Too Fast! {Then a Four C Chicken Recipe}

High on adrenaline, I did another recital in an auditorium with my fellow piano students. Even though I usually manage to remain calm, going up on stage does give me an adrenaline rush, which sometimes results in my fingers independently thinking that they need to win a race.

As was the case this time, I was playing Schubert’s Impromptu Opus 90, No. 2. I already played this in our Christmas party last year, but due to the fact that I had been playing some other tremendously miserable pieces and that this Impromptu is merry, I thought I would try to re-brush it up. Oh, and learn it off by heart so as to play it without the score sheets. I only just managed to memorise the whole thing with less than 48 hours in advance. Considering that I do have to spend most of my time working and not practicing the piano, memorising it with such short notice was a bit of a risky deal, and I was afraid I might get a tad nervous about it. But hey, playing a risky piece is always the deal with me. Somehow I always end up choosing a challenge.

The time arrived to go on stage. I was worried I might forget the notes, so that gave me an adrenaline rush. I did not forget a single note,… but I began by playing too fast.

This Impromptu is already a fast piece as such. It begins on Allegro, which means something like fast and in a happy way. Even so, I began much more faster than fast.

Schubert Impromptu allegro

I play along. Then I reach the last part, the coda. This is when it hit me: I’m going way too fast! The final bit of the coda calls for acceleration. Oh my goodness.

Schubert Impromptu coda

Right, so I braced myself and accelerated all the way to the end. Phew! My fingers did not drop off, I  managed to not fall off the seat, and live to tell the tale.

The End.

I don’t think I ate this chicken that day. I can’t remember what I ate that day. When I posted the tofu challenge,  mentioned that I live nearby to an Indian restaurant and its aromas have been inspiring me lately. This Four C Chicken is a product of that inspiration, and brings out a lovely spicy fragrance. The four C’s are curry, coriander, cumin and chilli.


750g chicken

2 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes


black pepper

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Crush the coriander and cumin seeds in a mortar. Peel and slice the garlic. Heat the sesame oil in a wok. Add the garlic. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook for a few minutes. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and cook until the chicken is ready. Add some water if needed, if it looks like it’s becoming dry and might burn.

Serve with some white rice.

Curry, cumin and coriander chicken

Thank you for reading!

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  1. pianolearner 2014-04-16 at 23:03

    Congratulations! Nerves can do funny things to you. You did really well to memorize it. I’d love to hear you play it 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:14

      There were a couple of parts that resisted being memorised until the last 48 hours beforehand. I still haven’t seen my video of it, hehe, if I ever do I’ll send it to you!

      1. pianolearner 2014-04-20 at 18:17

        Its funny which bits stick and which are a bit more ephemeral….. I am currently memorizing some of the pieces I’ve already learnt how to play with the sheets.

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:19

          Yeah, its strange isn’t it!
          On a different note, In these last few days I was trying to play some beautiful pieces that I’ve played in concerts in the past, and I was really annoyed that it seemed my fingers had forgotten what to do. Its not as much as learning them completely from scratch again, but it sure did frustrate me.

          1. pianolearner 2014-04-20 at 18:23

            Yes I have that. I’m replaying ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’. I could play this error free but it is funny how much I had lost.

  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-04-16 at 23:23

    Your music piece / performance must have been as divine as this Indian-inspired chicken, Sofia. Yummmy!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:15

      They were divine in different ways 😉 Thanks for your sweet comment Shanna! xx

  3. Bunny Eats Design 2014-04-17 at 00:04

    Yum. This looks sooooo good. It pleases me that there are recipes for chicken and rice all over the world and how familiar yet different, and comforting they can be. I’ve never used coriander seeds but was sniffing a lovely pot of ground coriander seeds in the weekend. It’s so lemony. Not what I expected at all.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:16

      You’re right, there are so many different recipes and the chicken becomes transformed into something completely different! I love the lemony smell of the coriander seeds, it gives the dish an uplifting refreshing fragrance instead of a heavy curry smell!

  4. Sunny 2014-04-17 at 00:16

    Oh yay, you did it! Great job, Sofia!

    This is yet another recipe I should try soon! I am kinda hooked on the tofu recipe. I cook some (with broccoli, too) and eat it over a few days for lunch (I struggle to find lunch food. I don’t want to spend a lot of time making lunch since I’m on my own, but I do get hungry). OK now I’m hungry again *sigh*

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:20

      Really, you’re making the tofu with broccoli quite a bit, how cute! I think I’ll make it too (with your broccoli version) this week 🙂

  5. Dalo 2013 2014-04-17 at 03:04

    So great to hear your recital went well, very funny the line “which sometimes results in my fingers independently thinking that they need to win a race.” Must have been sweet music to everyone’s ears, congratulations.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:21

      It’s strange that even though for me it wasn’t great because I was going too fast, to others it was amazing BECAUSE I was going extremely fast. Strange how things turn out…

  6. Amanda 2014-04-17 at 04:44

    Whole coriander is one of my favorite spices. I’m listening to the impromptu on youtube right now. I can see how once you get going you can start flying. What a beautiful piece. Schubert and Chopin were always my favorites. This piece is no joke! I took 18 years of piano lessons. I’m so proud of you! I love the 4 c’s and a 5th one for middle C. xox

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:23

      I actually had only recently brought coriander for the first time, and I’m really liking it! I must have a browse to see if you have recipes in your blog with it.
      Oh thanks for the piano comments. Wow learning piano for 18 years means that you’re super expert!! Chopin is other big favourite too! Besos

  7. littleblissbook 2014-04-17 at 06:41

    That chicken skin looks super tasty lol…I haven’t included the skin in my meals for a while because of the fat but every now and then I’ll let myself have the skin in a chicken wing:) thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:25

      I often include the skin but don’t often eat it! The recipe is lovely, I hope you are able to try it xx

  8. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2014-04-18 at 05:37

    Yum! The chicken recipe AND your recital! What joy…

  9. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-04-18 at 13:48

    I really love these easy types of chicken dishes, Sofia! Great idea to add these simple spices!
    Happy Easter!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:26

      The spices give a gorgeous fragrance. I hope you’re enjoying your Easter too Helen! xx

  10. annascuisine 2014-04-19 at 05:37

    How I wish i can hear you play. It would be a great idea to video tape it when you play and share it on your blog for the world to hear/see. I love the combination of spices you used for the chicken. I can already taste it. Delicious! Happy Easter, Sofia! 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-20 at 18:27

      I know I was taped. I just haven’t seen any of the videos…
      Happy Easter to you too Anna! xx

      1. annascuisine 2014-05-07 at 06:34

        Thank you Sofia. I hope yours was a blessed one. 🙂

  11. SJPONeill 2014-04-22 at 13:33

    Looks yummy…I have coriander in seed at the moment so this might be my first dish with our very own seeds in it…

      1. SJPONeill 2014-04-22 at 13:43

        Yes…they had packs of six on special at the supermarket so I thought I’d set myself up with a good supply of fresh coriander but they all went to seed so I’m up in seeds and down in leaves… will be better organised next spring… 🙂

  12. Tala Ghalayini 2014-04-29 at 10:49

    hahah GREAT job Sofia!!! im sure ur risk was well worth it! dish looks yummy also! xx

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-29 at 17:31

      haha, I remember coming to the end of the piece and suddenly thinking to myself: what on earth are you doing?? 🙂

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  14. Frugal Hausfrau 2014-10-20 at 02:54

    This looks positively beautiful, and is so much better for the story! As a matter of fact, I may even be able to remember the ingredients due to the alliteration!


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