Friday, March 20, 2009

Flashback Friday and Foodie Friday

One of my favorite bloggers Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet inspired me to do a Flashback Friday! Since I am yearning for green grass, sunshine and being outdoors, I am sharing with you one of my favorite 'Think Spring' meals. Trust me, this will become one of your summer staple meals!!

Coconut-lime chicken and snow peas salad
1 Cup coconut milk
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces chicken tenders
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup sliced snow peas
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced red onion

Whisk together coconut milk, lime juice, sugar and salt. Transfer 1/4 cup of the dressing to a large bowl; set aside. add lettuce, cabbage, snow peas, cilantro and onion to the large bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Divide between 2 plates.

Sauté chicken in olive oil and s&p, add coconut milk mixture and cook for 10-15 min. transfer the chicken to a cutting board and thinly slice. Arrange the chicken slices on top of the salads. drizzle the coconut cooking liquid over each of the salads.

Freaky Foodie Friday Trainwrecks!

I've had many a 'trainwrecks' in the past years..but I must say the earliest and most memorable one happened in 1971 with my Mom in the hospital I was delegated to cook Thanksgiving Dinner! MY first one, mind you, and no one giving me much instruction. Being the dutiful daughter I read up on getting the turkey ready, making stuffing and all the trimmings. I had all the side dishes prepared and ready to go on the table. Just waiting for that little 'pop-up' doohickey to pop up on the turkey signifying it was done. Waited and waited..finally my Dad said just to take the $%^& bird out of the oven. As it turned out, I had taken the packet of giblets out of the turkey but on one had mentioned the frozen neck in the neck cavity! (Which will delay the po-up timer) All in all it turned out to be a somewhat delicious meal, and one which I was reminded of by my brother and Dad for almost EVERY Thanksgiving afterwards!!


susan said...

I will be haviang this for dinner sometime next week--sounds WONDERFUL!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Gollum said...

First of all, what a great combination post! I hadn't thought to add coconut to fresh and tasty!

Re: the turkey neck, lol, I'm smiling. I've done that, too, lol. I always get paranoid over turkeys and hens. Search, search. Call in Dr. G for his opinion. Yep, the neck is gone! I'm the same way with Mr. Linky. It scares me every Friday. When I type in the code for two columns (and 3 columns creates a horrid mess), I always get so nervous.I triple checked the code this week and STILL messed it up. Had to go back. Luckily, this time, I didn't erase all of the links.

Mama said...

Happy Friday Foley, your Coconut Chicken salad looks so delicious, I will also be trying this asap.

Those Turkeys get us all in a spin don't they. I am happy all ended well, did your dad really say that lol. Kathy.

Cynthia said...

What a pretty dish ... it does look and sound like a great summer entrée

Barb, I, too, can relate to leaving the neck in the turkey cavity.

I love snow peas in salad and with the chicken and lime and coconut seems like a great combination.

SusanQ said...

Funny story, Barb! Ever since hearing the story my MIL told of leaving all the extra parts in the turkey one Thanksgiving, I have always looked in all cavities very carefully ;)

Your chicken salad sounds delightful - Thanks for the recipe!

Shirley said...

I didn't know the frozen neck would delay the pop up. I learned something today. At least you didn't do what a co-worker did one Thanksgiving...forget to turn on the oven.

Cass said...

Yummy recipe, thanks! And in 1978, cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner, I didn't know you couldn't cook a FROZEN bird. I had to send brand new hubby out for a fresh one, kept the frozen one in the fridge, and cooked it 2 days later.

We ate turkey for months.


Kathleen said...

The salad looks great! The addition of coconut is very interesting..And then you could have a Pina Colada! :)

mbkatc230 said...

This salad looks great! It's getting warm here, this looks like just the ticket for a hot weather meal. And I loved your turkey story, I'm sure that they love to remind you of it constantly! But they ate it, right lol. Kathy

Jayne said...

Barb, what a great sounding combination. Yum! I've never made a turkey... think I am afraid to try.

Stacey said...

Your salad looks and sound wonderful. Bet that would be good on a hot summer day!

I love the turkey story. Believe it or not we paid to have a turkey smoked once at our favorite BBQ place. When we were slicing it up at home we found all of that inside too. Eww!!

bj said... many of the trainwrecks this Friday have a turkey involved...mine, too!
Your salad sounds just perfect for a lunchon I have coming up...I will sure give it a try and I know the ladies will love it! Thanks!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Great story Barb! My turkey didn't defrost one year - we have chicken breasts!

Your recipe looks delicious! My mouth started watering when I read coconut! ☺

Nancy Jane said...

Loved the turkey story and the salad recipe is sitting in my printer tray. That looks like a really good Spring and Summer salad! Have found reduced fat coconut milk so we can be relatively guilt free, :) nancy

Suzy said...

Barb what a great post. Your salad looks great. I love this combination of flavors. I'll definitely give it a try. You make the best things..really. We have similar tastes. Love your turkey story. I had the neck thing happen to me too but luckily it was only a chicken dinner not turkey. You became a turkey expert early!!

I'm glad you joined me for Flashback Friday!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Those daggone booby trapped turkeys!

Happy To Be said...

Love the chicken with coconut and girl we had alot of turket stories today in FOODIE Friday...have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Martha said...

The salad looks so refreshing -- we look forward to salad meals when the weather warms.

I think everyone has at least one holiday "trainwreck" --

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I am running late to Foodie Friday....Have a great first weekend of Spring ~ Susan

Bo said...

Hi there...I wish I had a plate of that delish salad right now...yum!
Those ol' turkeys can be intimidating can't they...LOL
I'll bet it was delicious anyway...
;-) Bo

Marsha said...

The chicken salad sounds like a great summer salad. Your turkey story sounds familiar...may have done that myself :-)

Dishesdone said...

Salad look great!

LOL, at your trainwreck Trukey! Most of mine includes burning beyond recognition :)

Cathy said...

What a great chicken salad! I love the flavors in the dressing, coconut and lime are two of my favorite ingredients.