I Love a ListAugust 9, 2013
1. A Dream I Had (NO! Come back! Please?)
In the dream, I am walking past a payphone. It rings. I answer. My (deceased) little mama is on the other end.
"What's it like where you are?" I ask, when I get over my shock.
"It's nice," she says. "It's not anything like you'd imagine, though. I like it."
"Can you see me all the time?" Thinking, oh, crap.
"Well, I guess I could if I needed to, but I don't."
Whew. I hand the phone to a passerby. "Hey, can you hear anyone on this line?"
Guy listens. "Yeah," he says, handing it back. "It's your mom."
"Mom!" I say. "You're really there! Why don't you ever call me?"
She answers in exasperation, "Landline, Rachael. We can only call on landlines, and you got rid of yours."
It was really a sweet dream. And I was happy to know she likes where she is. (And yes, we got rid of our landline. As a 911 dispatcher who preaches that you should always have one, and always call from it for faster and more accurate service, I was pretty unhappy when California shut off the thing that allowed all landlines to call 911, with or without service. Now it's $25/month just to have service to call 911 and nothing else. I'm not paying $300 a year for a service I can call on my cell phone (with, granted, a delay).)
2. What Lala sends me while I'm at work in the middle of the night. I believe this is cruel and unusual.
Apparently Digit got on the couch and stared at Clementine (who was terrified of him, as usual) for ten minutes before curling up, TOUCHING her. Gah. I can't stand it. The ear! Digit is an old softie now. I barely recognize him. I have not even one healing scar right now. Who is this cat?
3. Easy Thai Red Curry.
I'm obsessed with red curry right now. Obsessed. This is a recipe I modified from somewhere (?), and it is SO EASY and SO FAST and SO GOOD. And if you make it with chickpeas instead of chicken, it's vegan! (I made it for a dinner party which needed to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. No small task. Oh! Link came from Mary-Heather, that's right.)
Chop a chicken breast or two, toss in a large heavy skillet over medium heat in olive oil and some salt until it goes white and not scary-looking (but don't overcook it. Whatever that means). Set meat aside. In same pan, heat 1tbs coconut oil. Add 2 chopped leeks, a chopped red pepper, some salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium heat until veggies have softened, maybe 5 minutes. Add 2 tsp(ish) of minced garlic (or more!) and a tsp of grated ginger (or more!).* Add 1-2 tbs of red curry paste (not powder. For this you want the paste. I like Mae Ploy). Stir to coat, cook another 5 minutes. Add half a cup chopped sugar snap peas (swoon), a 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk, and the cooked chicken. Raise heat to boil, then lower to simmer. At the end, throw in a good handful of chopped cilantro.
Serve on cauliflower rice (or normal rice, but dude, cauliflower rice doesn't get soggy and it's so good and easy. You can chop it in your food processor while the curry is cooking, and BAM. 30 minute meal).