Red Curry Coconut Shrimp

Red Curry Coconut Shrimp

Looking for quick, easy and delicious? 

Red Curry Coconut Shrimp is a quick and easy one pot dish that’s perfect for any night of the week.  One pot dishes are some of my favourites and the tastiest too!  

Red Curry Coconut Shrimp hits all the right points to make it on regular rotation. Tender shrimp cook quickly and get nestled into a super easy creamy coconut curry sauce.  A toss in of snow peas adds nutrients, colour, texture and flavour to make this the perfect weeknight meal. 

One of the reasons I love shrimp during the week is because they thaw very quickly and this is helpful when you’ve forgotten to take something out to thaw.  Simply place your frozen shrimp in a bowl and cover with cool water.  If they’re not quite thawed by the time you have everything else assembled, simply drain and refill the bowl with cool water.  They will thaw in only a few more minutes. 

I like to serve this dish over Coconut Rice that’s fragrant, sticky and delicious.  It’s a great pairing with the creamy coconut sauce and slightly crunchy snow peas. Enjoy!

Red Curry Coconut Shrimp
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3-4 people
Servings
3-4 people
Red Curry Coconut Shrimp
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Servings
3-4 people
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice green onions, separating the white and reserving the green for garnish. Whisk together coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add whites of green onion and garlic. Sauté for one minute and add shrimp in a single layer. Cook shrimp 2 minutes per side and remove from pan.
  3. Add coconut milk mixture to the pan and bring to a full simmer. Add snow peas and stir to coat. Allow to simmer uncovered about 4 minutes over medium/high heat. Stir once or twice until snow peas are just tender and the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency.
  4. Toss shrimp back into the pan and stir to coat with sauce and warm throughout for about 1 minute. Season lightly with salt.
  5. Serve immediately over rice and garnish with reserved sliced green onions, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Toasted Bran Muffins

Toasted Bran Muffins

Nancy Silverton’s bran muffins from La Brea Bakery are hailed to be one of the best, and for good reason.  The crumb is tender and rather light for a bran muffin, yet they have that familiar fibrous chew. The flavour has a subtle toasted note and a hint of orange.  They have minimal refined sugar by using pureed raisins to add natural sweetness and moisture.  They are my personal favourite in the bran muffin arena with just a small smear of butter.

I originally stumbled upon these muffins from Alexandra Cooks Nancy Silverton’s Bran Muffins, who slightly adapted the recipe by blending all the raisins, leaving the final texture without whole raisins.  It’s also my desired way to eat them even though my recipe reflects the original method. Both ways are delicious and it comes down to personal preference. 

I’ve gone on to adapt the recipe slightly further by replacing a small amount of the water with orange juice and I’ve opted for a different mixing method with wonderful results. It’s recommended to use paper liners as they tend to bake up with a nicer domed top if using them. Without the liners, the tops tend to spread just a little more. I also recommend that you weigh your dry ingredients for better results.  I have done both, and have found that my weighted measures provide more than my standard scooping with a measuring cup. It does make a difference in this recipe.

If you love muffins, Nacy Silverton’s are a must to make, whether it be the original recipe or my slightly altered version, you won’t be disappointed.  Enjoy!

Recipe for Toasted Bran Muffins adapted from Alexandra Cooks Nancy Silverton’s Bran Muffins 

 

Toasted Bran Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Toasted Bran Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spread wheat bran out on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-8 minutes turning once.
  2. While wheat bran is toasting and cooling, cook 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree raisins until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wheat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and brown sugar. Add egg and egg white and whisk to combine. Stir in pureed raisins, remaining 3/4 cup water, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest.
  5. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of raisins. Scoop evenly into muffin cups, mounding the batter.
  6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before removing muffins from tin to cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

-it is highly recommended to weigh dry ingredients.

-when scooping the batter, the muffin cups will be very full.

-if you don't want whole raisins in the final muffin, cook all the raisins with 3/4 cup of water and blend, continue with recipe adding only 1/2 cup additional water (for 1 1/4 cup total) and omit raisins at the end.

Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

The new year is upon us…

Many of us are thinking of eating healthier, and I’m a firm believer that eating well and eating foods you enjoy should go hand in hand. Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup is guilt-free comfort food that’s loaded with kale and vegetables.  It’s a homey soup that’s warming and hearty with a rich tomato laced chicken broth, tender baby potatoes, Italian sausage and vegetables. Paprika, garlic, and fresh herbs give added depth of flavour to this rustic, chunky soup. 

Healthy potatoes, rich in potassium and vitamin C add fibre with their skins and a rustic earthiness.  Tender kale, also rich in nutrients, gently clings to all it surrounds for a wonderful spoonful.  It’s the best of both worlds, being hearty and comforting while still being healthy, satisfying, and full of flavour.  So even if eating better is not on your resolution list this year, you’ll still want a big bowl of this satisfying soup.  Enjoy!

Author:  Compelled to Cook

Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat add 1 tbsp of olive to a large pot or dutch oven. Add sausage links and cook until golden and no longer pink, turning often about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined dish to absorb any excess fat. To the same pot add remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic, sauté for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften and have sweat off some of their moisture.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes crushed with your hands. Add potatoes, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, and both paprikas. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes until potatoes are almost tender. While soup is cooking, chop kale and cooked sausage into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add kale and sausage to the pot and continue to cook partially covered for about 5 minutes until kale is cooked but still has some colour and bite. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with crusty bread if desired.

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Apricot Brandy Sparkler

Apricot Brandy Sparkler

Cheers to a new year with Apricot Brandy Sparkler!

Apricot Brandy Sparkler is my way of saying goodbye to 2018 and cheers to the new year ahead. Can you believe another year is already over?  Where has the time gone?  It is the sentiment I have often felt, but with the approaching new year, I have a sense of accomplishment and a strong purpose moving forward.  While 2018 was still a year of routine, plucking forward just trying to keep up with work, household and blogging, it was also a year that a few things got done.

One of my greatest joys this year was the construction of our new deck/outdoor space, and for many, it would not be a big deal.  For me however, it was a project that was put off for a variety of reasons for many, many years.  It was also designed and built by my husband, who did an amazing job. It ’s a beautiful space, complete with furniture and gas fireplace.  I love it and couldn’t be happier to share it with family and friends or simply sit quietly spending quality time with my husband.  

 

The Year Ahead…

The past year was also a year of learning and working hard to create our first video for Mark Bouliane/Overland Explorer, which follows my husband and me on our over-landing adventures.  Creating and editing video is definitely a skill and has its own set of challenges. We are both excited to improve this skill and have fun being creative.  We hope it’s the first of many videos for both of us, which leads me to another goal for 2019.  Video production for Compelled to Cook is set for my 2019 to do list, as is monetizing my food blogging efforts.  Both are substantial goals for myself but definitely in the realm of possibility.  The learning, progress and firsts are what excites me for 2019.  So, even though 2018 must go, the new year looks amazing and I’m ready to get started.  How about you?

Author: Compelled to Cook, from “Cooks Workshop” Cocktails & Party Drinks 1984

Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Combine vodka, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Fill half full with ice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Serve immediately.

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes…oh my!

One of my quick and easy weeknight meals consists of broiled fish with a creamy caper paste.  It takes mere minutes to cook and is tender, moist and full of flavour.  I decided to use this same paste on smashed baby potatoes for an easy side dish that’s super delicious and pairs well with roasted meats and fish. 

Capers are the unripened flowers buds of Capparis spinosa or Capparis inermis and are generally dried and pickled.  Here’s a handy link from The Spruce Eats that tells you a little more about the amazing caper. 

You won’t be disappointed!

Roasted mini potatoes get a gentle smash and topped with a creamy caper paste made with capers, lemon, dill, mayonnaise, and parmesan cheese.  Crispy little potato disks with fluffy centres are the perfect base for the briny capers, fresh dill and creamy mayo.  

If you’re not familiar with capers, they’re a handy pantry item to have kicking around.  They’re pungent and briny and not all that good on their own, but combine them with cream, butter or lemon and you have a flavour explosion. They add a salty depth of flavour that enhances sauces, dressing, salads, and more. Enjoy!

Author: Compelled to Cook

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a medium bowl toss together potatoes, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Spread out evenly on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until just tender.
  3. While potatoes are baking, combine together mayonnaise, parmesan, capers, dill, lemon juice and pepper.
  4. Remove potatoes from oven and gently flatten each with a flat surfaced utensil (I use a metal potato masher) to a third of its original height.
  5. Set oven rack to 7" from broiler and turn oven to broil. Spread 1 tbsp of paste onto each potato. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnishing with fresh dill if desired.