We didn’t get out of the house until after 3pm and had multiple stops to get through. Most days I have mastered the art of making sure we don’t do too many things in a row, packing snacks, keeping Wallace engaged, and making it home in time for dinner and bed on schedule. I only messed up the last bit tonight.
On our way home from Aldi, which was after thrift store and dropping off recycling, Wallace asked that I make curry for dinner. I did a mental scan of my cupboards and fridge and determined I could make that happen. He said he wanted crushed peanuts on top and my brain kicked into how to get everything done as quickly and seemlessly as possible.
I told him he would need to figure out how to crush the peanuts after he helped me put groceries away. I told him we would put them in a plastic bag and we brainstormed. He suggested a hammer and I said that might not be a good idea as it could harm the floor, table, or counter. I said what about putting on shoes and walking on the bag. He though that was funny. His next idea was perfect. He said rolling pin.
It didn’t roll like he wanted it to, but he came up with ways of rocking and leaning on it that crushed them well. I had to convince him to stop and put the bag out of reach as he wanted to experiment with more kitchen tools. I didn’t want us to end up with peanut butter in the bag!
This is how I make curry for him.
- Start the rice. I rinse it a few times and make it in a rice cooker.
- Chop onion (into large pieces so picky children can fling it onto their placemats easier) and sweet potato. Saute in pot with grapeseed oil for a few minutes while chopping broccoli.
- Add in a few dashes of cayenne, turmeric, ginger, basil, whatever suits your fancy, and stir. Add in one can of coconut milk and 2 Tbs of Thai Kitchen red curry paste, stir. I forgot to add in peanut butter, so do a few Tbs at this stage if you’d like peanut curry sauce. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add in the chopped broccoli, lots of broccoli, and stir it around a bit. Tofu can also be added at this stage. It will look like there is not enough sauce. Lower the heat and put the lid on so it steams the broccoli, stirring occasionally as you clean everything up.
- Put rice in bowls, top with curry, and don’t forget those crushed peanuts! Read a bedtime story while it cools. Enjoy.