So you know how some people have a bad day and they come home and just want to eat mac and cheese to make themselves feel better? There’s nothing healthy or even remarkably delicious about the good old blue box, but the familiar processed cheese and butter flavor and the sustaining weigh of the pasta comforts them. There’s no sneaky vegetables (vegetables are inherently untrustworthy, didn’t you know?) or strange textures and when the bowl is empty, the eater is invariably going to want a nap.
I get this general desire to feel better about life through nutritionally void carbs, except for me, this is achieved not through cheddar and elbow macaroni, but the MTV show The Challenge. Comfort TV for me, apparently involves a cast of 21 to 35 year olds who may or may not have participated in another MTV show, behaving like sex-crazed, drunken assholes and occasionally participating in neanderthalish competitions (when they’re not wasted or hooking up).
Every time I see the words ‘The Challenge’ in my DVR line-up I get excited. It’s like a package in the mail or a fresh box of wine, just waiting to be opened; I don’t know exactly what’s in there, but I know it’s going to be good.
I realize my love of this particular brand of trashy TV is possibly a character flaw, but I just can’t help it. Jason has his corn nuts, and I have the duplicitous thug CT, originally of The Real World, Paris, in 2003, who totally both dated Diem, when she had cancer, and got kicked off the show for getting into a bloody drunken brawl with a much smaller guy (not the same season, but still). Both of our guilty pleasures make us happy but give us halitosis; mine is just halitosis of the brain.
The point of all of this is, yesterday, while making dinner, I got overly involved in an old episode of The Challenge I was watching on DVR and forgot to take pictures of the meal I was constructing. I couldn’t help it. The amazonian epitome of a mean drunk, Laurel, was fighting with the fake blonde barbie girl, Mandi (who, who, names their child ‘Mandi’ without a career in reality TV in mind for her future, is what I want to ask her parents) over CT, even though Mandi had already decided to start hooking up with Wes (who’s either a sociopath or kind of hilarious and awesome, I can’t decide). Faced with TV that compelling you’ll have to forgive me that I just completely forgot to photograph the eggplants (which came from our garden), thai basil (also from the garden), garlic, ginger, onions, red peppers and chicken as I chopped and sauteed them.
I did get a final picture, though. OK, Jason took the final picture.
Chicken and veggies curry is kind of comfort food, right? <- Weak tie together. Mmmm, CT and chicken curry…
|Easy Chicken and Veggie Curry|
- 3 small Thai eggplants, peel and chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, sliced
- 1 can of sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1 white onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, diced
- 2 tablespoons of diced ginger root
- 1 lime
- A handful of thai basil and/or cilantro, chopped
- 2 large chicken breasts, chopped
- Soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of red curry paste
- 1 can of light coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- Veg oil
- White rice
- Sprinkle chicken with soy sauce to marinate. Saute chicken in 2 tablespoons of veg oil, on high, in two batches. Remove from heat.
- Add another tablespoon of veg oil to the wok. Put in onion and stir a few minutes. Add garlic and ginger. Stir till fragrant.
- Add eggplant, water chestnuts and red bell peppers to the onion, garlic and ginger. Stir until the veggies are cooked (2 mins or so).
- Add curry paste and juice from the lime to the veggies. Mix to coat. Add chicken, coconut milk and corn starch. Mix to combine. Reduce sauce till desired thickness.
- Remove from heat. Stir in thai basil/cilantro. Serve over cooked white rice.
- Watch trashy TV. You know you wanna.