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Two Day Soup

Yesterday, I met Laura at the farmer’s market.  I had intended to buy the ingredients to make the Thai Coconut Soup from Skinny Bitch.  It had two ingredients in it that I wasn’t exactly familiar with – lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.  I don’t know if it was the time of year or time of day or what, but the farmer’s market (which is really like a warehouse grocery store, not a real farmer’s market) was a total madhouse.  It was not enjoyable at all.  Way too many people and things were pretty picked over.  I found the lemongrass, but not the lime leaves, which I decided that I would just omit.  I ended up going to Publix afterward to get some stuff that I couldn’t find and by the time i got home, I was starving.  Too starving for a soup that takes like an hour to cook.  So instead I made something simple – tilapia with sauteed greens.

After I ate, I started on the soup.  I’m not particularly good at cooking things ahead of time, so the fact that I made broth the night before felt like sort of an accomplishment.  It’s the little things.  Speaking of little things (not really, I just didn’t know how to segue into it), I realized that I had no idea what to do with lemongrass.  The recipe said two stalks, sliced, but I had no idea what part was even edible.

Lemongrass stalk

A quick Google search told me that you cut off the root and the leaves.  Then you peel off some of the outer leaves of the part that remains.

Lemongrass cut

I let the soup simmer for about 40 minutes, before straining it.

Straining soup

Then I put the strained soup into the fridge and called it a night.  It didn’t really occur to me to prep the other veggies beforehand.  Baby steps.  When I got home tonight, I added the tofu, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli.

Thai coconut soup

It might have taken me two days to make, but it was good.  And dinner was ready in 15 minutes tonight instead of an hour.

Quiet Christmas

When I tell people that I’m not doing anything for Christmas because I don’t celebrate it, a lot of people will ask me why I don’t do something anyway, why I don’t take the time off to spend my family even though I don’t celebrate the holiday.  And the answer simply is because they live far away.  Jason’s family lives closer – about two hours – but he didn’t have the day off so we celebrated with them last weekend.  I mean, sometimes I go visit my family.  I think I went to DC last Christmas, in fact.  For a while, I thought about going to visit my father and stepmother in Florida (my stepmom does celebrate) but Jason’s schedule didn’t allow it and I didn’t want to go without him.  Anyway, that was a very long-winded way of saying that I had a very quiet Christmas.  I also used the word “celebrate” way too many times.

I decided, however, that I needed to make a nice Christmas breakfast.  Nice Christmas breakfast = egg scramble.  Special because there is a potato in there.  It’s the little things, right?

Egg scramble

Egg Scramble
Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 small russet potato, diced
1/2 small green pepper, diced
1/4 tomato, diced
1/2 cup egg beaters
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Coat a pan with cooking spray and cook potato for about 10 minutes on medium, until soft.  
2.  Add diced pepper, and cook an additional 5 minutes or so.
3.  Add tomatoes and spices and mix.
4.  Add egg beaters and cook until done, about 2-3 minutes

I should always put a potato in my eggs.  After eating and hanging out with Jason for a while, I decided to give Murphy a Christmas present and take him for a run with me.  Really, I wasn’t intending to but he saw me getting ready and demanded to come.  Let me tell you, my dog is my best buddy, but he’s not my best running buddy.  I don’t know if it’s because he’s a boy, but he has to stop and sniff everything.  And when I say stop, I mean fully brace his legs so he cannot be moved.  This happened approximately 2700 times on our two mile run.

Lee murphy

Someone is camera shy.

I might have taken a Christmas nap before indulging in a traditional meal.

Chinese food

Totally serious.  I have had Chinese food every year on Christmas like forever.  We went the healthy route this year and got the majority of our entrees steamed.

Chinese food2

We split a veggie and tofu soup.

Tofu veggie soup

And two entrees – steamed shrimp with veggies and steamed tofu with veggies.  I requested white sauce on the side instead of the normal brown that comes with it.  I like it better.  Don’t tell me there’s chicken broth in it.  Ignorance is bliss.

Steamed chinese food

Add a little rice and you have a nice Christmas dinner.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas if you celebrate or a Merry Tuesday if you don’t.

Bullet Points

• I sometimes tend to use my blog as a space for me to reflect upon my thoughts and so sometimes things get analyzed more here than they do in my actual life.  In other words, despite how my last post sounded, I’m not, in fact, sobbing in my sushi.  You can ask my sushi dates.  There was no sobbing.  I really am feeling better about everything.  Not all better, but better.

• I made Chinese Braised Mushrooms with Tofu for dinner tonight.  Normally, recipes with corn starch kind of freak me out because I always manage to turn the sauce into a gloppy mess somehow, but this one worked out.

Mushroom tofu

• I think I’m ready to start running again.  Between everything that’s happened, I haven’t run in a month and even before then, it was sporadic.  One of my favorite 10Ks is in February; maybe I’ll start training for it.

• I’m taking tomorrow off and we’re going to one of my favorite cities: Asheville, NC.

Asheville

• We got new living room furniture.  It got delivered at 6:55 this morning.  I’m not even joking. But I am tired.

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