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Thai Carrot Soup to Start the New Year with Spice! 

3 Jan

img_0751I wanted something satisfying and warm to eat!  So while grocery shopping, I decided to make some soup!  I love-making soup, where I can make it how I like it and be creative!

So Thai Carrot soup it is!  It came out wonderfully and for the upcoming nights when arriving from work; I can effortlessly choose to have a nice warm bowl of soup and little spinach salad!

It was quite easy and in less than an hour in the early morning;  I was done and ready to venture out to enjoy the rest of the day!

If you love carrot soup, try it!  You can add what you like…coconut milk, ginger, yogurt….what ever you like.  I just wanted a Thai peanut, very spicy, carrot soup! And I mean spicy…which you can omit!  Here are the steps; if you decide to make it also and add your delights; please share!

Happy New Year!

2 pounds of peeled carrots, 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, 2 tbsp of minced garlic, hot chili pepper flakes, peanut butter and 1 granny smith apple + Sriracha

2 pounds of peeled carrots, 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, 2 tbsp of minced garlic, hot chili pepper flakes, peanut butter and 1 granny smith apple + Sriracha.  It will make about close to 1 quart and 1/2 of soup.

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In a Dutch Oven, saute onions, apple, garlic in one teaspoon of hot coconut oil (about 2 – 3 minutes).

 

Add all the carrots and it's ok to eat some while they go in!

Add all the carrots and it’s ok to eat some while they go in!

Add 1 box of Vegetable broth (or any broth you like) and simmer for 20 minutes; until carrots are tender.

Add 1 box of Vegetable broth (or any broth you like) and simmer for 20- 30 minutes; until carrots are tender.

Once tender, now puree! Either a food processor or hand blender.

Once tender, now puree! Either a food processor or hand Immersion blender.

You want to have a smooth consistency!

You want to have a smooth consistency!

Now you add the peanut butter, blend then taste! A little salt and hot chili flakes, then taste again. Then judge is it to your liking.

Now you add the peanut butter, blend then taste! A little salt, basil and hot chili flakes, then taste again. Then judge is it to your liking.

For me! Not all, I added more S hot sauce!

For me! Not all, I added more Sriracha hot sauce!

Add to a beautiful bowl. Topped with basil and more hot sauce!

Add to a beautiful bowl. Topped with chopped basil and more hot sauce!

letia Mitchelll 403 Letia 🙂

The peanut butter is added last. For those who are allergic to nuts; it can be skipped without compromising the taste you want for a wonderful carrot soup!

Photos taken by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

 

NGAM, Thai Food Happiness in NYC!

27 Jul

Ngam SelectionsAuthentic? Yes!  Delicious?  Yes!  Addictive?  Definitely a YES!

I call it my 2014 summer love, a beautiful relationship!  When I’m in the city or asked for a suggestion to meet up and have lunch…NGAM NYC is the place to go!

Located near Union Square NYC, it’s between 12th and 13th Streets on 3rd Avenue! Ngam NYC Again

As you walk in, you see the skilled sous chefs busy at work – handling orders and smiling!

You then proceed to walk to the rear for seating and without knowing it you become completely relaxed!  Such a great atmosphere!

The staff is awesome and I always find myself asking them for suggestions; for the lunch and dinner menus are different (this is how I know I LOVE this place).

Hong Thaimee, Chef & Owner of Ngam

The food at NGAM is no way finicky, just comforting.

If you love spicy food, they have it!  If not into spicy, there is a dish definitely for you!  And there are items which are Gluten Free! I had the pleasure of meeting the Chef and owner of NGAM, the beautiful Hong Thaimee.

It was on one of my visits, where a photo shoot was in progress where Hong was rolling out many Thai dishes for her upcoming cook book!  A delightful and remarkable woman who took a moment to speak with my friend Lisa and I on her love of cooking.

If you are a foodie like me, you have seen her many times on Food Network’s Iron Chef of America.  Just last week when dining with my niece, her staff said she is currently in Thailand; which I know must be amazing – it’s on my bucket list to visit <smiling, yes again>!

Be sure to view NGAM’s website (below) to see Hong’s achievements and all the amazing things she’s doing now!

Now here are my NGAM favorites!

#1  Chiang Mai Fries” which are made of Kabocha pumpkin and sweet potato! They are fried to perfection; served with a homemade red curry mayo and a sweet and sour peanut relish!  Warning!! They are addictive! Tip: please keep the sweet and sour relish on the side for a special addition to your noodles – if ordered (that is if you have any left!). Chiang Mai Fries

 

#2 Kale Fried Rice”, where you have a choice of a rice to choose from, I always pick jasmine sautéed with love! Farm fresh kale, carrots, heirloom tomatoes, sweet onion, scallions and crunchy kale chips.

#3 “Peek Gai Tod/Brother Chai’s Chicken Wings” which are these spicy chicken wings served with a tamarind chili sauce and sliced granny smith apples!

and……

#4  My choice of Mah Mah noodles with chicken that is served with lovely Thai basil, pepper, young peppercorn, carrots, broccoli, kale and cauliflower!  The dish is called “Pad Kee Mao” Spicy Drunken Noodle”


Pad Kee Mao" Spicy Drunken Noodle

For drinks, I will include either or both – but no doubt a fabulous Honey Lychee Martini (Tito’s vodka, lychee juice and honey) and a refreshing “Thai Iced Tea”!

Now NGAM also serves brunch, where a friend of mine dined (without ME, I might add!) and had their “Wings & Waffles”.  He raved repeatedly over the dish and told me secretly with such excitement that he ordered it 2x; after the first order! He said what got him happily hooked was the coconut taste in the waffle, it was delicious – a homemade coconut waffle, with marmalade glazed chicken wings and coconut cream!  Here is a picture taken from NGAM’s website, because no picture was provided for it was not even a thought during the duration of happiness which repeated 3x! 🙂

Wings & Waffles!

Now NGAM is also known for a wonderful after-work place to go, for the evening side is also fun and adds to what New York City is all about!

I am planning to have a small gathering with a group of friends at NGAM soon, either partaking in a Thai cooking class, Thai Crab Feast or just dinner; it’s such a challenge with everyone’s schedules; but I am up for it!

If you love Thai food, like a place where you can relax and even in the middle of the day enjoy a Honey Lychee Martini, I recommend NGAM!  You will have a wonderful time!

Food has power—it speaks to your soul. If I can cook the kind of food that will touch people’s souls, well, that’s my goal.+

Hong…Thank You!!!!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Ngam is located at 99 3rd Avenue  (btw 12th & 13th Streets)  New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-8424. 

To learn more about Chef Hong Thaimee and NGAM – Modern Thai Comfort Food restaurant, go to http://www.ngamnyc.com . Photos by NGAM’s website and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC.  

+ Quote take from Gotham Magazine article,  2013 New York Faces, Hong Thaimee.

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