Hot Chai Toddy

There’s nothing like a good hot toddy, and so much the better when it steeps your kitchen in gorgeous spices.

Chai concentrate
Adapted from A Wooden Nest
4 1/2 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
7 whole green cardamom pods
2 whole star anise pods
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
10 bags of black tea
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TBL vanilla
1 TBL Cointreau

In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add spices and tea bags. Steep 15 minutes, uncovered. Strain mixture and discard spices, etc. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and Cointreau, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

For the toddy
1 shot coffee liqueur
1/2 cup chai concentrate
2 TBL coconut milk

Heat chai and coconut milk, then add coffee liqueur. Sips away!

Best served with carrot cake 🙂

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Yellow Curry with Potatoes, Lima Beans, and Broccoli

Happy ginger Sunday!


1 lb Yukon potatoes, chopped into 2-inch pieces
1 head broccoli
1.5 cups lima beans
1/2 cup red onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 cup coconut milk
2 TBL lemongrass
4 large garlic cloves
3 TBL fresh ginger
1 TBL turmeric
1 TBL cumin
1 TBL coriander
1 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1 cup water
1 TBL or to taste Bragg’s or soy sauce

In a blender or food processor, combine coconut milk, spices, lemon grass, garlic, and ginger. In a dutch oven, mix together coconut milk mixture, potatoes, and onions. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium or medium low. Cook until potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has absorbed about 15-20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes or so to scrape the bottom of the pan. You will see the oil start to separate from the curry, just keep cooking.

When the potatoes are soft, add water and Bragg’s/soy sauce, broccoli, and lima beans. Cook uncovered on medium heat about 10 minutes until sauce thickens. Add juice of 1 lime, cilantro, and mung bean sprouts. Cook another 5 minutes uncovered. Taste for seasoning. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice when serving.

Vegan lentil and tofu curry

This dish is loosely inspired by rendang, but never having eaten rendang, nor having all the ingredients, I can’t say it is authentic. If you like a sour and spicy dish though, this is for you.

1 onion, chopped

6 Thai chilis

4 garlic cloves

2-3 TBL fresh ginger, chopped

2 TBL lemon juice

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tsp tamarind paste

1 tsp 5-spice powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp parsley (We didn’t have any cilantro)

3 TBL unsweetened dried coconut

1 can light coconut milk

1/2 block tofu, cubed, seasoned with salt, pepper, and cayenne

1 cup red lentils

Extra water as needed

Blend until smooth  spices, lemon juice, tamarind, onion, garlic, chilis, sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Set aside. In a dutch oven, heat 1 tsp olive oil and fry tofu until browned and firm. Reduce heat and add dried coconut and cook until lightly toasted. Carefully pour in the blended spices and stir with the tofu. Add lentils and coconut milk. Add additional water to cover. Cook covered on medium heat for 1 hour. Stir often to prevent the lentils from sticking. Continue to add additional water if needed.

Serve over rice with garlic steamed spinach.

Hot and spicy updates

We’re testing recipes, and it’s going really well. Sorry, we can’t share any recipes, but we’ve included a tasty photo.

Tonight we also made Thai Red Curry Soup via Show Me Vegan.

Thai Red Curry Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit and Show Me Vegan

1/2 TBL olive oil

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 portobella caps, chopped

2 heaping TBLvegan red curry paste

1.5 c. Yukon potatoes, diced

1 c.  green beans

1 can unsweetened light coconut milk

2.5 c. vegetable broth

1 Tablespoon tamari

1 TBL dried basil (fresh would be so good…)

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sriracha sauce

1 lime wedge

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Saute bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Add red curry paste. Stir to distribute curry paste, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, potatoes, and green beans and saute about 1 minute more. Add coconut milk, broth, tamari, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, covered. Stir in basil before serving. Garnish with Sriracha and lime juice.

Coconut milk, bean and vegetable stew

This week, we’re blogging out of order. I’ve been craving our local Ethiopian restaurant all week, so had been on the look out for interesting recipes from all parts of Africa. When I saw this recipe for Maharagwe, a Kenyan style stew with coconut milk and turmeric,  I had to try it immediately.

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

2 medium white or yellow onions, chopped

2 cups kale, chopped

1 TBL olive oil

1 green pepper, chopped

5 habanero peppers, minced

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 can of light coconut milk

2 tsp turmeric

3-4 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

4 cloves of garlic, minced

salt and black pepper, to taste

In a pot, fry the onions in olive oil until lightly browned. Add garlic, green pepper, and habanero pepper, fry for another few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (EXCEPT KALE), to the pot and simmer until everything is tender and the flavors have come together. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt accordingly. Stir in kale and cook about 2-3 minutes, until kale is slightly wilted. Serve with rice.