I’ve been feeling in a bit of a recipe slump these days. Even though our trip to Hawaii inspired me in a couple of very tasty ways, the dishes were not in the main meal department. Instead, since we’ve been back, I’ve been turning to my favourite tried and true recipes instead of trying new things. All of this is totally normal and fine, except when you are trying to run a food blog. Luckily, last week I had a meeting right next to a very large Asian supermarket and I decided to stop in for a couple of things that we can’t normally get our hands on. While perusing the produce aisle, I saw some fresh lime leaves, which I have never used before. Needless to say, they made me very excited and I knew my slump was over (for now).
I suffer from food envy. When I am at a restaurant and someone I am eating with gets something that looks better than my meal, I get kind of sad, regretting my own choice no matter how good it is. Luckily, I am a vegetarian, my company usually isn’t and I don’t have meat envy. On top of the actual food envy, my need to avoid food envy at all costs means that ordering food at a restaurant is usually quite the process for me. I am always worried that I will regret what I ordered, order the wrong thing, want what someone at my table or a table next to me is having. It really shouldn’t be all that stressful right? Eating out is supposed to be fun! Anyway, last week I was out to dinner with some people from work and one of my co-workers decided to order Thai yellow curry. With potential food envy looming over my head, I immediately changed my order and got it too.
I debated for a very long time whether to post this recipe. I made this soup for the first time before this blog existed. I got the recipe off of 101cookbooks.com and it was perfect. I ate it all week for lunch and didn’t get sick of it one bit. Beyond its deliciousness, there are so many things that I love about this recipe. First, it doesn’t call for any stock (I have still yet to find a vegetable stock that my boyfriend and I both like) but it is still incredibly flavorful (usually I have to add a lot of additional seasoning to make water based soup taste). Second, it’s hearty, warming and healthy feeling when you eat it. Last, I have most of the ingredients on hand at all times, so it’s a great recipe to have for a day that I don’t feel like going to the store.