What’s for dinner tonight? No curry, we go Italian!

What do you do when you can’t find your favorite curry?

This S&B Golden Curry is from childhood. My father had traveled to Japan many times and ate this curry. He would get in moods for it. He also liked the Fukujinzuke pickled vegetables, they came in a can. He was insistent on eating those with the curry.

In those days, you could only find this curry in Chinatown. So, off to Chinatown we would go. We loved exploring the shops and learning to eat with chopsticks.

Well, this just means no curry. Maybe there is a supply chain issue again?


I’m going Italian. YES, I’m making bolognese sauce. Hopefully, the store isn’t out of tomato sauce.

If they are, I’ll keep going around the world. Maybe tacos or matzo ball soup? What do you think?

What’s your speciality? Having trouble finding ingredients?

15 thoughts on “What’s for dinner tonight? No curry, we go Italian!

  1. I have fond growing-up memories of family dinners in Chinatown too (Los Angeles). Chinese food back then was a novelty, not something you could easily find at a P. F. Chang’s or the supermarket. Drinking green tea and using chopsticks made the experience all the more exotic to a kid.

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    1. Wonderful! Have you learned to make British bread pudding? I like it but have never made it. I’m not sure what other specialities they have. How about British tea. What tea do they favor? PG Tips, Tetley, another brand? I think I am impatient and don’t steep the tea long enough. So flavor is always weak. Always enjoy the stories you share.

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      1. Ah, thank you so much! We drink Yorkshire tea. I love it strong so it’s always a fine art to leaving the tea bag in there long enough but not so long that it grows cold! 😁

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      1. I don’t know if anyone calls it birds next besides us. Cooked spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, peas, mozzarella, Parmesan, and cream, egg. Toss it all together then bake like 30 minutes. Desserts, not really. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie but it’s Dominique ansels recipe.

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      2. Thanks for sharing. My mother was born / raised in Italy. She never made a baked pasta. In fact, compared to my Italian friend from Rome who made so many different pasta dishes, my mother was always taking cooking classes to learn about other cultures. In her defense, back then, living in IN, we could not get any Italian staples, ie parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, mortadella, french bread (a good one), etc. NONE of this existed. Now, you can find all of the even in small towns.

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      3. That’s great! Think Indiana though in the 60s. Our neighborhood had a lot of Lithuanians, so they had the rye Lithuanian bread brought to our neighborhood grocer. We also had a lot of polish people close by, so perogies were in abundance. My mother would have had to go to Chicago’s Little Italy for the Italian foods. We never did that. She would buy Velveeta cheese, to this day I dislike it.

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  2. I would have to go with whatever I can find. What’s not my specialty however, is Mexican cooking. I am going to have to learn to do that, which is not easy given the lack of Mexican ingredients in Portugal. Wish I had learned how to cook them back in the States.


  3. I can make a mean spag bol from scratch and a lovely roast dinner ! As for cups of tea it’s easy. Boiling hot water in a cup with a tea bag in it for about three minutes. Give it a stir and add milk sugar if you want. Pg tips is great as us Tetley and Yorkshire tea!

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