Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Greenish Curry

Hi Friends,

I've cooked a few meals since my last post but have been too tired from school to blog about it. I might be a little stressed, though I can't tell, and I'm sure I'm a few other things, but I don't feel like verbalizing them. I've done two 5 mile runs since my last post, and my school year is going well so far. I like my students and feel much more confident in my classroom. My personal life is lame, and it's come to my awareness that I have trouble relating to or talking to adults outside of my few teacher friends and those whom I've known and loved for years. I never understood the stereotypical TV husband who didn't like to talk and kept few friends, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm fated to live similarly. Weak fear seems to consume me. I say weak only because it's different from terror or fright... it's just an overhanging feeling that I'm moving further and further from where I always wanted to be.

Today I've been listening to "Our House" by Madness repeatedly. I can't put my finger on it, but it saddens me. I've also been listening to "While I'm Away" by Good Old War. With few specifics since this is a post for the world and not a private journal like I sometimes seem to think it is, I'll just say that it reminds me of a faded fantasy that I've been trying to squelch for years but somehow, sometimes, quite literally wets my eyes.

More often than not when I run I run to the sounds of cars and crickets and the clanging of keys in my pockets, but when I do choose to listen to music I can't help but notice how slow is the tempo of many of my songs. So I choose alcohol over caffeine and sober pubs over raucous clubs. I'm old.

Greenish Curry

1 block Firm Tofu

Fry the Tofu in a grown woman-sized helping of Oil.

5 Cloves of Garlic
1 square inch Ginger
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cayenne
1 bunch Cilantro
1 bunch Thai Basil
1 Tomato
10 oz. Chicken Broth
1 can Coconut Milk

Dice up and set aside half of the Cilantro and Basil for later. Puree all of the remaining ingredients including fully half of the Cilantro and Basil in a food processor and add to the frying Tofu.

0.5 Onion
1 tbs Fish Sauce
2 tsp Oyster Sauce
2 handfuls Grape Tomatoes cut in half
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper
0.75 lb Beef
Big bunch Rice Noodles
1 Lime

Add the Onion, Fish Sauce, and Oyster Sauce after Tofu and puree has had time to marinate and cook for a while. After about five minutes add the tomato. After 10 minutes add the Bell Pepper and Beef and Rice Noodles (which should have been soaking in water for some time now and are soft). Simmer until Beef is cooked. Squeeze the juice of one Lime and season with Pepper to taste. Then add the remaining half of the chopped Cilantro and Basil.

Enjoy this tasty meal!

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