Ummm…I forgot to put on pants.
It was one of those rare ‘stay in your pajamas’ days. The kids were going to do morning chores, leaving me free to hibernate until afternoon. I was comfortably ensconced on the couch with a cup of tea, a good book, and fresh muffins. Then, my phone rang. It was one simple sentence. Grace (breathlessly): The sheep are out. Not only were they out, they were ALL out. They were in the big pasture where our horses graze, including the horse that hates sheep.
Tea and muffins were shoved in the microwave. Dogs were shut in Jonah’s room. Slippers were shucked and rubber boots donned. I took off running. Almost three hours later, the sheep were back in their paddock and the electric fence was repaired. The two sheep whose bums were bitten, by the rottweiler masquerading as a quarter horse, sustained no injuries. However, my dignity was critically wounded. You see, about the time I was inspecting the second sheep’s rump, I noticed the kids grinning. I looked down.
I was standing in a field wearing a fluffy turquoise bathrobe, a green gown, and black rubber boots. My mud-smudged calves were tragically bridging the gap between the boots and my absurd ensemble. In my rush, I forgot to put on pants. (Let’s just ignore the lack of shirt and bra.)
I realize not everyone has moments like that. I think I’m just a ‘special kind of special’ as my kids would say. But, everyone does have days that fall apart, before we’ve them put together. Plans go awry. Traffic is a mess. Dinner plans fall through. On those days, we need a ‘quick and dirty’ backup dinner.
In our Outfitting Your Kitchen series, we have been discussing meals in terms of clothes in a wardrobe. Days like the one above need jeans and t-shirts. Fast clothes that can be pulled on prior to chasing metaphorical (or literal) sheep. Those days also need the kitchen equivalent to jeans and a tee. Meals that can be pulled together quickly with a minimum of fuss. As part of this series, I want to include a number of such meals. Today, I’ll share the first of these.
My family loves curry in all forms. I cook a variety of Indian and Thai curries. I had a coworker years ago, who hailed from the north of India. She gave me a vegetable curry recipe from her father that is authentic and amazing. However, today’s recipe is something different. This dish isn’t an authentic curry. Years ago, we ate in an Irish style pub. They served creamy yellow curry on fries. We enjoyed it so much, that I recreated it at home. Since then, it’s become one of our favorite sauces.
Instead of serving the sauce on fries, we usually add home canned chicken and serve over rice. It’s tasty and adaptable, but the best part is how quickly it’s ready. Cooking the rice is the slowest part of the dish. Last Wednesday, we were three hours late arriving home. So, we canceled our quiche and ate curry instead. Everyone was happy, and supper was ready before bedtime!
Crazy days are saner if you have a few quick meals on hand. Please, join our Outfitting Your Kitchen series. What meals do you serve, when you have to throw something on quickly? Speaking of throwing something on, if anyone has ever chased livestock in their bathrobe, I would love to commiserate!