I recently read Tara Austen Weaver’s (Tea and Cookies) The Butcher and the Vegetarian, and it had me thinking of my own experiences with vegetarianism. When I was little, my family and I were vegetarian. I remember once when my little sister, who had only eaten vegetarian with us, her family, ate chicken wings at a BBQ, and I flipped – I remember running around in circles, waving my arms around, freaking out to my parents that my sister had just eaten chicken wings, as though it were poison! My parents were very calm about it, they said it was okay, but that was over my head at the time – she’d eaten meat! That was all I was concerned about. Now, I just laugh about it.
I think I’d had the intention of making soup when this sauce was created but as I started adding the green curry paste, tasting after each addition, until just right, I changed my mind. It was good just as it was. It tastes like it’s dairy, but it’s just coconut milk.
It can be used as a sauce or a kind of gravy, not much is needed. Serve it over rice, or scrambled eggs – or whatever you feel like, where you think it will compliment what you’ve made. Despite the green curry paste used, this is not a spicy sauce at all; it is mild and creamy.
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Coconut Milk Beef Sauce
The amount of the green curry paste is for guidance only; usually, I add a little at a time and taste between each addition. Adjust to your tastes as necessary. Because the beef is cut small, this is a relatively quick sauce to make, it’s finished in about half an hour at most (prep included).
About 8 ounces lean or extra lean stewing beef
1/2 onion, finely chopped (about 1 ounce)
1 (14 fluid ounces) tin or 2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp. green curry paste, or to taste (I use Thai Kitchen’s)
Salt, to taste
Cut the stewing beef into smaller pieces, about 1/2 to 1 inch. Cook in a small pot until it’s partially cooked. Add the onion, stir, and saute in the beef fat, until onion is soft and translucent and the meat is completely cooked through. Do not throw away the liquid, this helps flavour the sauce. Pour in the coconut milk and stir. Add the green curry paste, adding to taste and adjusting to suit your preferences. Continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer, uncovered, (if you cover it, it bubbles over and makes a mess if you don’t catch it in time) stirring occasionally. Cool and add salt to taste, or leave it unsalted and let people add their own salt when served. Enjoy!
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P.S. For all those wondering about if they should read The Butcher and the Vegetarian, I wholeheartedly recommend it! It’s funny, poignant, insightful, sometimes edgy, inspiring, and if anything, it will get you thinking.