While preparing for a 10 day stretch in a small town, I knew I would want some good nut butter. Since I almost always have plenty of supplies to make my own, I set about making a custom blend that was tasty and satisfying. I wanted something that might bring a little happiness to my day and ease the pains that come with extended hotel stays. My last minute idea to include coconut flakes in this batch made for one of the best almond butters I have EVER had. I highly suggest making this when you get a chance, but please don't blame me when you find yourself in the kitchen having downed half of it with a spoon :)
A couple of weeks ago I began playing around with some store-bought Thai curry paste. I would love to be able to make my own, but considering how hard it is to get things like galangal and kaffir lime leaves, this is one ingredient I don't mind buying pre-made. Since most of the flavor is in the paste, you can simmer it with coconut milk to get a really nice curry base. Add a few things like coconut sugar, tamari, and fresh vegetables and you've got yourself a delicious curry!