When we live in the Solomon Islands, apples rarely factor into our lives. Coming by ship from faraway places, apples are expensive and taste a little funny. Nevertheless, sometimes, we indulge and buy apples, especially in the fall when we are pretending that the seasons are changing.
We don't have to pretend right now! I'm raiding my mom's bookshelves and making trips to the library to find books about apples, we're cooking apple recipes like crazy, and next week we're going to pick apples with friends. We're hoping that the Arkansas Black apples will be ripe, but if they aren't, we'll pick different kinds and go back and pick again later in the season.
Most of our apple recipes are for baking sweet things (no surprise there!), but this crockpot recipe for curried chicken and apples has been a family favorite for a long time:
Curried Chicken and Apples
(Serves 2 but multiplies well)
1 onion, chopped
2 small chicken breasts
1 clove garlic
1 tsp curry
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3 Tbsp raisins
1 cup chopped apple (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)
Stir ingredients together, place in crockpot and turn it on high. In a separate bowl, mix:
1 1/2 tsp chicken bullion granules
1 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
1/3 cup water
Add to mixture in the crockpot. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp corn starch
Garnish with reserved raw apples, serve over rice, and enjoy a taste of autumn!