A Scrambled Marriage Proposal and Twisty Thai Episode 1
March 28, 2014
Several years ago a friend finished a Thai meal at my place and soon after, very casually proposed to me “Can you please marry me, I want good food whenever I return from work.” Promise to God my eyes and jaw (in the reverse order) landed on my freshly pedicured toes.
Imagine, such cheek, first coming to our house, devouring a meal and then proposing Salman Khan style – all in front of Mr. A . And imagine me, swimming in a curry of embarrassment, so much for cooking and serving “Thai red curry.”Never again, a curry followed by a love flurry!
Back then I was also a mother of two – well still am, and that’s besides the point that I could easily pass for a Granny now. (Please remind me sometime later, to tell you this ‘Grandma Story’). But imagine, two cheeks, proposing to a mother! I calmly refused.
Anyway, come to think of it, we were a complete mismatch. Me the usual housewife type, friend a senior officer at a multinational, me so long and friend so short. And primarily because that friend was also married, and is a mother of two now :).
Based in Turkey, she personally requested me to start a “Thai series” as soon as I finished with my Nutella rants. Respecting her love for my culinary skills, I set about getting some food items together.
These food items are not the typical Thai pads, gungs and priks, yet carry a strong Thai undercurrent. They are easy to make, using store cupboard ingredients, a gentle mingling of sweet, sour, bitter and tangy flavors, beguilingly simple textures and lovingly wholesome.
Shrimpy Egg Stir fry is the first item of my ‘Twisty Thai’ series. A simple protein packed breakfast treat that can be made for dinner also in circumstances of extreme laziness and domestic stafflessness. It’s a light take on the usual Pad Thai sans rice noodles. Shrimps are stir fried till they adorn pink, splash of fish sauce, sprinkle of red chilli flakes, an egg is thrown in and immediately scrambled along with some more flavors folded in and there you go – a comforting treat is ready.