FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE - N˚5



I was away on vacation last week and I took a blogging holiday (or more like an internet holiday) as well. It was so nice to relax with my family and close friends at a beach house on the Connecticut shore and really catch up on my reading and on my sleep. The weather was perfect, the rosé was always chilled and the company was fantastic.
 

Here are a few things that have caught my attention recently:

1. If by any chance you're in London this summer, don't miss this exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery by artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. We'll be there in late July-early August and won't miss it.

2. The blogger had me at the name: "Slutty No-Carb Pasta". Although I don't follow a no-carb diet, I do enjoy courgetti - spaghetti made with zucchini or courgettes. This recipe is on my "to-make" list this week.

3. I've reserved this book at the library and am really looking forward to tucking into it before seeing the movie.

4. What are your thoughts on this very poignant short film #YouLookDisgusting? How can people be so cruel?

5. Planning any travel this summer? This article by a former flight attendant spills ALL the secrets.



YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE: ARTERIORS HOME

I've always loved a great lamp or light fixture. I consider it like jewelry for a room, an extra flourish to embellish your surroundings.

A fabulous place for one-stop shopping is Arteriors Home, a Texas-based retailer of luxurious furniture, lighting and decorative accessories.

Below are examples of some of my favourite light fixture used in interiors. I'm realizing that I love the gold tones. Any favourites?

VITAMIX VICTORY: 10 MINUTE THAI GREEN PEA SOUP

The other day, I was feeling a bit under the weather and had a craving for soup for lunch. A long time ago, I created a bookmark of soup recipes to try in the future. After scrolling through at least 30 recipes, I happened upon the one that was perfect for my craving: Thai green pea soup from Running to the Kitchen

I followed the recipe with the exception of using fresh lemongrass instead of jarred lemongrass paste. This soup really couldn't be simpler to prepare. Everything gets chucked into the Vitamix and puréed for a few minutes until it is silken smooth and the most incredible shade of light spring green. I wanted it warm so I gently heated it in a small saucepan, then garnished it with fresh coriander sprigs and a pinch of chili flakes. It needed no additional seasoning, it was perfection in a bowl, tasting like a very fresh green Thai curry. It will be making a reappearance the next time we have friends over for dinner this summer, but I'll serve it chilled.

THAI GREEN PEA SOUP

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

3 cups fresh or frozen peas (if using frozen, thaw first for a bit)
1-15 ounce can full fat coconut milk
½ cup chicken or vegetable stock (I used chicken)
1 large shallot
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemongrass (hard outer leaves removed) or lemongrass paste (found in some supermarkets or Asian grocery stores)
½ jalapeno, seeded if you don't like it too hot
1½ inch piece fresh ginger
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh coriander (cilantro) and red pepper flakes for garnish


INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients (except for coriander and pepper flake garnish) in a powerful blender. Blitz for a few minutes until soup is silky smooth.

Taste for seasoning.

Serve at room temperature, chill and serve cold or reheat gently and serve hot.

Garnish with coriander (cilantro) leaves and red pepper flakes, if desired.