when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs
my magnificent potted curry plant was attacked by a formidable army of scales, teeny tiny, scab like insects that feed on plant sap.. lost the war against them, and conceded defeat after months of trying to get rid of them.. i tried everything, neem oil, mild soap and water spray, scraping them off the branches.. all in vain, as the beastly suckers came back with a vengeance and in bigger numbers every time.. i finally resorted to cutting, or rather, hacking everything off in rage when the insects found their way to the leaves, down to about half a meter of the main stem.. you can’t imagine how heart broken i was, looking at the woody stick protruding from the pot.. i placed the pot in a corner, away from bright light, making a note in my mind to get a new curry plant to replace the one i just lost..
that was about two-three weeks ago.. this morning, as i watered the plants, i noticed something green on the naked stem.. a few green somethings, in fact.. i just couldn’t believe my eyes.. i haven’t watered it at all since the day i stripped it down, having given up hope for it to bounce back and waiting for it to dry up so that i can pull it out by the roots and throw it away.. and here we are, tiny leaf shoots emerging here and there.. a miracle in my little garden in the sky, it truly feels like Christmas came early~!
i cooked ayam masak merah to go with nasi tomato, or tomato rice .. adapted a recipe from Kuali.com , and i’m really pleased with the results ever since.. i omitted a few things, like chilli sauce, evaporated milk, and green peas.. i also didn’t use salt to marinate the chicken before deep frying it.. i didn’t want the saltiness to affect the taste of the gravy..
sometimes i add kaffir lime leaves, for added aroma.. i’ve also used beef and lamb for this recipe, and both turned out delicious..
p.s Christmas is literally right around the corner, with but a few more days to go.. and then, before anyone can finish unwrapping presents, we’ll all be celebrating the beginning of 2014..
so, here’s wishing you, my dearest readers
A BLESSED, JOYFUL, FUN, AND WONDERFUL
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ~!!!