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How do you know when you are "there" ?
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:52 PM »
I made my fourth curry in four days last night, and commented to my wife once we had eaten it that I thought I had finally "made it" — i.e., that my curries were now consistently as good as anything we can get locally and better than many.  Then as I was finishing up my fifth curry in five days this evening (a lamb kidney curry), I suddenly realised what it was that had convinced me that I had "made it".  And the answer was staring me in the face.  It was the simple fact that I now want to finish up my curry sauce rather than eating the pieces of chicken (or lamb, or whatever) together with the sauce that clings to it, but leaving any "un-clung" sauce on the plate.  When that realisation dawned, I looked closer at the sauce and saw that it was thin, homogenous and gleaming, with a thin ring of oil around the outside.  No real evidence of flocculation, but it looked good, tasted good and was good.  So I think that's it — when your curry sauce is the best part of the dish, even better than the chicken, or the lamb, or whatever, then you are "there" !

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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2018, 12:33 AM »
I'd eat the sauce in preference to the kidneys no matter what Phil.  ;D  Even then I'd be hoping the kidney flavour hadn't passed into the sauce. I can't stand the things.  I think we've been here before.  ;)  Still, I'm pleased for you.

On the other hand, you can never actually be "there", since no matter where you are it immediately becomes "here". ::)
« Last Edit: December 13, 2018, 06:36 AM by livo »
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 12:19 PM »
when your curry sauce is the best part of the dish, even better than the chicken, or the lamb, or whatever, then you are "there" !

I consider that a truism. The sauce is the curry and everything else is a guest at the party.

And I like kidneys but kidney curry certainly doesn't get me salivating. I ordered a steak at a gastro pub once and it arrived tasting of kidneys. I dare say they'd made a mixed grill in the same pan earlier and that's how the taste got transferred. It went straight back.
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2018, 12:21 PM »
On the other hand, you can never actually be "there", since no matter where you are it immediately becomes "here". ::)

 Master Po would have been proud to have thought of that (if he had not already done so) !
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 04:12 PM »
I realised my latest curry was 'there' once my wife put praise on it. She is highly critical of my cooking most of the time and merely gives a 'meh' to most of them.

But with my Rogan Josh she absolutely loves it and and is not afraid of telling me  8) in fact she has invited her best friend and husband around for a curry lunch in  a few weeks to try my curry and naans.  :-\

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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2019, 04:36 PM »
Well done that man !
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2019, 10:47 AM »
When you invite your dinner guests to take some home and there is nothing left for yourself. ;D
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2019, 01:12 PM »
You know you're finally 'there' when you not only eat all the leftover sauce but eat the dish you served it in as well.

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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2019, 01:38 PM »
When you can sell it, with repeat and regular customers.  8)
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Re: How do you know when you are "there" ?
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2019, 07:41 PM »
Good point CT.  That would certainly be the yardstick, only I have no intention of ever finding that out for myself.
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