Pad-Thai Inspired Soup

Soup is the ultimate food and no, I’m not taking feedback on that opinion. And while my family is saying its starting to get too warm for it, I don’t agree and will continue to feed them soup for as long as I can get away with it.

This is one of my favourites, it’s a pantry staple friendly chicken and rice soup that takes its inspiration from pad thai with absolutely no authentic quality to it. It’s endlessly riffable, the kind of thing you can skip, substitute, and add ingredient to with little chance of failure. I’ve made it with only rice, only chicken, with mushrooms and veggie stock for a vegetarian option.

Pad Thai Inspired Chicken and Rice Soup

4-5 chicken breasts (or thighs, both work)

1/2 onion (or 2 shallots)

4(+) cloves of garlic

6 c liquid (all broth, all water, half and half, run wild)

1/2 c white rice

1 tsp soy sauce

1tsp rice wine vinegar

2 tbs crunchy peanut butter

siracha to taste

1 inch fresh ginger + 1 tbsp sugar

cilantro, lime juice, green onion

  • in a large pot or dutch oven, add onion, garlic and chicken and cover with liquid. bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked
  • remove chicken (shred and set aside), remove and discard onion, smash garlic into broth
  • bring broth up to a boil, reduce to simmer and add rinsed rice. let cook for 20ish minutes
  • chop ginger and cover with sugar and enough hot water to cover
  • when rice has cooked add soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, and peanut butter. Stir in ginger and sugar water
  • return chicken to pot, let warm through
  • serve with lime juice, cilantro, and green onion

Weekly Updates

5 things this week: March 1-7

five things I’ve loved, hated, read, made or heard this week

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance

I picked this book up from the library a couple of weeks ago, as I had heard it mentioned a few times and I love memoirs. While from a literary standpoint it wasn’t the best I’d read (that award probably goes to Tara Westover’s ‘Educated‘) it was a very special insight into an under examined community. We hear the phrase ‘white working class’ thrown out a lot in politics right now, but rarely to we hear what that’s supposed to mean. Vance’s examination of his ‘hillbilly’ roots, the cultural, social, and economic issues of the Rust Belt and Appalachian Mountains is more personal than political, more ethnography than sociological study, though he does well sighting existing evidence to support the conclusions he draws. In a political landscape that seems to be lacking in empathy, this book is a good start to understanding lives seemingly so different from our own with compassion and patience.

Marbled Banana Bread – Smitten Kitchen

I love banana bread, and this plain one or the marbled one from Smitten Kitchen are unmatched in my book. This time I added instant coffee and a bit of cold brew to the chocolate batter, and I was sad to send the rest of the loaf with my sister!

Gaslighter – The Dixie Chicks

A much awaited new release to one of my all time favourite bands, I was excited for the first single off The Dixie Chicks upcoming album (due out in May). This lead single is a clear nod to 90’s and early 2000’s country, a contrast to the more ‘pop’ country sounds that have dominated country radio for the past decade or so. However The Dixie Chicks have a fraught relationship with the country music machine so it’s unclear if their return will be welcome in that corner of the broader music scene. But with this solid breakup track leading the way, I’m excited for more.

Green Smoothies

My smoothie kick actually started in December, when I showed up to cook Christmas dinner with a friend drinking an electric green smoothie that was more spinach than anything else. It has continued though, because nothing makes me feel healthier and also I hate breakfast. My go to is frozen berries (blueberry or blackberry are usually what we have around, peanut butter, orange juice, and as much spinach as I can fit in.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

I’m a big believer in daily sunscreen, but it doesn’t always sit well underneath makeup. I picked this one up in the big sale Body Shop was having a few weeks ago, and have been really happy with it. It absorbs well and doesn’t feel too greasy, and I don’t feel like its majorly affected how my foundation wears! As I have really sensitive skin, I’m pretty wary of a lot of new products and don’t get along well with many of sunscreens so I’m happy to have one this gentle around as the sun really starts to come out.