Thanks to all of you who commented and/or e-mailed me with suggestions and tips on cooking. And to give myself a little credit, I can boil an egg! (Thanks, Rich!)
Fortunately for me, I have a partner who cooks. And cooks very well! We have unbelievable dinners on the most random nights. An exotic Mediterranean chicken dish on an average, run-of-the-mill Wednesday. Or grilled salmon with a homemade dry spice rub, grilled corn on the cob, salad with strawberries and mangoes on an ordinary Monday. Last night, for instance, we had a Thai dish with tofu, peppers, zucchini (from the market downtown!), rice noodles, cilantro and Thai basil. It had just the right spice and flavor, a tough balance to strike when cooking Thai food. I’ve got leftovers for lunch.
Speaking of Thai food, one of the best Thai places around Roanoke is Red Jasmine in Vinton. The owner actually uses red jasmine rice, which is very hard to come across. I swear I can just eat the rice in curry sauce, or any sauce really. She also makes a very good sticky rice served with mango for dessert. Apparently I’m a huge fan of rice. Actually, just a huge fan of Thai food (and Mexican). Maybe next we’ll talk about Mexican. Yum…now I want Mexican for dinner.