A productive day with Tania

Written by Recipes / Food, Tania, Video

I began the day really early in an attempt to spend as much time as I could with Tania. Woke up around 6 am to take care of some errands and was by her appartement building around 915pm. I met her father who had invited me in. After greeting her parents I waited for Tania to finish getting ready.

We spent some time in her house and then drove over to Roosevelt Field mall for some gift shopping. We began in Macy’s searching for a winter jacket for her and then made our way into the mall. After realizing how large the mall was I devised a scheme for walking through it. Luckily we only stayed for about 1/2 an hour and never had to walk through the entire mall. We bought some candles and some gadgets as well.

Driving home I had looked up the ingredients for a dish Tania and I were preparing for ourselves and my mom. We grabbed it from the Smucker’s website:


1/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Smucker’s® Sweet Orange Marmalade
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon garlic chile pepper sauce, or to taste*
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 1/2 pounds large raw shrimp (21 to 25 count), thawed if frozen
Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
8 (10-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water
1 medium red pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch squares
Prepared yellow curry jasmine rice*


BLEND peanut butter, sweet orange marmalade, Dijon mustard, curry powder and garlic chili pepper sauce in blender container or food processor. Stir in cilantro. Combine shrimp and 1/4 cup curry sauce in medium bowl mixing until well-coated. Marinate 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining curry sauce.

COAT grill grate or broiler pan with no-stick cooking spray. Heat grill or broiler. Thread shrimp on skewers alternating with red pepper.

GAS GRILL: Grill kabobs 3 to 5 minutes per side or to desired doneness. BROILER: Place kabobs about 5 inches from broiler element. Broil first side 5 minutes. Turn. Broil 3 to 5 minutes longer or to desired doneness. Serve kabobs on a bed of jasmine rice drizzled with remaining curry sauce.

It was a lot of fun to prepare and tasted very good in the end. I feel that I have reached the master grill chef level and according to my mom I am ready to open up a restaurant. I challenge her thought process since I still can’t remember that 1/2 a cup is 8 tablespoons. Either way I plan on getting better along with Tania’s help.

In the evening we were hungry again and decided to stop by Jahn’s Diner in Jackson Heights. We haven’t been there for ages and decided to grab quick bite. We sat in a booth next a girl, her boyfriend and his mom. Was funny to hear all the things they were talking about. Made me realize how happy I was that Tania was very comfortable with my mom. I have been very good lately with food, but I could not resist some chocolate chip pancakes (as an appetizer). I had a wrap and Tania munched on a burger. She tried to show me a magic trick but it turned out to be more of a comedy show as we giggled our way through it.

I brought Tania home around 10:30pm and saw my mom on the way back to our apartment. We picked up some coconut water and protein bars and I headed to bed.