1. I received an email from the Deke today. The subject line: next year. The message: "I'm back in the game." In other words, today the Deke decided to return to Dora Kennedy French Immersion School to teach another year (at least). With this decision in place, we can now make a host of other decisions about our life in the near future, the most important being my plans for going to and staying in Kellogg to help out with Mom.
2. Massaman curry is milder than red or green curry. It's richer. It's sweeter. Using coconut cream, not milk, I made a big pot of massaman curry. I flavored it further with a few whole cloves and some minced ginger balanced by a few shakes of fish sauce. I simmered cubed sweet potato and russet potato in the sauce and, in another pan, stir fried scallions, red bell pepper, and eggplant, added it to the sauce, and then stir fried frozen green beans and added them. I roasted a large handful of raw peanuts, salted them, and sprinkled them into the mix. Served over jasmine rice and topped with cilantro, this was a delicious curry, distinct from the red and green we are more accustomed to, and a deep pleasure to eat.
3. The Deke made an important decision today. We talked about the many more decisions that lie ahead. After dinner, it was time to wind down and we each sipped a couple of slow slugs of George Dickel Rye Whisky and let things sink in.