How to climb a Coconut tree and Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato in Coconut Milk

Wednesday, January 30

One of my favourite outings that we had whilst we were on honeymoon in Zanzibar, was a trip to a Spice Farm.  Ebrahim was our tour guide, and his side kick Butterfly was chief tree climber, collecting also sorts of spices from and fruit from branches unreachable from the ground.

Where Butterfly really came into his own though, was when he shimmied up a palm tree to pick us a coconut.

Butterfly used dried Banana Leaves, made into a rope and tied around his feet. 

And then shimmied up one of the highest palm trees I'm ever seen.

There he goes.

At the top, cutting the coconut down.

Posing for a picture on the way down. No hands.
Very casual.

UK health and safety standard re food prep certainly not in place here...

You don't get much fresher coconut water than this!

I think that I must have had Butterfly and his ridiculously high climb on my mind last week, when I made this tasty soup, with coconut milk.

Sweet Potato and Spicy Chicken in Coconut Milk

                      2 Tablespoons Olive oil                         
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
2 green chiles, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups apples, diced2 sweet potatoes, diced
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized chunks1 (14 ounces) 
can coconut milk
3-1/2 cups of chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
Freshly ground saltand pepper
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, to taste and for garnish
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook gently for 3 minutes. Add garlicginger, andchiles. Saute for another 2 minutes. Stir in turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Add applessweet potatoeschickencoconut milk, and chicken stock. Bring to  boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until chicken and potatoes are cooked. Add lemon juice, saltand pepper to taste, garnish with cilantro and serve. 

Yield: 4 servings 

You could also serve this over rice or pasta.

And in case, like me, you were wondering what the difference is between coconut water and coconut milk?

Coconut water is straight out the coconut. The milk comes from the white coconut meat which has been cooked in water and is then strained to produce the milk. 

P.S My initial plan in writing this post, was to highlight the benefits of coconut water.  I struggled to find any trustworthy sources though, and the most I was able to ascertain, is that it seems good for rehydration after exercise.  Please let me know if any of you guys have any good sources of information about coconut water?

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