Archive for March 11th, 2012

yum some-oh

what’s in it 

3 tablespoons shredded sweetened coconut

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

2 cups bite-sized chunks of peeled, sectioned grapefruit

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped, roasted, salted peanuts (optional)

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped shallots

2 teaspoons dried chili flakes

1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint and cilantro

how it comes together

toast the shredded coconut in a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, tossing often, until most of it turns a soft brown.  set aside to cool.

in a medium bowl, combine the lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar and stir well to dissolve sugar and form a smooth sauce.  add the grapefruit, nuts, shallots, chili flakes, mint and cilantro and toss gently to combine.  transfer to a platter and top with toasted coconut.  

by the way…i don’t make this stuff up.  this recipe is from quick & easy thai by nancie mcdermott

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So my Saturday nights have changed drastically in the past year.  They now serve a single purpose…to make Sunday mornings better and last longer.   I actually skipped out on drinks with an old friend on Saturday night just to prep what promised to be a truly great meal.  

I make food for The Cross on Sundays.  And this week, as always, it was completely worth staying in on Saturday night!  kwaytio phat si-yu, a Thai dish that is this delightful combination of soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, noodles, beef and greens…wonderful things (well except fish sauce…that stuff is truly vile, but somehow when it is mixed with other things it tastes soooo good).  And yum some-oh.  Seriously, Thai people have a way of naming things.  A dish with a name like that has to be tasty.  Sounds much better than “pink grapefruit with toasted coconut and fresh mint”.  And of course, for my vegans, a golden grains salad with barley, cous cous, brown rice, orange juice, stone ground mustard and veggies.  

The reason I love Sunday mornings so much is that all of the elements of my Sunday mornings seem to work together to give me a glimpse of the life I was made for.  A life where I have creativity, meaning, purpose and community.  A life where the heartaches, the mourning, the disappointments just don’t matter, or cease to exist entirely.  I listen to beautiful words that were inspired by a God that literally wants to give me everything I ask Him for, I hear music that feels as if it was written just to keep me going.  I see people beautiful people, kind people, small people, quiet people, all of whom absolutely delight me.  And to top it all off, I get to feed these people who have inspired me the entire morning…I get to figure out what they like, what they don’t like so much, what they’re allergic to or makes them gag, and what they make for themselves when they’re at home.  How cool is that?  How could I not want to make that feeling last just a little longer?  I can’t wait for Sunday to come around again next week.

Enjoy the recipes if you’re interested…they’re located in the recipe category (yeah I know…not as creative as Thai people with naming things).

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