My aunt called around 10:00 a.m. to say that she and my cousin will be coming to visit me around noon, after cousin finished with her morning piano students. Nothing was said about lunch, but, of course, I wouldn't think of not offering them lunch. So, around 11:00 a.m., I made something that is fast becoming a favorite "pantry" meal to make with items I have on hand. I put some rice to boil, cooked a fish curry with tomatoes, and a lentil curry. Initially, I had wanted to cook sauted cabbage to go with the fish curry, but, even with the table fan going full speed on the kitchen counter, it was getting hot and I didn't want to get too tired. The lentil curry was an easier dish to prepare. Also, I wasn't sure if my cousin ate cabbage or not and I know she eats lentils. There was some of my homemade tomato chutney, as well, if anyone wanted.
I had just finished cooking when aunt and cousin arrived. They brought me a big bunch of bananas and several individual cups of pre-made gelatin as something that was easy for me to eat after my tooth extraction. Of course, they didn't know I had made some gelatin, yesterday!
We had lunch and I offered the Jello that I had made with canned fruits (peaches and mandarin orange segments) and ice cream for dessert. Then we sat around and chatted for awhile before they left around 2:00 p.m., as cousin had more students coming in the afternoon for piano lessons. Aunt called me around 3:30 p.m. to say she enjoyed the lunch and would have liked to have visited a bit longer.
After they left, I retreated to the bedroom and turned on the a/c and took a nap! At first, Dancer, who was already taking a nap under my bed, decided he had to leave the room. Then, he wanted to come in. We repeated this dance a couple more times before he settled down! I continued to stay in the cool room even after I woke from my nap. I read and commented on blogs and responded to an email my friend had sent and chatted with another friend on the phone.
Later in the evening, when it had cooled off somewhat, I walked a bit. Then, I took some photos of the garden, but that will be a separate post, I think. Dinner was rice, the last serving of green beans I had cooked earlier, lentil curry, and fish curry.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Visit from aunt and cousin
- Being able to put together a meal from what I have on hand
- Cooler mornings and evenings
- Air conditioning in the bedroom
- Afternoon naps
Well, guess what didn't get done, today? My To Do list! It will all get carried forward to tomorrow...and added on to, as well!
- Repot the papaya seedlings in a bigger pot (too hot to plant them outside!)
- Pot up the avocado seedling
- Wash the sofa dust sheets and cushion covers
- Sew a belt to go with the blue patterned skirt and blouse
- Grocery shop for a few things
- Clean out the fridge
- Take the trash cans to the curb
- Water the garden
How was your Sunday? What is your favorite "pantry" meal to prepare when you need a quick meal for guests?