I’ve been a fan of Vindaloo for ages, originally brought about by my watching Red Dwarf this dish rapidly became one of my favorites, and many was the visitor to my work whos eyes would water on the approach to my office.
While Lisa doesn’t have the same genetically imprinted taste for thermonuclear hot food that I do, she enjoys the dish and we’ve long made a habit of treating ourselves by ordering in some Vindaloo from local restaurants where ever we have lived. It’s a bit expensive that way of course, and so I was pleasantly shocked when we discovered Pataks Vindaloo Sauce (scroll all the way down) making it much less labour intensive to throw together a batch of spicy food at home.
A week ago or so we were both in the mood for something spicy, but the only meat in the fridge was some ground chuck. Figuring what the hell, we tried beef vindaloo for the first time. Reminding me more of a sloppy joe poured over rice it was a pleasant change, and one we repeated last night. I think we’re going to stick with this variant, it appeals to the meat lover in me and significantly increases the amount of sauce we have per meal.
Cooking instructions with Pataks are simplicity itself. Peel and chop a few potatos. Grill up some ground chuck. Get the rice going. Mix the Pataks sauce (out of the can) with an equal amount of water and place on low heat. Mix the potatos in when the beef is 3/4 cooked. When the beef is cooked mix it in and let the sauce stew for a bit until the potatos have soaked a fair bit in. Dollop out the rice, slop the Vindy over it and tuck in.
Not a traditional meal, but makes for a happy tummy none the less (Pataks also sells Pompadoms, the Naan you’ll have to obtain for yourself).
Changes on the work front, for the time being I’ve been transferred from uniformed work to sitting in the office at night pushing striped cars around the city again. It’s a job I don’t really enjoy that much, and it means my shift has been moved forward two hours pushing my drive more into “rush hour” and changing an already disliked one hour commute into one and a half, and sometimes two hours, sitting in traffic each way.
I’m feeling more than a little worn down by the drive, but have so far staved off a psychotic road rage episode by working my way through the Harry Potter audio books. I’ve never actually “read” these books before, and have so far worked my way through to the fifth book in the series. Zombies would have been my first choice, but I suppose Potter is better than nothing.
Minor work on the house continues, but the details are too trivial to list here.
Zombie movies continue to arrive, although my “hunt” list is shrinking significantly. The collection now sits at just under 100 movies, and I suppose I really should get cracking on the second edition of the Hitchhikers guide to the zombocalypse. As usual, suggestions for films or format are welcomed!
No energy left. Assorted jobs working on the outside of the house. The dubious distinction of everything looking pretty much as it did before I started (patching cracks and painting goop around the foundation, if done right no one notices.).
Now a few minor aches and pains. Time to retire to the couch.
Danger: 50,000 Zombies! is special episode of Nick Frosts Danger: 50,000 Volts comedy series. Starring Simon Pegg as the famous Doctor Russel Fell this episode teaches us how to survive a zombie outbreak and includes such important suggestions as;
“Run slow, talk low” and, “Don’t be lunch, you silly c*nt!”