Hey everyone! My bestest bud Friday has finally arrived. I hope you have all had a great week.
Today was D-Day for me as I had to give my Symposium talk. After I got passed the first 3 slides and remembered how to breath I pretty much sailed through it. OK, some parts could have been better in my opinion, but I had some lovely responses from some people afterwards. Overall, I’m just glad it’s all over.
Thinking about a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend has really got me through the early mornings and late nights this week. I’m really going to make the most of this weekend. I’ve been dreaming about far and distant places this week too whilst being cooped up in the library:
One day I want to go here…
Isn’t it beautiful?!?!?
…walk on the golden sands along the beach and swim in the crystal clear ocean…
…to eat authentic and tasty Thai food every single day…
Pah! A girl can dream, but for now I will have to make do with this…
*Coconut Spiced Vegetable Soup*
Ingredients (makes 2/3 servings)
- 2 spring onions sliced
- 2 cloves of grated garlic
- 1 inch of ginger grated
- 1 courgette sliced
- 2 carrots sliced
- a handful French green beans
- 1 small yellow/red pepper diced
- a handful of chestnut mushrooms sliced
- 1 can of light coconut milk
- 600 ml of vegetable stock
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 2 tsp of hot madras powder
- 2 star anise
- 1 cardamom pod crushed
- 1 tbsp of dried chilli powder
- juice of one small lime
- 1 1/2 tbsp of turmeric
- 2 tbsps of soy sauce
First fry the garlic, ginger and spring onions in a little bit of coconut oil. Once aromatic add the prepared carrots, mushrooms, courgettes and peppers and cook until tender. If the pan becomes too dry add some vegetable stock to the pan, rather than more oil. Stir in all of the spices and soy sauce until all of the vegetables are coated. Pour in the vegetable stock and coconut milk and allow the soup to simmer for at least 10 minutes on a low heat. Add the French green beans and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes before serving.
My little bowl full of Thai inspiration.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Where is your dream destination? Is there any particular foods from around the world that you would like to try?