Rose and I have come to an arrangement. Instead of me grousing on about how she neglects the housework and her plants, for one month I do all the housework with the exception of the midday meal and sweeping the living room floor. Rose does that, and spends all the rest of her time caring for her plants. The house looks cleaner and Rosie’s plants are much happier. Me too.
So this evening, after drinking a glass of orange juice with Rose in the back porch, I opened a can of tuna (we can get tuna fresh and cheap any day here, but I was too lazy to buy and prepare it.) I put it into a marinade of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper and bay leaf.
While that was marinating I put rice on to cook, grated half a coconut, made some coco milk from it and laid the table.
Then I roll-chopped half a large aubergine (the sausage shaped variety is what we get here), scraped and grated a lump of ginger root, chopped an onion and peeled and crushed three cloves of garlic, heated a frying pan with some oil in it and put that with the aubergine to stir-fry two or three minutes. Added water, sugar and soy sauce and cooked gently for ten minutes. Turned it into a bowl to cool a bit (we don’t like our food very hot here, it’s better just warm.)
Time to cook the tuna. I emptied it with the marinade into a copper-bottomed saucepan, cooked it for a couple of minutes, then added the coco milk. Tasted it to check everything ok (bit too much vinegar but never mind), dished it and checked the rice – cooked already. Everything on the table, called Rose and Claude.
Half an hour later, everything had disappeared. Even Claude ate quite a lot, which is unusual for him.
Fed the dogs, washed the dishes and sat down to write this post.
After the one month is up? Haven't made any plans.