Friday 24 April 2020
We woke up to some very sad news. Our good friend Tony passed away in Devon. He’d been battling demons for a couple of years now and now he is at peace we can all remember the lovely man that he was. Our love and thoughts go out to his wife Sandra. RIP amigo.
The daily routine never changes, although Friday morning brings with it the chance to go out and buy the weekly English language newspaper. Get up, have breakfast, write blog, teach a class, go to the gym, have lunch! I guess it’s good that time flies but this new weights routine makes me wonder if I should move my workout to later in the day!
Lunch concluded with the end of another cake. It seems that eating cake is actually part of our daily exercise routine though, so it’s ok!
It was an unusually lovely day. That meant a lot of the afternoon was spent chilling out on the balcony and reading. Not a bad way to while away the endless hours of lockdown. It sounds like yet more rain is on its way for the weekend, but the extended forecasts suggests that April is going to end with some pretty warm weather. Bring it on! We might need more beer stocks and we’ll definitely need more guacamole flavoured tortilla chips!!
The early evening saw me back in the kitchen and imparting my limited culinary knowledge to Tracey and Jason again! It’s a bit of extra fun in these difficult times. I just wish we could have friends round to enjoy my cooking. Tonight it was a tasty vegetable madras, which may have been at Trish’s limit of spiciness!!
I said I would share my recipe. It’s basically just a load of spices cooked up with onion, garlic and peppers with a tin of blended tomatoes thrown in. Boiled and/or frozen veg is then added. It’s so simple that you can do it all in about 20 minutes, enough time for your healthy brown jasmine rice to cook.
Here goes then. First put your rice on to cook in one pan, and boil your veg in another. In a wok, fry the onions, garlic and peppers. Add my mix of spices: a teaspoon each of garam masala, curry powder (preferably hot!) and cumin, half a teaspoon of coriander powder, ginger powder, turmeric and paprika; chopped or dried chillies to your taste and a bit of ground back pepper. Fry for a minute or so then squirt in some tomato puree. Add the can of tomatoes (blended if you want a thicker sauce, or use passata) then cook it for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat. I also throw in some desiccated coconut and curry leaves. Drain the veg and add to the curry sauce. Stir it all in, cover and simmer on a low heat until the rice is done. If you use white rice it will be cooked sooner so adjust your timings – you have been warned! Dish up and enjoy!!
Our evening’s TV viewing was very informative. First, I finally managed to find a way of watching more episodes of A Very British History as the series has disappeared from the BBC iPlayer. Send me a message if you want to find out how, unless you work for the BBC in which case I won’t be able to say! We were particularly keen to learn more about The British Chinese. Vlogger Shu Lin, a friend of a friend, told her story in a very emotive way. Here she is talking about the making of the programme.
We then delved back into the world of Dark Tourism with David Farrier. Episode 4 explores some nuclear sites in Kazakhstan but we were particularly taken with the latter part of the show which focused on Turkmenistan. Wow! We really want to go to Ashgabat now!! Having said that, we don’t want to sample the health services there as we were less than impressed with the treatment poor old David received in his hour of need. Part of his trip included the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Here it is in its entire three-and-a-half-hour glory. Skip past the speeches and it’s quite entertaining.
A day in lockdown couldn’t conclude without a bit of Trump bashing, could it? The world’s medical community has come out in force to advise against drinking or injecting bleach! Phew!! So, here we have three nutters together in a rogue’s gallery, but which one is the supreme leader of idiocy – North Korea, the leader of the free world, or TV evangelism?
Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s mixed bag. Stay safe, stay sane, and stay sanitised!