This year, the NHN family traveled to Tampa. It was the girls’ first time seeing the ocean, and while they marveled at its wonder, I marveled at a particular crab soup from a local restaurant, Frenchy’s. This soup was heaven on earth. To my dismay, Maddie felt the same and ate quite a bit of my soup that she insisted she was just sampling. I could have eaten a vat of that soup. When it came time for my turn to make our monthly dinner in September, I was still thinking about it. (more…)
Daycare germs don’t often phase me anymore. Having been in the daycare system for six years now, I have a pretty tough immune system. This year, though, the back-to-school and daycare germs hit at the same time, leaving both Maddie and me suffering. It may have been 80 degrees outside, but we were in need of soup. (more…)
I am a bad gardener. It’s true. But I’ve never found that to be a good reason to give up on the dream of having homegrown food, so I begin the fated adventure over again each year in hopes of a better return. This year, I succeeded! It wasn’t the success of a seasoned gardener. I lost a few plants to overcrowding and for some reason couldn’t get cilantro to grow. I did, however, enjoy my favorite arugula salad with my own arugula, and there was a solid week that I packed salads for lunch with my own green leaf lettuce. (more…)
It is difficult for me to pass over pad thai to order something different if it is on the menu. I love how each restaurant creates a slightly different flavor but one that always pleases. It never occurred to me that I could make it at home. Maybe that was a good thing; it certainly isn’t the healthiest of dishes. But as my turn for NHN dinner drew near, I had the craving and finally put two and two together. I would create a pad thai masterpiece!
Before I start, I have to make a confession. When I first made this dish, I used orange roughy. Lesley and I were in Florida, and the word “orange” in a type seemed appropriate for our Florida NHN meal. I also have never had it, so it fit nicely in our framework of trying out a food we have never made. (more…)