The husband has been pretty consistent with his annual four-leaf clover St. Patty's gift. But, the last few years, it's been tough. Four-leaf clovers are apparently hard to come by. I've never found one myself, but I have heard stories of five-hour searches. So this year, I told the husband he can skip the clover. If he wanted to do something for five hours, the garage needed a good cleaning. But, when I woke up that morning, a clover was waiting for me. And I was glad for it.
Then we visited our friends, who purchased a house nearby, and strolled around South Pasadena. We picked up mussels on our way home, and I steamed them with coconut milk and curry paste. We made salad with lettuce from the garden, and opened some fancy white wine.
The mussels were delicious, with lots of garlic, lemongrass and Thai basil. If you've never cooked mussels this way, it's easy, and takes about 20 minutes. A quick meal, that's also fancy. Serve them with crusty bread, and be prepared to be impressed with yourself.
The husband made a new friend, Gina.
And here's to another 16 years.