Monday, January 18, 2010

Grow Op Progress and Recipe Reviews



New Recipe #1: Veggie Chili
I bought some of this 13 bean soup mix awhile ago:

I'd never soaked and then cooked my own beans before so I thought as part of my two new recipe challenge I'd give it a shot. It worked, but I'm not convinced it's worth the effort! The chili is full of beans and tomatoes, peppers, corn, celery, onions, 'shrooms and zuke. Yummy!

Recipe #2: Brazilian Fish Stew
We found a Jasper tour guide in our hotel room that featured recipes from chefs from restaurants in Jasper. This was from the place we ate the first night there: Fiddle River Seafood (too bad they don't have a website--you'll have to go to Jasper to check 'em out).
Super simple--saute onion, ginger, garlic and chilis. Add paprika for last 30 sec. Simmer diced tomatoes (with juice), coconut milk and chicken stock. Add sauteed veg.
Continue to simmer gently. Add seafood (I used scallops) for last 10 minutes. Serve with cilantro and crushed peanuts.

I took a picture, but I don't have a fancy schmancy camera (or photography skills) and it didn't turn out. I'll try and take one at lunch.

Really yummy--I need to add more coconut milk when I reheat it though. I used powdered coconut milk (don't knock it till you've tried it!) and I didn't get enough. And the peanuts totally finish the dish!

My ass and neck are sore from my less than dignified tumble on the running trail yesterday. Good thing I've got three days off to recover!

Happy Monday!