Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Chunk of Life

It's hot here in my side of the planet. I sometimes wonder if it's as hot anywhere else, but today I'm not giving you a recipe for a cool dessert. Last Monday was our final culinary function in school and it was quite a charming night. We got rave reviews from the guests which warmed our weary and sleepless hearts.

It does feel good when hard work pays off.

Yesterday, we get to clean up the kitchen and I get to bring all the leftover ingredients. I lugged home almost 2 kilos of white onions and thought up a good use for it since I love its sweet, juicy and biting taste. Found some chicken and coconut milk in the fridge and felt it's a perfect time to make a diy-eats comeback after being out of content for a month.

Here's my treat!

Chunky Onion Chicken in Coconut Milk


1/2 kilo Chicken meat, cut into cubes
5 medium Potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (same size as the chicken)
2 large White Onions, diced into chunks the same size as the chicken and potatoes
1 clove Garlic, pounded
1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into squares
2 cups Water
1 cup Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Slurry
1 tsp Olive oil or Vegetable oil
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Sugar


1. Season the chicken with some salt, sugar and pepper.

2. Saute garlic, onions and bell pepper in olive oil or vegetable oil then add the potatoes. Do this until potato edges are a bit browned, then add in the chicken.

3. Cover for a couple of minutes then mix again.

4. Pour in water, cover and let it simmer for about 20 minutes on low fire.

5. Now, pour in the coconut milk and let it simmer for about 3 minutes.

6. Season some more to your taste.When it's all good, add the slurry (2 tbsp corn starch + 4 tbsp water) and mix until it's thick and creamy. You may add some asparagus to it too.

That tastes as good as it looks. Really! :)

I wanna make it up to this blog for content so here are a few COCO-FACTS ^_^

Near Port Royal, Jamaica a stone monument on the Palisadoes commemorates the planting of the first coconut tree on the island on March 4, 1869 by John Norton, the Superintendent of the General Penitentiary.  Over the next 20 years, 20,000 coconut trees had been planted. Disease eventually destroyed all of the Palisadoes coconut trees.

Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year - 10 times the number of people killed by sharks.

Coconut oil was the world's leading vegetable oil until soybean oil took over in the 1960s.

There are more than 20 billion coconuts produced each year.

Coconut juice or coconut water is the liquid inside a coconut. Coconut milk is produced by steeping grated coconut in hot water then straining; coconut cream is coconut milk cooked down until it thickens, or grated coconut steeped in hot milk instead of water.

One cup of unsweetened shredded coconut has about 25 grams fat and 280 calories.

Until the next summer eats! 

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