Thursday, June 22, 2006

Curried Chicken Salad (Page 161)

  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 8pm
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA
  • Kitchen: Emilee and Brian's Apartment
  • Fellow Chef: Emilee
  • Dining Companion: Brian
  • Recipe Rating: B-

Emilee and I picked this recipe while flipping through the cookbook in the grocery store, trying to figure out what to eat for dinner last night. This chicken salad wasn't great. I thought it was ok, and Brian was certainly willing to eat it, but I think it was one of the first recipes that we've made together that Emilee really didn't like. Its major flaw was that the curry was totally overpowering. The flavors of the lime juice, honey, and ginger didn't come through at all. The whole dish just tasted like curry powder. Brian commented, "This is why curry powder is a bad thing." He usually blends his own curries, and in this dish it was very clear that one of his own blends would have tasted better. With less curry and a higher concentration of fruit and nuts, it would be a pretty solid chicken salad. As it is, it was ok, but not something I would chose to make again.

Yesterday was a nice day. I had a productive day at work. Then Emilee and I went to Ikea to buy lingonberry jam for a dessert we are making for tonight. It had honestly never occured to me to shop for food at Ikea, but they did indeed have our jam! After Ikea we got pedicures, wandered around BevMo (my favorite liquor store!), and grocery shopped. A few people looked at us like we were nuts, wandering through the liquor store and the grocery store carrying a huge cookbook, but it turned out to be useful when a vegetarian woman who was trying to buy beef asked us for help distinguishing which cuts were which! I just opened to the labelled picture of a cow, and it cleared everything right up! We are having a big dinner tonight, so we started cooking last night. Once all our prep work was done we walked to 7-11 to get slurpees. It was a really lovely day.

I'm already starting to get excited about our dinner tonight. In Emilee and Brian's fridge right now there is a really yummy looking almond cake, and a whole lot of beef marinating in beer. How can we go wrong!?! We are having a little dinner party tonight, which should be really fun. I am trying to spend a lot of time with Em and Brian while Emilee is still on vacation. Next week they are away visiting their families and when they get back Em starts her rotations! She says she doesn't think she will really be that busy, but working 80 hours a week sounds like a lot to me! It will be exciting though to hear about everything that she is doing and learning at the hospital.

Ok, time for a morning swim...

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