African Curried Coconut Stew with Chickpeas

Helena and June made this African Curried Coconut Stew with Chickpeas in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors.


This African Curried Coconut Stew with Chickpeas is wonderful. The peanut butter adds an interesting flavour to this hearty stew.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup cooked white or brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • salt to taste


Source: adapted from Donna Klein’s Tropical Vegan Kitchen

Prep time: 20 minutes;  Cook time: 25 minutes;  Serves 4.

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Weekend Musings (10-April-2010)

Today is a big day for Suanne and I. It is the day of the 8GTCC Dinner. Today is also the filming of the documentary on chowtimes. It is all exciting.

But this morning I woke up and found that I am running on fumes. Yesterday was a particularly long day dealing with issues at work. Then coming home, found that there are 70 emails to deal with. But this is all fun work for me. Oh yeah, tomorrow I sleep … I just gotta grind through one more day.

So I asked Suanne the other day why did I subject myself to this. She did not say a word and just smiled. She knows thats who I am. I love organizing and planning and bringing people together. That is why I am a Project Manager.

When I was in my early twenties, I organized a full day city tour for 700 teenagers. It was a logistical nightmare planning and executing it. With 15 buses and 7 separate routes and timings, it was just a challenge getting everyone on the buses and leaving on time. Then it was tracking the whereabouts of each group throughout the day. Miraculously, everyone got to the city square at night. He he he … we did not lose a single person. I know this is strange … but this is the sort of things I like to do.

The 8GTCC Dinner

The plans are all finalized and I had sent out a final email to everyone attending last night. There will be 52 attending. The response was overwhelming. It was difficult for us that we could not accommodate everyone who responded. At one point, we wanted to take over the restaurant but the restaurant owner did not want to do this because it will mean turning away her regular customers.Alvin-Garden-Burnaby-20-150x150So we ended up with 52 because of the format of the table setting and the dishes selected. This will be a feast with 4 appetizers and 14 dishes! Oh … that is not including the dessert, courtesy of the pastry chef of the Golden Great Wall restaurant. Zhujiang Beer is also sponsoring the event. Alvin Garden is also chipping in to give us a special soup. All this is gonna cost only $20 per person. Beauty, right?

The menu will include two award winning dishes. It was just earlier this week that the Chinese Restaurant Award awarded them gold and silver for two of their dishes. Also in the mix is white chili — ultra hot and was told that it is only available in Alvin Garden. Last but not least, there is a Hunan dish that will make men smarter and women more beautiful.

The 8GTCC team worked hard on this event. Each of them had been incredibly committed to this event and had so unselfishly given their own time and expenses. There is no way I could have pulled this off on my own.

FacebookChowtimes-Facebook-Fan-Page-150x150Last week I set up a chowtimes Fan Page on Facebook. I was all set up getting 25 fans just so that I could stake a claim on the vanity URL.

The response was beyond my expectation. After just 6 days we already have 100 people “fanning” the page. Are you on Facebook? If you are, you want to “fan” chowtimes? The fan page is on You can also do a search for “chowtimes” on the facebook search widget — just look for the red pepper chili.

I don’t quite know what I am really gonna do with this fan page. I am thinking it should have different content … lighter content … friend stuff and such. Let me think more about it.

Free Stuff

We had accumulated quite a few coupons to give away — it is something I think most of you will enjoy. We will let you know on the details later.

For now, there is something you might want to check out tomorrow (Sunday, April 11th). Miki Japanese Ramen is offering free samples of their new Chicken Ramen. Please note this is a sample and not a full serving. I had never been to Miki before nor tasted it and so I am unable to tell you much about it.

More Chowtimes Events?Chicken-Feet-150x150I have a few events up my sleeve. One of which is the Kopi Luwak tasting. That one, I think I can finalize the details sometime next week.

There was a few request for me to organize an Extreme Dim Sum event in the Fortune House blog post. My definition of Extreme Dim Sum is just NOT siu mai and har gow. Something like specialty dim sum dishes with push carts. Something for the more adventurous foodie who will not ask me “what is in it?”

I can easily organize one for chowtimes readers but I would like see a show of hands how many of you are interested to attend. This will be along the line of a weekend brunch. Anyone?

In Closing

I guess everyone knows now the new KFC Double Down “sandwich”. This is the type of food I will absolutely try. Would you?

This is set to be available nationwide in the USA starting Monday next week. I just got the word that KFC has no plans to bring this into Canada.

Alright … that’s it for this week.

Eat well.