Be open and honest.
My personal experiences from the past showed me that this was not at all easy. Most of us can also just as easily say that, well actually, it is easy. Women in general by their very nature have next to no difficulty in sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other and the men in their lives. Men, on the other hand, have great difficulty in doing this. Those that do, however, remain a rare breed and are exceptional into the bargain.
My difficulty with this valuable human concept started when I was still quite young and trying to make my own way in the world. Now, even today and at the best of times, it remains a challenge for women to make their impressions on others in a male-dominated society. I don’t know how up to date you are with the news, but I recently picked up a snippet from Canada. It seems as though the liberal Canadian government are toying with the idea of identity cards which say nothing about our sex.
Yes, ID cards, it is suggested, will reveal nothing about whether we are male or female, or even otherwise as things turn out to be these days. I can imagine that this suggestion will turn out to be quite a hot potato. This reminds me, I’m boiling a pot of diced sweet potato on my stove. Hang on for a moment while I go and check how it’s doing. Long after I have left you with this post, I will be treating myself to a nice hot and spicy bowl of vegetable curry, prepared with organic soy mince.
I found the soy mince quite by accident today, so decided that, tonight, I’ll throw it into my pot. First though, I’ll be tossing in the other simple ingredients. I’m a poor girl at the moment so, sorry to disappoint you all, nothing extravagant or exotic is being added to the pot. I checked on the sweet potatoes earlier. They are nice and tender. It’s not recommended that you boil them before adding them to your curry pot.
But I’ve done this deliberately tonight. It’s to do with saving me time. Instead of allowing the ingredients to simmer for at least an hour, I’m doing things Southeast Asian style. Quick-quick as though you’re preparing a takeout for hungry, waiting customers. First in the pot goes the canola oil. While it’s heating up quickly, I toss in my coarsely chopped onions and very strong green chili.
I’m amazed at how long the chili kept. I bought it from a Pakistani fruit and vegetable vendor a few weeks ago. I also bought a small packet of his special Mother in Law curry powder which is surprisingly, but pleasantly more flavorful and not as hot as its name threateningly suggests. Once these base ingredients are nicely and quickly browned, I’ll toss in the soy mince and then deck them with the potatoes.
The heat goes down a notch while I continue to stir, coating the sweet potatoes well with the stain of the spices. And because it’s so cold where we are right now, I’ll serve it piping hot straight away. And I’ll be tucking into it while warmly covered with not one, but two duvets. The TV set is in my room.
PS. I forgot to add in the chopped plum tomatoes.
Be open and honest.
My personal experiences from the past showed me that this was not at all easy. Most of us can also just as easily say that, well actually,