The lockdown continues, though in a much diluted form, and Nottingham’s uncut verges continue to be good for bees. I noticed this on the way to work, where the Gas Board continues to dig up our frontage and block access to the shop. I spent all day listing medals of Edward VIII and forgot to move so my legs seized up when I tried to get up.
We had saag paneer last night using the spice kit Number One Son arranged for us. We didn’t quite have all the ingredients, so we used some kale in place of the spinach. It had a notably different texture but worked quite well. I checked up, and it seems that saag is not, as I thought, spinach, but, depending on who you believe, either a mix of spinach and mustard greens, or simply mixed greens.
Always so much to learn.
We still have three spice mixes to use and will reconfigure the week’s shopping to use them all this week. Unfortunately Julia can’t find out how to cancel the spice subscription. As with so many of these offers (£1 for four spice kits) they make it difficult to cancel. Even worse, if you don’t order your next lot in time you have to take what they send you. That’s how Number One Son ended up making moqueca. I had to look it up – it’s Brazilian Fish Stew. I think I can do without this.
Number Two Son, still in Canada, applied for, and was turned down for, a job as a dog groomer. As he has no experience of dogs or grooming this was not unexpected. However, he has had a call back and they want him to work in some sort of management capacity. He has an amazing capacity for getting strange jobs. If he ever writes a book he will not be short of material for his biographical notes.
I think I’ll leave it there for now. Dog grooming and fish stew is quite enough excitement for one day.
Palak is the Punjabi (probably Urdu/Hindi as well) for spinach. I learned this after asking my husband to make me aloo saag and got some greens which weren’t what I expected.
I always thought saag was spinach until I read it was just greens. As I’ve said before – you live and learn. It was quite good with kale, but as you say – unexpected. 🙂
😊 Some restaurants might have translated saag as spinach.
With your help. Julia deserves to succeed with the cancellation. Number Two son must be good at interviews.
I think “full of bullshit” is more likely. 🙂
You are indeed wise in the ways of the world…
Mustard greens are very good stir fried into various dishes. We grow a variety called “Southern Giant Curled”, and it has a spicy fire to it like wasabi.
I think we will have to grow some next year. They sound useful.
Rick likes to put the greens in sandwiches, too, in place of lettuce. Adds a bit of dimension to it.
I like rocket for that – arugula as you Americans call it. 🙂 We don’t grow it so much now as it is prone to infestation and runs to seed easily.
I have seeds for this plant, and should start a barrel of it before hot weather hits.
Hot weather? I wish…
I hope that Julia finds the right way to cancel the subscription. Being buried under a mound of spice would be a bad way to go.
I may have to offer some help. I am indefatigable when cancelling such things.
I am sure it will be appreciated.
Perhaps. My qualities as a husband are not often appreciated. 🙂