we will always have mustard
Sometimes reality strikes and the realization of a weekend of frugal means makes itself apparent. The cupboards lay bare to echoing creaks of dropped pennies being scooped up from the change jar to make bus fare. Omlettes for dinner.
At times we would make the most amazingly economical rabid dog curry – a pack of beef (yes beef, calm down!) hot dogs rustic chopped and fried to char and later built into a tomato sauce base with killer spices. If frugality is desperation rather than a way of life (we would hope), man will always keep increasing his standard of living within the means he been ascribed, so that one day he will sit back and revel in the miracle that he created out of nothingness. These creations and moments are full of magic and high levels of feel good satisfaction.
Especially if you’ve just been dosed up with some Omega 3 fatty acids generously found in most kinds of oily fish. Be prepared to slum it.
Tu’can masala fused Tuna:
2 cans of tuna / Shan Fish masala / Sriracha / Jalapeno / Cherry tomatoes / Garlic / various dry spice / lemon juice
A can? What's that ?
Large pan heat a dousing of oil on high and add sprinkles of coriander, rye and fennel seeds. Add some zeera if you like. This step is solely based on the fact that you have these ingredients. Add minced garlic and thin round slivers of the jalapeno – I go about 3/4 a jalapeno on 2 cans. Work fast. Squeeze of Siriracha – slightly swirl in pan and the oil should have fused with the sriracha coloring it orange.
Tu’can masala fused Tuna
Open up the cans of Tuna and work gingerly with the meat leaving larger chunks compared to the mince that will blend into the sauce. Toss in the sauce. Bring in the Shan Fish masala and go 2/5 of a pack – salt/pepper and chat masala goes on. Let the spice rest on the tuna for a bit as it simmers in the oil.Halve some cherry tomatoes and toss them in. Mix and let it sit in the wok/largish frying pan you’re using for about 4 mins.
Squeezed a lemon and a side squirt of my roommate’s date tamarind chutney. Warmed up some naans; and I was nearly in tears after the first bite. That good. Flashback to barbecued fish and or a smoky dum ka keema with sparse ingredients. It’s all about the love you put into it really. Life can be a series of lofty wants and expectations set upon shoulders that eventually wither away under the burden; or you break free from the idolatry of a fiscal god, open up a hamper of love and trust under a tree, and enjoy the music, the weather, and your loved ones.
We can talk about food all day, but I’m sure there’s more to this fine and sweltering evening that lay in store for you dear reader. Go do what you got to do and we’ll see you soon.
P.s: There is a conflict in this post. It is the advocacy of the usage of tuna amongst other commercially sought sea fare – some of which are extremely close to extinction. When thinking of your next meal, the impact of your consumption on the environment should always be a factor. Our friends have enlightened us and we feel it is our moral obligation to bring balance to any harm we have advocated towards human nature.
This video is a an urgent call to action and seems to sum it up simply enough: