I was cleaning out an old school bag last week, trying to gear up for the next school year (I only have 1.5 weeks of summer left!) and I found a card from a family (The Burrows) who’s 2nd grade son I had for math last year. Inside, they had said there was a “standing invitation” for dinner at their house – so we took them up on it!
I brought salad (simple Romain lettuce, poached green beans, olives, and cannelini beans with a balsamic vinaigrette) and they served…CURRY! I have only had curry one other time, but really liked it, so I was excited to try it again.
This is a picture of the leftovers that I had at lunch today. Last night, it was too hectic (with 2 kids, 2 begging dogs, 2 cats jumping on the table, and 4 adults sitting at the kitchen table for dinner) for me to pull out my camera and take pictures. But, in hindsight, I really wish I had – there were a lot of laughs around that small and crowded table.
(*If you look closely in the upper left hand corner of the picture, you can see Punky waiting for any bits of food that might fall off the plate*)
It was delicious! The chicken and veggies were well cooked and all had so much flavor and the crispy cracker thing was so yummy – I had 2.5 of the crackers with my meal last night mostly because it was very spicy and I was trying to take the burn away. I am a spiciness wuss, and had to drink my lunch leftovers with a big mug of milk.
The Burrows Family is from England, and apparently Indian cuisine (including curry) is HUGE there – “part of English culture” – as they put it. Kind of odd – but it was so fun to try some good food that I don’t normally experience. The conversation was so fun, too. It is amazing that even though there wasn’t a language barrier – there was definitely a cultural barrier, and I found myself stuggling to keep up with their wit and humor. However, they were SO unbelieveably hospitable, and Meeker and I really enjoyed the dinner and the company. Again, I just LOVE how food brings not only people together, but also makes it so easy to share different cultures!
For dessert, the Burrows’ kids had made some very good cookies (that were sent home with us along with the leftover curry) which I nibbled on after lunch…
The one on the left is a chocolate and sesame seed cookie – very crispy and light. The one on the right is some sort of dried oat-nut-fruit cookie 1/2 dipped in chocolate. SUCH great textures and both really satisfying. I ate these with my leftover, “take-the-spicy-burn-away” milk out of (another) one of my favorite mugs – given to my by my Aunt Kenda before I got married.