March 13, 2013

Yesterday the snow whipped around our windows all day. This morning, I looked out and the world was frozen- so still and sparkling. A blue sky and a backyard blanketed with with glittering hard snow. I don't know what it is about this March, but I'm really content with it. Loving the gray days, the blustery days, all of it. Like I mentioned last week, I'm not tired of the winter weather here in Minnesota and was excited to see more snow coming later in the week. (!!!) So thankful the Lord gives grace to outlast an average 5-6 month winter. Not that I won't be thrilled when it's sunny and 70.

I think this contentment is all part of a gift I've been given from the Lord recently. A season of peace. Quiet days at home, an abundance of time with my husband. Not all parts of the year are like this, and I'm stopping a minute to let it sink in.

This is awesome.

Thank you, Lord. This is from You.

To top it all off, I feel like dinner has been getting freshened up around here. We've found a few new favorites and this red curry over rice is one of them. I think we'll be having it at least once a week for awhile. It's made with delicious grass-fed beef, red curry paste, and soaked brown rice, and has just the right amount of mild heat- warm enough for us grown ups and not too spicy for Hadley. She loves it. Big thanks to my sweet friend Erin for her recipe, which she assures me is not authentic, but it's yummy! I know absolutely nothing about curry, but I'm learning that there's the Indian kind of curry and there's Thai kind of curry and this is Thai-ish. For you guys who know more than me, I think it might fall somewhere between panang curry and pad gra pow? Regardless, it's delicious and really fun (easy, just stand at the stove and stir one pan) to make.

Erin's Thai Red Curry
served over soaked brown ricerecipe given to me by Erin King

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
2-3 T. coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 an onion, cut into thin strips
1 can coconut milk (full-fat)
thai basil

In a deep cast iron skillet, add a few tablespoons of coconut oil on medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until almost tender. Add half the can of coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the curry paste. Add the beef to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook through, breaking it up finely. When the beef is cooked through, add the remaining coconut milk and stir. Serve over a hot bowl of rice. Erin's tip: add a few squirts of sriracha for extra heat. 

I'd love to get more fresh dinner ideas from you guys! What's your latest find? 


Sarah said...

That looks really delicious. I love pretty winter scenes like that, although I am getting excited for spring and warmer weather soon. My mom and I just made this the past weekend. It was delicious!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm I'm more of a green curry person myself, but that looks delicious. We're starting to see a glimpse of spring in Atlanta right now, and I'm trying to encourage the warmer weather along by making salads! I just can't get enough of the sweet, savory, tangy goodness of mixed greens, vinaigrette, bacon, goat cheese, toasted pecans, and strawberries!

nataliep. said...

i've just recently been getting into indian/thai food!! it never occurred to me that they would be accommodating to my restricted diet! but they are! it's the most amazing, healthy food! i'm hooked! i just finished my first bottle of red curry paste that i bought only last week! i've been making dishes real similar to what you posted! i love to add lime and coriander to my dishes. i'll have to send you a link to this new thai pumpkin soup i just discovered, too. super good! thanks for the post! so glad there is someone else out there that shares my love of curry!

nataliep. said...

p.s. i will definitely be making this recipe soon!

Anonymous said...

Sweet Summer,

Your top winter photo should be entered in a contest--for it is amazing!

I love all of your recipes and the way you explain to us all the little ins & outs that make it all come together. Love it!

I'm so glad that you are enjoy the peace and joys that this time of year brings. Happy days to you.

Your Friend xo,
Mary Ann



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
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