It’s Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere today. Oh yes, it is! I love Winter Solstice, especially the part about the shortest day of the year occurring only a few short weeks into our dark, stormy weather. It gives me hope that I will survive the rest of winter and not morph permanently into some sort of pasty, sleepy, grumpy grizzly bear.
Oh I know Perth is blessed in that we never experience really freezing temperatures but winter is winter and I belong firmly in the summer zone, thank you very much! Less clothing layers, more Vitamin D and smiles, gorgeous beach sunsets, enchanting social events, and better light for food photos. 😉
The sun played along with my delusions today (good sun) and made a beautiful appearance as I daydreamed about the equator and imagined warm, tropical sun on my face as I sailed around Thailand. There’s no sea sickness in daydreams. Just so you know.
Turns out I can classify the daydream time firmly in the ‘blog research’ category too, since it inspired a fast, easy, Thai Red Curry just brimming with sunshine and spice:
- 500ml (2 cups) coconut cream (don’t shake the can)
- 4 tsp red curry paste (check the ingredients to make sure it’s vegan – some contain shrimp)
- 500g Jap pumpkin, peeled and diced
- 300g green beans, trimmed and cut in half
- Small tin water chestnuts, drained
- Small tin bamboo shoots, drained
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp grated palm sugar
- Coriander leaves and cashew nuts to garnish
- Spoon the thick coconut cream from the top of the tin into the wok and heat until boiling.
- Add the curry paste, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes, until the oil begins to separate.
- Add the remaining coconut cream and pumpkin and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the green beans, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and simmer for another 8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Gently stir in the soy sauce, lime juice and palm sugar.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and cashews and serve with steamed rice or quinoa.
Here comes the sun, na na na naaaaa…