Sunday, February 10, 2008

Coriander and Lime Chicken

This is the new recipe I tried out last week. It's yummy but you need to like sweet for dinner.

2/3 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup chicken stock
1-1/2 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
4 chicken breast fillets
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves
cilantro leaves to garnish

Whisk the coconut cream, stock, lime juice and ginger together in a medium bowl. Cut the chicken across the grain in 1/2 inch slices and lightly coat with flour. Heat about 2 Tbsp oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Add the coconut cream mixture to the pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced by half and thickened slightly. Return the chicken strips to the pan, add the cilantro and simmer for 1 minute to heat the chicken through. Garnish with the extra cilantro leaves. Serve with steamed rice.

You could also add stir-fried carrot strips and snowpeas.

Tasty tasty!!

Learning patience from my patients

If you couldn't tell for previous posts, I haven't been super comfortable at my clinical placements. Last semester I was in a clinic where we saw mostly babies and little kids. It may sound funny, but I feel like I have a connection with little kids. I can make friends with them pretty easily - even the difficult ones. I recently had a little girl (2 yr) in clinic waiting to do a test. Her mom and the PA were talking so I started talking to the little girl. She was very shy at first but warmed up and eventually she was crawling into my lap asking me questions. What a cutie. So now that one of my main clinical placements deals with adolescents it scares me. I try to not let on how much teenagers scare me, but they do. Mostly I guess because I've never really dealt with them in this setting. But I'm doing alright so far. I had a girl come in the other day who was just sporting an attitude. I thought "boy is this going to be fun". In the end we were friends and I got her to smile. So the challenge this semester is going to be to learn how to build relationships with adolescents. The interesting thing is that the article I'm writing is on methamphetamine abuse among adolescents. In my research so far I've learned that one of the most important things in preventing drug abuse in adolescents is their relationships with the adults in their life. And healthcare providers can play an important part in it all. And after all that, I have to say I'm really starting to enjoy my clinical placements. I have a TON to learn but I enjoy it.

So along the lines of adolescents here's a funny for you. As some of you may know (and the rest of you will know shortly) I can't stand hearing someone smack their lips. If there is anything that will send me through the roof it's the sound of smacking lips. Silly I know. So the other day I had a kid (12 yr) come in to the exam room with a WAD of gum in his mouth just a smacking away. I was just watching this kid and hearing him smack. Finally I said "I think you have too much gum in your mouth buddy". He said "why?" I said "because you can't close your mouth" to which he said "yes I can" and proceeded to try and close his lips. I said "the problem is you can't close your lips while you're chewing". He said "I like chewing like this" and went walking around the room smack smack smacking away. Boy oh boy if I'm not going to learn patience.

And finally here's a not so funny story. Friday night I was sleeping away. Oh so soundly and I'm sure quite enjoying it. Then I had a dream. What was my dream you ask. I had a dream that one of my patients (one of the older kids) was sitting in the corner of my bedroom just a few feet away, watching me sleep. CREEPY!!!! Of course I startled myself awake and went to the bathroom. When I went back to bed I had to make a point of looking in the corner and making certain there was nobody there (because it was so real). I certainly hope this doesn't become a recurrent nightmare like my spider dream.
So now I think I've brought you up to date with the happenings of this week. Oh wait that's the happenings of the work week. The enjoyable stuff is that I went with some friends to see that U2 3D movie. Way cool! It was like being at the concert without actually being there. The only problem is that I wanted to start jumping around, singing and clapping and no one else in the theater was - so I couldn't really. Oh and I tried a new recipe - Coriander chicken with lime. I'll have to post it later. It was tasty!!