I loved show & tell as a child.
It was probably my favorite day of the week.
Any opportunity to have all eyes on me and my object, no matter how menial…
I’m an attention whore. What can I say?
Do you know that I still do show & tell? Usually when I have a new guest in my house. I just love pulling out an old photo album or object from my past to show my visitor. I know it’s a horribly annoying trait. I try to stop myself.
“Stephanie…do not go get that photo album. No one wants to see your pictures of Germany circa 1999.”
It never works. Because once I have just a little thought that I could run up and grab that item, it’s all over.
It’s a good thing my friends like me so much put up with me. I’m really quite the train wreck sometimes. Like, if I were in a reality television show, I’d be watching me and covering my eyes, saying “it’s embarrasing to watch her.”
Last night was particularly painful for my guests.
I have no idea how this came up, but I started talking about a play I was in during 9th grade. And then…
I ran up and grabbed the playbook (Yes, I still have it.) And proceeded to dramatically read some of the lines from it.
We were missing DD Girl, who had some holiday errands to run. So, it was Roomie and one of my co-workers who endured this performance.
Thank goodness the Coconut Curry from Jaden Hair’s new Steamy Kitchen cookbook was so delicious.
I just subbed shrimp for the chicken because I felt like shrimp and added some red peppers because I had them on hand. I added the shrimp at the very end, instead of mid-way through the cooking process so that it wouldn’t over-cook.
You could really do so much with this dish and still have it taste yummy. For example, I couldn’t find Thai Kaffir Lime leaves, so I squeezed a tad bit of lime juice into the curry and added cilantro. That’s what I love about Jaden’s recipes – they are so flexible and easy.
I just really hope that the curry was the star performer last night and not me.
(I may or may not have dug up some pictures from the play and brought them to work to show my co-worker, as if she didn’t get enough of my antics last night…)
*Image courtesy of www.steamykitchen.com. Book was a gift, courtesy of Jaden Hair, as a guest favor for the Blogher Food 09 after-party.