Fotos: Either the phonetic of photos, or a tribute to the Dutch spelling of the term (perhaps a remnant leftover from having accumulated a couple of years living in the Netherlands prior to moving back to the US). In either case, Fridays on Esculency will be devoted to images related to food, and the rituals surrounding its creation and consumption. Truth is, I love taking pictures of the good food experiences I’ve had — for me they always conjure what’s really going on behind the scenes. That is, a lot of delectable conversation and the simple, singular pleasure that is taken from sharing a meal and its preparation.
This first installment features an extremely spicy red curry that was thrown together for a quick weeknight dinner. The key ingredient, of course, was a dab of red curry paste — and the rest of the dish was improvised from there. It was served up with a side of basmati rice, Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale and some airwaves, which were tuned to a college basketball game.
The food itself might have not been perfect. A stickier rice might have been a better compliment to the curry. The vegetables were nearing overdone. Some of cubes of tofu were cooked unevenly. But everything — even the game — turned out just, deliciously, right.