off the cuff: my african-inspired chicken stew

Today I took work off my plate and decided to concentrate on Christmas crafting. Inspired by last night’s button-making party/ANTM watching at my friend Carley’s house (I brought those mint chocolate cookies!), I decided to sew rickrack on my screenprinted tea towels and tie up everything in ribbon. I also had plans on making felt ornaments, but didn’t get as far along as I had hoped. Before too long, it was time for dinner and I had 4 chicken thighs defrosted just waiting to be used. I wanted to make an African-style meal that had a bit of spice, a bit of sweetness and a bit of sour. I looked through my cookbooks and I spent a few runs through Google typing in various ingredients, but my search was fruitless. So I decided to tackle dinner on my own. The end results were fantastic and it was a perfect meal for a chilly evening.

I used a homemade spiced pear jam in the recipe, but you really could use anything you had handy; peach jam, mango chutney, honey, molasses would all do a fine job I’m sure! I also didn’t have any onions. If I had one, I would have added one. Have fun & play!

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3 comments to “off the cuff: my african-inspired chicken stew”

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    tania   December 6, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    this looks so yummy! your site is so nice and cute!
    :)
    thanks so much for your comment! isn’t that site hilarious? i still can’t believe I can sing along to green forest…
    it’s so wierd when other people have the wrong tv memories to you- hee hee

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    tanvi @ now craving   December 7, 2005 at 10:56 pm

    tag, youre it! im tagging you for the ten favorite foods meme thats going around. here’s the info if you get a chance to play along: http://fromthepantry.blogspot.com/2005/12/meme-time.html

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    kickpleat   December 18, 2005 at 11:14 am

    Thanks Tania! I too always used to sing along to the Green Forest!! Now, I can blast it outloud to the cringing of my husband :)

    Okie doke, Tanvi, I’m playing along.

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