Paneer Mushroom Masala ~ Of Anise Stars and Butcher’s Knives
Sometimes one must go to extreme measures to get a point across- if not to oneself, then to the multiverse and all of its dwellers.
Sister Madly has learned just how to do that.
She has been attempting to buy wax paper for the last 3 days, each time returning home with a surplus of the usual what-the-hell purchases (star anise, candles, a few sparkly things) not one of which is wax paper. Shopping lists are of no use to Sister Madly since they are typically scrawled across the back of the electric bill and mailed off with the payment. But something had to be done, because the tantrums she was throwing from painting her art projects to the kitchen table were borderline unacceptable.
Now, Sister Madly has gone past tying strings around her fingers and hanging notes on the door; any sort of electronic reminder is met with either the loving touch of a cast-iron skillet or by being hurdled across the room. She is more apt to remember certain responsibilities or appointments if she takes a common household object and leaves it somewhere out of place.
And so Sister Madly went to the usual measures to remind herself about the wax paper: she brought the garbage along with her to the market. It’s hard to become sidetracked when your passenger is a large, brooding, stinky bag of garbage.
Allow yourself this glimpse into the Sister Madly psyche:
-A shoe hanging on the door knob reminds Sister Madly that she is not dressed appropriately to leave the apartment.
-A web of duct tape across the mirror notifies her of utilities that are to be paid (utility bill usually attached to this web like a helpless, succulent fly.)
-An elaborate sock sculpture resting on the laptop means there is something she needs to do on the computer.
-Any knife, sword, hatchet or bloody object lying on the counter is a typical weekday affair and not to considered out of the ordinary.
-A pickle jar in the middle of the floor is a general reminder to ask herself why she put the pickle jar in the middle of the floor in the first place.* If there is any decoration attached, she may have been drinking at the time.
*Sometimes this discussion amongst herself occurs in the middle of the night, when she kicks over the pickle jar in the dark on her way for a glass of water.
This same method was often applied at a previous place of employment, when there was a slight problem with roaches. Notes left on the note-leaving board went largely unnoticed, all because the management did not want believe there was such an infestation in their beautiful little world.
Or maybe the roaches were to blame.
On the off chance that it was the fault of the latter, Sister Madly started leaving notes taped to tubs of cookie dough and buckets of frosting. Then she left several notes tape to several buckets of frosting, which she arranged into a nifty pyramid sculpture in the middle of the kitchen- which backfired because, as it turned out, she was the one who opened the next morning and had to deal with said nifty pyramid sculpture.
Finally one night, after an amusing chase around the whole of the bistro, Sister Madly was able to corner one of these the elusive, note-destroying creatures. With a significant amount of packaging tape, she attached the roach to a piece of paper, applied a fancy network of arrows as to guide the management to the correct visual aid, and stuck the note to the back door with a butcher’s knife.
Much like this, only with a Roach attached and less poetry.
This upset management slightly, as this was the only butcher’s knife in the vicinity and it had been placed out of her reach.
But the roaches were no more.
The pickle jar will be set out again tonight: the Professors, you see, have planned a weekend of experimental fun for Sister Madly, and she is not to be late…
PANEER MUSHROOM MASALA
- Paneer, cubed
- 8 oz. mushrooms
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin (or to taste)
- Lg. pinch of Fenugreek
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2-3 tsp heavy cream (opt)
- Lemon juice to taste
- Salt to taste
Pan fry Paneer- set a side.
In a skillet Sauté bay leaves, cinnamon stick, ginger paste and spices til fragrant.
Add the onion. Sauté til onion is translucent.
Add mushrooms; Sauté for five minutes.
Add the tomato. Cook till soft- 5 minutes or so.
Add the tomato paste and mix.
Add the coconut milk, paneer and simmer for ten minutes.
Add the cream, necessary salt, and lemon juice- mix.
Let stay for few minutes before serving.
POST’S THEME SONG: Always Something There to Remind Me, Naked Eyes