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13 Mar 2010

Chicken mulligatawny, with French bread; ice cream for dessert. Chicken mulligatawny, with French bread; ice cream for dessert.

When menu planning for this day, I wanted something that could be done in the slow cooker, as we hoped to be gone all day if I was feeling better. I was, Chris wasn't, but we did go out for a shorter time anyways, so this was useful.

Many slow cooker recipes use over-processed ingredients I'd rather avoid; some of these I can simply make myself or find alternatives I prefer.  But the blog where this recipe originated, freshslowcooking.com, seeks to slow cook without any of the over-processed foods, it looks like, which attracted me to it.  Mulligatawny is a fairly common soup here, I see it in cans in the soup aisle constantly.  I can't remember if I've tried that stuff or not, but this recipe sounded interesting enough that we tried it.
We had to make a few modifications: Chris can't have coconut, nuts, and some other things, so we left out the coconut milk and almonds.  I'm still not sure if I like curry powder or not (I do in some things (like this recipe), not in others), so we reduced it from the 1 T called for to 1/2 T.  We don't like brown rice, so we used white basmati rice instead of brown basmati rice.  And I plain forgot to put the cilantro on top at the end.  And I threw two whole chicken legs in at first (still kinda frozen, since I forgot to thaw them beforehand), and at the end pulled the meat off, broke it into small pieces, and tossed it back in. 

I know, at this point it's really a different recipe.  But still, a lot went into our pot - a lot of spices, a lot of vegetables - and not a lot of flavor came out.  It was quite bland in the end.  We added salt at the table, and that perked it up. I figure the recipe was developed with store-bought broth instead of homemade stock (my stock is salt-free, as taking away salt proves more trouble than it's worth ;-) ).  It was edible, but only a mediocre dinner, so we threw out the leftovers (the amounts listed on my copy of the recipe make about 4 good bowls of soup) and the recipe; it'll require too much tweaking to be useful.  It's also way too much work to have something so bland at the end - we could have opened a can of soup and had the same taste.

We had the other half of that baton with dinner tonight; half a baton actually works out to a better amount for the two of us with dinner, so it's a good thing things worked out the way they did. And then we had ice cream, which made everything better :-)

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