Tea Party & Coconut Lime Soup
i'm kissing the ground today, so grateful that today was a normal day. after my outbursts yesterday, i ended up crying in my room for a while trying to really think things through. i considered taking anger management. i figured the frustration with the power struggles becomes exacerbated when i am already feeling a lack of control in general. i want control, i need it. not to feel powerful, but to feel like i am not spinning out of control, to feel like i have a grasp on something. i should not be directing that towards moses. he is going to have his off days the same way adults have their off days. when i begin to feel that monster inside, i need to go to my room or a quiet place, and i need to breathe. i need to tap into my mind and ask myself what the real deal is and allow myself to let go, to let things slide until i am feeling better. i am feeling more hopeful today.
the morning was peaceful and uneventful. we went to gymnastics and had a fantastic time, not to mention i may be getting hired to do some arts & crafts sessions in my own house via one of the regular moms at gymnastics. i happened to do a class over at Sublime with her daughter, and since we are small town folk, she sees me around and remembers me. hooray!
i prepped some egg salad before we left for gymnastics so i would be super rushed by the time we got home. gymnastics is 11:45 - 12:30 which cuts into normal people's lunchtimes. following a devouring of toasted egg sandwiches, i set up a little tea party for us. tea and cookies really helped moses clean up his mess!
the afternoon was pleasant. i spent half chloe's nap with moses and the other half chatting with Saara on the phone and cleaning up. i am so blessed to have such rad mom friends. we were laughing our butts off at one another's current child frustrations and laughing even harder over different ways we wish we could punish them.
it feels like we have been grocery shopping non-stop as of late, and yet i feel like there is never anything to eat. i made this soup last week. it was so perfect for our cold summer weather! i have to say, since i have started cooking, i have understood the importance of expanding the staples. i praise myself for stocking up on coconut milk and organic bouillons when on sale. this recipe, from Joyful Abode, uses chicken, but after a week of too much meat, i was in need of a vegetarian meal. i used chickpeas/garbanzo beans in place of the chicken.
as always, i do try to choose recipes that are fast and easy. this took me less than 30 minutes to put together! before starting the soup, i threw rice in the rice cooker.
- 4 cups cooked chicken (chunks or shreds) OR 1 can Chick Peas
- 14oz can coconut milk - I used 1 1/2 400ml cans but could probably use 2
- 2 cups of water OR Vegetable/Chicken Stock
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 3/4 carrots coined
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- Sprinkle of Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne (Didn't have so didn't use)
- 1/2 tsp curry
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (Didn't have so didn't use)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsbp lemon juice
- Parsley to garnish
Throw everything into a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover & simmer for 8-10 minutes and garnish with parsley
Once you have your soup on simmer, your rice should be almost ready. Toast a handful of sesame seeds and a handful of shredded coconut in a pan and once your rice is ready, mix the sesame seeds and coconut into the rice. You will love it.
SERIOUSLY SO DELICIOUS!
i might try to make it without curry powder next time to see how it tastes. my sister does not like curry but i think she would really enjoy this soup.