Good things about bad things

I am not usually inclined to see the half full-ness of things. I find half -wit positive thinking very irritating (and I generally look at the empty half of the wit) and in life I cherish cynics, articulate moaners and good bellies.

But.

In addition to being braless and seeing hawks, here are two brilliant things I’ve discovered over my curfewed days:

a. No cars but essential services are allowed in the streets of Amman these days and I cannot congratulate the government enough on this decision. Hell may be paradise with no people, as the Arabic saying goes, but this no car zone is definitely a small slice of paradise in hell.

b. My culinary creativity is flourishing. For 10 days now, I’ve been grabbing whatever is available without a queue with no other criterion than freshness. This has resulted in a long list of new and improbable dishes. Who knew that cauliflower can blend so subtly with sheep? Tuna and beetroot! Radishes go with cheese and potato stews like a house on fire. I am loving my new menu. Bring on the carrot curry with a side of mint and whatever this green thing is yay:)

13 thoughts on “Good things about bad things

      1. It’s been nice keeping up with friends and family more than I usually would and having people check in via text, email and social media to see how I’m doing.

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  1. I wish I could say the same for Thailand. Still too many cars on the road and people ignoring the stay at home recommendation. But, I love your creativity in the kitchen during these times.

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    1. I think the strict curfew here really helps. It’s tough, it’s like nothing we’ve ever experienced, but it’s much needed. Hope it will work in the longer term, it appears to be working for now. Stay well and hopefully April will not be the cruelest month 🙂

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  2. I was talking food with a neighbor a couple of weeks ago and felt like we were having a conversation from back in the days of World War II rationing. What we were going to make started with what we had and from there went to what we could do with it instead of what we wanted and from there to what we needed to get.

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    1. Haha:) I follow the same strategy most of the time. This made me remember an old communist joke: a guy goes to the butcher’s and asks do you have lemons? The butcher says sorry comrade, here we don’t have meat. You want the grocer next door. He’s the one who doesn’t have lemons.

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