There is a real baby boom going on in my world. All those lovely little people I have met this last year are so amazing, so small, so sweet and so funny. I think it is still one of the biggest miracles in the world, although many babies are born every day. Every time I see my friends with their babies I am amazed by it. Not only because of the world wonder, but also because I already know some of my friends since I was four years old. A few weeks ago I went for a lunch with my friends Anne and young mother Eline. The trinity we form exists already for 23 years, so you can imagine what we went through all these years. All the heartaches, the first kisses we witnessed, the summers we’ve spent at Eline’s house (oh yes) and now the first baby came into our trinity, little baby Sarah.
After our lunch we walked back to Eline’s house and we had to laugh because in our minds we are still the sixteen-year-old girls that walked through our village and secretly went for a drink. Now we are grownups (from the outside) who walk with a buggy, which carries a baby who is not just a babysitting job.
I have a deep respect for Eline and the way she naturally became a mother, it looks like she has done it for ages. She is born to be a mother.
Although everything goes well for Sarah, Eline’s only “problem” is making dinner. Don’t worry about Sarah’s food she is fully supplied. But because Eline and her boyfriend both work, there is little time to prepare something delicious, easy and healthy for everyone older than 8 months. Eline cooks great, but she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time chopping vegetables and preparing the rest of the dinner, because it will waist the precious time she loves to spend with her loved ones.
It made me think and that is how I came up with this recipe. I was inspired by Jamie Olivers’ Thai Red Prawn Curry out of the “30-minute Meals” cookbook.
For a mommy and daddy you will need:
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 small broccoli
- 1 bok choy
- 1 onion
- A thumb-thick piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 chilly pepper
- 1 stalk of lemon grass
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 roasted peppers in oil (buy it at the supermarket)
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Thai fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- Some roasted and salted peanuts
- Olive Oil
- A blender or hand blender
- Roughly chop the tomatoes, chilly pepper, ginger and the lemon grass. Through them with into the blender together with the garlic, roasted peppers, soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil. Blend until it is all mixed together
- Then wash and chop the rest of the vegetables into big pieces
- Put some olive oil in your wok or pan and throw in the onion. After two minutes you can throw in the broccoli
- Wait for about 4 minutes and the pour in the sauce
- After about 2 minutes you can add the red bell pepper and bok choy and wok until they are a little softer, but still crunchy
- Now your meal is ready to serve, to make it more festive add the roasted peanuts. I had it with a tomato beef burger
- Eat and love your family