|Stringhoppers with Coconut Sambol (Left)|
Red Rice Pittu with Coconut Milk and Lunu Miris (Right)
It was a cooler day, today, with a high of only 90F. In the morning, I called the Sri Lankan restaurant and placed an order for a stringhopper meal (which included 10 stringhoppers, coconut sambol, yellow coconut milk curry with a hard boiled egg, and choice of fish or chicken curry; I opted for chicken) and a pittu meal (pittu is made with rice flour, grated coconut, and water mixed together to make small balls of dough, similar to couscous, and then, steamed, traditionally inside a length of hollowed out bamboo; the meal included a bowl of coconut milk, a very spicy hot mixture of chilies and onions ground together called lunu miris, and your choice of fish or chicken curry; and my daughter opted for fish). We also ordered one watalappan pudding, which is made with jaggery, coconut milk, and eggs. Before I placed the order, I called friend R to ask her if she wanted anything, but, she declined.
Daughter and I drove to the Sri Lankan restaurant and picked up our order, along with some savory snacks (fish filled pastries) and came home to have our lunch. There are leftovers for tomorrow's lunch or dinner, too. We decided that we didn't need anything from the Sri Lankan grocery store, this time.
I'm happy to report that a few of the plants that had wilted yesterday seems to have revived when I checked on them, today. The zucchini has some leaves that got scorched, but, the plants seem to be OK; the Persian cucumber has revived and so have the two smaller tomato seedlings. The bigger tomato plant might revive, but, the tomatoes on it seem to have got scorched. I am leaving them on the plant for M to see, and then, we might remove them. The bittermelon vine has died. I put a little water to just the vegetables and fruit trees, in the evening, just to help them along.
In the evening, neighbor S called and brought over some lahmajoon (Armenian pizza), an olive and tomato sauce like mixture her mother had made, a jar of maple butter, and some sweet potatoes! My daughter gave her a plate of melon pan and cookies, in exchange.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Having access to a Sri Lankan restaurant
- Being able to support a local, family run business
- A safe drive to the restaurant and back
- At least some of the plants have revived
- Neighbor S sharing food with us
Today's joyful activity was indulging in Sri Lankan specialty food that I don't usually make.
In between fun activities, I brought in the trash cans, put away the laundry from yesterday, and did the dishes.
Plans for tomorrow include M tending to the garden and more relaxing.
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for Wednesday?