J’ai la gratitude…

During a breather in the ballet and piano lesson run yesterday, I tried to catch up on some reading and was diverted by a word in the first paragraph: appreciation.  It took my mind up all sorts of alleys (firstly Appreciation Of Merlot) and finally to the realisation that we don’t say Thank You often enough.  Oh, I don’t mean the automatic kind of Thank You one gives the lady at the supermarket till, the car guard, the waitress.  I so wish I had said to my mother whilst she was alive that I appreciated and recognised what she had given me, that I understood the sacrifices she had made.  I would dearly like to find my high school English teacher and thank her for the gift of a love of literature.  When The Husband got home, I told him that I truly appreciated him and all he does for our family, that he is unique and extremely handsome.  He said “Cor blimey Woman, get a hold of yourself!” and took his newspaper off to the Jolly Roger.

Nicely fuddled by a couple of beers, he returned to my kitchen later.  I’d been making a seafood curry and the room was steamy with saffron and coriander smells…

He had two helpings …

I do love to cook for the man.

Edit: Recipe as requested by Krokodil:

We’re lucky to have the excellent fishmonger in nearby Dunkeld.  I bought:

Calamari (which I marinated in milk through the day)




Crab sticks

I chopped onions and garlic and sautéed them in olive oil; adding chopped chillies, red curry paste (John West), tomato puree, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, nutmeg, cinnamon and a tablespoon of sugar.  When all this was sizzling, I added a good dash of lemon juice and half a bottle of Chenin Blanc and let it reduce a bit.   The seafoods were added in the sequence I listed them above; over a period of 5 minute intervals.  I served the dish 5 minutes after adding the crab sticks, and garnished with fresh coriander.  The poppadoms were bought at our local deli in the afternoon.


34 Comments Add yours

  1. niels says:

    I made Beef curry last night… but I was out of beers and had nobody to share them with.

    Cindy… I appreciate that you have someone to share your food with.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Niels, if you were closer I’d share with you all the time!

  2. Bridgette says:

    You are right , we don’t say thank you often enough . That is why , when we do , the recipient of our thanks is often a little unsure of how to receive it !

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think we’re just too scared of being thought soppy?

  3. Madmom says:

    Appreciation is always a good thing to give and to receive.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, and I appreciate your visit 🙂

  4. Leon says:


    1. theonlycin says:

      It sure was … and there is a little left over for my lunch!

  5. JustMe says:

    I am so with you on the Merlot appreciation thing 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      ABC hey … Anything But Chardonnay?

  6. MissChris says:

    I so agree with you – thank you Cin for all you bring to the blogs and to me personally too! You are a very special lady.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *wipes away tear* Thanks MissChris, what a nice thing to say.

  7. Nicole says:

    Can I move in with you please cos I hate cooking and your things always look so divine 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      If you could arrange a few of those bike rides for me, we can come to some arrangement Nicole ;p

  8. schakily says:

    Hey Cin,

    Always enjoy your blogs, and can’t wait to see them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much schakily.

  9. tannemys says:

    You’re right. We don’t say thank you from the heart often enough.

    Lucky man to have such a cook!

    Did you read DaaiVark’s blogpost yesterday? About the Nevaho lady who got a ride from a woman. The Nehavo woman didn’t speak a word, but asked about a parcel her benefactor had in the car. “Oh, that’s a bottle of wine I got for my husband.”

    After which the wise old lady was silent for a while. “Good trade,” she finally said.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahahaha tannemys, that’s priceless!

  10. Saffie says:

    As usual, a post filled with good common sense. Sigh, I do miss the Jolly, could do with one of there pizza’s about now. And a beer of course

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll take a pic for you next time I go there for a pizza. Did you get my email?

  11. Supa says:

    I just want to put on record my objection to you refering to the loo as The Jolly Roger!

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahahaha! Did you not realise I meant he went for a drink with your better-half???

  12. Krokodil says:

    Sometimes appreciation is a jolly Merlot! Bottoms up, gurl!

  13. Krokodil says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, I didn’t include measurements and quantities, because I just make things up as I go along and hope for the best. It usually works 🙂

  14. Tang says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum!!

  15. adair says:

    Yum! I can almost smell your curry.There is something so satisfying about cooking for someone who really appreciates it.

  16. theonlycin says:

    Ain’t that true Adair. I must remember to blog about a meal I spent cooking a whole day … and the guest asked for tomato sauce before he even tasted it.

  17. I hope he appreciates you just as much. After all he ONLY had 2 helpings 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol Sidey, but he also had two helpings on Sunday AND the leftovers for supper! I think he’s had enough of tagines for a while.

  18. Poppiekreer says:

    Clink —Cheers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Clink back at you Poppie 🙂

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