Eulogy to Henny Penny

Holy Crap. I had a huge post written out and somehow I deleted it. Not good! So I will try my best to rewrite what I wrote, but the 3rd glass of wine is not helping!

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Yesterday, my beloved hen Henny-Penny died. She was listless and hunched on Thanksgiving. My husband took her in the garage and we put a heat lamp on her. I fed her by dropper to help keep her hydrated. I shifted her on her side after her leg became stiff. I covered her with an old t-shirt to help keep her warm. She was fast in decline. I scoured the chicken forums to see if I could do anything to help her. I gave her a warm bath, it just cleaned her up a bit. She always had a poopy butt. Gross, I know, but I bathed her every few months to keep the poop from cementing onto her butt feathers. Henny-Penny was henpecked by the other 2 hens, so she was my favorite, my underdog. She gave a lot of enjoyment in her short life. I hope I made a difference. I had no idea what killed her, but now I think it was egg yolk peritonitis. So I contacted the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at UCONN. The have a courier service available to pick up dead hens for necropsy. But they weren’t able to get to us that day. My option was to send Henny-Penny via UPS overnight to the UCONN lab. It worked out OK as I wasn’t too keen on burying her with all the digging animals that visit us in the night. So I double bagged her and boxed her up. It was sad. She was a beloved member of the family. Now I’m just waiting for the necropsy report. Hopefully, there is nothing that will impact my existing flock of Daisy (the bitch) & Lola. Still, even though she was just a chicken, Henny-Penny had a funny personality. She had a huge comb and was always the last to get the treats. But she enjoyed them with gusto. Godspeed Henny-Penny, I loved you the most!
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Easy Thai Coconut Soup

Ok.  So I’ve been a bad blogger lately, not posting anything at all.   Kids, sports and other activities takes up a lot of my time.  But, really that’s no excuse as I do find time to watch my kdramas.   Kdramas=saranghae 사랑해

Anyhoo, I love to make this yummy soup.  I first had it at a local Thai restaurant.  I wasn’t quite sure I would like it, but my friend Mary assured me it was soooo good.  Well, hell, why not take a shot at it since it was included with the meal?  Really, if it sucked, no skin, ya know?  Well, Mmm Mmm Mmm is all I can say.  The soup was ridiculously good, fragrant and comforting.  I just had to make a similar version at home, otherwise I would be a weekly patron of this Thai restaurant.

My version contains no fish sauce.  Adding fish sauce is the authentic way to do it, but I’m OK with it sans fish sauce since I didn’t have any around.   You may prefer the fish sauce – go for it!  

Easy Thai Coconut soup

  • 1 can light coconut milk  (I use Trader Joes, but I also like regular coconut milk – it will be thicker and creamier YUM!)
  • 16 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can less sodium chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 or 2 green onions sliced, green parts only
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (not too much or it overwhelms the delicate flavors)
  • 1/2 TB Gourmet Garden Lemongrass paste (comes in tube, found in the produce aisle)
  • 1/2 TB Gourmet Garden Ginger paste (comes in tube, found in the produce aisle)
  • Salt to taste, I use about 1 tsp, but can use fish sauce if you have it!

Add all above except for coconut milk to pan.  It will seem like there are too many mushrooms, but they will cook down and flavor the broth.  Once the mushrooms have cooked into the broth (this should take about 15 minutes or so) add the coconut milk.  Shake the can to blend the solids and add it to the broth while stirring so no curdling happens.  Don’t be lazy, just do it.  Way better than picking out coconut curds later.  Plate up and enjoy an easy at home version of coconut soup with grocery store ingredients.  You can also add chicken to this, but it’s so tasty, there’s really no need to.

See photos below.  I’m new to this so I haven’t really figured out how to make it all nice, plus it’s getting late and I don’t really care!

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Mushrooms; I never thought
I’d love fungi! But I do!

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Green onion

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Coconut milk, chicken broth and cilantro

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Ginger and Lemongrass paste

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Love me some salt and crushed hot pepper!

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Into the pot we go!
Well, sorry coconut milk, not yet!

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I’m no photographer, but who cares,
this soup is pretty darn yummy!

Can I just get some peace here, folks?

I’m here trying to enjoy my hard-earned 3rd glass of wine.  My middle daughter E keeps talking about the clothes some (trampy) girl in her class is wearing.  I really want to listen, but my mind is tuning out….Please just GO. TO. BED.   I spent all day organizing A’s room, which was slightly akin to Fukushima.  At least they had robots going in.  I had to mentally prepare myself for this.  The things I found defy words.  Food wrappers.  Old Band aids.  Many partner-less socks.  Tons (!) of crumpled paper  (Really, crumpled paper?  Why?  You have a big trash can in your bedroom for Gods sake!)  Trust me, it would be easier to just close that door and never look in.  Well, one room down and another one to go tomorrow.  Just preparing tonight is all I’m saying….

It all begins here!

I wanted to have a blog for a very long time.  I have lots of off-beat rants and just some general observations of life that would be best written down.  So here I am!  I love to use Twitter but hate Facebook with a passion.  Yeah, I know FB has a few good points, but it still sucks nonetheless.   I most likely will blog about Kdrama and some things Korean, my backyard freeloading chickens, my wonderful family and whatever strikes my fancy!  Grab a glass of wine and read on!