Thai Green Coconut Curry

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Thai curry is one of my go-to weeknight meals when dinner had to be ready ten minutes ago.

All it takes is a flavourful curry paste, a generous pour coconut milk (homemade or otherwise), some protein (chicken, tofu, fish, scallops or prawns) and whatever veggies are on hand. Easy, flavour-packed, healthy and fast. What more could you ask for on a Monday night?

A handful of bean sprouts, lots of chopped cilantro and a showering of toasted peanuts are lovely finishing touches for freshness and crunch.

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I usually grab green curry paste because it’s the hottest, and we’re spicy people. Red curry is milder, made with ripe red chilies instead of their screaming hot, verdant counterparts, and yellow curry is mildest, and has a more aromatic flavour owing to the addition of turmeric.

You can swap the tofu for one pound of any other protein (boneless, skinless chicken thighs are my go-to) – just allow more time for cooking them through. Substitute any vegetables that are seasonal or that you have on hand (asparagus, spinach, eggplant, corn…). ¬†¬†Super versatile!

And like this curry, I’m in a hurry! Moving in 10 days, and the packing nightmare adventure has begun…

Easter Egg Brownie Cookies + Hershey’s Eggies Vs. Cadbury Mini Eggs

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It’s almost Easter (a.k.a. chocolate holiday extraordinaire), therefore I bring you chocolate on chocolate on CHOCOLATE!

I have had a major thing for mini eggs since the days of action-packed easter egg hunting in the living room. Forget those heinous malt-filled eggs, or god forbid the ones that were made of spongy white candy that takes up permanent residence in you molars and taste like nothing but sweet (do you know what they are??). But, boy, I would throw some serious little-kid elbow when I spotted a mini egg behind a dusty picture frame.

When I decided to make these cookies, I bought the ingredients, but something “happened”* to most of the bag of Cadbury mini eggs. What? No, I didn’t.

*picks at candy shell stuck between front teeth.

So I had to go buy more the next day, and ended up with Hershey’s Eggies. This gave me the unique and thrilling opportunity to sample them side-by-side! And now I can say with confidence, CADBURY ALL THE WAY. The chocolate is creamier and of better quality and the flavour is better for both the shell and the filling. I thought they were basically the same, so I was really taken aback by how much better Cadbury was! (I’m glad we aren’t talking about this in person, there’d be a lot of hand flapping and excited intonations, and I’d probably be embarrassed about it later.)

So, yeah. Thank goodness that urgent discovery is now officially documented on the interwebs.

Asparagus, Chard & Soba Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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Gah, I always get stressed when more than a few days go by without posting – I don’t like to lose momentum. Not only is blogging a good exercise in self-discipline and all that, it’s my only real creative outlet right now, and I like to make it a priority.

I wish I had exciting stories about what I’ve been up to in the last ten days, but if I may be honest… I’ve just been so tired.

We recently got notice that we needed to leave our apartment because the owner wants to move in. It’s never fun to be uprooted, but we had an exceptionally hard time finding a new place to live. We looked at dozens of places, and nothing felt right – any unit that allowed dogs was either insanely expensive (even by Vancouver standards) or dark, small and in the middle of nowhere, usually with an abundance of stairs (strollers with babies in them are not stair-friendly).

It got to the point that we were packing to leave, and had nowhere to go…

Thankfully we found something last week, and I’m actually excited about our next chapter. But I’m tired. Mentally, from being unsettled over the housing situation, and physically, because my 11-month-old has been in a cold –> teething –> cold cycle for the past 6 weeks which means he thinks 1 a.m., 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. are all excellent times for snuggles.

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I just was about to apologize for complaining and make a joke about my first world problems… but truth is, things aren’t always easy, especially as a new mom, and yes, I’m abundantly grateful that my “problems” are minuscule by the world’s standards, but they’re still challenges and I don’t think we should always put on our “Facebook facade” of everything-is-easy-and-perfect-in-my-life because then, how can we possibly relate to and support one another? Amiright?

Well, that got heavier than I intended for a Summer Rolls post. Whoops.

Ok, SUMMER ROLLS. They’re one of my favourite foods. All the textures, all the flavours. The peanut sauce, oh lordy, the peanut sauce. If there were a food I could swim in, this would be it.

Blueberry-Barley Muffins

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My name is Jennifer and I have a muffin problem.

When Adarsh (hubby/designer/business manager/taste-tester extraordinaire) gave Foodess a facelift last year, we carried on a long discussion about what we both envisioned for this space. For example, he agreed with my decision to really turn the focus to photography, opting for quality rather than quantity if necessary in terms of how many posts I could crank out.

We agreed on that, and all other points, except one: he specifically requested NO MORE MUFFINS.

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Okay, so maybe I went through a muffin-heavy phase. Or maybe he was just sick of eating them, hmm…

In any case, I just can’t stop. They’re perfect grab-and-go breakfast food, they freeze beautifully meaning I can have a few kinds at the ready, and little peanut bolts them down like they’re going out of style.

Because of my tiny double-fisting muffin-muncher, I make a concerted effort to incorporate healthier ingredients. Like the rolled barley flakes and whole wheat flour in these.

Buttermilk Hollandaise Sauce + Steak & Blue Cheese Bennys

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I am a major lover of hollandaise. I think every poached egg or steamed stalk of asparagus deserves to be swathed in a tangy, luscious sauce.

If you’ve ever made it from scratch, however, you know that it is nothing more than pure butter whisked into a thick emulsion with rich egg yolks, with a cursory splash of lemon juice.

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Let me just say that I almost never adapt recipes to lighten them up. My approach to food (as a dietitian-slash-butter-enthusiast) is based on enjoying quality, and everything in moderation. I’d rather revel in the real stuff in a smaller serving than have a bigger portion of a mediocre substitute. Mindfulness and drawing true pleasure from eating are important tenets of my foodie credo.

That said…