Just a few days left until we move to our temporary digs while the entire second floor of our house is gutted to the studs and rebuilt thanks to massive ice dam and water damage last winter. I'll still have use of my kitchen, but I'm not quite sure how consistently I'll be able to cook over the next few weeks. That said, I'm going to do my best to continue to cooking in the scheduled countries on my list, since aside from this project being my obsession, it most definitely helps keep me sane when life lobs me a steady stream of curve balls. Thanks a lot, life - I'm all set now.
Cuisine in the Solomon Islands is characteristic of food in the Pacific Islands, but also has some Spanish influences, as well as Asian and Indian spices, fruits and vegetables. Coconut, cassava, sweet potatoes, fruits, taro, bread fruit, beef and fish are all commonly eaten. Poi, which is taro pounded to a paste then mixed with water is eaten with many meals as well.
Peel, seed and slice ripe papaya in thin slices
Sweet potatoes and plantains
Fry plantain in canola or peanut oil
Saute chicken, onions and papaya, then add coconut milk
Papaya Chicken and Coconut Milk (Recipe adapted from foodbycountry.com)
8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch cubes ( used thighs)
1 papaya, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
1-3/4 cup coconut milk (canned, bottled or fresh)
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil for frying
In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and cook chicken cubes over high heat until they are almost cooked (about 5 minutes).
Add the chopped onion and cook until the onion becomes clear, about 5 minutes.
Add the papaya slices and cook for 5 more minutes.
Remove mixture from heat and add the coconut milk.
Serve alongside mashed sweet potatoes and fried plantains.
Final Assessment: This is a lovely, mild, slightly sweet dish, owing to the combination of papaya and coconut milk. I served the dish with mashed sweet potatoes and fried plantains. Very easy and very tasty!
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