Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thai Seafood Soup

My freezer is chocker block full of food I don’t eat. It’s a horrible habit that I have. I buy meat and fish when it’s on sale and put it in the freezer to use later in the week. Then I find other food to make. The next week, instead of using what I just put in the freezer the week before, I go and buy new stuff that doesn’t require the forethought to defrost it. I don’t like defrosting food in microwaves because it usually half cooks it. The other methods all require time. I am a very lazy person at the root of it all.

However, the other day I was determined to make something healthy and something that used up some of my freezer stores. I have a lot of seafood in there, so I decided to try and make a delicious soup that a friend makes for me whenever I visit her in Prince Rupert. It was her sister’s recipe and I quite liked it. I had it written down somewhere, but do you think I can find it now? No. So I browsed the Internet for something similar and I found Thai Seafood Soup … sometimes known as Tom Yum Talay Soup. It is very tasty and I highly recommend you try it.

Thai Seafood Soup

6 cups gluten free chicken stock
12 medium raw shrimp, shells removed
2 fillets of black cod (also called Sable Fish), cubed
2 fillets of salmon, cubed
1 stalk of lemongrass
2 kefir lime leaves
1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
1 tsp of ground ginger
1 red chili, sliced and seeded
1 - 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 bunch of bok choy, finely chopped
1 - 14 oz can of coconut milk
4 tblspn of Braggs Soy Amino’s
Juice of one lime
1 tsp. sugar
Cilantro (to sprinkle on top)

First pour the chicken stock, lemongrass and lime leaves into a deep soup pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Next add ginger, garlic, and chili and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for a few minutes. Next add the seafood, tomato and bok choy. Simmer until the shrimp turns pink and fish becomes flakey. Reduce the heat to medium low and add coconut milk, soy amino’s, limejuice and sugar. Continue to simmer for a few minutes. Remove lemon grass, kefir leaves and chili from soup. Then ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
Note: You can switch up the seafood component as you like. You can use crab, mussels or scallops instead of fish or shrimp. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tidy Drawers

Lately, I’ve been on an organizing kick. Well, actually, it’s been more like the past year. You can’t really tell by looking around our house on any given day, but I have been slowly trying to organize or update or cut back on things.

I think the biggest kick started after I went for yoga teacher training. When I went to the training I had no intentions of actually teaching yoga. I just wanted to improve my personal practice and some how decided those 6 days a week of 8 hours a day of yoga for four weeks straight was the best way to do that. Sometimes I am a bit of a sucker for self-punishment, although I don’t think of it like that until I’m in the middle of it. You may see this reflected in what I call a “vacation” when I go on 5 day hiking or kayaking trips where I end up working harder then I do at my day job. Ha.

Any ways, after yoga teacher training I actually wanted to teach yoga. I love teaching yoga. I love the idea that I can help people discover how awesome it makes a person feel and I get to feel good too. In order to teach though I needed some room. As my day job’s schedule doesn’t allow me to be reliable enough to go to a studio I brought a studio to me. We emptied our spare room out and I converted it into a very small studio.  Then I decided that it was too small so I switched the studio to the master bedroom and we moved into the spare. It’s a bit squishy in our bedroom, but now I have a studio to teach.

In order to do all this we (mostly my bf) had to sell a bunch of stuff and take a bunch of stuff to our local thrift stores. It felt great to get rid of all these extra things that we didn’t need. This cleansing feeling has continued as I slowly find things that we don’t need anymore or I replace with better quality items. Or in one case (this was a few years back) I switched 3 kitchen appliances for one that did all 3. It got the Hulk Hogan Grill that grills, does pancakes, Panini’s and waffles.  So I saved a little bit of space.

Recently in my quest to be tidier, organized and have fewer things, I discovered a wonderful idea on how to put your laundry away. Now I have folded my laundry and stacked it in neat little piles in my dresser drawers all my life. Then I go to look for something to wear and dig through the neat piles making a big mess. I can never find shirts at the bottom of the pile, because it’s too dark to see and I forget I even own certain shirts because who can find anything when your dresser drawer looks like this:

Well, thanks to my regular blog wanderings, I discovered a new way to put my clothes away.  Of course, I didn’t do it right away because it meant re-organizing all my clothing and I had much more fun things to do. So when I finally got around to doing, I had to go by memory. I cannot find the original blog that inspired me. I have a sneaking suspicion it was Shelterness or Sqwakbox, but I’m at a loss. Whoever wrote the original post; I owe you a debt of gratitude. It’s a simple idea really, but who would have thought stacking your clothes horizontally instead of vertically would make all the difference in the world? It is amazing. Each morning I open my dresser drawers and simply gaze … my eyes dart from the long sleeve section, to the yoga section, to the t-shirt section, pick a colour and voila I have something to wear for the day. So much easier than the old dig and find way. It’s also a whole lot easier to look at: