Chicken Curry, Easier with Homemade Curry Paste
Hello, January! Now that our December heatwave has broken – it’s time for curry. And this is a super fun recipe, both for the curry and for the homemade curry paste.
Making your own Chinese hot chili paste (La jiao jiang)
The name literally translates as ‘hot pepper paste’. You can buy it at most grocery stores or specialty markets, but it’s so easy there’s really no reason not to make it yourself. I made this batch the other day so I could add it to some spicy Lanzhou cilantro noodle soup I’ve been craving for a long time.
Oven drying hot peppers to make your own chili flakes
We have all seen the ubiquitous little shakers of red chili pepper flakes in pizza places. But I like to make my own dried chilis because they are cheaper – 37 cents vs. $3.50 for a jar in the grocery store. They’re also prettier. With beauty comes pain, though, so…
A Cajun “Chrimbo”
Some friends of ours are Mississippi expats living in Vermont, and we love doing holidays together (though not always in a timely fashion). This year, our very late Christmas “Chrimbo” celebration – teetering into Mardi Gras territory – was in their apartment, and the food was pure Cajun. So, while…