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The best part of house guests are… when they cook dinner for you! πŸ™‚

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When we arrived back home, Sophie my sister-in-law was cooking a lovely coconut milk Thai dish. 

 

She used loads of different stir-fry vegetables, like collard greens, broccoli, carrots, peppers, and bamboo shoots, and created a lovely coconut cream sauce with coconut milk, red curry paste, salt and pepper.  She let the veggies sit in the broth for about 30 minutes before serving over brown rice.  Super simple but really delicious.

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I topped it with sunflower seeds for a little extra crunch.

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Cookies for dessert:

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These are actually chocolate β€œdigestives” that Sophie brought back over from London.  The chocolate is dark and creamy – why is European chocolate so much better than our chocolate?! – and the cookie was crisp and sweet.  I went back for seconds… and thirds.  πŸ™‚

 

Well, I currently feel like this:

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So I’m going to go do this:

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Cross your paws that I feel 100% tomorrow! 

 

Goodnight, friends.

 

Psst – The winner of the Kiki magazine giveaway is Megan!  She said, β€œThe Kiki magazine would be perfect for my little sister! When I was 12, my favorite things to do were play soccer and basketball.”   I really loved reading all your memories of your favorite activities as 12 year olds – so cute!

{ 71 comments }

 

  • Zo March 16, 2011, 8:02 pm

    I love digestives! They go so well with tea, too.

    Feel better.

  • Jen March 16, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Hope you feel better, girl! Your blog is one of my new favorites. I just started my blog, and I hope to one day post as many amazing dishes as you do! Your food literally makes me salivate.

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 9:34 am

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • SaraRM March 16, 2011, 8:09 pm

    FEEL BETTER!!!! We are many many states away but it seems like there is a LOT of sickness going around lately. Spring brings a love hate relationship when it comes to colds and allergies.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 16, 2011, 8:10 pm

    Mm, that Thai food looks great! A coworker/dear friend of mine brought me fresh Kaffir lime leaves today – now I can really enjoy authentic Thai food at home!

  • Dione March 16, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I have to ask…are digestives not available in the states? I’m in Canada and I’ve grown up with them basically…they’re everywhere! Plain, chocolate by Peak Freens or McVities. I think they are the standard cookie you get in hospitals here from stays when I was a kid too. I love them!

    • Camels & Chocolate March 16, 2011, 8:13 pm

      They’re becoming more standard at the more upscale supermarkets, but in your average U.S. supermarket, alas, no digestives! Probably good for my waistline, though, as I LOVE McVities!

      • Dione March 16, 2011, 8:16 pm

        Wow I never thought of digestives as an upscale cookie:) I also saw your comment about Cadbury…we have that everywhere here too. I guess there are some advantages to living in Canada, even though I wish we had a few things that you can only get in the US.:)

        • Camels & Chocolate March 16, 2011, 8:23 pm

          I used to use traveling through Canada, Australia, etc. as an excuse to stock up on Cadbury, until I realized that you can get it pretty much anywhere in the world–except the US (though it’s becoming a bit more common, but the varieties are still quite limited)–and that my pants were likely to get tighter if I started implementing that policy =)

          But it’s just SO much better than Hershey’s and that other crap we get here in the US!

        • Baking 'n' Books March 16, 2011, 10:08 pm

          I thought the same thing – they’re common here in the stores!!

          We got Smarties though πŸ™‚ (kind of like M&M’s but I love them more for no particular reason…maybe the name πŸ˜‰ )

  • Sana March 16, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Food always tastes better when someone else makes it!

  • Laura (Starloz) March 16, 2011, 8:12 pm

    i have no idea why europeans make better chocolate, they just do!

  • Camels & Chocolate March 16, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I used to live in Scotland and ate digestives and Cadbury chocolate like they were going out of style (also gained 15 pounds while living there…correlation? ha). I heard that the chocolate in the UK is SO much better than ours in the US because we have a lot stricter federal regulations with the FDA and such…and the UK, well, doesn’t.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 16, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Hope you feel better! And yes – European chocolate is so much better. Wish ours compared.

  • Clare March 16, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Oh, Digestives. The biscuit of my childhood. We weren’t allowed the chocolate ones very often.
    The Thai looks delicious!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 16, 2011, 8:18 pm

    I miss chocolate digestives! Many of the products we bought at the grocery stores when I lived in the Middle East were from the UK, and that was one of them! They also have another type of McVities biscuit called Hobnobs which are amazing – I think they’re just oatmeal in hard cookie form. SO good!

  • rebecca lustig March 16, 2011, 8:18 pm

    paws are crossed!

  • Kelly March 16, 2011, 8:20 pm

    I LIVED off of digestives when I lived in England. I would bring them home whenever I visited. I have literally eaten a whole package in one day. I love them.

    You can buy them at World Market. They take me back every time.

  • Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) March 16, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Oooh…I love Thai food! Lucky girl! Feel better!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 16, 2011, 8:23 pm

    I looooooove digestives. We always got them as kids on vacation in St. Maarten!! Straight up delicious πŸ™‚

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 16, 2011, 8:34 pm

    Feel better soon!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 16, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I ate those ALL THE TIME when I studied abroad in London. My flatmates and I referred to them as crack cookies. Mmmmm! Get well soon, Caitlin!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 16, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! Sleep should help some!

    I love houseguests who make dinner! It makes a weeknight seem so special.

  • Wendy G March 16, 2011, 8:40 pm

    I love digestives!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Kaitlin March 16, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Yum!! Love the thai food.

    I have also been sick this week– total bummer! I’m looking forward to the national half though. Here’s hoping your immune system pumps up in time for the race πŸ™‚

  • Donna March 16, 2011, 8:48 pm

    Dinner looks great and British chocolate tastes better because they don’t put in the additive to stop chocolate from melting the way they do in north america
    I’m from England and last time i was there i spent $160 on luggage overage due to too much british chocolate/candy/crisps πŸ™‚

  • Chelsey (Cookteen) March 16, 2011, 8:52 pm

    those are my FAVORITE cookies!!!

  • BeckyH March 16, 2011, 9:08 pm

    re: comment about chocolate digestive cookies

    We have these in Canada and they are sooo tasty. I freeze mine and they are even tastier. Alas, I live in the states now and I can’t get my fill of tasty Canadian junk food.

    Have you ever tried ketchup chips? Whenever I visit my parents I fill a grocery bag of food you can only get in Canada πŸ˜›

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 9:36 am

      I think I tried ketchup chips the last time I was in England – I like the salt and pepper ones, too!

  • Kath March 16, 2011, 9:09 pm

    I LOVE DIGESTIVES!!!!!!!!!

  • Kacy March 16, 2011, 9:12 pm

    Looks amazing!! I love it when someone cooks for me – it doesn’t happen often enough!
    Fingers are crossed. Feel better!

  • Katie @ PEACEBEME March 16, 2011, 9:13 pm

    SO TRUE that european chocolate is so much better!

  • Charlie March 16, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I love thai food and this dish sounds incredible! Yum :).

  • Jess March 16, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Yum, digestives! I was put off by the name at first, but oh my – they are delish!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 16, 2011, 9:38 pm

    MMM I love digestives! Ate them all the time while abroad in Dublin.

  • Kate March 16, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I spy HobNobs! Also ate them all the time while studying in England. This dinner looks amazingly simple and delicious!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 16, 2011, 9:51 pm

    feel better! I’m currently snacking on divestives as well. America seriously needs to import these puppies! I’ll miss them when I leave new zealand

  • amber March 16, 2011, 9:56 pm

    something called digestives just HAS to be good for you…I suggest eating some more πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 9:37 am

      hehehe

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 16, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Now that is a great house guest! Dinner sounds amazing! Sleep well and I hope
    you feel better in the morning.

  • MathTeachD March 16, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at the name Digestives.
    They sound terrible.
    I have had them though, they are delightful.
    Funny name.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 16, 2011, 10:10 pm

    mmm that dinner looks delicious, similar to what i have planned for my husband’s bday tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • Emily (Comfortable Home Life) March 16, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Ohh Digestives are so delicious. I always chuckle at the name though. Whenever I need a fix, I hop on over to World Market. I wonder if they carry them at Whole Foods? I think I’ll go tomorrow!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 16, 2011, 10:24 pm

    Congratulations Megan! I love the doggie pictures. The food looks yummy!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal March 16, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Those cookies look delicious! And I love that your SIL made you Thai curry!!

  • Laural (bhealthier) March 16, 2011, 10:49 pm

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    Check it out! http://www.beinghealthier.com/2011/03/14/giveaway-diet-drama/

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 9:38 am

      Diet Drama is a great book!!! Thanks for doing that giveaway.

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 16, 2011, 11:21 pm

    in school when we were doing wine tasting we had those “digestive” cookies.. we all thought they were so funny bc it said digestive on it!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 16, 2011, 11:24 pm

    I am sooo into thai food right now! I can’t wait to try my hand at homemade thai food!

  • Kiran March 16, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Mmmm.. Love Thai food! Feel well soon Caitlin πŸ™‚

  • Katheryn March 16, 2011, 11:43 pm

    European chocolate is better because they don’t use corn syrup in anything!

  • Bec March 17, 2011, 12:01 am

    European chocolate is better than North American (including Canada) chocolate because most NA chocolate contains wax (that gives it that glossy look) where as UK chocolate is straight up chocolaty goodness! That is also why dark chocolate is so much better than the chocolate in say a candy bar’s chocolate coating!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 17, 2011, 12:23 am

    Swiss Chocolate is THE best!! They make it differently and use better ingredients- and it is just fabulous πŸ™‚

  • Carin March 17, 2011, 12:59 am

    That looks just like something I make – even down to the seeds on top!

    Is Sophie vegetarian too?

    Ooh, dark choc digestives – much better than those milk choc ones. We can get them at the British food shop in NZ but I try to avoid it because (a) it’s expensive – can you imagine the carbon footprint?! – and (b)unfortunately, I’d probably eat the whole packet in one sitting. Yet again, I’m jealous of you – for having 3 x digestives!

    Out of interest, what are your, the Hubs’ and S-i-L’s fave UK choc bars? I like Galaxy and Ripples!

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 9:38 am

      She’s not a vegetarian… She <3 meat. LOL

      Sophie's favorite chocolate bar is a crunchy. πŸ™‚

      • Carin March 17, 2011, 2:35 pm

        I <3 meat too (the taste of it, anyway) – I just haven't eaten it for 21 years!

        Crunchies are yum – do you get them in the US or did Sophie bring a stash with her? We get a NZ version here but the choc's not the same.

  • Marina March 17, 2011, 2:10 am

    Digestive’s are pretty good, but I like them plain, without the chocolate!
    Also, swiss chocolate is the best.:)

  • Ashley March 17, 2011, 2:27 am

    I actually just got all the ingredients to make a thai feast! Love me some thai!!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 17, 2011, 2:31 am

    Awww you shall feel 100% tomorrow! It’s a declaration! πŸ˜€ that’s sweet of her~and the food indeed looks simple yet satisfying. Gniiiiite!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 17, 2011, 7:33 am

    I’m obsessed with coconut curry sauces! How nice of her to make dinner for you. πŸ˜€ Feel better soon!

  • brandi March 17, 2011, 8:04 am

    hope you’re feeling better! that stir fry looks great – especially with the sunflower seeds.

  • leslie March 17, 2011, 8:08 am

    Orange digestives with chocolate are the best!

  • Christina March 17, 2011, 9:37 am

    Chocolate digestives are the best! The caramel + chocolate ones are sooo good too. I hope you feel better!

  • Gwen March 17, 2011, 9:44 am

    That was lovely of her to make dinner and bring home some digestives. But what about your beloved coffee??!! Hope she brought you a jar or two! Bamboo shoots scare me.

  • Carrie S. March 17, 2011, 9:51 am

    Mmmm, I got addicted to McV’s chocolate digestives and Cadbury flake when I visited England many years ago. World Market has rekindled that love πŸ™‚

  • Shallin March 17, 2011, 9:57 am

    Not sure if anyone already asked, but could you post her recipe? I know I am the type of ‘chef’ that throws in a little of this, a little of that, so no exactly veggie requirements, but I am not familiar with Thai food. I would have NO CLUE how to make the sauce for it. It looked sooooo delicious!

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 10:58 am

      She mixed:

      1 whole can of coconut milk
      1 to 1/2 tablespoon of red curry paste

      Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes

      Meanwhile, brown 1/2 a small onion with some olive oil. Once browned, set aside.

      Remove liquid from heat.

      Add all the vegetables to the empty wok with some olive oil and cook until they begin to tender. Add back in onions and sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

      Hope that helps!

  • Amber K March 17, 2011, 10:42 am

    I have no idea what a digestive is, but it sounds healthy πŸ˜‰

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 17, 2011, 11:41 am

    I remember digestives from when I studied abroad last year in Ireland! They were seriously EVERYWHERE! At first they sounded weird but then I realized they were basically just cookies πŸ™‚

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 17, 2011, 1:52 pm

    We used to have a really great Thai restaurant in town, but now that they’ve closed, we make our own! Not quite the same feel, but delicious none the less.
    Feel better!

  • Joy March 20, 2011, 8:49 am

    I really can’t wait to make that Thai food – I love when they have it at whole foods in the hot bar then I buy it and put it over lettuce it’s kinda like a warm salad!

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