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Thom "Kha'Rita" Kai Soup

I woke up this morning to an amazing smell wafting through my house.  Carita had made something wonderful and I had a bowl full of this soup for an early lunch.
This is comfort food at its best.  It is vegetarian and can be made vegan.
I promise you will be raving about it too!
I felt just like Bill Murray from "What about Bob?"
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kBjfLE5uX0A

Lots of fresh ingredients make this soup fragrant and healthy
Many of these can be bought at the grocery store but if you have an Asian market nearby they have all the unique ingredients

1 hand chopped ginger
4 chopped shallots
4 stalks lemon grass chopped into 1 inch pieces
1/2 C. fresh lime juice
1/4 C. lime zest
Kefir lime leaves
Chopped Galanga root
4 chopped red bell peppers
2 C. chopped sweet potatoes or butternut squash
fresh green beans cut into 1 inch lengths

After chopping all these veggies
put in coconut milk and fish stock and simmer at low heat
 6 cans of full fat coconut milk (this is good fat)
I can Bar Harbor Fish Stock (optional)
2 C. vegetable stock

Add Spices to taste
2 t. curry spice
1/2 t. chili powder
1 t. tumeric
2 T. green curry paste
6 turns on a salt grinder

1/2 C. chopped cilantro
Handful of whole fresh Thai basil or basil leaves put into soup whole
Add fresh basil and cilantro once vegetables are cooked.  You don't want to overcook these!






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