So on Facebook I posted this photo of myself today, showing the reality of what it looks like to be sick. Lots of people responded in a bit of surprise, so I think more photos of people being sick should be out there there are so many of us. Maybe some other Spoonies want to share what sick looks like to them? Not every life is beautifully styled. #sicklookslike #iih #chronicillness
This is my ultimate delicious nutritious comfort food. It tastes so good, has so many interesting textures and fills and warms the tummy so well. The citrus element is what sets the flavours alight and I just love it. It’s great to cook for vegan friends or dairy/gluten free folk, so I like to whip it out if special dietary needs crop up.
Coconut Braised Citrus Stew
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 large golden sweet potato/kumara, diced
- 1 can coconut cream
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
- 4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped fine (or zest of 1 lime)
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 chopped hot red pepper or 1 tsp chilli flakes or ground chili (more to taste)
- 1 tsp salt
- Large bunch silverbeet/chard (or spinach), approx 500g/1 pound, chopped
For the “non vegan” version as above plus:
- 5 skinless boneless chicken thighs, cubed
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and cook until onion starts to brown
- Add coconut cream, fill the cream can with water and add to the pot, add chickpeas, sweet potato and heat until bubbling.
- Add garlic, ginger, lemon zest and juice, kaffir lime/lime zest, lime juice, chili (or pepper) and stir through
- For non vegan version, add chicken
- Add salt (and fish sauce for non vegan)
- Cover pot and allow to simmer for 10 minutes,
- Add the chopped silverbeet to the top. Cover and cook for a further five minutes before stirring the silverbeet through. The greenery will lose volume as it cooks, so may be added several batches if it won’t fit in the pot.
Season with additional salt, fish sauce and chili to taste. Ready to serve – it’s very liquid based so bowls required.
It could go further served over rice, but there are plenty of starchy carbs in this dish already with the chickpeas and sweet potato.
Garnish suggestions – toasted coconut, fresh chopped cilantro/coriander.
I know, I owe a life/health update. Next month will be one year post-op so I think I’ll do it then.
Before that, I’m going to Rotorua! My boyfriend/excellent companion James and I are spending a week at the Regal Palms, which sounds suitably fancy and comes with a private tub and on-site mini-golf. The dream.
My problem now is, there is a major lack of authentic content about Rotorua that suits my travel aspirations.
We’re not BIG adventure tourism people, that stuff is exhaustingly covered online. I’m looking for recommendations of activities (chilled, nice scenery), venues (music? theatre?), and eateries (fine dining, shared/tapas style, quality food)… That people “like us” would do – urbanish NZ’ers, not interested in NZ culture experiences or pre-packaged international level tourism. We want to know this quite cool bit of our own country. We are in Rotorua from the 29th Dec – 4th Jan.
So, things we (mostly I, James is not yet protesting) are interested in so far, perhaps for the benefit of others:
- Eat and/or swim at Blue Baths (pictured), deco/spanish style architecture faithfully restored, NZ historical significance. Looks damn cool. If only there was a show on when we are in town.
- Bathe and do massage-y pampery stuff at The Polynesian Spa, that’s their buzz
- Eat at Mokoia for a fancy night out (fine dining level). I like the look of this place for using NZ “herbs and spices”, which I’m familiar with already, but it’s a nice spin. Aorangi Peak has a better looking restaurant and scenery, but the menu doesn’t seem as interesting to me, or as good for my post-op tummy.
- Rotorua Summer Carnival is on from the 26th of December to the 9th of January. I could munch cotton candy and watch some people get sick on carnival rides.
- My only other real food lead is “Eat Streat” which was mentioned in the sole “blog” type piece I’ve been able to find of much use from (Massey Uni’s Massive Magazine). I am considering it credible because she’s from Rotorua and recommended an iced chocolate. Legit.
- New Years Eve “GLO party” is on lakeside. A “family designed” event with a load of things I am not the least keen for, but fireworks. A nice coffee lounge or chill lakeside bar from which these two not-so-party-keen people can watch the sparkles would be nice!
- An hour on an old boat. On a lake, sounds pretty. Lakeland Queen.
- The Thursday night may have to be spent wandering the Rotorua Night Market.
- Markets? Oh yes, there are also markets on a Saturday morning.
Do you have any other Rotorua Hot Tips? Give me the insiders’ guide!
Purple swirl rosette cake, a year ago for the birthday of a friend’s mother.
Cake party cakes…