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March 2018



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I've been having a great Birthday!

My sister Maria and her husband Tom sent me a gift cert for Amazon.com.  Those are always welcome.  And as I was walking out the door I found a box from my sister Gina.  I didn't have time to open it so I will find out what is inside when I get back.

Lunch at Thai Cuisine with Marilyn, Anne, Buddha, and Kelly was a smashing success. Marilyn had never had Thai food before.  I wore a flower from the bouquet she gave me the day before.  Anne gave me a bag of assorted yarns for my crochet project.

We agreed to share our entrees so Marilyn could try many things. (Except Buddha because he could not eat the meat dishes.)  We started with two appetizer combination platters, one with meat one without. A variety of Paw Peea (house spring rolls), Moo Ping (Sliced pork loin on skewers, marinated in coconut milk and spices, grilled and served with  tamarind-chili sauce), Gai Sate (Chicken tenders on skewers, marinated in coconut milk and spices, grilled and served with homemade peanut sauce and pickled cucumber), Puck Sate (vegetables and tofu on skewers) and Goong Haur (Seasoned shrimp wrapped in rice paper, fried and served with pineapple plum sauce) Fried Vegetable fritters, and Fried Saitan on a stick. served with carrot sauce, peanut sauce, tamarind-chili sauce and pineapple-plum sauce.  I selected Pad Thai (Rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, chives, bean sprouts, tofu and ground peanuts in our tamarind sauce with chicken), Pad See-Ew ( Fresh wide rice noodles sautéed with eggs, garlic, Thai broccoli in a Shitake mushroom sauce, with beef), and Mussamund (Pork simmered in Mussamund curry with coconut milk, potatoes, fresh ginger, cherry tomato, pineapple and roasted peanuts, topped with fresh coriander) Kelly arrived late and ordered the Gra Prow (Beef stir-fried with garlic, fresh chili pepper baby corn, mushrooms, Thai sweet basil and flambéed with whisky) to compliment the other choices. Everything was delicious and we had lots of fun.

Then I drove down to Vestal and hung out with Mom & Dad.  We had dinner at Moghul Fine Indian Cuisine.  They were out of eggplant so we could not have the excellent Eggplant Krisps.  I ordered the Aloo Chat instead.  I would describe their Aloo Chat as cold chickpea and potato salad with onions, tomatoes and cilantro in a tamarind dressing.   Mom wants the recipe.   It was quite refreshing.  For entrees Dad had the Chicken Vindaloo because he wanted something spicy, but it was almost too spicy for him.  Mom wanted something with a thick sauce so the waiter recommended the Chicken Tikka Masala.  I had the Lamb Rogan Josh because I had never had it before.  

Next time I should order one of their Tandoori entrees.  Our waiter said they all come on a sizzling iron skillet. We saw one come out.  it was quite impressive.  

I had left over Rogan Josh for breakfast. then I met Song at Phil's Chicken House for lunch.  You can tell a place serves American food when they put a plastic "bone bucket" on each table.  The place was full of little old people.  The buffet was nice and the prices were very cheap. They make great biscuits.

I don't know why I didn't think of this before: instead of having one big birthday dinner have several small ones at several different restaurants in several different towns!

Sheshanaga is safely back in his box after hanging out on the couch with me.  It seems that two hours is as long as I can play with a snake without getting bored.  Song is having a bad week so I'm staying over another night to keep her company.


Vindaloo! That was it.
I just love the Red Dwarf episode when Lister's Vindaloo came alive and the only way to kill it was to spray it with Lager. "Of course, Lager! The only thing that can kill a vindaloo!" Dad was having a Lager and wanted a spicy dish so I jumped at the opportunity to press a Vindaloo on him.

I understand that Chicken Tikka Masala was invented when an English patron wanted gravy on his Tandoori Chicken. Although Wikipedia is not sure about that.

Yay for a good birthday!