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June 07, 2007



I think either you or Cynthia has got to come back later and post the recipe for us! It sounds so good. I love thyme, especially with chicken that's cooked in liquid.


That looks delicious! Your new camera takes great photos.


Thanks for your entry. That looks great. I hope your knee is ok!


Thanks for getting us the recipe so quickly! Sher's right about the photo too. What kind of camera did you get? The picture is fantastic.


Forgot to say, I am saving this recipe to del.icio.us right now.


Glenna! You've made my day! This post is funny, entertaining and such a tribute to a simple Guyanese dish - thank you. I am really touched. You have done exactly what this dish is - a cook-up! Throwing together whatever you have in the pantry, freezer and fridge - add some coconut milk and fresh herbs and it would be a dish that's hard to beat. Your presentation is much more attractive too!

I think I will try it in the oven and see how it comes out also.

Thanks Glenna. Tell Gene that he's welcome anytime. Oh yeah, and you too :D


Cynthia's Recipe – Cook-Up Rice


• 2 cups parboiled rice
• 1 cup of dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
• 6 cups coconut milk (preferably fresh)
• 1 chicken, cut up
• 4 sprigs of thyme
• 1 onion diced
• 1 tomato, diced
• 2 green onions, chopped
• 1 sprig of basil, torn
• 2 tbsp oil, divided
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Water if needed


1. In a large pot, heat 1tbsp oil
2. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper and let brown (not cooked through)
3. Remove chicken from pot and set aside, covered, to keep warm
4. Add the other tbsp oil if needed
5. Sauté onions and 3 sprigs of thyme (1-2 mins)
6. Add drained peas and continue to sauté
7. Add 2 cups of coconut milk and some water if needed, to cook the peas at least half-way through
8. When peas is half-cooked, add the chicken back to the pot
9. Add 4 cups of coconut milk, washed rice, 3 sprigs of thyme, basil, tomatoes and green onions
10. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir
11. Cover pot and let it come to a boil
12. When the liquid begins to reduce and you see the rice, reduce the heat to low, cover pot and let cook for 25 minutes or until the liquid is completely gone
13. The rice should me moist, loose and cooked through

1. This dish is traditionally made with salt pork, salt beef and fresh versions of these meats as well. Any single protein or combination can be used in this dish.
2. Use a rice of your choice. Follow the package instructions as it relates to the liquid ratio to cook the rice. However, be sure to have extra liquid on hand to cook the peas.
3. Some people put a pat of butter into the rice for flavour; it’s optional, I don’t.
4. If using canned coconut milk, thin it out with water
5. There are some people who add browning to their cook-up rice for colour, in Guyana we do not. The dish is supposed to be flavoured with the natural colour of the peas and other ingredients.

wow powerleveling

I love checken.Thank u,Glenna!
looks delicious!


Thanks for the compliment and for commenting.


Now I think this was just a really fun running around to get the recipe!!
Looks like great chicken!


Oh my, Oh my - this just went into my del.icio.us file! Thank you Glenna and Cynthia! :)


Cynthia--Thanks so much for giving us your original recipe! I just loved it!


Thanks,Christine! Double thanks to Cynthia for the recipe.


I love the color combination in that dish.

Deborah Dowd

Thanks for pointing us to Cynthia and sharing your version of the recipe. I am definitely going to give this a try (maybe during the Summer Olympics when we usually make a dish from a different country each night!)


Glenna (and Cynthia) .. both these recipes look fantastic! I'll have to give my own version a try soon.


Mimi--thanks! It is pretty.

Deborah--Hey, perfect! And honestly it doesn't taste all that different from the normal chicken and rice casserole I grew up eating, it just has more depth from the coconut milk and beans.

Alisha--Thanks, girl!


This is such a lovely dish. Simple and homey, just like it should be, thanks for revealing the secret, hehe :-)

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