Thursday, July 07, 2011

Yellow Potato & Squash Curry

Lately I've been trying to cook meals that use more fresh products rather than processed foods.  One of our new favorite dishes is a curry dish I got from Kathleen.  I started with her recipe and adapted it to fit what we have hanging out in our kitchen.  I've also made it a point to shop at the Farmer's Market to get some of my goodies.

Our dinner last night - Yellow Potato & Squash Curry
Here is my adapted recipe:
2 cups brown rice (organic)
4 golden potatoes (local)
1/2 block of extra firm tofu (organic) - we use Melissa's Organic Extra Firm Tofu
1 yellow squash (local)
1 large white onion - or 2 small  (local)
1 -2 tbs curry power (or more to your taste)
1 can of coconut milk
1 tsp chili powder
  1. Tell Sparky to start cooking the brown rice while you're at your Barre3 class so that the rice has well over an hour to get it's cooking on.
  2. Wash and cut potatoes into fourths.  You can also cut them smaller if you want.  Boil your cut potatoes until they are tender.
  3. While the potatoes boil, drain tofu block and cut in half.  Save the other half for another day.  Chop 1/2 tofu block into chunks and fry up chunks of tofu in pan. 
  4. While the tofu fries up, wash and chop your squash and onion.  I chop my onion kind of large because I love taking big bites of onion.  Do what you want.
  5. Remove tofu from pan when it's done frying.  Throw the onion and squash into the pan with a little bit of olive oil and fry them up until the onion is all pretty and clear.
  6. Drain the potatoes and add them to the onion and squash.  Add the curry to the mixture.
  7. Step back and realize your pan is too small for what's to come and get out a big pot.  Transfer everything to the pot.  OR plan ahead better and start with a pot.
  8. Once you start smelling the curry, add the can of coconut milk and the fried tofu. 
  9. Sprinkle in the chili powder because you forgot to do it earlier.
  10. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Serve dish over brown rice.  Yum.  Kathleen added cashews to hers and it seems wonderful.  I have yet to scrounge up some cashews because I'm lazy and always forget.

Keep on Keepin on.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My Birthday Present

So my birthday isn't until later this month, but my wonderful husband informed me of what we are doing for my birthday.  And this totally DID NOT come about by me calling him yesterday morning and telling him exactly what he could get me for my birthday if he didn't already have something clever up his sleeve...

I'm going to see "A Chorus Line"!  EEEE!  My nerdy show choir heart is all a flutter.  Now, it's not Broadway in NYC but OKC will still get me jumping up and down and singing "One" and "Tits and Ass" and "At the Ballet".  It will be amazing and magical.    I think I have to whip out the old show choir videos from high school.  (Yes, I regularly watch "Glee" and dance around the house during some songs.)  My high school show choir did a medley of "A Chorus Line" and since then it has been one of my very very top fave muciscals of all time.

Opening " I hope I get it"

Have you seen it?  What's your favorite musical?  Or do you hate musicals?  What's your favorite song from "A Chorus Line"? 

P.S.  I always imagined that I could at least get the part of the little Connie Wong.  Am I Asian enough?  hmmmmm.... I should go rehearse.

Keep on Keepin on. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Long Weekend Rundown

Sparky and I had a long holiday weekend jam-packed full of greatness.  We took advantage of the 3-day weekend by making it a 4-day weekend instead.  It was glorious.  We played hard and got a little bit of rest somewhere in there.

Our weekend consisted of (I'll try to go in order if possible):
3 barre3 workouts
140 miles of bicycling
Home depot looky-loos
Antique shopping
Being a landlord
Picking up our honeymoon travel docs
A little travel necessity shopping at Traveler's Pack
Cookout at Natalie's (YUMMM) and meeting new peeps
Random summer thunder and rain
Comforting dogs frightened by thunder
Yard work
Brunch with friends at Cafe Kacao (one of our new faves)
Saw the movie "Bad Teacher"
Scrumptious veggie lasagna and red pepper potato soup at Saturn Grill
Delicous homemade Vegan blueberry pancakes using this recipe with almond milk and fresh blueberries
Indoor rock climbing at Rocktown
Cleaning out storage shed (ack)
Pizza at The Wedge with friends
Washing machine war
Episode of "Falling Skies" and staying up late cause we can
Washing machine shopping and amazing sales (yay!)
Ordering a veggie burger and eating two bites of beef burger (grrr)
Moving all tools from garage to storage shed (ack) to make it a tool shed (yay)
House cleaning (ack)
Playing with my label maker (woo hoo)

I think I need a nap!  What did you do this past holiday weekend?  Did you relax and get some much needed rest or did you play hard?

Keep on Keepin on.