Saturday, May 1, 2010

Honey, I Fried the Chicken Curry!

I don't even know where to begin... it's just that life took a different rhythm for me lately and I can't seem to find the grace and balance to dance to the new beat. Most of you who've been following my blog will know how much my life has centered on my family. So it may come as a surprise to hear that I accepted a job in L.A. L.A.???

“You accepted a job in L.A.? But you live in San Diego…“, is the comment that many friends make when they hear about my new job. “So do you commute or have you moved to L.A.?” is the next question people ask. My answer is both.

So for the past week, I tried to dance to the LA beat, but somehow I miss the calming rhythm of San Diego. Instead of waking up with the sun brightly shining upon my face amidst the quiet stillness of the Carmel Valley community I live in San Diego, the noise that the City of Angels makes awakens me long before daybreak. I imagine myself inside a high school band room, where hormone-induced teens bang their musical instruments …clashing cymbals resemble the sound of cars honking their horns, and the loud trombone is like the siren of a fire engine or the cacophony made by the hydraulic brakes of the city buses. Instead of taking an easy drive in the rolling hills of San Diego, I spend 3 hours per day in what seems to me to be the largest parking lot in the world, as cars slowly creep their way along the L.A. freeway. Some days, I find myself taking the train to L.A., then by bus and walking the remaining 2 blocks to my office, with a prayer in my heart that I won't be the next victim of a random crime in the city. “What have I done?” I would disapprovingly ask myself at this point.

It is funny how life can be sometimes, when an epiphany came from a George Clooney line in a random movie called “The Men Who Stare at Goats”. Clooney spoke about "optimum trajectory”. Huh? Well, in his theory he explained “…life is like a river... if you are aiming for a goal that is not your destiny you will be swimming against the current. Find out your destiny and let the river carry you to where you are supposed to be."

Is this my destiny? While other people complain about the scarcity of jobs, I was extremely fortunate to have this job seemingly fall on my lap. And each detail about the job was revealed to me in a most serendipitous way, way too much to be a coincidence, even for me.

So it’s all up to me whether to look at it as a wrong decision or a make it into a good one. My daughter came up to me and said, “It’s not that you’re leaving us mom, you are finding yourself. For most of your life you took care of us, I’m already 18 and leaving for college in a few months. Joey will be off to college next year too. Now you can think about yourself, you have to find yourself...”

I realized that there is a whole new world out there for me, an uncertain, but nevertheless exciting, future to look forward to. So now, when I run to catch my bus, I take it as a chance to lose a pound or two. When I hear the “city noise” early in the morning, it is a reminder that life should be vibrant and “always on the move”. And when I take my seat on the train, I enjoy the indelible beauty of the Pacific, with the sun slowly rising or sinking, either breaking into a new day or lazily fading away as night falls, marking the start or the end of another fruitful day.

“I thought I smelled chicken curry” said my husband as he sat down for dinner.

“Yes Honey, I fried the chicken curry!”

We both smiled, as we know that life is all about perspectives.

Like this fried chicken curry for example, it’s a different take on a well-loved dish from the Far East, preserving the curry “goodness” while incorporating the fried texture that many of us love and crave for in chicken. While some may not like the veering away from the traditional dish this recipe does, others will have fun with the innovative mix of the curry with the fried chicken



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FRIED CHICKEN CURRY

Ingredients

1 package of chicken thighs
Salt and pepper to taste

For breading:

1 c flour
salt &pepper
2 tbsp curry powder  (well adjust this according to your preference)
salt and pepper to taste

Fill a large skillet (cast iron is best) about half full with vegetable oil. Heat until VERY hot.. Meanwhile, roll the chicken pieces into the breading. Shake off excess flour. Drop 5-6 pieces into the hot oil. Make sure there's enough space to stir the chicken. Deep fry it until golden brown. Drain the fried chicken. It should be crispy goden brown.

For the gravy:

1 tbsps. cooking oil

1 cloves of garlic
1 small onions, chopped
1/4 c chicken stock
1-2 tbsps curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 c coconut milk

In a wok, saute garlic and onions in cooking oil.  Pour the coconut milk together with the chicken stock.  Spice up using the curry powder. I like to make my curry rich and flavorful so I used around 2 round table spoons. You may want to add 1 tbsps first and adjust it according to your taste.  Bring the mixture to a boil until it's reduced.  The sauce should be thick and creamy.








26 comments:

  1. I guess it takes time to adjust to a different beat but I know you'll soon be dancing to the LA beat. Your daughter was right when she said you have to find yourself and you will. Before you know it, you'll be tapping your feet to the rhythm. Hang in there!

    This is a nice twist to fried chicken. Good to know you still find the time to post those wonderful recipes. Keep it up!

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  2. Fantastic chicken dish. Very creative. Good luck with your new job in LA. The men who stare at goats = very funny.

    Cheers!

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  3. Wishing you all the best as you adjust to your new job, your new weekday life, your new surroundings in LA, new routines, and new identity! Sounds exciting but strange at the same time!

    The dish looks beautiful and tasty, and very comforting. Just what you need :)

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  4. Malou it looks delicious. I love curry but this is certainly a different way of eating it. LA wow thats a huge move. Whenever I am in a situation where I need to adjust I just think about the adventure ahead. Good for you Malou and I hope LA is filled with fun and hip places to eat and a mountain of exciting blog post to come..

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  5. Greetings from Tokyo :) The aroma coming from your curry must be awesome... wish I could try one bite!

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  6. Just as you predicted....I LOVE IT!

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  7. Malou, a big hug from me. Congratulations on your job. I was a bit surprised that your job is in LA but when you shared your story with me, I felt courage on the inside to do the same thing. You have great children who are thinking about finding yourself. And I know that you have a great personality and strong character to pull this off. I wish I have yours. If not, just let me have those fried chicken curry. It looks really good.

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  8. Fried chicken!...yeah..it has to be top of my book. I love this .... great for any time. Wow...your life is taking on to a different level of thrill and excitement. Wish you all luck. Have fun! :D

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  9. cookies and cream: thank you for being my rah-rah-rah friend all throughout these years... i know we will get together sometime soon and if that happens, im sure it will be like the old days! cheers!

    Lazaro: Haha yeah the movie was funny... and thanks for the support!

    Kath: yeah it's such a big move, and it's more of an emotional challenge rather than the physical one.

    Liren: thanks mucho... i need all the comfort and all the luck.

    the lacquer spoon: hello, great to meet you online! how's tokyo?

    Basil: just as i told you huh! thanks for everything!

    Divina: sometimes it's nice to leave home so you could find your way back. good luck to all your plans.. yes you could do it too! go girl!

    mary: thank you! i need all the luck hahahah.. but yeah i will enjoy the journey!

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  10. Congratulations on your new job! It seems like you've found an 'optimum trajectory' - even if it involves a commuter train. Your fried chicken curry is a perfect example of the essence of you and your blog: fearless, fun and fabulous! 8-)

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  11. I hope my children will be that supportive of me, you are one lucky woman!

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  12. Fried chicken with curry sure sounds mighty good to me! Good luck with your new job!

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  13. HUGE Congrats to you, Malou! You're making a bold move, and this kind of change always requires a bit of adjustment. I wish you much luck and all blessings as you move along on your "optimum trajectory"!!!

    And, meanwhile, I'll take a plate of that outstanding looking fried chicken curry. Yum!

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  14. Congratulations on the job. I can understand the stress that comes with a long commute. It can be quite painful at times. You have a very conscientious daughter who is wonderfully supportive. Who knows what opportunities this will lead to.

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  15. Malou what a beautiful post -- I am so happy to hear you are on the path that follows your passions in life :) Though it may not always be practical, I think it is important to pursue the things that ultimately make you happy!

    You are inspiring.

    I loved that you fried the chicken curry!!! I love all the complexities that are present in curry so I can only imagine the combination of textures and flavors for this dish. Your family is lucky to have such an awesome mom :)

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  16. Congratulations on the job, Malou! It is a long commute, but the train is lovely to take in an old-timey way. Besides, your job must be worth it for you to commute so much. So, enjoy it and enjoy finding your 'optimum trajectory'!

    As far as this recipe goes, I'm sure I'll have to make it sometime soon. My husband LOVES fried chicken and I love curry, so why not have both? :-9

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  17. I nominated your fantastic blog for an award. Please have a look. No pressure to do anything, just wanted to let you know that I dig your blog. Cheers!

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  18. Oh sweetie good luck to you on your new endeavor! At least try it out for a while and see how you feel about it after a few weeks. At least then you'll have made an educated decision. And get some books on tape! Then you'll have something interesting to listen to in the car.

    I love this new take on Indian food. A perfect emblem for the start of your new career.

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  19. tracey: thank you so much... i will let you know if this is indeed my optimum trajectory..heheh!

    megan: just keep on loving and they will love you back...that's for sure!

    natasha: thank you so much and i know i have mentioned this to you already but i really do appreciate your support for my blog.

    Diva: twas indeed bold and i know it will take some time for me to adjust to my new rhythm

    Christine: yeah it's stressful but im just grateful to have a new challenge everyday... it makes me alive!

    joy: one of the things i love about blogging is being surrounded by people like you who inspire and makes me smile... and help each other.

    lorena: i hope you will have the time to try it since it's really delish! thanks for stopping by neighbor.

    Lazaro : what an honor... and you don't know how much this made me smile when i read it... thanks mucho!

    joanne: aww thank you! you're a sweetheart.. and yep an audio book helps... i have a few already.

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  20. Congrats on this new chapter! As a Los Angeles native and a current New Yorker, the city noise that awakens you every morning is serene compared to the sounds of Manhattan!

    I'm so happy that you're allowing yourself to explore this new possibility and I wish you all the luck!

    Meanwhile, my stomach grumbled at the sight of this perfectly crispy fried chicken curry...

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  21. flavors of this recipe sounds really intriguing!!

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  22. Honey, u did the best thing frying the chicken :-)))))

    Its superbly delicious and would have loved this for dinner, but its been an overload of seafood out here and thats all the freezer has seen awhile :-)))

    thats quite a move Sweety, and as long as it makes u happy and keeps ur heart gay , go for it:-)

    Have a super cheer ful day dear:-)))

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  23. I love your chicken curry and marvel at how you were able to cook something so tasty despite all the pressures of commute and a new job! I think it is wonderful that as you are experiencing the empty nest syndrome life is handing you a new experience to take you to a new place and fulfillment in an area outside of home. Good for you for having taken up the challenge! Bravo.

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  24. Congras on the new gig. Must be really exciting as well. I love to eat fried chicken but don't like the frying part.

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  25. Fried chicken curry? Interesting concept but I'm sure they work beautifully!

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  26. ...hmmm...looks yummy...will try it out this sunday...thanks for sharing...p.m... :{)

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