Posts tagged ‘Thai basil’

July 26, 2012

A Luxurious Dessert | Strawberries, Red Wine, Sriracha

My palate has wanderlust again.  I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Vietnamese food and the influences the French left behind.  I have a hankering for Pho.  I’m desperate for a good bánh mì.

So it should come as no surprise that when I was invited to put together a dessert recipe Yagööt and the launch of their new line of Yagööt@Home, I chose to go the Southeast Asian route and use some inspired ingredients: coconut frozen yogurt, Thai basil, a French red wine, ginger.  Sriracha.

Sometimes a recipe comes together so easily.  Ingredients fall into each other like long-lost friends, perfectly happy to hang out again.  And while everything except the sugar and strawberries (and the coconut Yagööt of course) in this dessert are savory, I can guarantee that it makes one of the sexiest desserts you’ve ever tasted.  And did I mention that it takes only ten minutes to make?

For the red wine in this recipe, I used a Beaujolais-Villages, because it’s widely available as well as relatively inexpensive.  An inexpensive pinot noir would work, too.  I use only a cup, so heck, you can kind of throw this together if you’ve got a bit of wine left over from dinner.   This time, I used fresh strawberries, but you can bet that I’ll be pulling out all those strawberries we picked and froze earlier this year when the weather gets colder.  The recipe calls for Thai basil, which is at every Asian grocery store worth its salt.  I think it’s pretty critical to the flavor profile of the dessert, but in a pinch you could substitute some standard basil.  Sriracha is another seemingly exotic ingredient, but widely available in most grocery stores.  Buy a bottle and you’ll find yourself putting this spicy hipster ketchup on everything from your morning eggs to Friday night pizza.  It’s delicious.

Feel like being daring?  Want to try this recipe?  How about some free Yagööt? 

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January 7, 2011

Persephone’s Takeaway | Monkfish Tom Yum

I get it: the snow is falling, the wind is blowing, the streets are slippery.  You can’t be bothered to leave the warmth of hearth and home.  Well, here’s a dish that’s the perfect replacement for a phone call to the takeaway.  It’s bursting with the beautiful, aromatic, authentic Thai flavors that will transform your kitchen into a worthy competitor to a bought in meal, while offering the same warmth and hospitality of your favorite Thai restaurant.

There are as many versions of Tom Yum as there are cooks.  It’s a wonderfully warming soup that feels at once healing and satisfying.  I included mung beans to add some extra substance for these tough winter months, but they’re entirely optional, particularly if your goal is the thin, broth-y elixir that you traditionally find at your local Thai eatery.  Just know that if you honor the basics and the traditions of southeast Asian cuisine, you really can’t go wrong with a bit of improvisation.

Tom Yum with Lemongrass Monkfish Serves 2

For the Soup:

6 c of vegetable, fish, or chicken stock, I used crab stock

1 shallot, sliced

2 cloves garlic, grated

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