My vision for this blog did not include me writing posts that are only related to the recipe itself. With the exception of the Chapati & Eggs, that is what all my posts have been – strictly writing about the food. I decided to write the first few posts just about the food to warm myself up to writing and actually doing this whole blog thing, but I’m done with that. It’s not me. Now we’re getting to the good stuff. It’s what I’ve been waiting for, and now I feel ready to do it. My true vision for this blog entails me sharing stories that matter. Stories that have the potential to encourage and inspire people, to make them think a little. I plan on sharing stories from our travels, adventures, and thoughts in my mind. I won’t guarantee that every post will have a story like that, but for the most part, that is what I want this blog to be. I think it’s what it needs to be. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much I enjoy writing it.
There is a coffee house that Keegan and I like to frequent. It’s called The Well, and it is totally awesome. If you are ever in Nashville or Brentwood, we highly recommend that you give them a visit. Every time we walked from our parking spot to the building, I noticed a crane not too far off in the distance. It was behind a few buildings, so I could never see what it was being used for. We came and went many times, but I never saw any sort of new building arising. I began to question the purpose of the crane and if anything was really going on below it. One day, I finally saw something. It looked like another parking garage, however, we haven’t been back since to see it completed, so I can’t say for sure.
There have been times in my life (and everyone else’s to be sure) where I have been so unsure of the purpose of something I’m doing. Take this blog for example… The idea of doing a food blog began to work it’s way into my head about a year ago. I thought it would be the perfect thing for Keegan and I to do together, but the idea seemed to come from more than just my own desires…It seemed to be something God was nudging me towards. I decided to go for it, but I still felt doubt, fear, and confusion about it all. Since we have begun this journey, I have had fun, but I have also questioned if I’m supposed to be doing this at all. I’ll take a picture, look at the camera screen, think it’s great, view it on the computer, think it looks awful on the bigger screen, question my entire existence and get mad at myself and unsatisfied with life. I’ll be working a post, change the coding a bit to adjust picture spacing, somehow screw everything up, get frustrated, wonder why in the world I think I want to do something that requires coding, and consider quitting the blog all together… Maybe my thoughts seem a bit too dramatic, but it’s true. It happens sometimes. The stakes are high and my emotions are heavy and caught up in this. I seriously wonder why in the world I am putting myself though this sometimes.
But then, I remember that I have a faithful God – my builder and story teller. He is my crane, and He’s building my story. I may not be able to see “my building” yet, but I see HIM and I TRUST HIM to lift the heavy blocks of my story and set them into place piece by piece. I love Him and do my best to please Him, and I know He knows that. Because of this, I trust my thoughts – if I believe God gave them to me, I keep with that mindset. Sometimes, I just get overwhelmed and forget. I’ll most likely keep running myself in this cycle of positive thoughts and motivation to doubt, confusion, and questioning because I’m human, and I can’t change that. But I’m doing my best to always remember Him as my faithful crane in moments like those, and I hope you can, too.
Now for the foodie paragraph. This stir fry is perhaps my favorite recipe creation we planned for this month. The flavors are so tropical, and the fresh mango has such a creamy texture in this meal that it almost takes you straight to heaven. I’m not kidding. I’m obsessed with the coconut cilantro rice. I’d be happy if I just ate that for the rest of my life. Well, almost. I still love other food, but it really is that good. This whole meal is all THAT GOOD.
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- ½ c (100g) long grain white rice
- ½ c (115g) coconut milk
- ½ c (115g) coconut water*
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ⅓ c (5g) cilantro, chopped
- ½ of a red pepper, sliced thin (70-80g)
- ¾ c (115g) mango, chopped*
- ½ c (80g) pineapple, chopped*
- 4 oz chicken breast, chopped
- S + P, to taste
- Sesame seeds, for topping
- ⅛ c (30g) pineapple juice
- ⅛ c (30g) low sodium chicken broth
- ½ oz (10g) fresh ginger, finely minced*
- 2 tsp corn starch
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- a few grinds of black pepper
- Add all ingredients except cilantro to a small saucepan over medium high heat.
- Once rice has come to a boil, reduce heat to low and let rice simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Set aside once through.
- Mix in the cilantro just before serving.
- While the rice is cooking, place a skillet over medium heat and add about 1 tsp olive oil (or any other oil really) to the pan.
- Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small jar and shake to combine. Set aside.
- Chop the fruits, red pepper, and chicken - don't forget to season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken and cook until almost cooked through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the peppers and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the fruits and cook for about 1½ minutes.
- Finally, turn up the heat to medium high and add the sauce. Let it simmer until thickened, just about 1 minute.
- Plate the rice first and then add the stir fry on top or mix it all together. We liked to top it with sesame seeds. Either way, you'll enjoy this one for sure.
2. We highly recommend FRESH fruit for best results.
3. For the sauce, you can either finely mince the ginger and combine everything in a jar (like the recipe says) OR leave the ginger whole and blend everything in your blender. But because the amount is so small, it may not blend well. Try it both ways and see what you like best.