The doctor reckons I do have an inner ear problem. These problems are, according to him, brought on by either an infection of some other kind (and since I haven't been sick lately that seems unlikely to be the cause) or by stress (hmmm, wonder if that could be it). I have tablets to take and have been taking it easy on my day off. I'm supposed to go back to him tomorrow if I'm still not well and get a sick note for work but what I'll do is probably go into work first and go to him if I'm finding it difficult. So at least I'll be able to make sure anything urgent is taken care of because honestly, at the moment, I have no idea what is on my to-do list in work. I write one every Friday before I leave and then mostly forget about it until I look at it again.
I have not, however, allowed my illness to give me another excuse to not cook proper food and fall back on the takeaway train. I bought a teeny small pumpkin and butternut squash from the market a few weeks ago and hadn't used them up. The pumpkin was starting to go off so this weekend I bought another one, plus another butternut squash, with the plan of making something with at least one of those things for dinner yesterday. But the friends who were visiting wanted to invite me out for dinner so we went for tapas instead. I did cook the pumpkin quickly yesterday afternoon as I knew I may just leave it slowly rotting otherwise and didn't want to do that. So this afternoon, I chopped up the smoked chicken breast I had bought at the market as well (my friend's son wanted to try all the different things at the christmas markets so we ended up eating lunch out both days as well - which means I had a lot of food to use up), with some onion and garlic, sauteed that lot and then added the cooked pumpkin, a small tin of coconut milk, the same amount of water, a spoonful of kasundi (and promptly dropped the not quite fully closed jar as I was turning around to put it back into the fridge!) plus a chopped up chili, lots of black pepper and loads of curry powder. The result, after a half an hour or so of simmering is a very tasty, not too spicy soupy-puree consistency curry. Very delicious with some rice.
While waiting for that to cook I peeled and chopped the butternut squash and put that on to cook with just a small amount of water in the pot. I also added a good dose of salted mediterranean herbs so that it will be a completely different flavour that today's dinner. Of course I forgot about it being on the cooker for nearly an hour but it was on a low enough heat with the lid left on so the liquid didn't boil off and leave everything to boil at least. I stirred it all around and then added in the tub of garlic and chive cream cheese that also didn't get eaten at the weekend. Stirring vigourously enough to ensure that was mixed in was enough to roughly puree the whole lot and I have to say it looks and smells amazing. I was trying to think of what I would actually do with it but I think a little bit heated up and spooned on top of some pasta tomorrow evening will be just perfect. Might freeze the rest although I'm not certain about freezing something that has cream cheese in it. May just make a small lasagne with the rest of it tomorrow as well. Now all I need to do is use up the salad I also bought at the weekend and despite my visitors not having eaten what I bought with them in mind, I should have no food waste this week.