Green Curry Shrimp and Rice Redux for Summerfest 2010
I had a delicious lunch yesterday and as so often happens, I wanted to recreate it at home to carry to work for dinner tonight. I’m not calling it Thai Green Curry with Shrimp, because I want to avoid Thai food purists from pointing out that cilantro, green onions, mint and green beans are not what you’d usually find in Thai Green Curry. Or maybe it is? I’ve only been to Thailand once and that was a quick long weekend in Bangkok. Maybe they use these ingredients in other regions? Ok, maybe not. But I had these ingredients in the house and thought they’d be perfect additions to the dish.
When I strolled past a few of my favorite blogs this morning and realized this week’s Summer Fest 2010 feature was Herbs, Beans and Greens week I thought Green Curry Shrimp was a perfect fit.
I’d picked up beautiful herbs and spices from the market this week and knew they’d be perfect in my shrimp curry.
I had a jar of roasted red curry paste in the fridge, but had all I needed to make green curry myself, including shrimp paste. It’s not difficult to make unless you’re planning to use a mortar and pestle from the beginning. I started the paste with my food processor and finished by hand.
A food processor just doesn’t get to the bottom of the bowl well enough for something like this and I’ve yet to get a blender. Yes. Me! Ms. Williams-Sonoma groupie and Employee hasn’t added a blender to her kitchen! Stop that! I’m waiting until I can find enough coins in the couch to buy a Vitamix. Better now? Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have this mega-tool in my kitchen yet.
Ok, shaking it off … back to the Green Curry Shrimp and Rice.
It’s easy and using shrimp or very thinly sliced chicken breast pieces makes it a quick to put together meal for any time of the day. I made it in the morning which is when I make most all of the food you see on my blog so that I can capture the morning light and had a serving for breakfast. I have THE STRANGEST eating habits since I started this food blogging obsession, especially since it all began 3 years ago with my Justin.tv broadcasting habit with that crazy Justopia channel and the nightly 9 – 11pm cooking broadcasts. That was crazy! I’ll probably fire up the kitchen studio and broadcast one night soon at Frantasticfood, but details need to be worked out. Like coloring my hair for the first time in 7 months. I think the “should I go gray ?” experiment is over.
Check in on the blog and Twitter for broadcast details and in the meantime, get into the kitchen and cook up something fresh with all the great summer food that’s out there now (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere). You’ll be happy you took the time. I know I’m looking forward to tonight’s dinner break — and I haven’t even gotten to work yet!
Be sure to check the link and head over to Away to Garden and see the beauty of Margaret’s summer and others taking part in Summer Fest.
Note: As always, Williams-Sonoma, my employer, did not ask me to write this post, nor did they compensate me in any way.
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