Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vegan Tom Kha Soup

This just might be my new favorite soup. It's creamy, spicy and has the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Try it with a scoop of fragrant Jasmine rice for a filling plant based dinner. So delicious!


1 Tb coconut oil or safflower oil
2" fresh ginger minced
4 cloves of garlic minced
3 shallots thinly sliced
1 Serrano pepper or 2 red Thai chilies thinly sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Heat oil on medium in a large soup pot. Saute ginger, garlic, shallots, hot peppers and mushrooms for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
2.5 cups good veggie broth
1 and 1/2 cans coconut milk ( I used organic full fat )
3 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs + 1 tsp tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos ( I used coconut aminos)
2 tsp sriracha ( optional )
1 Tb coconut sugar or brown sugar
4-6 kaffir lime leaves
2 small stalks of lemongrass, smashed but left whole
2 cups chopped bok choy ( optional )
1 cup diced extra firm tofu
Bring to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup Thai basil
 handful of chopped cilantro ( optional )
handful of sliced green onions
Simmer for 1 more minute 


Monday, August 3, 2015

Island Home Inspiration

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Over the last year I've been slowly painting and replacing things throughout our small island home. The walls are primarily white now and so are most of our linens, pillows, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, dishes, couch throws, etc. Not the best color palette when you live on an island full of red volcanic dirt and a black kitty cat but I've been craving this for years. Light, white, and open were on my "must have" list and I think I've finally achieved it.
 I used a lot of wood, white marble, local beach finds, glass, luxurious scented candles and potted orchids for simple decorations. I cleared most of the clutter ( my husband's clutter of course ) with pretty storage boxes made of lauhala, woven bamboo, or aluminum from Bali. That being said, I'm really loving the clean and organized look of everything.
I'm a total minimalist but my husband is not. It's always been a battle when it comes to our living space but I think we've finally found a happy medium. It's island style without the clutter and kitsch. I'll take some pictures soon but in the meantime here's some images from my home inspiration folder.

White kitchen