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)
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.