Saturday, March 24, 2012

pork and sweet potato curry

I had some help with this one. I used Golden Curry's Sauce Mix...which are blocks of curry spices that you dissolve in water. What can I say, I'm in grad school, sometimes (actually most of the time) I take shortcuts. I bought this pack of curry mix at Hong Kong Market (formerly Super 88) in Allston, MA. Rumor has it, Vermont Curry is quite good as well.

Pork and Sweet Potato Curry
(makes TONS of servings)

1+ pound of pork, cut into cubes (I used boneless pork chops because they were on sale, but I am sure you can use whatever type of pork you want)
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 normal potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 onions (my onions were kind of small so you probably only need 1 big onion), diced
6 cups of water
1 box of Golden Curry Sauce Mix

Chop everything (onions, pork, carrots, sweet potatoes, and potatoes).

Get a big pot out.

(Note: I own this huge pot because I used to enjoy cooking 20 pounds of potatoes for Thanksgiving)

Saute onions, carrots, and pork in oil for 3-5 minutes, until lightly browned.

Add water, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, approximately 15 minutes.

Kinda looks like the soup I used to make.

Turn off the heat. Break the sauce mix into cubes (it'll be obvious once you open the package) and add to the pot. Stir until completely melted.

Serve! (I normally eat it over rice. Sometimes with a soft boiled egg!)

Monday, March 19, 2012

ras na hEireann

I've been a very bad blogger. Apologies to all. A combination of moving back to Boston + school + my mom came to visit and cooked 100 pounds of food so I haven't had to try to feed myself or try out new recipes.

Our food supply has dwindled, so I promise I will be blogging more in the coming days.

This past weekend and I ran the ras na hEireann ("the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic") with a few of my friends. The race was a 5k that started and ended in Davis Square in Somerville, MA.

Davis Square! + my sister looking like a leprechaun.

Before the race I like to text instead of stretch. I also like to eat ramen noodles for breakfast (which I was not allowed to do. I had to settle for some pasta instead).

Ashley, Orlando, me, and Carla - FINISHED!

 We got these awesome medals with a bottle opener attached to it. I'm going to start wearing it to house parties so I can crack open a beer at anytime.

At the Joshua Tree in Davis Square. 

Afterwards, you are supposed to go drink free beers at the bars in Davis Square. I think its a trick because you're so dehydrated that you drink 2 beers and end up wasted...and hungover by 3pm.

I ended up with a time of 32:04, which I was really surprised by because I had a rough time during the race. I hit a wall between miles 2 and 3 and ended up walking for a bit and getting water at the water stop. The course had a bunch of rolling hills (which we all know I can't handle) so maybe it was a combination of the hills and the warmer weather. I'm not sure.

Special congrats to Carla and Orlando who ran their first 5k's like speed demons.

Also for those of you who can't tell, there's a zebra on my shirt. This is what happens when you wait until the night before to get your st. patrick's day race outfit together. You end up at TJ Maxx with a zebra t-shirt. Whatever, it's awesome.