It’s what happens when it’s past midnight and the mind is occupied with briefs for ads instead of adding to The List Of Things To Do In Life like sailing down the Amazon, peaking Kilimanjaro, BASE jumping and then coming down to earth to a grocery list which itemizes salmon, broccolli, bacon, quail’s eggs, country bread and gin, and then realizing that all that’s there in the fridge (and kitchen cabinets) is pretty much nothing. That’s when you end up with a mindless little dish like so. The only thing that helped keep sanity was some petty revenge in the form of using briefs (from work) like a placemat, napkin and banshireh*.
1 marrow (cut into small pieces)
Handful baby corn (cut fine)
3 cloves garlic (smashed; roughly chopped)
1 tsp soya sauce
2 tsp Kimbal’s Thai Chili Sauce
Dash of Coleman’s mustard powder
Can of sardines
Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté marrow and babycorn for a while.
Pop in the garlic. Stir around. Should not get burnt.
Add soya sauce and Thai Chili Sauce.
Next, a dash of mustard powder.
Fry for a minute or so.
Then, add sardines with some of the brine to the mix.
Bash them about a bit (just like that!)
Don’t put any salt.
When the sauce reduces, remove.
*Konkani word for all-purpose rag used to wipe spills, chills and thrills in the kitchen; usually a piece of fabric ripped out from an old and useless dress, shirt or sari.