I cannot count how many times someone has told me that if it’s not Italian cooking, the Italian’s won’t eat it. Really? Okay, I suppose I have come up against one Uncle (who has since exited the family for his mistress), who absolutely refused to try my maple ginger salmon, but otherwise, I guess everyone else is either lying or they really do like my cooking.
Mama usually does most of the shopping and cooking and I have to admit that this is a real convenience for me. But now that she has been in the hospital I have had to make do on my own. This is not so difficult really, I can easily survive on tuna sandwiches and soup for months. But, my husband was coming home soon and I suddenly found myself floundering as to what we were going to eat. I certainly couldn’t also expect him to eat tuna sandwiches and soup every day could I?
He’s actually pretty easy going and quite capable of cooking but after working 4.5 months, 7 days a week, and travelling overnight to Italy from the U.S. I thought it would be the least I could do to prepare a few meals until the jet lag had at least passed.
I’m certainly not a gourmet chef but I have been increasing my culinary skills slowly but surely. Recently I experimented with green curry, chicken, lemon grass and coconut milk. There is a great little import shop down the street from my work run by a nice guy from Sri Lanka. He tells me in Italian how to use the ingredients and I then go on my merry way and try and figure it out. I tested the recipe out on my sister in law and she brought some to Mama in the hospital. Apparently some of the ladies in her ward said “oh no, I don’t like that Indian curry”, but after trying my dish they all raved at how delicious it was! I figured if I was going to give anyone food poisoning or heart burn, at least if they were already in the hospital they wouldn’t have to go far to get relief!
Here’s the recipe (roughly)
In a large Wok: (medium-high temperature)
Chicken breasts -cubed (flour and fry in sesame oil until golden brown)
Add 1 can of coconut milk, chopped white onion, chopped lemon grass. (stir as not to burn the milk)
Add hot green curry powder… (3-4 tbsp) lots is better, the coconut milk will keep it sweet
Add 1 can of chicken broth or a cube in water.
Add juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange.
Add more water if it gets too thick.
Add basmati rice, a bit more water if needed and simmer 20-30 minutes (until rice is cooked), stirring occasionally as not to stick.
And by the way, my husband loved it!