Roasted Corn and Coconut Chowder : vegan

Do you love your neighborhood ‘Trader Joe’s’?  I do, I do! How did people survive before TJ?  I can’t imagine….And I love  their oh so lovely and kind cashiers… who always ask  ‘How is your day going?’, ‘What did you do today?’ ‘What’s your plan for the rest of your day?’…etc, etc….but I have to admit that I  sometimes have one of those days that I wish I was at ‘self check out’ and just get the heck out of the store.  I don’t want to chat with you, it takes me more than 30 seconds to get my head around to remember what I did, I don’t want to summarize my day to you and I don’t know what I’m going to do this afternoon.
And it was one of those angry days. This lovely TJ cashier ‘Sarah’ chatted with me as I anxiously look at my total adding up passing my daily grocery budget….I awkwardly smiled and chatted back. A few weeks later, she recognized me and asked me about my new car and etc etc….and you know what? I liked it. In fact, I thought of her as I picked up the cracker that she recommended and how lovely she was. She also mentioned the soup she made with TJ’s frozen roasted corn and coconut milk. (Of course the person behind me rolled his eyes as we exchanged our favorite recipes…) So in honor of her, and of my resolution that I would never get annoyed by random questions asked at TJ’s check out, I decided to make her soup. I call it ‘Sarah’s roasted corn and coconut chowder! Maybe….she can be my real friend….? (FYI I am reading this book called ‘MWF seeking BFF’– about a girl relocated to a new city, goes on girl dates in search for a new BFF. Highly recommended~ :))

I did Bollywood dance show a few weeks ago and I made this chowder for the after party. (vegan food). It was summer solstice kickoff party at my dance studio. More than 100 people showed up. What an incredible evening with drum, music, dance, amazing vegan food made with love and wonderful people!!! And I keep reminding myself there is no reason to get annoyed or angry throughout the day. Life is good!!!!!! Every time you praise something, every time you appreciate something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe, “More of this, please. More of this, please. ~ Abraham
Here is to Sarah, my beautiful fellow dancers, my amazing dance teacher, Lisa Beck & Adele Kurstin and all the BFFs in our lives!

2 yellow ears of corn
1 can coconut milk
1 cup water
Pinch of curry powder
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (You can use regular olive oil too)
1 red pepper (cut in cubes)
1 bay leaf
2 Tablespoon fish sauce
Half yellow onion
1/2 pound silken tofu
2 teaspoons coconut sugar (You can use e brown sugar/maple syrup or honey)
Chives for garnish


1. Pan-Roast (In other words, grill! ) the corns in a cast iron skillet till it pops and has nice char.

Don't throw away the cobs-you will need them to make lovely milky corn stock!

2. Once cooled, slice the kernels off of the cobs and put the kernels aside. (Don’t throw away the cobs! )

3. Heat up coconut oil, cook onion till soft. Then add a pinch of curry powder.
4. Add water, coconut milk and bay leaf
5. Throw in whole cobs. Milk from the cobs will make lovely ‘corn stock’
6. Gently simmer now what I call ‘Corn stock’
7. Add chopped red pepper and corn.
8. Add coconut sugar.

Can you believe this creamy deliciousness is Tofu?

9. Place silken tofu in a food processor and blend till smooth. Add it to the soup. It will make the soup ‘Rich’ & ‘Creamy’.
10. Season with fish sauce, salt and pepper
11. Gently cook till soup gets reduced a little and have perfect ‘chowder’ consistency.
12. Garnish with diced chives.

black dog express :: Just heat up coconut milk –  throw in some TJ’s frozen roasted corns – add chopped red bell pepper – season with curry powder, fish sauce and coconut sugar. Done!

—- what an incredible evening with drum, dance, yummy vegan food and amazing people. If you are in Santa Barbara, join her dance classes, workshops, solstice parade etc etc…. –  Lisa Beck Music and Dance 



Comments & Responses

4 Responses so far.

  1. avatar Lisa Beck says:

    Christina, what a joy it is to dance with you and know you! You are a breath of fresh sunshine, flowers, and happiness! I am so grateful that you have chosen to join our Panzumo Summer Solstice dance ensemble and that I get to dance with you each week.

    Lisa Beck

  2. avatar Sarah says:

    I just made your soup (sort of a mix between the from-scratch and quick versions). It was totally delicious! The only thing that I really added was a generous splash of lime juice at the end – it totally hit the spot :) Thanks for a great recipe!

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