Why yes, I am crazy, thank you for noticing

Today, for reasons I still don’t fully understand, I agreed to make the boy a Massaman Curry.  From scratch.  Including making the curry paste myself.

Now, I don’t know if you know much about making curries, but it seems to me that there are always at least 123 ingredients, usually half of which I have to go and buy because I can’t find them in my house.  Like Cardamom pods.  And shrimp paste.  Not two ingredients I use regularly.  But anyway.  I assembled the 258 ingredients required for the Massaman curry paste, and started chopping and slicing and dicing and pounding and mincing.  And that was just the five different spices required.  Not to mention the 20 (TWENTY) dried red chillies, or the onion, or the ginger, or the lemongrass, or any of the other things which I can’t remember right now.

So I chopped and minced and soaked and dry-fried and roasted and blended and whizzed and now I have one cup of Massaman curry paste.  The recipe for the actual meal part calls for two tablespoons of curry paste.

I don’t have any coconut milk so we’ll be having the curry tomorrow.  If it turns out well I’ll take a photo for you, because I know you’re all dying to see the results.

Hey, the man is coming tomorrow to do the deck staining!  At last!  It will all be finished and then we can get the table and chairs out there, just in time for some warmer weather.  I can’t wait.

Oh, I invited my parents for dinner on Saturday night.  Does anyone know why?

Also: my little cousin turned 30 yesterday.  Thirty.  Man I  feel old.

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8 responses to “Why yes, I am crazy, thank you for noticing

  1. barb October 22, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I have nephews who are 30… If I had had children, they’d be at least 35. Just saying.

    Curry? No way, Jose. Especially from scratch. But just imagine the flowers he’ll owe you!

  2. Kate October 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    That does make you crazy!

  3. Author October 23, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I have two sons, both are over 30 ~ now I feel old!

  4. debbie October 23, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Making curries is something I will never be doing. Hubby hates curries.
    My cousin, who is 3 years older than me has just survived a heart attack – feeling old and just a little concerned.

  5. jen October 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    what do you mean that you don’t normally have shrimp paste in the house??? isn’t that a pantry staple???

  6. Shmoo October 25, 2009 at 10:02 am

    What is wrong with you?

  7. Valerie October 26, 2009 at 3:04 am

    That sounds way too complicated for me. David would just have to go to a restaurant. I can’t wait to see your completed deck! Take a picture!

  8. The Army of Four October 26, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Did you make curry for your parents?

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