Homemade Lemonade and My Not So Secret Love Affair with Curry

Good Morning Everyone!!

Happy Thursday to you! We are almost there at the end of the week! Woot woot! Today I want to talk about my latest obsession: curry. It’s such a blanket term, but for the longest time I didn’t know that. Rewind about 7 years ago, and I’ll share with you my very first experience with curry. This particular blend was Japanese and came in a tiny, grocery store box. It was called Golden Dragon… or something… but I remember it was a muddy brown color. Not the most pleasing to the eye. Back then I didn’t have any confidence in the kitchen so I didn’t even cook the dish. I also wasn’t into spicy foods then, so when I tasted a bite of the finished curry and rice I nearly gagged. It was then that I swore off curry for good.

Oh how funny life can be.

Fast forward to last weekend. I’m not sure exactly when I began falling in love with curry. Since my husband and I got together I’ve been introduced to a world of flavors, textures, and spicy foods. Somewhere along the way I guess I tried curry and thought, “hey that’s not so bad”. Before I knew it I was making my own curry paste from scratch to create the most delicious, spicy bowl of curry laksa. Then last weekend on a date with my hubby, we sat in a new Chinese restaurant that we stumbled upon. There I saw Singapore rice noodles on the menu. I had heard of Singapore rice noodles before, but had never had them. Y’all it was one of those moments where you throw your arms up in the air and proclaim, “where have you been all my life?!”. It was that good.

Rice noodles are soaked in a spicy, yellow curry blend and seasoned with crushed chili peppers and flavored with bits of chicken, pork, and shrimp. Oh how satisfying it was! (Check out my twitter feed for pics!). In fact, it was so good that I went back not once, but twice over the weekend just to taste it again. Since then I couldn’t get the noodles off my mind. When our weekly grocery shopping day rolled around I looked at my family and said, “I want to cook an entire week of curry”. I thought they would balk at the idea, but instead I was met with cheers and lots of smiles. Since I’m a Christmas junkie I thought I’d give you a cute jingle and share with you what recipes to expect over the next 5 days:

On the first day of curry week the Noob Chef gave to me, one bowl of Vegan Curry!

On the second day of curry week the Noob Chef gave to me, Jame Oliver’s Thai Curry, and a big bowl of Vegan curry!

On the third day of curry week the Noob Chef gave to me, Veggie Curry Laksa, Jamie’s Thai curry, and a big bowl of Vegan curry!

On the fourth day of curry week the Noob Chef gave to me, Red Curried Chicken, three veggie laksa, two Thai curry, and a big bowl of Vegan curry!

On the fifth day of curry week the Noob Chef gave to me, FIVE SINGAPORE RICE NOODLES!, four curried chicken, three laksa, two Thai curry, and a big bowl of Vegan curry!!!

With all of this curry cooking, we will surely need a cold drink to cool us down, and what better way to quench our thirst but to make some homemade lemonade!! My daughter loved using our juicer to gather the lemon juice for this recipe. This lemonade recipe comes courtesy from Pat and Gina Neely of The Food Network. It is so simple to make and yields a gallon of lemonade. Needless to say, with the weather being so hot, I know I’ll be making this all summer long! Enjoy this recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

(sorry for the dark pic!)
(sorry for the dark pic!)

Gina’s Homemade Lemonade 

Courtesy of: Pat and Gina Neely, The Food Network 

Yields: 1 gallon

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon sliced (for garnish)

Instructions: 

  1. Make a simple syrup by adding the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

2. Add a gallon of cold water and the lemon juice to a large glass pitcher. Add the simple syrup and the lemon slices. Stir well. Pour the lemonade into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish the rims with lemon wedges and enjoy icy cold!

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