Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Sunday Salon: 'Pinning' & Cooking & Audiobooks

I have long been guilty of disappearing into the Pinterest void, pinning like a mad woman and staring at all the pretties. In other words pinning and NOT doing. .... in a Gollum "my precious" kind of way. 

So this weekend I've blown the cobwebs from my Pinterest recipe board (yay me) while listening to The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman on audio ... beautiful!

My debut Pinterest recipe was a Penang Curry (recipe found on Pri's website Recipri)
I've adapted it slightly by using chicken breast instead of tofu, light coconut milk and leaving off the cashews as I didn't have any. The Penang paste I found in the local supermarket was very mild so an extra tablespoon could be added if you're taste buds call for extra zing. 

Penang Curry

Ingredients: Serves 4-6.
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp. Panang Curry Paste 
  • 2 cans coconut milk (13.5 oz. each) approx 430ml, I used light
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup roasted and unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped white/yellow onion
  • 4 Thai basil leaves
  • 4 oz. cubed extra firm tofu (I used 2 chicken breasts, chopped)
  • 5 broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 cup red capsicum 
  • 10 snap peas (I used beans)
  1. In a seasoned wok, heat oil on medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add ginger and garlic and let cook until light brown.
  3. Stir in curry paste.
  4. Whisk in coconut milk, brown sugar, soy sauce, and lime juice and turn heat up to medium-high. Add the lime juice little by little until it’s to your taste. I used the full 1 1/2 tbsp. of lime juice.
  5. Add chicken and onion, cook for minute or two then add vegetables and basil leaves and cook on medium until chicken cooked through but tender and vegetables still firm (was approx 5 mins)
  6. Top with basil leaves or crushed cashews. I left the cashews out
  7. Serve with steamed rice

Absolutely delicious flavour and a real hit with my family!

So are you a Pinterest junkie? Leave a link, I'd love to follow you. And if you're a fan of audiobooks, I'm keen to hear recommendations. 

Narrators can make or break an audiobook and I've been lucky enough to listen to some exquisite stories with exceptional narration. Here's a few of my favourites :)

WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah

MAGIC HOUR by Kristin Hannah

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams

LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott


THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett


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  1. Oh this sounds YUMMY!!!!! I am Julie Tucker-Wolek on PINTEREST!! Love that place!!!

    1. I already stalk you on Pinterest Julie LOL

  2. Oh, this sounds good!

    I go through phases with Pinterest. Haven't visited for ages though. Maybe I will have time next weekend!

  3. I have never used Pinterest..if you can believe it. I really do not need another time sink thank you.
    But that curry sounds good.

  4. I get recipes from Pinterest too, I usually try one every week or so, and I think there has only been 1 that the family hasn't really liked. I listened to The Help audiobook too - and agree - the narrators were 100% amazing. I also listened to Neil Gaiman, but for Neverwhere and he rocked it too.

    Tanya Patrice

  5. I'm the audiobook queen! I listen to almost 100 a year. But I digress. I love curry and your recipe looks awesome.

  6. I'm not on Pinterest, but I do love curry! Thanks for the recipe and the audiobook recs. I could listen to Neil Gaiman's voice all day long :). . .

  7. I love to cook and I love to pin, but both of these pale in comparison to the time I spend on my blog and reading books!

    My Sunday Salon: Everything Looks Better in Underpants, or My Weekend at the 2012 Texas Book Festival (as Told in 15 Photos and 1 Video)

  8. That looks really good. Love all those flavors. I have to be kind of careful not to lose myself in Pinterest.

    Joy's Book Blog

  9. Welcome to The Sunday Salon! I have been enjoying Pinterest, too; mostly for the pretty pix that I can use to illustrate blog posts, etc.

    That curry looks fabulous!

    I have also enjoyed several books on your list, like the Kristin Hannahs, The Help, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt....have a great week!


  10. Good for you on all counts! I signed up for The Sunday Salon way back when as a new blogger and couldn't figure out how it worked (I didn't know what a meme was!) and still haven't done my first one. And I haven't started using Pinterest yet and still clip/print a lot of recipes that I never try. But I do listen to a lot of audiobooks!

  11. Great to see you here. Pinterest is so addicting. I post in spurts because I know once I start I won't stop. :)

  12. Mmmm...that sounds so good. I love curries with coconut milk - and now I'm craving one!

  13. Your curry looks fabulous. I need to start cooking curries - I always order them when I'm out, and it looks fairly easy!

  14. I've been using my Pinterest boards quite a bit lately, mostly to great success. My link is here:

    And I loved The LIght Between Oceans!

  15. Pinning is awesome, I was so addicted at first

  16. I don't 'pin' for the same reason I don't 'tweet', I fear that I'll get caught up and spend hours and hours doing both and then the day wi be gone. I have nothing against either, but those addictive moments would undo me.

  17. I use Pinterest mostly for recipes - a great collection of visuals. This recipe sounds interesting!

  18. I'm on again, off again with Pinterest. I use it mostly for ideas for Gage fun, but always get sidetreacked! It is a time void for sure and I don't have enough of it to lose!
    This recipe looks good. Unfortunately, Jason can't even stand the smell of curry!

  19. I love curry and have learned to make them frequently this year. The Graveyard Book was an excellent audio book-I love that Gaiman reads his own! I have a hard cover of Winter Garden by Hannah but would find it so much easier to listen to the audio. I adore Pinterest and am frequently on and am happy to report that I often make recipes from my boards.It can be a dreadful time suck though.


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