Tuesday, September 14, 2004

A little decadence never hurt anyone

In fact, you need to consume a healthy amount of oils to maintain decent looking skin and hair. I met this woman once who boasted that she ate nothing or very little with fat in it. She must have spent a fortune on conditioner and I wondered why she actually had hair. I decided to break my diet just a little for my favorite peanut sauce…
After all, everything in moderation.

Last night I serve a few spoonfuls on top of some steamed green beans. Of course you can adjust the amount of pepper and curry to your taste.

Sort of Thai Peanut Sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ½ tbsp peanut or salad oil
2 tbsp ginger, peeled and julienned
1 lime leaf
½ a small jalepeno pepper sliced
2 tbsp curry paste (you can find this in your Asian grocery)
1 c. coconut milk
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp fish sauce
White pepper
Salt if necessary

Heat the oil on high. Brown the garlic and add the lime leaf, jalepeno pepper, and ginger.
Saute for a few minutes. If you don’t like picking things from your food you can remove the lime leaf. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the peanut butter and coconut and mix over the heat until combine. Stir constantly as to avoid scorching on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve with vegetables and tofu over hot rice... in moderation, of course.


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