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Thanks to a friend, I now have: galangal, thai basil leaves, kafir lime leaves, tamarind, and lemongrass. Friday dinner suggestions?

I also have rice noodles, beef, lamb, shrimp, sweet potatoes, scallions, fish sauce, fresh mint, coconut milk as well as green/red curry pastes and other basics (and not so basics).
Already made this recipe, with great delight!! http://www.food52.com/recipes...
I'm a freestyler, so just simple suggestions as to what works well together is just as helpful as a recipe.
Please send ideas!!

asked by ablebodiedgirl over 7 years ago

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prettyPeas
added over 7 years ago

You could make your own red curry paste, but to me, one thing you can't make unless you have fresh galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves is tom yam, a hot and sour soup. I like to follow She Simmers directions http://www.shesimmers.com/2009/06/how-to-make-tom-yam-tom-yam-101-part.html

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Panfusine
added over 7 years ago

making this up as I go along, here goes: Grind the tamarind, galangal, kaffir lime leaves & lemon grass into a paste using coconut milk, Strain to remove the stringy bits of lemon grass & other woody stuff. Heat some sesame oil in a skillet, toss in sesame seeds to sputter, add sliced scallions julienned ginger & a crushed pod of garlic. Add some red pepper flakes & Soy sauce for the salt content. heat till it comes to a boil after which reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice noodles & drain. Add the shrimp (disclaimer I'm vegetarian, but i believe shrimp cooks very fast!.) to the simmering sauce. as soon as it becomes tender, ladle the sauce over the noodles & serve!

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Helen's All Night Diner
added over 7 years ago

I've used galangal with shrimp and love the combination: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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boulangere
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added over 7 years ago

What time is dinner!

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Anitalectric
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added over 7 years ago

Lucky you! Could try a different interpretation of this salad: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

Finely chopped white part of lemongrass would be good in dressing. Tamarind would be good in sauce.

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ablebodiedgirl
added over 7 years ago

OMG all those suggestions look fabulous!

I think I'm going to try Anita's suggestion, based on a few reasons.
First, I already have most of the ingredients on hand, and asparagus is in season so will be easy to obtain fresh/local/organic...
Second, I have never had anything like it before, and would love to try something new.
Lastly, our Friday night meal will be the first home-cooked food for a traveling-on-business boyfriend who will be wanting something light and fresh... I think this fits the bill!

Thanks so much everyone :) I'll def come back to try the rest later!!!

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