For some reason I can make an excellent Thai shrimp curry, perfectly grill a salmon, and even host from baby showers to Super Bowl Parties but I have zero mechanical-building skills. We need to install a new ceiling fan in the kids' room or Let's build a new deck! That is usually me, talking in plural, as if I partake in any parts of the building/installing process; I guess I am very good with coming up with ideas, ordering around and making sure that the worker has enough water, snacks and the occasional beer. Thank God I married MacGiver.
Around twelve years ago, when we bought our first condo in San Juan, Enrico installed all ceiling fans, the AC unit in our bedroom and I helped him paint the entire place (hey, at least I am good at that!). Our place looked beautiful and we were enjoying every minute of it until we decided to take off to the city of Chicago for grad school. We sold the place to the first couple that came to see it and they even offered us 10K for all the furniture and accessories in our house. Since we were young and had no real attachments to the place or its furniture, we sold the place and left Puerto Rico within a couple of months, back in 2001.
In Chicago, we rented the last couple of years until we finally became home owners once again. MacGiver
installed all new appliances, built the IKEA
bed, dining table, chairs and entertainment center. I think Mami's art will look great on this wall, don't you think? Let's frame all artwork too, it will make the place look beautiful.
And off we went to PEARL Fine Art Supplies
to get the frames, varnish and necessary tools to frame my Mother's oil paintings.
Since we both love to entertain, our friends were over for dinner, get togethers and just to hang out quite often. Who installed the ceiling fan, Nina? And I immediately said, Well, Enrico, of course! He can figure out almost anything that needs to be installed. Famous last words.
Once the secret was out, everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE always called him for his services. Ceiling fans, IKEA beds, ceiling lamps, new toilets. The man did everything, and I wish I could tell you he charged for his premium services...He was more than happy with just beer & pizza. My dreams of early retirement in the Mediterranean Coast were gone in a second.
When I was eight months pregnant with Lucia, during my nesting stage, I needed a new deck for our front patio. Ay Enrico, let's build a deck before Lucia arrives! And of course, the "let's build a deck" meant "you build a deck". Next stop, Home Depot, where he got all the necessary wood, nails and varnish. It was a hot August day in the city of Chicago and I was sipping a limeade daydreaming about my daughter, while Enrico was building us a brand new deck. I love that man.
Now, let's fast forward four and a half years, two babies, three homes and a completely different U.S. State. We finally decided to become our parents;
got the house with the fancy garage, big backyard and everything in between. As I mentioned in my last post
, we decided to purchase a swing set for the kids to enjoy and burn energy outside. Some of our friends here have similar swing sets and hired a crew of people to put it together, as everything comes in pieces. Since Enrico and I could easily put the swing set together, we grabbed the 200 + pound box from the store, took it home and opened it. There were hundreds of pieces of wood in different sizes, dozens of tiny bags of screws, and a lot of materials that I have never seen in my life. I just smiled and said Can you MacGiver that?
while I served us some sangria.
Twelve hours later, the new swing set was built. I told you I married MacGiver! Ay Mama!
For today's recipe a quick and easy Thai shrimp curry recipe; everyone will love it! Enjoy.
-1 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk (at the International section of the grocery store)
-1 1/4 teaspoons red Thai curry paste (at the International section of the grocery store)
-1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips
-1 cup fresh green beans (trimmed)
-1 cup fresh snap peas
medium onion, thinly sliced
-1 pound raw shrimp, shell off
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 tablespoon fish sauce (at the International section of the grocery store)
-1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
-1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
tablespoon fresh lime juice
Bring 1/4 cup coconut milk and curry paste to boil in large skillet over
medium-high heat, whisking constantly.
Add bell pepper and onion; sautee 5
minutes. Stir in shrimp, snap peas and green beans, remaining coconut milk, sugar and fish sauce. Cook
until shrimp is cooked through (changes color to bright orange), stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in
tomatoes, basil and lime juice and simmer 1 minute. Season with salt and serve over rice. Buen Provecho!