Tonight my dinner was lovely but I had no desire to pick up a camera and certainly not to take my soup to the studio and paint it. So instead after dinner I pulled some photos off of the web. So difficult to paint!
Anyone who has ever discussed recipes with me has heard about this one:
Recipe for Variable Thai Soup (or stir fry)
3pts Fish sauce to 1pt Sesame oil (try 3Tbs and 1Tbs?) + Juice of one lime,
grated ginger or minced garlic. mix and set aside
cilantro, red pepper flakes, spicy peppers of choice to garnish
I often don’t have the ginger or cilantro handy but those are nice additions you can also substitute a lemon for the lime.
Steam veggies of choice: broccoli, collards, kale, (note different cooking times 10 minutes for kale 4-5 min for collards) carrots, red pepper whatever you’ve got
(again, you can wash and chop these in advance to have ready to throw into the steamer, to keep them fresh all day or overnight put them in a big bowl -or the steamer pan itself- of cold water in the fridge)
sautee onions and mushrooms if you have on hand (for a rush dinner I buy pre-sliced) To save time and a dish to clean up I sometimes steam the onions with the other veggies and no mushrooms.
cook rice or noodles of choice. (you can turn on the rice cooker earlier in the day)I cook short grain brown rice and make into rice balls for Ben, we also love udon noodles bought packaged fresh in the tofu section of the grocery store and FROZEN DUMPLINGS are fun.
Tofu : If I have time I leave it in baking dish and periodically drain off water, usually I don’t have time. Sprinkle tamari and sesame oil bake at 350 or 375 for 18-35 minutes (it depends on how much time it takes me to get everything else ready. You can get the tofu ready anytime in advance andhave it waiting in the fridge to pop in the oven.
Ben has his served separated on a plate with no sauce, I very lightly salt the rice balls. If I am serving noodles he likes a milder sauce of tamari and sesame oil.
We have ours as soup! Put all the ingredients in a deep bowl and add hot water from the tea kettle, with the sauce and cilantro and red pepper it is so very good!