The soothing, comforting smell of Thai massaman beef curry is wafting through our house as I sit typing this, and my dear old crockpot is doing all the work for me.
I love Thai massaman curry, and so do my kids since it’s not spicy, and the meat is so tender that it’s easy for them to eat. But what’s even more amazing is using a crockpot to make it since with Thai food, I hardly ever have the opportunity.
Many Thai dishes are stir-fried quickly a few minutes before it’s time to sit down and eat, and taste best eaten immediately. That’s why whenever we have people over for dinner, it’s usually a stressful few minutes before they walk in the door since I don’t like to cook while hosting.
Want to hear an awkward hosting moment?
We had invited friends over for dinner. I was in the middle of stir-frying pad thai, and had timed it all perfectly that once I finished making it I would run around and pick up the last of the toys my toddlers had strewn about while I was cooking, and then our guests should be here, and dinner would be on the table and ready to eat.
But my friends knocked on the door early! I ran to the door, tripping over toys, my apron splattered with pad thai sauce, with my spatula with egg bits hanging off it in my hand, the wok steaming with noodles almost burning, and blurted out with a stress smile, “Oh wow! You are early!”
Way to make my guests feel at home!
So I’ve chilled out since then, and have learned/am still learning that it’s ok if I have to do some cooking while my guests are here, and if my house isn’t perfectly picked up.
What’s most important is creating a safe, welcoming, loving atmosphere for my guests, which starts with me, their host, being at peace the moment they walk in the door.
One way I can do that is through my Thai Crockpot curry recipes! The crockpot does the work for me, so I can be focused on loving and encouraging my guests.
So invite a neighbor over for some Thai massaman crockpot curry today, love on them, and enjoy the crockpot working hard for you!
And don’t forget to pin it up for next time!