thai coconut soup

This soup is well worth the effort to go out and get the ingredients. 
I was able to quickly find everything in my local Asian market. 
(p.s. "glangal" = ginger)

The only ingredient that eluded me was the kaffir lime leaves. When I asked a store clerk if they had them, I got a puzzling answer: They don't sell them because they're illegal. I thought there must have been a misunderstanding, so I looked it up when I got home. Seems it is illegal to import kaffir lime leaves to the U.S. (because of some sort of pest that they can harbor, that we don't want to introduce here). However, they're ok when grown domestically. So they're possible to get, it just may not be easy. I just omitted them, and the soup was delicious anyway :-)


dijon pork tenderloin

Recipe from Simply Recipes. I used pork tenderloin, cut into medallions. On the side is brussels sprouts that have been roasted with olive oil, salt & pepper. Then finished with lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice, and topped with toasted almond slivers.