Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coconut Curry Soup

My husband made the most delicious curry soup the other day. The next day I ate it for breakfast AND lunch - I finished it off the entire second quart of soup before he even came home from work for the day. It's that good! Due to several requests for the recipe he decided to write this up for you all. This recipe is by Executive Sous Chef Tanner Marino and it's a go to meal full of warming spices to soothe and nourish the digestive system. He mixes it up with different vegetables each time depending upon what we have in the fridge! Experiment :-)
Pictured here with Patty Pan Squash & Brussels

Candida Diet, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Nut-Free, Paleo, Soy-Free
Ingredients –

1 Leek

1 White Onion

I small Ginger Root

1 stalk lemongrass

2 cloves of Garlic

1 head of Broccoli

2 cans of Coconut Milk

1.5# (lbs) of Chicken Thighs or Breasts

1 Tablespoon each of Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Coriander, Cardamom, Ginger, and Tumeric

4 Tablespoons Madras Curry Powder

Salt to taste

M.O.P. (Method of Preparation)

-Slice onion and leek in to small pieces and keep together, mince garlic and ginger and keep near onions and leeks, smash the lemongrass but leave in large pieces so you can extract them out at the end. Cut the Broccoli into florets and set aside

- There are 3 different ways I have cooked the chicken and my favorite was tossing them in oil and all of the same spices up top (about the same amounts of each just not as much curry) and grilling them. If you can't grill them, you could always coat them in oil and spices and oven roast them too.

- So to start the soup I turn a pot (I really enjoy my Le Cruset on this one) on to medium and add oil and a little butter. I sauté the garlic, ginger, onions, leek and lemongrass for about 8 minutes until they are translucent. Then I add the spices and really agitate the bottom of the pan to get the caramelizing started. I add the 2 cans of coconut milk and give it a good stir to make sure all of the spices get thoroughly mixed in. I add the raw broccoli at this time and after the chicken is cooked and allowed to rest I cut it into small pieces and add it to the soup.

- At this time I check for seasoning and consistency. Is it thick enough and does it have a good strong curry flavor. If not I adjust adding more spices and or thickening with a corn starch slurry (paste made of corn starch and water, add when boiling to properly thicken.) Then I let it simmer for about 5 or so minutes or just enough for the broccoli to cook. I pull out the lemon grass and sometimes hit with a little splash of lime juice before serving to brighten it up a bit and cut through the creaminess of the coconut milk. I usually serve mine with Jasmine Rice.
 Yields 2 qts of finished soup

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Two Simple Ways to Clean a Yoga Mat

I get asked this question frequently from students and finally got around to creating a full post on it. Happy Cleaning! :-)

A few simple do's and don'ts:

  • Do wash both sides of your yoga mat. I know this seems like a no-brainer but so many people only wash one side and then they roll the two together and the germs spread. 
  • Do wash your mat regularly. I practice daily for hours and wash my mat every 2-3 days. Especially for new mats, the more you wash and use them the stickier they become. Some mats have a film on them at first that get's broken down with use and cleaning.
  • Don't submerge your yoga mat in water via the bathtub or the washing machine. It will take FOREVER to dry, decrease the life of your mat, and possibly tear up your machine. 
  • Don't feel like you need to buy expensive mat cleaners! You can use things you already have on hand.
Two Simple Ways to Clean a Yoga Mat:
  • Mix warm dish detergent with water in a sink. Dip towel into warm soapy water and wring out excess water. Place yoga mat down on clean surface and scrub the yoga mat in a circular motion from top to bottom. Flip mat over and repeat on second side. 
  • Mix 1/3 vinegar with 2/3 water in a small spray bottle. Dampen a towel with water and spray vinegar solution on towel until saturated. Place yoga mat down on clean surface and scrub the yoga mat in a circular motion from top to bottom. Flip mat over and repeat on second side. 
If your yoga mat allows, you can add a 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil to either washing solution. Read label on your mat to find out if you can use essential oils on it. Some mats pore become clogged when oils are used and it will make the mat slippery. Some antibacterial essential oils are: Lavender, Eucalyptus and Peppermint. 

Drying Your Mat:
  • If possible, place outside in sunshine for 20-30 minutes to air-dry. 
  • Otherwise, wipe mat down with a dry towel after washing and hang over the back of a chair or over a door and allow to dry. 
Storing Your Mat:
  •  When rolling your mat up flip it over so that the side you want to practice on is facing down and then roll up neatly. That way when you lay your mat down to practice the rolled edges face towards the ground instead of curling up. 
Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Propmaker, and Yoga Therapist in training.  She owns and operates Yoga Unique LLC offering Private classes, Yoga Therapy and Yoga props. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area. Check out more here: YogaUnique

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Yoga Schedule

Private Classes & Yoga Therapy:
Available by appointment only. Private classes and yoga therapy are great for individuals who want the yoga experience in a more intimate setting with room for personalization. Classes offered in a variety of locations around Greenville, SC and online. Contact me for details:

Public Classes:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:45-11:45am Therapeutic Yoga @ Greenville Yoga (Augusta Rd)

Tuesday & Thursday
12:30-1:30pm Yoga for Cancer Survivors (on Tuesdays only, free classes offered at the Greenville Memorial Hospital - Cancer Center in the Mezzanine.)
5:45-7pm Therapeutic Flow Yoga @ Greenville Yoga (Augusta Rd)

2-3:15pm Therapeutic Flow Yoga @ Greenville Yoga (Augusta Rd)
4:30-5:30pm Restorative Yoga @ Greenville Yoga (North Main)

Drop in to any of the above classes any time it works for your schedule. All classes are $10 unless otherwise specified. See location details at: