Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

Tom Kha Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (Thai Coconut Soup)

This weekend we had the pleasure of doing some cooking, and hanging out, with our friend Russ of the Domestic Man. We cooked for almost a solid 5 hours, and came up with some great recipes to share with you all as a result.

This first piece is a Thai soup based off of what I had ordered from a local Thai restaurant, Tom Kha Hed (ต้มข่าไก่). This soup, sometimes also known as Tom Kha Gai, Kai or just Tom Kha, is literally “chicken galangal soup.” We forwent the chicken itself, but one could easily add chicken and or prawns for a heavier soup.

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Dublin Coddle Recipe (paleo, gluten free, primal, keto)

Dublin Coddle

This year for St. Paddy’s Day, we decided to try a more traditional dish aside from corned beef and cabbage (although we absolutely made that as well), and came across the Dublin Coddle. The little bit of research I did led me to find that the coddle is a recipe usually cooked with leftovers, so it does not have a rigid set of ingredients. We are big fans of making the best of what is available, so this recipe struck us as a great thing to try. Interestingly enough, the recipe’s name comes from the verb coddle, meaning to cook in water below boiling.

We made some minor adjustments to the traditional coddle: often cooked with water and a bouillon cube, we instead opted for chicken stock. Other stock would certainly work as well. The other substitution we made was for white potatoes. We occasionally eat potatoes, and are not opposed to them, but wanted to give this a shot with jicama. Jicama is somewhat difficult to peel, but once that task is accomplished, it’s a breeze. Ultimately, this was a delicious recipe.
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Mediterranean Coleslaw Recipe (Vegetarian, Paleo, Primal)

Mediterranean Coleslaw

While we often make a lot of meat-centric dishes, we are also a big fan of vegetarian recipes—and coleslaw recipes are one of our favorites. We have one already, which we based off the Colonel’s famous recipe, but we wanted to stray off the path a little for this one.

One of the awesome bonuses of this coleslaw recipe is also that the dressing we came up with will work well as a salad dressing for everyday use. We hope you’ll enjoy this coleslaw recipe and the delicious salad dressing.
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Moo Goo Gai Pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan (蘑菇鸡片)

Chinese food has always been something we’ve enjoyed, but since cleaning up our habits, it has been harder to justify the questionable ingredients from the local take-out restaurant. We’ve tackled a version of fried rice in the past, but have not really ventured much into making main entrees.

Doing a little research, it was enjoyable to learn about this dish; the name (Cantonese) is based on its ingredients: moo goo (mushrooms) gai (chicken) pan (sliced). We enjoy all of these things, and it was a lot of fun putting this together. The added bonus was making homemade oyster sauce. If you can find a clean oyster sauce without corn starch and loads of sugar, let us know, because that would greatly ease the process.
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Cocoa Curry Lamb Shank Recipe

Cocoa Curry Lamb Shanks

I’m excited to share with you today’s recipe of curry lamb shanks. One of our goals of 2014 was to go out more often; Heather works in sales, and I work two jobs, so the majority of the time for the past two years, when we were home, we just wanted to do nothing. That is all well and good, but I decided we needed to resurrect the date night, especially after our engagement in December.

Our first date night of the year was at Old Ebbitt’s Grill, also the oldest restaurant in DC. I had the lamb shank, and it was absolutely amazing. The next time we went with friends, a few weeks later, Heather had the shank and felt the same way. Having been inspired by that dinner and our friend Russ’s new book The Ancestral Table (Did you get it yet? Here’s our review.) and it’s Lamb Tagine recipe, we crafted this lamb shank recipe. We think you’ll really enjoy it. Plus, my parents were cool enough to get us a tagine for Christmas, so it gave us a fun excuse to break it out. Don’t worry, if you’re without a tagine, a dutch oven will suffice.
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