Some days, I just feel like being demanding.
Not all days – just some.
Luckily, thanks to my wonderful, gracious husband, I totally get away with it.
A few weeks ago, after we’d both had a really busy week and felt like we hadn’t seen much of each other, we finally had a free friday night just to chill out together. Driving me to my bus stop, he asked: “Do you want to go out somewhere nice for dinner tonight?”
Queen H: You know what I would REALLY like? If you cooked me a nice meal at home.
Matt: Okay happy to do that – but you know I can only cook, like, 4 dishes, so which one? Curry rice? Stir fry?
Queen H: No, I want you to cook me something new. Like, from a recipe. It’s not hard – just look it up on the internet.
Matt: Uh okay no worries, but I need some guidance or I won’t even know where to look. What do you feel like eat—
Queen H: Thai green curry please.
Matt: Okay… are you sure that’s what you want?
Queen H: Yup. And to make it easier for you, you can just buy one of those Marion’s Kitchen packs. It already includes everything – you just need to add meat and veggies.
Matt: What kind of veggies do you want?
Queen H: I don’t know. You figure it out. But make sure there’s some baby corn in the mix.
Matt: Okay.. baby corn, cool no worries see you ton—
Queen H: And I don’t want any medium grain rice rubbish. Make sure you buy some jasmine or long grain.
Matt: Sure babe.
Queen H: Thanks honey bye!!
I’m always kind of joking and kind of not when I make these demands so I never really know how seriously Matt’s going to take them. I’m a pretty scary person though so he usually errs on the side of caution.
But this time, he really went above and beyond and what follows is basically a lesson on how to love your wife (if your wife happens to be food-obsessed).
I came home earlier than expected and Matt was a bit frazzled because he wasn’t as far progressed as he had hoped. After picking me up from the bus stop, he marched straight back into the kitchen and continued chopping veggies. I expected maybe some zucchini and the baby corn I had
demanded requested. What I found was this:
Beautifully, delicately chopped zucchini, baby corn, pumpkin, eggplant and capsicum. Looking at this, you would think that Matt had some mad knife skills – but he doesn’t. He’s hopeless. And that’s not a diss on his cooking abilities – it just helps to explain why, when I looked at this plate, what I saw was time, effort, stress, cramping fingers and love.
Beans and coriander too! Matt’s strategy was too look up 5 recipes for Thai green curry and combine all the ingredients. Bless.
He even got the Jasmine rice, like a good boy.
Feeling pretty confident about this dinner with Matt in the safe hands of Marion Masterchef Grasby.
Looks and smells AMAZE!
Yum! Matt & Marion make a great team.
I learnt something important eating this: that my favourite of all of love’s expressions is food. Food made especially for me. With my diva-like demands, likes and dislikes, high standards and explosive hanger in mind. Made partly out of fear, but mostly out of love. It reminded me why I married this rookie chef, world class husband.
And just in case you’re wondering, yes, we finished all 4 servings in one sitting. Portions? Please. We laugh in the face of portions.