The Marshall Islands is a small island country in the Pacific. The islands were first discovered by the Spanish, but eventually became a German colony. During the First World War, the archipelago was captured by Japan. During and after the Second World War, the islands were governed by the United States. In 1978, a referendum was held on the archipelago. The majority of the population supported independence. In 1979, the country became self-governing. The constitution was developed and came into effect on May 1, 1979. The Constitution of the Marshall Islands set forth a mixed parliamentary-presidential system. The President of the country is head of state as well and head of government. He is elected by the members of the Nitijela (the parliament of the Marshall Islands). Constitution Day is the most important holiday in the Marshall Islands. On this day, festive parades are held to commemorates the country’s independence. Sporting competitions also are a typical part of the celebration.
Papaya Chicken and Coconut Milk
- 4 chicken skinless, boneless breast cut in cubes
- 2 tablespoon grape seed oil
- 1 papaya, peeled, seeded and cut in cubes
- 1¾ cups coconut milk with cream
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 vanilla bean sliced in half
In a saucepan pour coconut milk and add vanilla bean cook on medium heat until the milk is just about to boil, set aside to cool. In a frying pan, heat the grape seed oil and brown chicken cubes in small batches over high heat until they are almost cooked set aside and keep warm. In the same pan add onions until soft then add papaya saute for 5 minutes, add chicken and coconut milk to onions and papaya remove vanilla bean and let simmer for 20 minutes serve with rice.
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