Brrrr

So, I’d heard that it was chilly outside last night, but for some reason when I was walking out of the door this morning at 7:45, I wasn’t prepared. It was jacket weather! I almost turned the heat on in the car. (for real, my finger was on the switch) But alas, I did not. And it warmed up a bit by the time I left the gym. (Though the high’s in the 60s whhaaaaat?)

NOT!

I’ve had the pleasure of a relaxed, slow day. I suppose the one good thing about my job is that I have a quota for hours that I must reach, and after that I’m golden. (Only need 2 more hours) So my craziness of the beginning of the week led to a nice relaxed weekend. I guess it all evens out in the end.

I don’t know if I’ve mention this before, but my Mother wasn’t born in America. In fact, my Mother spent the first 13 years of her life in Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean. Plus, my Mother’s Father was from Syria. So growing up I got to eat a lot of delicious food. And one such delicious food was Colombo.

If you’re like me when I was younger, you may be thinking that Colombo is just a made-up name after the television show for some sort of dish that my mom threw together. But a quick google search of “Chicken Colombo” reveals that it’s actually the “Curried Chicken” of the French West Indies. So if you like curry, and you like chicken, and you like vegetables, and you like easy. This dish is for you.

Chicken Colombo serves 4-6
Ingredients
– 1 lb chicken (breasts or thighs or legs or combination) (or 1/2 lb chicken and a can or equivalent of beans)
– juice of 2 lemons
– water
– ~ 1-2 tbsp curry powder (or combination of several or your own blend)
– extra virgin olive oil
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 eggplant, chopped
– 1 large zucchini, chopped
– 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
– 1 potato or turnip or purple potato, chopped
**Note: I like to chop up all of my vegetables and place them in a large bowl until I’m ready for them. Then, I clean and trim the fat from my chicken…unless I do the optional step 1**
Directions
Optional Step 1: Place your cleaned chicken in a bowl or baking dish and coat in the juice of 1 lemon, turning to coat well. Let marinade for 1-8 hours.
Step 2: Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a bowl. Add your curry powder and some additional water.
Step 3: Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add your chicken and cook until the outside turns white but it is not fully cooked. Add garlic and the lemon-curry-water blend. (The chicken should be just covered with liquid – if it’s not, add more water)
Step 4: Add all of your chopped vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about an hour.
**Note #2: Just before I start cooking, I like to get a batch of brown rice (or a brown rice medley) going with one tube of chicken broth concentrate. Then, by the time the rice is done, I figure that my Colombo will be done too.**
The eggplant will have sort of dissolved into the mixture and your chicken will break apart as well.

I made this batch with black beans and 1/2 lb chicken (sorry for the bad lighting)

Brown Rice Medley

beans version

just chicken version

What are some dishes that your mother/father/guardian/grandmother/godfather taught you how to make?

Is it cold where I’m reaching you?

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Last Nice-Clothes Day

^^ This is what I consider Thursdays. It helps me to make my work week seem shorter in my head. I just think to myself: “Just one more day of wearing business casual, and then it’s jeans day. ” I live in jeans. Therefore, life begins on Friday. {And sometimes after work (Though if you were watching me right now, you would see that I’m in comfy pants, but only because I changed out of my business causal attire and wasn’t going anywhere)}

I think my favorite part of a three day weekend is only having 4 days of work the next week. (That is, if you have Monday off, and not Friday) But anyways. Let’s get to food. Because that’s why I created this blog, right? Right.

Tonight I made a simple yet delicious meal. I’m quite glad that I decided to make something simple because (as you can see) I have time to tell you about it rather than let the pictures fester in my iPhoto. The delicious part was just toppings on the froyo (I have a mad craving tonight). I was inspired by the recipe here but made a few changes (as you will see if you compare the two).

Easy Roast Salmon Proveçal

(serves 4-5)

Ingredients

– 4-5 servings of salmon (preferably wild & pacific)

– 1 red bell pepper

– 2 zucchini, sliced

– 1/2 large eggplant, chopped in 1 inch pieces

– 1 cup mini portobello mushrooms, chopped

– 1/4 cup Tuscany Italian Dressing

– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

– 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

– 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Spray a large rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the Dressing and vinegar in a bowl.

2. Place Salmon on baking dish and cover/surround with the chopped vegetables

3. Drizzle half of the dressing/vinegar combination on the salmon and veggies and toss lightly (just the veggies, not the salmon)

4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, add the remaining dressing/vinegar and mix. Add the fresh basil and olives. Return to oven and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

The Flavorings

After roasting -- Salmon's underneath

Served up with some pearled barley mmmm....

Plated and delicious.

Probably my favorite part of this meal was the fact that it involved very little active time, so I could do other things while I was “cooking” dinner.

I realized before making this dish that it had been a very very long time since I cooked an animal. On Monday, I had seafood Pho, and I realized that I don’t really eat too much animal. It seems that I’m down to eating it once a week or so. And I’m cool with that. I can’t imagine being as dependent on it as some people feel that they are.

So tell me,

What do you think about work attire?

What was the last simple/delicious thing you made?

How often do you eat meat and why?