Wife Killer: Tom Kha Gai

Posted on June 9, 2014

Welcome to the 18th installment of Slow Liz’s 2014 Slow Cooker Challenge!

Recipe: Crock Pot Tom Kha Gai – Little Spice Jar

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)  was my tastiest crockpot meal yet. And it is probably the reason my partner Megan was rushed to the hospital in anaphylactic shock. A wonderful evening with friends has left me utterly traumatized and Megan well rested. That being said, you must try this recipe. It’s AMAZING.

Here’s the story:

I had a wonderful day making and smelling the aromas of the Tom Kha Gai. I stayed away from the fish sauce (because of last week’s fiasco) and added a dash of red pepper oil when serving.

Megan invited a couple of work friends over and we enjoyed dinner in our beautiful Harlem backyard.

Tom Kha Gai Backyard The weather, the dinner and the casual relaxation were all wonderful. I was so proud of my cooking and hosting abilities. We even played football with Hanky. It’s his favorite game.

Hanky Backyard After our friends took off, we watched a little baseball and went to bed. The next morning, Megan woke me up saying “something’s wrong” and something was clearly wrong. Her lips were swollen (she looked like Lisa Rinna). Her eyes, wrists, and hands were swollen and splotchy. She had a rash covering her stomach and chest. I told her to take 2 Benadryl, thinking she’d go back to bed. She didn’t, she went to work. She went to a crappy doctor who also told her to take Benadryl and a steroid pack.  Went back to work and came home.

When she got home I freaked out. I immediately got in touch with SuperNeuro who instructed her to take the steroids immediately, we were both wanting Megan to head to the ER. Megan took the steroids and 20 minutes later her tongue swelled and her throat started to tickle. And we hauled ass to the ER.

She was rushed to a bed in the Trauma ward (which is a traumatic place to be regardless of your condition) and multiple doctors quickly got to work on her. An hour later, when things had calmed, a highly drugged Megan asked me to take a pretty picture of her. If you know Megan, you know this was hilariously the drugs talking.

Megan ER They ended up admitting her because of the severity of her allergy. Sleepy on medicine, she slept for 16 hours straight. And fortunately she was discharged with just a few prescriptions and a referral to allergist.

This is what we have narrowed her allergy down to:

– Galangal Root (from the Thai Red Curry paste)
– Lemongrass (again, from the Thai Red Curry paste)
– Chili Oil (she started coughing when a splash hit her throat)
– Our new couch (she hasn’t reacted to it since we got home though)

Our New Couch

As I write this, she is mowing the lawn in the backyard, she ran a million errands, and she is loving life. I, on the other hand am a hot mess…weak, exhausted and traumatized. But that’s the difference between her and I. I sort of think she just saw the whole incident as a chance to nap and relax.

Megan can’t wait to figure out what the allergy is so she can eat the soup again. She thought it was that good. What she doesn’t know is that the red curry paste and chili oil are in the trash.

Tom Kha Gai trash

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What Others Are Saying

  1. laura June 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    hysterical! tks 4 sharing the joy, panic, and personal insights. 🙂

  2. Kristen June 10, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Omg. That is horrible and hilarious at the same time. Poor Meg!

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  4. kathy horne June 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    How do I sign your purple cane? Hope Megan is on the mend….sounds like it!

    • The Girl with the Purple Cane June 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Haha you’re not allowed to sign my cane! But I would love if you (and everyone you know) signed my cane petition! change.org/yesjcrewcane

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