Before I made this recipe, I didn’t have a great impression of borscht. Basically, I only had it one other time and it wasn’t great. But beets were in season and they were cheap at the Farmer’s Market so the hubs and I decided to make some borscht.
This is the hubs’ favorite Thai curry. Yes, there is more to Thai curries than red or green – there is hung-lay curry! We first encountered this curry at the Thai grocer in Singapore. We had made a trip to the famous Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road in Singapore as we were passing through the area. We entered the Thai grocery store there and decided to buy a couple of spice and curry packs to bring back to the US. We came across Hung-Lay curry paste and both wondered what it was. We decided to buy a pack to try and there was no turning back after. We made the hung-lay curry in the US and it was so good!
Chili – not the fruit that grows on trees (yes, chilies are fruits because they have seeds, so are tomatoes). Chili – the stuff camping is made of (and s’mores too). The last time we (the hubs and I) made chili, we were out in Joshua Tree National Park camping with friends. We made the chili in two cast iron pots atop a campfire and campfire gas stove. We were feeding about 20+ people, so we needed that campfire stove. We served the chili with a hamburger bun (sloppy joes!!) and vinegar-based coleslaw. It was divine camping food, though the hubs said we probably felt it was the best chili because we were hungry – I beg to disagree, I thought it was good.
One of the things I usually look out for when trawling the aisles of T.J.Maxx is Spanish smoked paprika. However, when it comes to using it, I only use it to cook two dishes – Alton Brown’s smoked paprika chicken and this stew.
I have a few staples in my repertoire and this is one of them. I first used Jamie Oliver’s recipe and made some tweaks. Now I don’t really have a recipe and just use whatever is on hand in the pantry, resulting in meatballs that taste good but are different each time. There are however a few essentials that are present all the time. For example, I always use a combination of meats and always soak my breadcrumbs in milk before mixing it in.