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Thai Green Curry

Authentic Thai Green Curry

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes or if you prefer and they are much tastier then use thighs or a leg cut into two…I normally use legs and allow 2 pieces per person which means I normally have some left over for another day…
  • 6 Thai eggplants. cut into quarters……They are the larger ones in the pictures.
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  • sm bunch small egg-plant ( optional) Pea-like size in above Picture.
  • 5/6 stems of Thai sweet basil (pick of leaves)
  • Large can or two sm cartons of coconut milk or fresh from the market if you are lucky like me
  • 10 straw mushrooms quartered or use button mushroom.
Let’s Cook!
Start with 1 tbsp curry paste .. and add more if desired   I don’t know how hot you eat curry.
Cook with a tiny amount of oil to release the flavour, add 1 tbsp fish sauce cook for 2 mins slowly add the coconut milk and simmer gently.
Add chicken, cook on simmer for 20 mins then add vegetables and Thai basil cook for further 20 mins.
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Serve with steamed rice or noodles.

 

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

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There is nothing like a bowl of Thai Chicken noodle soup…With stalls on every market and street corner, it is one of Thailand’s iconic dishes… Sometimes served with a spicy dish or by itself and it can be a lovely flavoured chicken dish with no spice or it can be a fiery as you like…

The choice of noodles is yours and the spices and other condiments are served on the side to add as little or as much as you like …

Not sure which noodle are which then here is a previous post on the noodles and what they are :

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-thai-noodles/

Made with tender slices of chicken or with chicken on the bone. the choice is yours..I prefer chicken on the bone as it is more flavourful and would be how it is mainly served here on the street stalls but the choice is yours…

Starting with the stock recipe which you can freeze and use as required…Freeze in maybe 2 cupfuls in a zip loc bag and lay flat it takes up less room in your freezer and thaws out much quicker…It also enables you to make one bowl or a bigger portion…

Chicken Stock:

Makes about 6 cups

  • 2 lb chicken bones, remove any big chunks of fat  and skin
  • 3 L water
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4-inch section daikon, peeled, or use 1 onion instead (or use both like I did)
  • 2-3 cilantro roots, or about 8 stems
  • ¼ tsp white peppercorns, crushed just until broken
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, top half only, cut into chunks (optional, only if you’ve got some handy) When I use lemongrass I just chop the tops and freeze ..The tops add a fresh flavour but are not as strong and as perfect for the stock as we don’t want a strong lemongrass flavour.

Cooks Tip: When peeling daikon, peel a few layers off until the colour turns from bright, opaque white to a bit darker, more translucent white. I find the outer layer of the daikon a bit bitter. 

Let’s Cook!

Add the bones to a big pot and cover with the water. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then once bubbling, reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer. Simmer bones for about 45 -50 mins.

Skim off scum, foam and fat that has floated to the top. It is easier to do this if you haven’t added your aromatics but add them after…

Add all the remaining ingredients then simmer for about another hour.

Remove all the bones and aromatics with a wire skimmer or strain the stock through a colander. The stock is now ready to use or to freeze once cooled down.

Cooks Tip:  There is often a lot of meat left on chicken bones, so if you want, you can pull off the meat from the bones after removing them from the stock, and you can use it in soups, chilli, stir-fries, fried rice…anything!

The meat will be bland so make sure you add it to something that will have a lot of flavourful sauce added to it or it is perfect in a rice soup for a child.

We are now ready to make this lovely Chicken Noodle soup…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 litre of your prepared chicken Stock
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish Sauce
  • Sugar(optional)
  • Head of garlic chopped for fried garlic
  • 1-2 Chicken breast or legs…I normally allow 1 per person plus a couple extra sometimes the men or Aston want two.
  • 250 gm of rice noodles or noodles of your choice soaked at room temperature until just softened as they will continue to cook when added to your soup.
  • Thai chicken ball (optional) I don’t eat these but they will always be an option on a street stall and most Thais do eat them…
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts ( optional)
  • Bok choy or spinach ( optional)
  • Garnishes: Fried garlic, chopped green onions, dried chilli, chilli oil, sliced bitter gourd, fresh herbs. preserved cabbage ( Tang chai)

Let’s cook!

Bring your stock to a slow simmer and add your chicken poach slowly in the stock, when tender then remove the chicken and allow to cool down then if using chicken breast shred it now and put in a bowl and set to one side.

While the chicken is poaching cook your chopped head of garlic in some oil until nicely golden and crispy remove from the oil and set to one side the oil can now be used for the soup or to use as a chilli oil.

We can now assemble our soup and it really is now made to your taste and choice…

Add your noodles and chicken to your bowl with Bok choy, bean sprouts or chicken balls if using…

Pour over your hot stock and now to garnish. If I am using shredded chicken I will toss in some soy sauce with a dash of fish sauce and add to the top of the bowl and then add fried garlic and my other garnishes as required.

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You can see in this picture that I have added Thai basil and sliced bitter gourd my dried chilli and chilli oil I have stirred into my stock and added soy and fish as per my taste.

This picture shows the chicken balls as my Thai daughter-in-law’s taste.

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It may sound complicated but it truly isn’t once you have made your stock, you can make that in bulk and freeze you only have to poach your chicken and then use the garnishes of your choice…

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients that I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you for reading I hope you enjoy the soup …Or maybe you have already tried it…Do you love it?? Please let me know in comments xxx

Next week I will be showing you how I make Pork stock both the chicken and the pork stock are widely used in Thai Cuisine. xx

 

Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love!

No more diets 20 March

It is getting really hot here and I know some of you are not so lucky and as my friend Sally very nicely puts it you are freezing your assets off.

Therefore I have picked a lovely  Thai Pork salad for those of you in warmer climes or who just fancy some Thai food and a lovely vegetarian Chilli for those of you who don’t eat meat or have meat-free days.

Something for everyone my protein shake this week is a Mango and Apple one as mangoes are now in season  I bought some when I went to the market and when I arrived home one of my neighbours had dropped in a big bag of mangoes. What to do with all those mangoes was soon solved…

I made mango chutney with some and some of the green ones we slice and eat with a spicy Thai dip as a snack… The remainder I froze in portions to use in my protein drinks or smoothies.

To make Thai spicy dip:
Finely chop one small shallot, 1 clove of garlic, finely slice 6/8 fresh chillies, add 3 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice…I stir in a little-chopped coriander. If the dip is too salty add a little warm boiled water.

Lovely to dip your fresh mango in…

Before I forget… How is everyone getting on??? Are you on track and starting to shed some pounds/kilos…Are you losing your sweet tooth??? Are you finding it hard???Please speak to me in comments and if you have a favourite recipe then please message me and I am happy to share it…

Thai food is a great choice for gluten-free and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is gluten-free, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs,  includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Larb recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince for this.

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Thai Spicy Pork Salad

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

  • 200 gm Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice.( recipe below)
  • 1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Small amount palm sugar….I use it sparingly or not at all.

Lets Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

 

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

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Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed boiled rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if a chicken is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make dried rice mix, Take a thick bottomed pan and put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have any) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten-free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

Next, I have this lovely meat-free dish made by my friend Richard…He is not vegetarian but likes to have meat-free days.

Vegetarian Chilli.

Richards vegetarian chilli

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100gm  black lentils
  • 125 gm of mushrooms finely chopped.
  • 2 tsp each of cumin, chilli powder and coriander powder.
  • I can of red kidney beans

Let’s Cook!

Saute your onions in a little oil and they are transparent 2-3 minutes then add chopped garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes then add all the other vegetables including the lentils…

Add the tomato paste and then the spices cook for 15-20 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and then add the kidney beans, cook until the lentils are soft. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as required.

Lovely served with courgette ribbons, cauliflower rice or on a small jacket potato. 

I asked Richard if he soaked his lentils and he said no as they like them al-dente I myself do not cook very much with lentils and so I soaked mine. I think with lentils it is down to personal choice.

Richard also said that the chilli had as good a texture as one he usually makes with meat. It certainly looks very tasty in his photo…Doesn’t it??

You can also use basic vegetable mix and add a creamed potato topping to make a lovely shepherds pie.

Thank you, Richard, for sharing your vegetarian chilli with us…

Now tell me honestly how is your new eating plan going do you find my hints and tips helpful???

The protein shake we tested this week was a Mango and Apple Protein Shake.

MANGO Protein drink

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of coconut water or liquid of your choice.

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt

1 Cup of frozen Mango

1/2 a green apple peeled and sliced

2 cheeks of lime juice ( optional)

1 tsp of chia seeds per glass ( optional)

I didn’t add any sweetener to this mixture as it was sweet enough for me but if you need a little more sweetness then add some honey.

Play with your fruits and flavours as long as you stick to the measurements when making a protein drink.

I still much prefer the very first protein drink I made the Raspberry and Beetroot Protein Drink   

It tastes amazing and the colour just pops it is such a vibrant pink colour and all natural ingredients… If you missed this post it gives you further information on making your own protein drinks and what alternative liquids you can use instead of my prefered coconut water.

Now…

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Moderation... I haven’t mentioned that word today …Is it working for you? How is the 80%/20% going? I really find it works well for me and if I add a couple of pounds then I rein it in and make sure I get them off…Far better to shed a few pounds than let it keep totting up and that few become a lot…Also, I don’t eat very late in the day anything that I fancy I will have no later than about 3pm as if I snack too late then I  don’t want my evening meal and then I do want to snack…

I also never eat until I can’t move…I am used to finishing my meal and thinking I could just eat that little bit more but I know if I do then it becomes uncomfortable and I don’t like that overfull feeling…

I am quite hard on myself really … But stubborn and single-minded enough to tell myself enough…Moderation…

Until next week when I will give you a few more healthy recipes maybe some soups as I hear that it is very cold for some of you … I am going to be pickling some Pineapple with jalapeno peppers now doesn’t that sound awesome and by special request from little Lily a pineapple shake…she loves the shakes as she doesn’t get them in the village no mod cons there …Now it is school holidays she is staying here and a great little helper she is she helped her daddy make meatballs for tonight’s dinner which were very nice but filling.

Exercise...Mine has been a lot less this week as I pulled my calf muscle and it was nearly better when I misjudged a very small incline where it shouldn’t have been and pulled it so it is again giving me a little gyp…Not as bad as it was but enough so I can’t walk as fast as I normally do also I think that I will need an early morning walk as it is getting too hot to walk in the middle of the day…

How is your exercise going?…What do you love to do?…Walk, run, go to the gym, swimming

If anyone else has a lovely healthy recipe they wish to share then please let me know…

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Let’s do this! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish Friday… Thai Fish with crispy kale and ginger.

Ok… I know it is Saturday here but some of you are on different timelines to me …so I think I can still sneak this in as Fish Friday…

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Doesn’t that look amazing and I had so many requests for the recipe… It is also far easier than it looks and doesn’t it look impressive…

Mainly I can get sea bass/bream or locally caught fish here but this recipe can be adapted to whatever fish you can get regionally where you live like rainbow trout, Tilapia.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 or 2 whole sea bass, sea bream fresh or frozen or fish of your choice.
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 1 handful fresh Thai basil
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 8 to 10 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • To garnish julienne very finely a large piece of fresh ginger ( sometimes I also add some garlic.
  • Shredded kale for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat oven to 375 F  or fire up the BBQ…..Here I use a kettle BBQ and cook the fish on a banana leaf.

Stir all sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Set to one side.

Place fish on a cutting board and score it by making vertical cuts an inch or more apart along the length of fish from head to tail. Turn fish over and do the same on the other side.

Place fish on a large piece of aluminium foil or banana leaf. Make sure the foil or leaf is big enough to cover and wrap the fish.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons (or more) of the sauce over the fish, covering both sides. Be sure to spoon some into the cuts you’ve made, as well as into the underside cavity. Reserve the rest for later.

Bring the long sides of the foil up and over the fish, scrunching it together. Try to keep the foil off the surface of the fish, making a kind of shallow tent over it. Fold up each end and scrunch to secure. If using banana leaf, fold the sides and ends up and over the fish to cover it. With banana leaf, you actually want the leaf to come into contact with the fish, as this adds to the flavour.

Bake the fish in the foil directly on your oven rack.

My fish is now going on to the BBQ…

N.B. If you are using banana leaf and oven cooking you will require a dish or tray, as a banana leaf is porous.

Bake for 20 minutes or longer, depending on the size and thickness of your fish. Remove fish from oven and check some of the deeper cuts to see if the inner flesh is cooked (it should be opaque, not pink or translucent-looking). If fish still needs more time, return to your oven for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked.

Next remove the fish from the oven or your BBQ open up the foil, scrunching it around the fish to create a kind of bowl. If using banana leaf, simply open up the leaf, which will have become drier and slightly crispy.

Pour remaining sauce over fish and return to the oven. Turn oven to broil setting, and grill for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the fish is nicely browned and crisp-looking.

Meanwhile, crisp your julienned ginger in hot oil and drain on kitchen paper. Then quickly crisp your kale and drain on kitchen paper.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fish with the crispy kale and ginger…Just pile it on.

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If I am cooking my fish on the BBQ I serve the leftover sauce in a small bowl.

Enjoy!

N.B. My grandson poised to dive in…lol

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Fish Friday!……Beautiful Thai Steamed Mussels.

It’s # Fish Friday# what else could be nicer than a lovely steaming bowl of fresh mussels?

 

Which we had yesterday evening even though it wasn’t Friday but why not? They were calling my name when I went shopping and I couldn’t resist and once you have bought them they just have to be cooked.

The worst job is the debearding and they can tough little buggers to get out but well worth the effort and no one likes to eat the beard do they? It doesn’t look appetising either.

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs fresh mussels scrubbed and debearded.
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 stalk of lemongrass crushed
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger
  • Zest of half a lime
  • 1 sm chilli sliced
  • A handful of Thai basil.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in a large straight-sided pot and add shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes add the other ingredients except for the mussels and bring to the boil, stirring then lower heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Turn the heat up to medium add mussels and put on the lid cook for 2-3 minutes then stir and cook further 1 minute all the mussels should then be open. Discard any which are not.

Spoon the mussels into individual bowls or one serving bowl and spoon over liquid.

These are lovely served with a spicy chilli dip.

STEAMED MUSSELS WITH CHILLI AND LEMONGRASS

If you want something a little more special then try this instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stalk of minced lemon grass
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • good 1/4 cup white wine
  • tbsp rice wine vinegar.
  • 2/3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 chillies sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander.
  • tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • tbsp brown sugar
  • 2tsp cornstarch dissolved in a little water.

Let’s Cook!

In a large straight-sided pan bring the chicken stock to the boil. Add wine, vinegar, fish sauce, chilli, sugar, lime leaves, garlic and 1/2 cup of chopped coriander when the sauce is gently boiling add the mussels and stir gently, put on the lid.Cook for 2/3 minutes remove lid and stir and cook for further 1 min any mussels which are still closed remove.

Push mussels to one side and add dissolved cornstarch cook 30 seconds and it should have thickened gently stir in mussels.

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Now taste and if too salty add lime juice and if not salty enough add more fish sauce.

Sprinkle with Thai basil.

Serve in a large bowl or individual bowls.

I hope you enjoy these mussels as much as we do…Let me know which ones you prefer with or without the wine???

If you want to see more of Thailand and it’s traditions then check out some of my other posts.

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Miss my other Fish Friday posts?

British Fish and Chips

Thai Squid Salad

Seabass with lime, ginger and fennel

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as it is the best medicine and of course its FREE…If you are Lisa then eat more ice cream xx

 

 

 

 

Halloween….Thai Pumpkin Soup with prawns or crabmeat.

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Halloween....Love it or hate it….there are some lovely recipes around and if you live in colder climes just what the doctor ordered to keep away those winter chills.

This recipe is an authentic Thai recipe … Pumpkins and squash grow very well here and are found on every market stall and on every street food stall and so much is done with this versatile  vegetable  lots of lovely Thai desserts and soups…but I digress this lovely soup would look equally at home in your hollowed out Halloween pumpkin shell  and add a bit of Thai spice to your table. If you have little pumpkins then it would look beautiful served as individual portions.

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm  pumpkin peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tsp white peppercorn
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass  very finely sliced
  • 3 small shallots diced
  • 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste…You will be able to purchase this from most Asian stores or online.
  • 300 ml of prawn stock….I always keep my prawn heads and bits in the freezer until I have enough to make some stock.
  • 700 ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp roasted chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 16 prawns /shrimp, peeled and deveined or crab meat
  • A handful of fresh Thai basil leaves save some for garnish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil to stir-fry

Let’s Cook!

Firstly pound the peppercorns and the coriander root into a smooth paste. Then in a large saucepan, over a medium heat stir-fry the peppercorn/coriander root paste, pumpkin, lemongrass, onions and shrimp paste, stirring all the time for about 3 minutes until all those lovely Thai flavours are released.

Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan with a lid and cook very gently for about 20 minutes until pumpkin is soft, stirring occasionally.

Next, transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with the shrimp stock until smooth. Pour back into a saucepan and add the coconut cream and bring to a slow gentle boil.

Add your seasonings, lime, fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and stir to combine, add your prawns/ crabmeat and cook for 1-2 minutes…Now taste and adjust seasoning if required.

Remove from the heat and pour into serving bowl or bowls. Stir in the basil leaves and garnish with extra leaves.

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The true Thai way is to also garnish with spring onions or garlic stems, some fried crispy garlic or chicken skin and it always looks so vibrant and you just want to dive in and drown in the lovely flavours.

Enjoy!

My previous Halloween post in case you missed them…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/halloween-recipes-will-you-dare-to-try/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/halloween-cocktails/  

 

Keep watching as I will have more Halloween recipes for you….until then stay safe, laugh a lot as and you know what I am going to say….Laughter is the best medicine and it is FREE…

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You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live!

Merry Christmas!….only 9 days to go….are you all busy braving the hordes of shoppers this weekend…or armchair shopping… I do a bit of both……We have been busy ..still putting up Decorations and tree looks lovely…. but no snow…….I am in a reflective mood as I think we should all remember those less fortunate than ourselves or those alone or recently bereaved as we get into the swing of the festivities…I miss my dad.., especially at Christmas.

He was a strict father and a stickler for meals being on time…..one Christmas I compromised to try to please everyone…as you do… and having about an hour to go…cooking in full swing…my kids said “mum..mum..have you seen what Grandad is doing”?….you would never guess…….there he was sitting up the table in the dining room…knife in one hand and fork in tother……waiting……me… I hissed at the kids ” talk to him..get him a drink..anything” … I laugh now as I picture him in my mind…do miss you dad xxx

SAM_6228My favorite Pork & Basil ( Moo Pad Horapa)…I must cook this at least 3/4 times a week…I have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and that is another thing I love about Thailand you eat what you fancy and when …no set breakfast dishes, or any meal…just what you fancy. …Recipe next week…

Early morning trip to the market at 6.30 am…..lovely Pork Roast today…..cooked by my son…well he does cook most days… every week…my friends ask if I can hire him out…lol..and love it when they get an invite as his Pork Crackling ” Is the nuts” his phrasing not mine..haha…

SAM_6229I’ll post the before and after pics……the smell of garlic and rosemary stuffing is divine…………….while I am waiting… I am going to watch X Factor before anyone puts the result on FB and spoils it for me..lol

Well no sun today…..just very overcast….no rain yet…..

Tomorrow I think I will get all my Christmas cloths etc out and plan my table and might do a trial run of Mince Pies….the mincemeat has been fermenting, brewing whatever for a few months now so I think a taste testing is in order and just the smell of them cooking may make me feel a little more Christmassy..

it’s definitely the cold and SNOW…that makes that Christmas feeling and atmosphere…you all so know that until Christmas is over I’m gonna keep harping on about snow and cold ….going back to the UK @ the end September for my nieces wedding…first visit in 4 years so think I may stretch it out for a few weeks so I can soak up some Christmas Cheer and do some shopping…proper size wrapping paper for one ! Yay…

SAM_6233Just look at that lovely crackling! I will say my son is a brilliant chef and I will be his Sous chef any day…….Tastes amazing…just saying…sorry peeps if you lived closer I would invite you to taste test…haha…

Once Christmas is over then it won’t be long until my oldest son comes over with his 3 kids and we haven’t seen the kids since we came to Thailand and it is their first visit here so will be busy planning some trips…methinks Big Buddha will be a good one as they can see the Elephants( Chang) and experience some great Thai food and a beautiful view..maybe hire a quad to scoot through the jungle on or an elephant trek.

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Tchau…any guesses?…..no?……it’s goodbye in Portuguese.

Until next time…Sayonara.

 

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