Sunday, March 30, 2014

Food Friday~ Coconut Chicken Korma Curry Over Rice

The people in our house are pretty big fans of curry, any variety or heat of curry. If you are as well, you know what I mean when I say what could be more satisfying than a dollop of curry oozing over freshly steamed rice?

There is something about the warm, earthy, pleasantly sweet heat that warms one's soul through & through. Always receiving many thanks, this is a dish I can visit & present again & again.

I almost always make my own curry sauce using whatever curry powder I have in the cupboard, but this time around I picked up a jar of Korma curry in the International food isle of my grocery store.

Along with a jar of premade sauce I 'stretched' it by adding a bit of flour, coconut milk & water.

4lbs  boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-2 inch strips
1 yellow (or green) squash, chopped fine
1-13 oz jar coconut Masala sauce
1 tbps curry powder
3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp salt
1 c water
1 c lite coconut milk
Whisk together, curry powder, flour, salt, coconut milk, and water. Set aside. Brown chicken in heated med-high skillet with a splash of olive oil. Once chicken has lightly browned, add squash, cooking for about 3 mins. Add prepared jar of masala sauce to browned chicken, stir in whisked curry mixture. Turn down heat to low, simmer for about 10 mins.
In sauce pan, add 2 cups rice to about 3 cups water. Bring to boil then simmer for about 10 mins, or until desired doneness. 1 min before removing from heat, stir in 1/2 cup chopped green scallions. Cover until serving.

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Always use a separate cutting board when cutting meats.

While browning meat bring rice to a boil then simmer over very low heat about 10 minutes for jasmine rice.

About a min or two before removing from heat stir in half a cup of sliced scallions. Cover until serving time.

Brown meat until most of pink is gone & is lightly browned in spots.

I find it's relatively easy to get away with serving a vegetable to the critters if my choice is yellow squash. It absorbs the flavors & is perfectly masked by the yumminess. Add this to the browned chicken & cook for about 3 min.

Add the jar of Korma, coconut-flour-water mixture.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Mani~ Easter Nails

I've been attracted to the two tone nails that uses a contrasting color but have hum-hawed until now about giving the look a try, so here goes.

After seeing lots of cute nail tutorials online, this is my rendition of the look.

My choices were a  pinky, glittery color paired up with a blue border. I applied two coats of pink then two coats of blue allowing the pink to dry for about ten minutes before adding the blue.

Finished with a clear topcoat...


Friday, March 21, 2014

Food Friday~ Carmelized Onion Galettes

One of my first culinary related epiphanies occurred when I picked up an issue of  FOOD & WINE magazine many years ago while traveling with my husband on missionary. 

I had already experienced a certain range of food culture but this was different. It was a moment that one remembers as if it were yesterday.

A spark was ignited inside that made the world of unusual & foreign taste not so huge, daunting, or unattainable, but a liberating sense of creativity that stood ready to happen right inside my very own kitchen.

Before this day, in a Laundromat, in a small town in the state of Missouri, I guess I thought only professionally trained chefs who owned five star establishments had the ability to introduce certain foods to the palette.

I browsed this 1994 issue, cover to cover, as I fell in love with, memorized, & recreated every recipe.

The galette has remained, some 16 years later, a family favorite. It will always hold a special place in my heart... 

Enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters, I can always wow a crowd with this tender, flaky, blissfulness.

I hope that you enjoy the yum...

 1 1/2 c flour
 1/2 tsp salt
 1/2 tbsp. sugar
 1 stick butter
 about 1/2 c ice water

Caramelized Onion
 2-3 large onions, roughly chopped
 1 tbsp. chopped thyme
 salt & pepper to taste
Patience is key here when caramelizing the onions. This process will take about 30 minutes over med heat. Stir occasionally until onions are a beautiful golden brown. Add thyme, pepper, & salt to taste. Let cool to room temp. 

 feta crumbles (or fresh mozzarella slices)
 tomato slices

Chill dough for about 1 hour before rolling.


In large pot heat oil & brown onions until carmelization takes place, about 30 min.

The amount of onion will reduce greatly so if what you started with seems like a LOT. Don't worry.

Roll out dough into about 6 inch rounds.

Bring your filling to about 1 inch from edge.

Here I topped the onions with tomato slices & feta crumbles.

Fold over edge, place on baking sheet, brush with egg wash, & it's into the oven they go!

What's wonderful about these pastries is that they can be eaten piping hot or at room temp with no complaints.

Every bit of work & tears while chopping is worth the experience of caramelized magic here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday

It's game night in our little town, so we plan on packing up our critters & make it an evening of chess, cards, (hearts are a favorite of my boys), dominoes, etc.

The Cup Café is a quaint little basement space that attracts all ages & venues such as family game night, live music, poetry reading, etc. The Cup also serves the yummiest coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, soups, pastries.

You get the idea. Just a really fun place to hang.

In this small town where there's not always a lot going on, I jump at the opportunity to dress up & "go out".

This is my choice of attire.

This oh, so soft top is by Style & Co.

Faux leather jeans by JCPenny's Worthington.

Love, love the flattering fit of this top.
A pinned up messy bun works great for this look.
My wedge heels are Nine West. Cute as well as comfortable.
I love the sueded red & brown wedge contrast for a wow factor.
Leather jacket is from Mossimo.
I like the layered look & varying texture.
This girl is good to go...
These cute earrings are from Judy Coyote, if I remember correctly.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish Beef Stew & Irish Soda Bread

There are few dishes more satisfying than a hearty beef stew, warm, fresh from the oven, tender sweet loaf alongside, enjoyed by good company.

My ode to St Patrick's day was this yummy, warming recipe inspired by (my very favorite go-to for recipes).

Slowly simmered in the crockpot while I was in the city running errands, taking critters (sons, Shiloh & Seth) to the dentist, shopping for materials for a new handbag design that I'm working on, a visit to my esthetician, groceries...

Needless to say, it was so nice to come home to wonderful smells pouring from the kitchen saying that dinner was hot & ready.

It was only a matter of minutes before I mixed up my Irish soda bread & popped it in the oven (again, thanks to EPICURIOUS).

I don't often make soda bread, maybe three times now, & I ask myself why I haven't baked this sooner. Irish soda bread is one of the loveliest loaves, in my opinion.

Seriously, if I had to eat one kind of bread for the rest of my days I would choose, yup, you guessed it!

Top o' the evenin' to ya...

 Beef Stew
2 1/2 pounds stewing meet, browned
 6-8 yellow potatoes peeled, chopped
 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, chopped
   5 cups water
  2 tbsp. 'better than bullion' (beef) paste
 1 small can of tomato paste
 salt & pepper to taste

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Monday Mani~ Shamrock Nails...


Looking to embrace the upcoming holiday, (St. Patrick's Day) I chose a crackle nail polish for this look.

I had been wanting to do a crackle mani for some time now. This seemed to fit just right. I love the combination of the two colors. Just the right contrast.

As an under coat I used a medium dark green. Next, came the metallic silver crackle. Finished off with a clear top coat for added shine.

I would recommend a top coat if you want a gloss finish otherwise you'll have a matte finish.

The lasting power of this crackle seem fairly long. I do believe it wears longer than just a normal nail color. It is usually at least week before I notice chipping.

Speaking of St. Patty's day I am going to put together an Irish kind of meal in a couple of days. Maybe a yummy beef & potato dish. Irish soda bread, which I love, is a must. I'll keep you posted...

How do you celebrate St Patrick's Day?


Happy St Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday

Out & about today running errands. Bracing ourselves for the big snow storm that is about to dump on us 12 to 24 inches. Yuck!

My bite back at the still-feels-like-winter doldrums was to choose an outfit that would lift the mood a little.

I like this hair style which is a ponytail flipped up then use a jaw clip underneath. Scrunch curl the ends.

My top is American eagle. The silk bow on the bodice is adorable! Velvet jeans are All For Mankind.

I tend towards a bootcut  pant because I like the slouch look.

Comfy heels are from NOT RATED.

Earrings are another of my own jewelry designs. Seed beads, turquoise heishi, gold Swarovski bicone, sterling silver cone.

Wristwatches are a must for me. Cable cuff watches are so easy to wear as well as fashionable. A little out of the ordinary, too.