Thursday, April 23, 2009

vehicle crashes and curry

We got called to a vehicle crash yesterday. Two tractor trailers. It didn't sound nice, but we went anyway . . . firefighters don't get to pick and choose. It was supposed to be 20 km east of Upsala, but we knew that was probably wrong. People usually don't have a clue where they are once they've passed Kakabeka.

Sometimes they really mess up the directions. Like the time we paraded through the village on our way to another call on the east side. We got about 5 km down the road and we got an update: Sorry, it's on the west side. So we turned around and paraded through Upsala headed west. I suspect the Upsalanians were beginning to wonder, but oh well. People needed a new coffee shop topic. They really started to wonder when we got turned around again. Sorry, it really was east. By the time we got to the crash we weren't needed, and the folks were wondering, "what the heck took you so long?"

Back to the tractor trailers. The incident ended up being 40 km east, about par for the course. They didn't exactly crash . . . they clipped mirrors . . . so I guess we really didn't need three fire trucks, an ambulance and two cruisers. But it never hurts to be safe.

I tried to find a funny video clip about vehicle crashes but didn't have much luck. I seem to have a hard time thinking any vehicle crash is funny. As a consolation prize, I included this clip which is only funny if you realize it isn't for real.

As promised, here's an update on my latest cooking adventure (no, I didn't invent this one and yes, we all survived):
  • Whack a chicken in half, or use two small chickens
  • make a marinade from 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tbsp slightly crushed cummin seeds, a tsp of crushed fennel seeds, 2 tbsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cayenne (I measured this time), 2 tsp garlic, and a few whole cloves (not too many or it will taste like pumpkin pie.) blend it all together to make the marinade
  • make a bunch of deep slices in the chicken breast and legs
  • rub the marinade into the chicken and let it sit overnight
  • put the chicken in a roaster and into an oven preheated to 500 degrees
  • leave it ten minutes. If you forget it in there, make sure you get out of the house before you call the fire department
  • after ten minutes put some butter on top, and a little curry powder, turn the oven down to 400 and bake until done (40-50 min depending on the chickens)
The real recipe came from a book called "Curries Without Worries" - which seemed like a strange name, because I don't usually worry about curry - but it is a great book if you like east Indian food. You can read more about the book by clicking this link and you can buy it at this link . I modified the recipe to suit our tastes, or rather I tried to suit our tastes. Not entirely successful this time . . . I put too much fennel in, which made it taste a little like licorice sticks. I reduced the fennel to a tsp, which should help.

It's snowing again. I know. That has nothing to do with vehicle crashes and curry, but I'm allowed to get off topic, especially if it means garnering a little sympathy. After all, it is my blog :-)

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