While living in Vancouver, A. and I discovered the most wonderful (and tasty!) invention thanks to my sister. Canned Thai curries! B. found them while house-sitting for me and when I returned from working overseas she promised me they were delicious. At first I turned my nose up because my sister is not known for her cooking skills and will generally just find something quick and easy (love you B.!) but when I tried it, I was in love!
Aroy-D makes several different varieties of canned, ready-to-eat curry but our favourite is the green curry. (It's especially tasty with pineapple, cilantro and pistachios, served on basmati rice - a rip-off of the green curry at Earl's.) We usually add an extra can of bamboo shoots because really, who doesn't love extra bamboo shoots?
Unfortunately, when we moved to Calgary we discovered that Aroy-D curry was one of the items we couldn't find here, despite Calgary being a culturally-diverse city. However, the Thai curry gods smiled on us when A. spied the familiar cans on the shelf at our newly converted Wal-Mart Supercentre. Now we don't have to bring a case of the stuff back with us from Vancouver! I don't think we've ever been happier to see a specific food item.