Archive for October 16, 2012

Thai Curry

I love everything about Thailand, the shopping, beaches, culture and the industrious nature and energy of the people that I noticed when I was there. Above all, Thai food definitely is my favorite food. There are many different Thai dishes that I would love to post recipes of, but lets just start with Thai curry.  Among many different kinds of  Thai curries, Massaman, Panang and Yellow curries are my favorites. It is easy and quick to make restaurant quality curry at home in just 30 mins. The recipe I have makes any type of Thai curry as long as you have the curry paste.

Ingredients:
1 can coconut milk
1 cup of pork meat diced
1 large onion chopped
2 tablespoons of curry paste
1 cup of carrot sticks sliced
1 large green capsicum (bell-pepper) sliced
1 cup of mushroom sliced
1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder
4 tablespoons of oil
Salt for taste

Procedure:

1. Prepare all the ingredients.2. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a medium sized pan and add 2 tablespoons of curry paste of your choice and half teaspoon of cumin and curry powder. 3. Cook the curry paste for 1 minute at medium heat. DSC_8336-0014. Add half a can of coconut milk in the paste. Cook at medium heat for 3 minutes. 5. Add meat of your choice and cook for 6 minutes at medium heat.6. Add carrot sticks and mix well.7. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.8. Add green capsicum (bell pepper) and onion.

9. Stir well and add remaining coconut milk and cook for 5 minutes.10. Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.Serve hot with white rice!Here are some pictures from our Thailand trip. I was trying to find pictures of all the curries we ate, but unfortunately I have pictures of everything except the curries that we devoured so joyfully! So, we might have to go back again and take more pictures!

Here is Sam in Bangkok trying to make some soup. It turned out no so tasty, but was very romantic dinner.

Buying some shakes at the night market in Koh Samui before the start of Muay Thai boxing. Enjoying some Thai noodle.Koh Phangan.

Kho Tao

Our visit to Peurto Rico

Sam and I went to Peurto Rico for a small break in early September, which was a nice way to end our summer. It was a fun and interesting experience. Puerto Rico is unique in that people speak Spanish and have a Latin culture, but the island is dotted with multiple Walmarts and other major food chains. If everyone in America spoke Spanish and drove a bit crazily, it would be like Peurto Rico. Like every place, there are pros and cons. The plus point of Peurto Rico is that there are plenty of things to do and see. However, the place is very expensive. I was also not very pleased with the selection of food there. I found the food to be a bit bland with very little variety. Fortunately, there are some tropical fruits like mangoes that kept us alive.

Our favorite fruit shop, we went there almost every day to buy mangoes of course!

Houses are colorful, just the way I like it.

Puerto Rican diet consists of rice, beans and some sort of meat and fried plantains. Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of this food.

There are plenty of historical sites to visit near old San Juan. Amazing greenery, blue ocean and stone wall gives a good texture for photos. This is at Castillo de San Cristobal.

One thing you will definitely not miss is these friendly iguanas.

Inside the Castillo de San Cristobal.

Amazing views give plenty of opportunities for photo ops with my very handsome husband.

At El Morro.

Posing at El Morro:

At El Yunque rainforest you will see four different species of lizards. They are ubiquitous!

Learned to surf a bit. Oh boy! it is a hard work.

One day, we went to Culebra beach. It was one of the nicest beach I have seen for sure. It was a bit of a pain to get there, but was totally worth it.

 

Coconut water is a must to beat that heat.

Chicken pincho with bread

Bye Bye Puerto Rico. It was nice visiting you! 

 

 

 

Peda

Peda is a milk based dessert.  Usually this dessert is too sweet for me, but it is a good dessert to make during holidays or parties and if you have a lot of guests. This recipe makes 30-40 bite size pedas.

Ingredients:

2 cup of dry milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of almond halves and raisins for garnishing (optional: cashews and pistachios)
Procedures:

  • In a medium size microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.
  • Add dry milk and sweetened condensed milk and mix well.
  • Cook in the microwave for 1 minute and stir it well.
  • Repeat the cooking and stirring procedure 3 times.
  • After 3 minutes, mix well again and let the mixture cool down.
  • Once the mixture has cooled down, grease your hands with butter.
  • Take the mixture and make small bite size balls.
  • Gently press the balls and flatten them slightly.
  • Garnish them with almonds, raisins, or other small treats.
  • Let the pedas cool and enjoy!
  • Pedas keep well in the refrigerator, so you can make them before your parties or keep the left over for a midnight snack.