This morning I remembered to take my turmeric pill. After reading about its anti-inflammatory properties I thought it would be good for my autoimmune disease. I had not been consistent so I was congratulating myself for remembering to take it! It also made me think of curry.
If you give me a turmeric pill I’m going to want to have some curry.
When I think of yellow curry, I think of Stephan Sondheim’s musical “Company” and the production of it at Southwestern Colle in 1976.
I was a freshman on a campus where I did not know a soul. I was totally intimidated by the Campus Players at Southwestern. At that time I did not think myself as being capable of being in a musical. I did “serious” drama. I did not even audition for “Company” but I did sign up to help with the dinner theatre part of it.
The main meal was going to be curry served in clay flower pots with the condiments served in the saucers. I was in charge of the condiments. I prepared things like hardboiled eggs, bacon, raisins, mandarin oranges, green onions and such. I was also one of the dishwashers and we resided in the boiler room washing dishes in tin tubs. It was a blast. I memorized every song in the musical and can blast them out even today.
As much as I wanted to think of myself as being “sophisticated” I was really just a farm girl who needed to learn to say wash instead of warsh, and poor instead of pour. I grew up with farm meals- meat, potatoes, vegetables and dessert at every meal. I had never ever tried curry and rice to me was this awful stuff they served with milk, sugar, and cinnamon. (Gag and throw up.) Curry was alien to my tastebuds but I was determined to like it so I could be “sophisticated”.
Fast forward a few years later and I found a recipe for curry in a good old Betty Crocker cookbook. I fixed it. I have to say no one in my family cared much for it. Periodically I would fix it again. Each time brings back the memory of “Company”.
If I have curry I am going to think of Southwestern Colege and “Company”.
It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I even tried any other Indian food. I discovered I really like Indian food.
In my 50’s I discovered red Thai curry. It is now one of my go-to meals and I like it hot.
Tonight though I need to have the yellow curry and remember “Company” and Southwestern College, Winfield, KS. I still have the Betty Crocker recipe book. It may not be as authentic as an Indian restaurant. I will probably be adding more curry powder and hot pepper to it than Betty calls for. I will eat it and lift a glass to the Campus Players who taught me about curry and acting.
As Jennifer Warner sang, “Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch”.
Here’s to Norman Callison, Roger Moon, Rick Rottschaefer, Jennifer Warner, Cindy Wesley, Sally Wright, Mary Green, Jan Kraus, Greg White,Donna Hailey, Carol Blanchard, and John Beck.
If I think of “Company” and curry I’m going to want to take another turmeric pill.