Saturday, June 9, 2012

I am back…..AND cooking….come taste.

Yep…got the computer all bandaged up.

We are feeling better {today}…floated in a crystalline pool. Life is good. Thank you for all your warm thoughts .


Figured I would whip up a bit of a tropical…touch of exotic as son number three called it…right after he politically mindedly said ‘ I’d give it a 9….IF I liked that kinda stuff’

How about some coconut encrusted chicken breast

with a little tangy sweet apricot and English mustard glaze.

put de apricot in the coconut….and shake it all up.

No…I am not on pain killers. Promise.


With a curried cous cous with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts….’cause I felt like it.

bring on the cous.


Both are easy peasy….and lovely on their own. If ya like stuff like that.


Ps…food styling and me…not the best buds.


But…..dayum…it was YUM.


Coconut encrusted chicken

4-6 chicken breasts

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup of sweetened coconut

3/4 cup of flour

salt and pepper to taste

a smidge of powdered chipolte…if you have it

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

Apricot Jam ( I like low sugar)

Colemans english mustard (the wet…not the dry…also fantastic on steak…we learned this from our friend Darren. Thanks Darren.)

Turn oven on to 400 degrees. Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Mix coconut, flour, s&P and chipotle in another shallow bowl. Pound breasts to an even size…about 1 inch. Dip breasts in egg….and then dredge into coconut mixture. place on a silpat (or parchment lined) cookie sheet. Drizzle melted butter over evenly…Place in oven for about 23 minutes…turn with spatula…and cook an additional 20 minutes. Oooh and inhale the intoxicating aroma of coconut butter and just a hint of chipotle. uuum.

While it is baking…and tropically scenting your abode…stir together the mustard and Jam…warm it on the stove. Don’t burn. When chicken is done and sufficiently browned add the glaze….and taste. Go ahead. Let your eyes roll behind your cabeza, It is natural. promise.

Cous Cous salad with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts

1 cup israeli or Med cous cous (bigger little balls)

olive oil

juice from an orange

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar (or agave syrup)

1 cup of dried cranberries

6 scallions sliced on the diagonal…fancy like.

handful of fresh chopped parsley

juice of one half of a lemon

A whisper...ok maybe a teaspoon or so...of sweet curry powder (I LOVE Penzeys)

1 cup of toasted chopped walnuts (toast in oven at 400…or on stovetop in stickproof pan only for a few minutes. You want toasted…not burned)

Cook cous cous…I added to boiling water with a touch of salt and olive oil…let simmer for 10 minutes…but if using a box…follow directions.

drain…add juice of the orange, salt pepper, agave, dried cranberries and chopped green scallions and parsley…stir…taste…taste again. add juice of a lemon for some brightness….and your toasted walnuts and the curry powder. Taste again…I give you permission.Add a few drizzles of olive oil. THEN… Add anything else your heart desires. Anything. I like to add LOVE. Umm Hmm.

LOVE to you all. truly…truly. Truly.


lorenabr said...

I will have to try this salad one day! It looks amazing! :)
Have a great Sunday!

Deborah said...

OOooooOOoooo it all looks wonderful!! Since son #3 won't be partaking, ya got some extras???
**drools** Deb

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Heee. Deb...I would surely mail it...but thinking it would not quite smell the same...if ya know what I mean!

Have a great Sunday tOO, Lore...Sunday? already??!

Life Tastes Good said...

Welcome back! Looks delish! Will be trying that salad for sure!

An Urban Cottage said...

You had me at coconut but both look awesome!

likeschocolate said...

Yum! I want to come to your house for dinner. You know how to cook!

somepinkflowers said...

{{ yum

i'll B right over }}

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Come! Would love to see your shining faces :)

anon Susan said...

So glad you are back and seemly back to your old self again. How are you and daughter doing? You both are still in my thoughts daily.

anon Susan

sealaura said...

AMAZING, you know how I feel about coconut, I will def have to try this out!! YUM, drooling right now. I have a bit off the grid myself. Glad you are back and that you are feeling good. Warm hugs from me and the wafers!

Slim Paley said...

Oh my gosh-this looks so good! I love coconut.

More importantly, Thank goodness you and your daughter are OK!!

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Oh gosh! Seriously drooling as I scrolled through this post! The weather is absolutely foul here today so this is just the kind of food I need to brighten it up!


What time should I be there.....any particular wine I should bring?

Unknown said...

Looks delicious! I'm starving.

Joyce said...

Looks so good- I copied the recipe and have it on my summer list of recipes. :) I'm glad your computer is back. How about your camera? xo

Kelly@ Bungalow Blue said...

My mouth is watering!!!

mikky said...

Looks delicious! I will be trying this coconut chicken for sure.


SeaWorthy said...


oh, and hello, yes, I am ALIVE!

rjerdee said...

i think i'll b off pain killers soon...coconut chicken could b a good substitute :)

Stephanie said...

yummmmm, I am trying to make it in the house to have some breakfast, this did not help :)

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Looks and sounds amazing!!!!!

Jane said...

Love your version of Coconut Chicken. And I really LOVE seeing you use a Silpat. Now we have to get you to use the Perforated Baking Sheet with it. You will be amazed at the difference.

My coconut chicken is marinated for hours in honey mustard, with a little mayo. It's quite tasty...and really good served with low sugar (or no sugar) PEACH preserves. It's one of the dishes I demo in my cooking classes...

Sydney Steenland said...

I'm so making that! there's allot of drooling going on in the comments section....

Sar x

Farmgirl Paints said...

holy cow that looked good girlie. thanks for sharing.

Cobalt Violet said...

Yum! Need to try that chicken!
Glad you are back. :)

Jensamom23 said...

Found you from Farmgirl this morning and so glad I did! The chicken looks divine and I have wondered what to do with myjar of that variety of cous I know. Thank you!

Jensamom23 said...

Found you from Farmgirl this morning and so glad I did! The chicken looks divine and I have wondered what to do with myjar of that variety of cous I know. Thank you!

Jensamom23 said...

Found you from Farmgirl this morning and so glad I did! The chicken looks divine and I have wondered what to do with myjar of that variety of cous I know. Thank you!

Farmgirl Paints said...

OH my word...that looks so yummy. I love coconut anything. Thanks for sharing girlie.

Unknown said...

This meal looks amazing! I love the couscous salad recipe. Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting from Farmgirl Paints.

~Ellie @

Mary said...

i am SO making this!!!
thanks for sharing! :)

Jenny Lynn said...

This looks so yummy. So, sorry to read about your car accident. Glad you are doing better.

for the love of a house said...

This looks fab and since you're my cooconut guru with recipes I can't wait to try it! xxj.

Charulie said...

Gosh, I'm so glad I saved this recipe to my favorites because I can't find it on your blog anymore. Yummy!

Charulie said...

I am so glad I saved this recipe to my favorites because I couldn't find it on your blog. Yummy!


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