Sunday, January 17, 2010

comfort food, more sickness, can i get some sleep PLEASE?!?

first, following the last post, the curry chicken recipe.
4 tbs oil, i use peanut
4 cloves
6 green cardamom pods
2 inch cinnamon stick
3 star anise
8 curry leaves

1 large onion, chopped

2 inches ginger, grated
4 garlic cloves, crushed...or, like in the blue dish, puree from a jar.
4 tbs mild curry paste (see last post)
1 tsp ground green dish
3.5 lbs chicken, i use boneless, skinless thighs. if you don't eat meat, i would recommend a sturdy protein substitute, like chick peas
14 oz can chopped tomatoes
1/2 c coconut milk or cream. i like milk...make sure you don't buy the latino coconut crema, it is heavily sweetened.i love imperial dragon brand.
1/2 tsp jaggery, the red dish, above. you can use sugar.
2 c chopped cilantro

put the oil in a heavy bottomed pot and heat it. add the spices from dish #1 above...

fry till aromatic and popping a bit. mmmm smell that curry leaf.

add the chopped onion, the ginger and garlic, and brown. Then, add your curry paste, hopefully the home made kind...also add the turmeric right now. looks like so---->
add the chicken after a few minutes, and seal it. then cover the pot till the chicken is mostly cooked, about 10 minutes.

when your mix looks like this, uncover and let it simmer for a few minutes. then, add the canned tomatoes and coconut milk. stir it well, turn down the heat, and simmer it till it thickens.

you can add cashews or almonds, here, too, especially if you are making this without meat. but i add cashews or almonds here sometimes. also, if it is too wet, you can grind up the nuts and add them as a thickener. but cashew sauce chicken is a whole separate recipe!!

anyway, at this point, stir in your jaggery or sugar, some sea salt, and then fold in the cilantro.


so vincent has a throat infection, not strep, and one red ear. after violently, suddenly, and uh, thoroughly barfing friday night, i became convinced of this and took him to the doc in the box on sunday morning, he is now on keflex.

i just plain can't sleep through the night. i may have to go back to taking rozerem, cause this is ridiculous. i am also making an appointment with a friend's doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc, and of course, doesn't take insurance. i don't care anymore, i am going. wish me luck.

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