Breaking out the birthday present from THE best mother-in-law . . . ever and Experimenting with Curry …

. . .  can be dangerous. I love the complexity of curry. It seems counter intuitive that so many spices put together into one mixture could produce such amazing flavors. It works thankfully. Curry is definitely a divisive spice. You either love it or hate it. My hubby likes curry, thankfully. My hubby is also patient with my experiments. I have made my own curries in the past but it’s time consuming and I didn’t have that kind of ambition or time last night so I broke out my favorite, “Sun Brand” Madras Curry Powder. This is my favorite blend.It’s layered with heat and sweetness.

This is my favorite blend. It's layered with heat and sweetness.

I rubbed in over my chicken breast and let it marinate like that for an hour or so. I put a tablespoon of it and a tablespoon of mango chutney into goat cheese to use as a spread on the chicken. I wish I’d had some dates to stuff it in but that’s a thought for the future, huh? I also made some whole grain Jasmine rice (my favorite) which I browned with shallots and garlic then cooked in chicken stock and low-fat coconut milk along with raisins and okra and yep … curry powder. The end result was quite tasty but my fella did not like the raisins (or now grapes as he called them). Hindsight is 20/20 right? I should have added them at the end of the cooking process. Oh well, LESSON learned.

My fantastic Mother-in-Law, Sue, sent me a Cuisinart Griddler for my birthday. I used it to make banana/whole wheat pancakes this weekend. It worked pretty well for pancakes but it didn’t seem to heat to evenly on the flat side. I gave it another try last night to grill the chicken.  I have to say, it worked pretty good. The chicken was scallopini’d so it only took a minute to cook it and since it’s non-stick there was no fat to speak of. I’m not sure how well it will work with a fat burger patty, guess I’ll have to try that out too sometime.  

cuisinart-griddler

So, the end result was very tasty. Simple too.

Curried chicken & rice with okra and raisins. Mmmm

Curried chicken & rice with okra and raisins. Mmmm

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