First of all, we decided to play cards Friday after work. I can't exactly say that this was a bad decision, just a questionable one. Jeffrey is teaching me how to play Magic: the Gathering, an experience I find equally frustrating and enjoyable. MtG is described as "an exception-based card game", which basically means the rules change continually, practically with each card as it's played. This is what makes the game challenging, and the learning curve is super steep.
Anyway, we toddled off to Mayhem. I was playing horribly and was beginning to catch some negative effects from a very powerful prescription antibiotic, and was ready to leave by 10:30, but Jeffrey neglected to inform the gamekeeper of this, and we got roped into another round. Well- Jeffrey did! He was paired up with another player, but as I was the best at losing hands that evening, and there was an uneven number of players left, I had to sit out that last round. It ended at midnight! I was really glad I had some knitting with me.
The next morning, I felt even worse and Jeffrey ended up doing a double batch of Cook's Illustrated's Chicken Pot Pie all by himself. I am not a very good patient at best, and I was exhausted as well. I did have all the fixings for Crockpot Curry Beef on hand, but didn't pull myself together to begin making it until Sunday evening. I was thankful Jeffrey helped me. We got the meat all cooked up, and cut the dried apricots so they were ready for assembly:
|Browning the spiced meat.|
|Cutting up the apricots with a kitchen shears.|
|Topped with shredded coconut!|