I have a folder on my desk top that says potpourri. It's where I stick all of my photos and whatnots that might make a blog post. I clicked on that folder yesterday and it was overflowing. I decided that I'd take a couple of whatnots from there for today.
First, Ro asked for the recipe for Red Curry Beef Stew (one of Mr. Dragon's favorites), so Ro, this is for you. I did have a photo, but for some reason, it turned a very unappetizing blue color (probably because I snatched it from the Taste of Thai web site).
RED CURRY BEEF STEW
(Comfort food is the same the world over.)
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
- 2lbs (908g) stew meat
- 2 medium onions
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
- In large pot, heat oil. Add Curry Paste. Saute for 1 minute
- Add stew meat and brown on all sides.
- Add onions and carrots and saute for 3 minutes.
- Add potatoes, Coconut Milk, Fish Sauce and brown sugar
- Cover and simmer for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender
- Garnish with peanuts
I thought I'd close with a short review of The Death of An Irish Sinner: A Peter McGarr Mystery by Bartholomew Gill. The McGarr mysteries are a series of rather dark police procedurals. I've read most of them and in order. Superb plotting, riveting background, storyteller type of prose, tongue in cheek humor, interesting, entertaining, evil, dark, charming -- all of these words come to mind when I think about this series. Gill (Mark McGarrity) died several years ago in a freak accident, but that's another story. If you are at all interested in this series, don't start with this book!
From the book flap "local benefactress and celebrated biographer Mary-Jo Stanton is a supplicant to death - left lifeless on her knees in a patch of daffodils, a barbaric religious implement wrapped tightly around her neck. A clergyman has approached Peter McGarr, requesting that the Chief Superintendent quietly investigate this outrage that occurred at Barbastro, the slain grand lady's compoundlike Dublin estate. Murder is McGarr's business, this one might be his undoing, as it draws him ever-closer to Opus Dei, a secret order of religious zealots devoted to enforcing the Lord's edicts no mater what the cost in money - or human life- it has ensnared the dedicated policeman in its lethal web. And now its madness is reaching out across a century to touch the place Peter McGarr is most vulnerable: the precious heart of his own adored family." This book has a copyright date of June, 2001. I'm sure Opus Dei will remind you of another book out about the same time, DaVinci Code. That's a whole other post that will probably never happen!
Enjoy your day.