I was starting to get a strangely large amount of cans of coconut milk in the cupboard so I thumbed through TJOC for a recipe that would utilize it. Coconut chicken curry (p. 431) seemed like the perfect match.
The first step was to brown a couple pounds of chicken--TJOC recommends thighs or breasts. I just bought a whole chicken and broke it apart myself (wwaaayyy cheaper that way--whole chickens only cost about four dollars). I browned the chicken and removed it from the pan--TJOC recipes are known for making plenty of dishes. They love to have you add things to pots and then remove them, some times four or five times.
I mixed onions, carrots, peas, scallions, a jalapeno, ginger, and garlic and cooked it until the veggies were soft. I then added coconut milk, (homemade) curry powder, raisins, and salt.
The recipe says to add the chicken back in and simmer for about 25 minutes. At a half-hour, the chicken was nowhere near cooked. Honestly, it took about an hour for the chicken to cook. And the sauce really never thickened, even though TJOC insisted it would.
It was really good! Not overwhelmingly coconut-y (and by that, I mean it didn't taste like sunscreen), which was nice. If I made this again, I would double the curry and not add the raisins--I like raisins but not in savory foods.
Many of you know of my struggles with rice. For some reason, I just can't get rice to cook. I decided to use the Baked white rice (p. 354) recipe and hope it would turn out, solving my rice woes once and for all.
The recipe was easy. I melted a tablespoon of butter in my casserole dish:
And then added the rice and stirred it until it was well-coated. I then added two cups of chicken broth and a little salt and brought it to a boil on the stove top and then baked it in the oven for about 25 minutes. What came out:
Perfect rice! The rice was cooked and beautiful but making it in the oven really was a pain, especially in the summer. My friends keep telling me to buy a rice cooker (right, Erin?) and I'm about ready to give in, even though I don't really have the counter space.