My dad and my brothers are amazing cooks. They are experimental, adventurous and innately gifted in the kitchen. I, on the other hand, am a lukewarm and rather reluctant chef. Deep in my heart I am a baker but three square meals a day of cookies, cake, squares and pie doesn’t quite qualify me for mother of the year. And so, night after night I drag myself into the kitchen and try to drum up a new idea and some enthusiasm for dinner.
I have deep admiration for people who love to cook. They seem to happily relinquish several hours in the kitchen to create a meal that is consumed in fifteen minutes and then takes an hour to clean up. The fulfillment of the whole process quite simply escapes me. My younger brother, Mike, is a gourmet chef. I swear that he must have prestige status on Epicurious.com and everything he cooks is absolutely divine. If I know Mike is cooking, I will move heaven and earth to be at that table. I can’t say that people are elbowing each other out of the way for a place at my table but we all have our gifts, don’t we?
In the spirit of the Radical Act, I decided to dig into a little culinary enthusiasm on this chilly November Sunday and produce something never before attempted. I spent three (yes, three!!!) hours making a vegetarian Thai Coconut soup and, if I do say so myself, it was absolutely delicious! It was creamy, savoury and had that delicate and flavourful blend that is typical of Thai cuisine. I will admit that I did have to watch a YouTube video on what to do with the rather curious-looking lemongrass that came home from the supermarket but once I got over that speed bump I was off to the races.
My husband gave my soup two enthusiastic thumbs up and I felt a bit like the cat who swallowed the canary as I ate my steaming bowl of yummy-ness! As the last spoonful settled into my happy tummy, all I could think was; ‘move over boys…there’s a new chef in town.’ But, it’s really just for tonight because, unfortunately for my family, I think I have used up all my culinary inspiration and energy for the month of November and it is only the 3rd day. Oh dear!
Here’s the recipe in case you are struck by your own Thai inspiration; Vegetarian Thai Coconut Soup
Happy Sunday! 🙂