Thursday, January 17, 2008

Coconut-Curry Chicken and other stuff...

Some of you may be wondering why our blog has been strangely silent on the politics front, especially since the primaries have begun full-force and have been rather exciting and surprising, to say the least. Well, the reason is two-fold: John hasn't had any time to blog his thoughts recently and I'm too self-conscious to publish my thoughts on the primaries since I am fairly new to the love of politics.

It's funny - John will be the first to tell you that I've come a LONG way in my knowledge of the political process, let alone of the people involved since he first met me. Given his natural love and involvement in politics from a very young age, it's a wonder that he even married me, political/historical ignoramus that I was. Case in point, while he was reading 1,500-page biographies of Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt in middle school (for fun), I was more concerned about making the cheer leading squad and which boys liked me. While John could tell you the names of all the senators in each state, I could quote lines from the Breakfast Club. I could really embarrass myself and tell you about the time I reluctantly went with John to see the movie, 13 Days (about JFK and the Cuban missile crisis)...but as I said before, I'm way too self-conscious. And he still married me...

All that to say, just as my sister became an avid Nascar fan after marrying one, I have become an aspiring political nut who enjoys watching Meet the Press and The Chris Matthews Show and enjoys reading The Atlantic, MUCH to John's supreme delight. This year for Christmas, I got John a subscription to The Weekly Standard, and I think I read all or most of it before he did. We scheduled 'date nights' to watch the Iowa Caucus returns as well as the results of the New Hampshire primaries...and I thoroughly enjoyed both (unlike my experience at watching 13 Days...).

So until John has a few minutes to gather his thoughts and blog them, I thought I'd post another recipe...something I am very confident in blogging about! John is at a session meeting tonight, so I thought I'd take advantage of his absence from dinner and cook something that he wouldn't normally eat (at least on purpose). The kids and I gobbled it up, so here it is:

Coconut-Curry Chicken

1 large pkg chicken legs (about 14) - skinned and seasoned with salt, pepper, curry powder, coriander
minced garlic (I used about 6-8 cloves...but I love garlic)
1 chopped onion
2 potatoes (red or russet), chopped
2+ lbs carrots, chopped large
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chx broth
1 Tbsp curry powder (or 1/2 jar Lee Kum Kee's coconut curry sauce)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1+ cup frozen peas
In a dutch oven or deep pan, saute onion and garlic in a little oil then add seasoned chicken legs and brown.
Mix cornstarch and curry in coconut milk and broth and then add to chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer (covered).
Meanwhile, chop carrots and potatoes and add to pan. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
Add frozen peas and heat through.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with cous cous or rice. Mmmmmmmmm.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Hey Mindy!
Ha! This post had me laughing. I can still quote lines from The Breakfast Club: "Not even close, BUD!!!"
Yes, you have come a LONG way since your pre-married days in the world of politics. I'm impressed. The closest I've come to politics is watching The West Wing.
Yeah, I'm a NASCAR fan, but I do have my own driver now, much to Tim's disappointment. He used to have this Jeff Gordon display, and he protested when I started putting Dale Jr. stuff next to it. Then I really got him by adding my Star Wars collection, too! =D
I'll be making the beef, barley & sweet potato stew next week. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Love,
Melanie