West African Peanut Soup and homemade granola bars. Last night it was just me and Rocker for dinner. I've been in a soup rut and hungry for granola bars. I went to buy drill bits and made a detour to Croissants de France to get a baguette. Somewhere in the middle I bought some Manuka honey at the New Zealand store. Which by the way, I indulged with a spoonful of that honey straight from the jar and had to grab the edge of the counter it was so good! Oh honey! Let me tell you, a perfect blend it was!
Now the price of a box of granola bars is going to set you back about 5 to 6 dollars here so I opted to make my own. I used this recipe---skipping the chocolate and basically using a random mixture of dried fruit, lots o' nuts, cinnamon and a dollop of the honey. "Why did I think granola bars were an ok healthy snack" ran through my brain as I dumped a can of sweetened condensed milk into the bowl. Oh well. They don't use ovens in these parts, so we have a toaster oven of which the top element is kaput...or nearly kaput. As a result the tops of the bars are a tad anemic looking, but taste just dandy. I opted for a more gooey granola so everything works out for a reason. ;-)
The Chicken-Peanut soup recipe is from my pal, Krissy's mama, Gale. A fusion of crunchy peanut butter, tomato paste, chicken broth and curry powder---it was awesome! And surprisingly easy to make with a one pot stop. Love a savvy soup almost as much as a savvy craft project.
Now I'm just wishing you were here to have lunch with us!
AND THE BLANK BAG TAGs WINNER IS: CYNTHIA~commenter #4! Yay Cynthia! Email me your address so I can mail these off Saturday when I go to Hong Kong!