Thursday, November 19, 2009

C-C-C-Curry

As promised, I've started cooking again and yesterday I remembered to bring the camera along. We've been craving Thai food since the first week of January, 2007 (we moved here Jan 1st, 2007) and FINALLY have the ingredients to make a proper meal. But it took several friends to make it happen.

Friend of the blog Mary was here last month and our first night hanging out we mentioned how much we missed Thai food, especially curry. Another couple was joining them here two days later, so she emailed them and voila, curry paste.

The coconut milk arrived at my doorstep Wednesday morning via a recent friend we've met around town. She told me last week that she hasn't been able to find it anywhere but she found a stray can in her kitchen and donated it to the cause. How sweet is that? She's heading to Morelia this weekend so we're hoping she brings back a few more cans.

Now, onto the cooking. Via.

This meal was pretty basic: chicken, coconut milk, peanut butter, sugar, curry paste, salt, onion, and rice.


This looks so gross I just had to take a picture. Here I'm simmering the milk, peanut butter, sugar and curry while the rice boils.


Mmm, chicken.



Oh, hi!


The finished product. It wasn't nearly as spicy as we hoped for, but the flavor was awesome and I will definitely make this again.

22 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

We had our work Thanksgiving meal yesterday and my sister brought vegetable curry. Yum!

melanie's mom said...

Curry has never appealed to me, but I know that you love it so I'm glad you finally got your Thai meal. How fun that the ingredients were contributed by friends! By the way, another fun word is "eetkamer" (pronouned "ate kammer") -- guess what it means!

Melanie Avila said...

Megan, I didn't realize how much I missed it!

Mom, I'm sleuthy so I'm guessing "kitchen". :)

melanie's mom said...

Actually "keuken" is kitchen. Eetkamer is dining room -- where you eat!

Melanie Avila said...

That makes sense. I do eat in the kitchen though... :)

mary said...

If you get in a pinch for coconut milk, I have read instruction on line for making your own. I don't remember it be very difficult, you just need the time (and a coconut!). I have frozen coconut milk so if you made a bunch at once, you could just freeze more for later. Just a thought.

Adam said...

First of all, NOM NOM NOM!!!

Secondly, needs moar per plate. :D


Adam

Melanie Avila said...

Mary, that sounds like a good idea. Maybe I'll get Ibis on that...

Adam, we're little people. Little portions. And seconds.

Adam said...

PFFFFT!


That is all.

Adam

Melanie Avila said...

No really! He yells at me if I serve too much.

JLC said...

Looks delicious! I love peanut based curry sauces, and I like it spicy too!
(Twins!)

Adam said...

Bah! ;-)

Mail it to me then, I takez care of the leftovers. :D


Adam

Nadine said...

Looks so yummy!! I love thai food!!

Would adding more curry paste help the spice?

Or maybe you could spice the chicken with a little tabasco while you are cooking the meat.

So happy for your yummy food!!

Melanie Avila said...

JLC, me too! Twins!

Adam, when did I say there were leftovers? Silly silly.

Nadine, I added double what the recipe called for so I think it's just not very spicy. I'll probably try chili powder since Tabasco would give it a weird flavor. (and by weird, I mean one I wouldn't like) I almost added red pepper flakes, so I could try that too.

shadowferret said...

Curry is one of those words I hear and think of India, but have no idea what it is.

Melanie Avila said...

Ferret, I was always a little confused, and frankly, I still am. This curry is basically the sauce, but I don't know if it applies to the entire dish or just the sauce.

Aidan Watson-Morris said...

Now I'm hungry...;)

Janna Qualman said...

It looks awesome! I've never tried Thai (that I remember), but really really want to soon.

Melanie Avila said...

Aidan, I know...

Janna, never? A lot of it can be spicy, but really it's the combinations of food that I love. And the peanut sauce. And spring rolls...

Robin said...

It looks yummy and really healthy. I'm scared to make curry, cause in med school I made a batch and then kept heating it and freezing it, and I gave myself food poisoning. Adam gave me ipecac, and I curled up next to the toilet for the rest of the evening. But I love going out for Indian food. They never poison me!

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I'm afraid to know how you got food poisoning from it. There must have been more involved than my simple recipe.

Hamster said...

There is a Thai restaurant in Tulum , Mexico called Mezzanine. They sever excellent Thai food.
They seem to get most Thai ingredients from their distributor in Mexico. Coconut milk , Thai basil , fish sauce...no problem.
Their head chef consultant is a Thai lady who has this great Thai cooking website.

http://thaifoodtonight.com/thaifoodtonight/recipes.htm