Coming to terms with stuff..

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’d love to say that I was on an epic journey of self-discovery, or on a wild sabbatical learning how to live off the land.. but in actuality, I moved back home to be with my parents because my mom was ill and my dad was stressed out with caring for her full time and working full time.

I had planned to blog then, but it turns out my mom wasn’t much into eating.. and my dad is more the ‘canned corn and faux mashed potato’ type.. so instead I just hung out, tried to help as much as I could. The bad news is, no matter how hard you try.. you’re not able to fix some things.

My mom passed, so I stayed a few more months with my dad to help with the paperwork, and to generally keep him company. I recently came home, and I’ve been toying with the idea of blogging again.. not really sure if I wanted to start anew, or pick up here where I abruptly left off.

So, that’s where I’ve been, now let’s focus on where I’m going.

For the past week I’ve been kind of staring off into space, being aimless. Now that I’m not focusing on business tasks like claims, insurance, paperwork, and what have you.. I am kind of at a loss. I decided today I’d do something useful.. feed some people. Like the Confluent Boyfriend and myself.

I mentioned a while back that I have issues with digesting meat.. that my body feels better when it’s on a vegetarian diet. Now, as a meat lover, it breaks my heart, but I’ve decided to give up meat for a while. It’s been a week now, and I feel better already.

Tonight we journey to India by way of curried veggies in a tomato over basmati rice.

curried veggies baked in a tomato

Curried tomato, bok choy, carrot, and spinach in a hot house tomato

I’d love to say that I hand picked and toasted the spices to perfection.. but I’ve been doing nothing but fake mashed potatoes for months. Baby steps. I used mild yellow curry cubes.

First I chopped a half cup of fresh spinach, one large carrot, one shallot, 1 medium bok choy cluster/bunch/group????, and the guts of four tomatoes. I sauteed this all in one tablespoon of butter until it got all fragrant and tasty smelling. I added one can of coconut milk, one can of water, and 4 cubes of yellow curry. I simmered this slowly until the curry cubes dissolved, added some salt to taste, and shoved it into the hollowed out tomatoes.

I put those into a cupcake pan, and roasted them for 15 minutes at 450 after sprinkling bread crumbs on top.

Of course, being the amazing multi-tasker that I am, I put my rice cooker on, and chopped some green onions for decoration while all this was going on.

It was rather delicious even though there was a decided lack of meaty goodness.


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I am food obsessed. I love trying new recipes, putzing in the kitchen, making my own cheese and other random kitchen tom-foolery. Follow my exploits.. the good, the bad, and the burnt.
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18 Responses to Coming to terms with stuff..

  1. pumpkinashley says:

    I’m so sorry about your mom! This dish looks delicious 🙂

    • Thanks. I appreciate it. 🙂

      Normally I am super “from scratch” about my dishes but curry from scratch is incredibly cost prohibitive. For preprocessed stuff, it still came out surprisingly well. 😀

  2. Linda says:

    I’m so very sorry about your mom. It’s great that you just sat around contemplating your belly button (or space in my case as my belly button is quite invisible). Taking care of you is important as you grieve.

    So I’m vegan, vegetarian is so much easier. But I, too, find meat, and really animal products of any kind, difficult for my body to like. Tastebuds yes! Body, not so much. I look forward to your cooking and sharing with us.

    BTW, if you’d like, check out my blog:

    • Thank you. I spent time focusing on taking care of things and people.. but not really much time focusing on me. It’s getting easier as time passes though. Not having to be ‘on’ all the time.. intercepting mail with her name on it, fielding calls for my dad, or sitting like a lump in front of the tv so he doesn’t have to be by himself. It was a little draining, so I think the focusing on nothing is a little like recharging my batteries.

      I actually already follow your blog on facebook. In fact, I met you once or twice. You’re Chris and Sam’s Mom, right? 🙂

  3. Looks yummy! I am glad you were able to be there for your mom. I love you and can’t wait to see more posts.

  4. foodwithpictures says:

    Sorry about your mom. Nice to have you back!

  5. hanelene says:

    Sorry about your Mom. The curry looks lovely.

  6. Ben says:

    You’ve been missed. Glad to see you back, although I’m sorry to hear about your mother.

  7. Welcome back. Hopefully, you and your father will find peace.

  8. I’m so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It’s a tumultuous period of your life to be sure and I’ve no idea what you’re going through, but it takes a lot of guts to share it with the world 🙂

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