Coconut curry noodle soup

Mar 10, 2016

I'm obsessed with and craving noodle bowls lately! I picked out three recipes this week and the two I've made so far have been delightful. Like, mouth-watering, go back for thirds, think about them all day delightful.

This coconut curry noodle bowl takes no time at all and it was spicy enough to make my eyes water, which I love! If you don't desire that kind of intensity, leave out the red chills and maybe add a little more stock and coconut milk to tame things down. Also, I didn't have fish sauce on hand so I used a combination of Bragg's soy sauce and white miso which contributed to the lovely salty taste, but the fish sauce would've given it that extra layer of flavour.

Coconut curry noodle soup

2 T coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
1 T fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
3 T Thai red curry paste
4 - 8 oz. tofu sliced into cubes (organic, non-GMO)
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
2 T fish sauce (I didn't have any so I used 1 T soy sauce & 1 T white miso)
2/3 cup coconut milk
6 - 8 oz. dried vermicelli noodles
1 lime, juiced
Garnish: green onions, red chills, cilantro

In a large pot add oil, garlic, ginger, and Thai red curry paste and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and sizzling.

Add the tofu and cook until coated with sauce and heated through, about 5 minutes.

Add the vegetable stock, water, fish sauce (or in my case soy sauce and miso), and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer. Taste the broth and adjust seasoning according to your taste: more salt, more liquid, etc. Once you are satisfied, take the pot off the heat.

I added the dried noodles to the pot and let them soften. They will be ready in 3 to 5 minutes. Stir everything around and scoop into bowls, add a squeeze of lime and your desired garnishes.

(You can also put the dried noodles in bowls and pour soup over top and let the noodles soften for 3 to 5 minutes this way.)


(Original non-vegetarian recipe found here)

What if?

Mar 8, 2016

Dear women,

What if....?

What if, instead of tearing each other down, instead of making another wrong so we can be right, instead of comparing ourselves to each other, instead of trying to outdo each other, instead of making another woman feel shitty just to feel better, what if, instead of all of this, we did something different?

What if we put our hand around another woman's waist and said, "It's going to be okay." What if we respected each other even when we don't agree with each other? What if we celebrated each other's unique beauty and strengths? What if we remembered there is enough success to go around? What if we reached out to each other when we are feeling sad, angry, alone, not enough, tired, unsure, etc.? What if we let each other know we are here for each other?

We are all in this together. You don't have to be wrong for me to be right. It's wild and fantastic that we are all so different, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, with all kinds of perspectives, ideas, contributions, and teachings. We have the option to learn and grow from each other. Let's do that, instead.

You are enough. You are stronger than you think you are. You are not alone.

What if....?

(photo credit: Studio D)

Agua de jamaica

Feb 29, 2016

I love aguas frescas from Mexico so much. I was reminded how much when I recently went back to Puerto Vallarta (after a long stretch away), a very special city, in a country that is close to my heart.

I felt like I was back home as I strolled by vendors selling aguas on the malecon (boardwalk) on a Sunday night to local families and couples, dressed up and holding hands. When faced with the large containers of horchata, tamarindo, jamaica, etc. I can never decide which one I want. They are all so thirst-quenching and packed with flavour, and some are said to have many health benefits.

The one I always seem to settle on in the heat is agua de jamaica, a deep gemstone of a colour, made with flores de jamaica, or hibiscus flowers. I brought a few bags of the dried flowers back with me so I could sip this anytime I wanted. And with every sip, I'm taken back to this little city by the sea.

Agua de jamaica

12 cups water
1/2 - 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (flores de jamaica)
3/4 cup good quality honey
3/4 coconut palm sugar (or sweeten to taste)
1 large lime

Combine water and ginger in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and add flowers, honey, and sugar. Stir until sweeteners are dissolved. Steep for 15 minutes, more or less.

Strain through a fine strainer into a bowl or large glass measuring cup (64 oz). Stir in lime juice and let it all cool. Keep in the fridge until ready to drink. Delicious over ice (and delicious warm).

I wonder what jamaica margaritas would taste like?

(original recipe here)

Light cracks through

Feb 1, 2016

Events will weave themselves throughout our lives, that are out of our control, that we didn't see coming. We get thrown off guard. We get punched in the gut. Our breath is momentarily taken away.

I believe with my whole heart that when this happens we need to be still and do whatever it is we need to do to recover, learn, and grow. This looks different for every single one of us, but we must be gentle with ourselves. We must give ourselves space, hibernation, wine, music, yoga, boxing, therapy, sleep, nourishing food, whatever it looks like, we must give ourselves this time, wherever we can squeeze it in, to unplug, recover, and adjust to a new perspective and create a new path.

This is a time to be kind to ourselves. And hopefully, we have people in our lives who love and respect us and who can support us however we need, whether it's a road trip buddy or a smooth shot of whiskey. I am so lucky to have these people in my life. When I think of a lifetime of ups and downs, the ups and downs we all rise and fall on, at some point, on some level, on this road, I think of my people. I think I must be doing something right to have these kind souls in my life.

Going through the challenges life will inevitably offer us reminds me to be kind and gentle with others, as everyone is going through something, even if it doesn't look like it from the outside or by glancing on their Facebook pages.

I think we all go through challenges so we can learn how to take care of other people's hearts a little better. By lending a shoulder to someone else, our own hearts are healed.

I still think of what my friend once asked me, "Would I trade it all for a different outcome?" My answer is still, "No." I like who I've become and I've needed to take all the roads I have to get here. Take the time to be still and listen.

(painting: Light Cracks Through by Lynette Suchar)

#1 New York City

Dec 23, 2015

These favourite moments of the living my dreams tour 2015 were not in any particular order, but this one was kind of number one. I've been wanting to go to New York City since I was 12. I'm not sure why it took me so long but this year I made it happen (with my good friend Megan).

It was the most magical trip. There is something so special about NYC -- now I know why almost everyone I know, who doesn't live there, starts planning their next trip as soon as they get home.

My whole experience was inspiring and rejuvenating but there were two moments, in particular, that kind of made my dreams come true.

I finally got to go skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center. As a past figure skater and skating teacher, this has always been on my bucket list before I even knew what a bucket list was.

Also, unexpectedly, we got to meet Matthew Morrison, after watching his fabulous musical Finding Neverland. My face lit up with glee (I couldn't resist) for the rest of the night!

2015 has been generous and kind to me and I'm so excited to see where 2016 takes me.

Happy Holidays to everyone!


More fave moments of 2015 (in no particular order):

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