We had a pretty critical moment this week. The Hub was sick. Monday he woke with a bad cold. By Tuesday he was in pretty bad shape but the worker bee that he is - he went to work. I received an email from him mid day: 'I want a spicy, brothy soup with noodles for dinner.' Hmmmm, a man after my heart? Well, yeah, he already has that.
I haven't mentioned this to him but I'm convinced the craving came from watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain where Anthony was expounding about the virtues of hot asian style soup with slurpy noodles. Yum.
Red Curry Broth with Baby Bok, Mushrooms and Chinese Noodles (plus a little cayenne for love..) 6 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup red curry paste 2 inch cube of peeled ginger - minced 5 garlic cloves - minced 6 baby bok choy - sliced thinly 12 cremini - sliced 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cayenne powder 1 pound of chinese noodles - cooked al dente.
In a soup pot simmer the garlic and ginger. After about a minute stir in the curry paste and 1 cup of broth. Once the broth is combined add the remaining broth, the boks, cremini slices, cayenne powder, salt and fish sauce. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Finish with the honey and sesame oil. Ladle in bowls and top with noodles. Inhale the wonderful aroma and dive in.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.