An Accidental Miracle: My Curried Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

An Accidental Miracle: My Curried Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

So, I really wanted soup last night but because it’s been so cold here in New York, I didn’t feel like bundling up (again) to go out to the store. Thus began my own little Chopped challenge: to make a delicious soup based on what I could find in the house. I had some leftover veggies from a recent party so the traditional base for soup, the mirepoix , was present and accounted for. Everything else was a welcomed mystery. I mean.. these sort of things usually turn out really good or horribly wrong, right? The recipe below is what ended up happening, my version of a Thai Curry Sweet and Sour Soup.

 

Makes 6- 8 servings.

You Will Need:

1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked (optional)

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 tsp chopped ginger

1-2 tbsp kosher salt to taste

1-2 tbsp black pepper to taste

3 tbsp curry powder

1 qt veggie broth (one 32 ounce box)

1 cup spinach

1 can roasted diced tomatoes, I used these.

3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 can coconut cream, (can also use coconut milk)

1/2 tsp lime zest

Juice of 1 lime (can use half if desired)

3 tsp sriracha

Saute veggies in olive oil on medium heat until they are tender. Add salt, pepper, curry powder and half the sriracha. Let the veggies cook a bit more until fully coated with curry, another 2-3 minutes. Add the veggie broth, tomatoes and spinach, then simmer on low heat for about 20-25 minutes. Add in peanut butter and coconut cream. I had natural peanut butter on hand, but the regular version would work too, and the added sugar will add to the depth of flavor. The crunch added in peanuts which was a nice addition, but choose creamy if you’re not a fan.

Continue simmering until soup becomes darker in color (from the peanut butter), another 8-10 minutes or so. Add in remaining sriracha (more or less depending on how spicy you like) lime zest and juice.

If you’re using shrimp, season them with salt, pepper and more curry powder, about 1/2 teaspoon of each. Add them into the soup until they are pink and firm, about 2-3 minutes.

Ladle the soup into your favorite bowls and serve with lime wedges and extra sriracha on the side.

 

London Calling: The Best of LCM Fall 2016

London Calling: The Best of LCM Fall 2016

The opening show for London Collections Men, by Top Man Design was a study on skater boy meets dandy. Structured wools were mixed with light washed high-waisted denim that stopped just above the ankles. Silk tops in neutral palettes, some in floral devoré, were lengthened to peek under cropped sweaters and also appeared as tucked in tanks under outerwear. The result  gave the models the pile it on layer effect and ease of 70’s bohemia. “It should be the right mood for now, but whatever the right word for that is, I don’t know,” says Gordon Richardson about the collection.

 

The resurgence of 80’s fashion was an influence for Patrick Grant at E. Tautz after he attended a friend’s 1980’s themed birthday party. Monochromatic looks with wide leg trousers, structured shoulders and loose patterned sweaters were the resulting looks for the brand which is known for marrying Savile row level tailoring with the zeitgeist of today. Standouts from the collection were printed silk blended scarfs that were loosely tied at the neck, and the outerwear which included: sleek trouser coats, hooded parkas and breezy belted safari jackets.

 

It’s no secret that Jeremy Scott is all about look-at-me designs at Moschino and the latest collection for LCM was no different. The looks were bold, dripping with pops of color and excitingly graphic, thanks to a collaboration between Scott and the modern art duo Gilbert and George. The clothes were bright and in your face, but for all the pomp and circumstance that comes along with a Moschino show, this collection was one of the most wearable ones since Scott took over the brand in 2013. It will be interesting to see which  looks end up on certain celebs this year, specifically ones with the last names Cyrus and Perry. We may even see some of the women’s looks on the small screen as Empire’s Cookie Lyon has been known to wear the label on the hit show.

 

The recent launch of Coach 1941, a higher priced ready-to-wear line, from Coach has brought about some positive feedback for the iconic brand. The LCM show, which was influenced by American music spanning the course of various decades, gave us many identifiable references from the Kangol bucket hats sported by the models (an obvious nod to LL Cool J- era American hip-hop) to voluminous fur coats reminiscent of Kid Rock in his heyday. Aside from the luxe outerwear, the styling of the plaids and bags were favorites.

 

The story of Alexander McQueen will always be a tragic one. The designer was one of the most gifted ones that has ever lived and we lost him way too soon. His predecessor, Sarah Burton has done a tremendous job navigating through the many McQueenisms that Lee left behind by paying homage to the late designer while at the same time bringing a new softer element from her own point of view. The latest collection from Burton successfully fused the idea of fetishism , a popular subject matter at Mcqueen, with beautifully tailored and sharp designs. Suits and coats were embroidered with moths and butterflies (classic Mcqueen) as well as black and white florals– some of which seemed to effortlessly appear out of smoke on the fabrics.

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All Images courtesy of Vogue.com

Read Carpet Read: The Golden Globes 2016

Read Carpet Read: The Golden Globes 2016

There were many trends on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe Awardslast night. From candy-apple-red, to brilliant white and glittering gold, here are some of my top picks for best dressed.

The color of the moment: Jennifer Lopez

The color of the moment: Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli

 

Rooney Mara, in Alexander McQueen

Rooney Mara, in Alexander McQueen

 

Taraji P. Henson, in Stella McCartney

Taraji P. Henson, in Stella McCartney

 

Jaimie Alexander, in Genny

Jaimie Alexander, in Genny

 

Guys that caught my eye:

Sam Heughan, in Dunhill

Sam Heughan, in Dunhill

 

Eddie Redmayne, in Gucci

Eddie Redmayne, in Gucci

 

David Oyelowo, in Dolce and Gabbana

David Oyelowo, in Dolce and Gabbana

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