things that have to be done by me, only me, and asap. But they can wait. I’m going to take some time for me. I hear the low murmuring around me, people leaning over their laptops and coffees, everyone quietly sipping and being Monday-morning-productive.
So this Thai food… I want to get it on my blog so I never lose it, but also I just want to feel my fingers fly across the keyboard. I miss writing!! I miss the creative part of it, the slow filling of an empty page with thoughts and words. This time of year is just so so busy. I need to slow down and hear this ‘click click click’ more.
Last weekend we had some dear friends over for dinner. Well, they came over for dinner but we didn’t end up eating because we had to rush to urgent care (sob!) The best thing about friends who are also parents is that they understand the crAziness that comes with having kids. Flexibility is key. Anything can change in a second and everyone just has to adapt and hope for the best.
But back to dinner: Our friends are vegetarians so I wanted to make something that they would like, and us too! I decided on a red curry. It’s such a versatile dish because you can throw in tofu, shrimp, chicken, veggies, whateves!
Brielle helped me chop the peppers with a little steak knife. I watched her closely and she was so careful.
Then she helped get the moisture out of the tofu. I’ve never cooked tofu before, but I assume the dryer the better before it’s cooked?
Then she helped tear the basil. Fresh delicious fragrant basil!
Brenden took the kids on a walk to get shrimp. Whole Foods is about two miles away by car but they hiked through the woods and had so much fun! Brenden sent me pics of their journey along the way. I was very impressed that M only asked to be held a few times. My babies are getting so big!
They came back tired and happy.
Time to make the meal:
2 cans coconut milk (15 oz cans)
3 tablespoons red curry past
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup bamboo shoots (I used from a can)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons fish sauce
2/3 cup chicken stock
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
My plan was to have the curry sauce, rice and the proteins all in serving dishes. People could choose what protein they wanted and then add the sauce to the top, over the rice.
Cut the veggies, put in a bowl and set aside.
Put the coconut milk and red curry paste in a heavy pot or dutch oven. Simmer for five minutes.
Add the basil, bamboo, sugar and fish sauce, simmer for 10-15 minutes. I brought it to a boil and then lowered the heat and let it simmer.
While it’s simmering saute the veggies in some olive oil just until tender-crisp.
Then saute chicken breast, or shrimp, or tofu, or nothing! Just veggie red curry is amazing too.
That’s literally it. It’s the easiest meal ever, and the payoff is amazing.
Anyway, dinner was almost ready and smelled delish, our friends had just arrived, and we were sitting in the living room talking about how great it was to have playdates at this age, now that the kids can run off and play outside and we can actually finish a conversation and enjoy ourselves… and then from outside we hear “Wahhhhhh!!!!” and little messengers ran in to tell us that Brielle had fallen.
Play date ended. 🙁 The rest of our evening looked like this:
With lots of M trying to make Brielle laugh:
He is such a good little brother.
And Brielle was so so brave.
The boys went back to the house before us because, my, those emergency room experiences take a while, and it was getting late. When we arrived home M had the biggest hug for his sister. It touched his little heart that she was wearing a cast.
Finally it was time for food. We were famished at 9PM at night!
It did not disappoint. I can’t wait to make this again for our friends, raincheck!
Okay, my coffee is gone and I feel so grateful for this moment to myself. Time to pack up and look for an Advent wreath, four days into December. I already got a weird look from the staff at Michael’s this morning, like “where have you been lady?? They are all gone.”
Have a beautiful week everyone!
*I found this recipe on geniuskitchen.com. I removed the mushrooms, yellow onions, green peppers, but if they sound good to you, add them!