Recipe – Spicy Green Salad


Ingredients – Salad Dressing

For the dressing:

1 Tbsp soy sauce

7 Tbsp lime juice

3 hot chillies 

1/3 C red onions chopped

1 Tbsp sugar

Instructions 

Add all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine. 

 Salad – I just made a simple green salad with shredded carrot, rocket, baby spinach leaves, yellow capsicum, avocado then added some pepitas and nigella seeds.  Add the salad dressing to the salad then combine and plate up.  

Recipe – Tom Yum Soup

This is a re-post of a recipe I did a few years ago to share a wonderful simple Thai Tom Yum Soup.
It takes 30 minutes to make and when you take our first sip of the soup and close your eyes you
feel like you are in Thailand. The vegetables are entirely your choice you dont need to stick to these.

Tom Yum Soup 1
Serves 6 people

Ingredients
2 C bok choy cabbage chopped
4 Spring onion chopped
2 C mushrooms cut in half
2 C green beans
4 scraped coriander roots
4 sticks of lemon grass (Use only white parts)
1 tsp yellow asafoetida or 1 tsp garlic
3 hot red chillies
2 liters of vegetables stock
4 kaffir leaves
4 large ripe tomatoes
400g firm tofu
3 small fresh hot chillies sliced diagonally
5 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 C lime juice
1/2 C chopped fresh coriander leaves
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Instructions
Pound the coriander roots, lemon grass, asafoetida and hot chillies in a mortar and pestle
Boil the vegetable stock in a saucepan over full heat. Drop in the kaffir lime leaves
and tomato and cook for 2 minutes
Add the spice paste, reduce the heat to a simmer, add the tofu and cook for 2 minutes
Also add whatever vegetables you want. I added mushrooms, bok choy cabbage, spring onion
and green beans.
To serve divide the extra chilli, the soy sauce, lime juice and chopped coriander
into large deep serving bowls and pour the boiling soup over.
Serve with steamed rice or crusty bread

Recipe – Tom Yum Soup

I have posted this a few times and it is such a tasty soup which encapsulates all of the delicious flavours of Thai cuisine.
Tom Yum

Serves 6 people
Takes 25 minutes to make
Ingredients

4 scraped coriander roots
4 sticks of lemon grass (Use only white parts)
1 tsp yellow asafoetida or 1 tsp garlic
3 hot red chillies
2 liters of vegetables stock
4 kaffir leaves
4 large ripe tomatoes
400g firm tofu
300g spicy tofu
3 small fresh hot chillies sliced diagonally
5 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 C lime juice
1/2 C chopped fresh coriander leaves
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Instructions
Pound the coriander roots, lemon grass, asafoetida and hot chillies in a mortar and pestle
Boil the vegetable stock in a saucepan over full heat. Drop in the kaffir lime leaves
and tomato and cook for 2 minutes
Add the spice paste, reduce the heat to a simmer, add the tofu and cook for 2 minutes
Also add whatever vegetables you want. I added mushrooms, red capsicums and green beans.

To serve divide the extra chilli, the soy sauce, lime juice and chopped coriander
into large deep serving bowls and pour the boiling soup over.
Serve with steamed rice or crusty bread

Recipe – Cashew Nut Quinoa Salad

 Cashew Nut Quinoa Salad
Ingredients
3 C cooked quinoa (which is 1 C uncooked quinoa)
1 large red bell pepper
1 C chopped coriander
1/2 C Shallots
1/2 C cashew halves
400g chickpeas

Dressing:
1/2 C peanut butter
2 tsp grated ginger
3 Tbsp Kecap Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce)
1/2 Tbsp agave syrup
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 C Water

Instructions
Cook the quinoa (I used the absorption method. Firstly rinse the quinoa under cold water, place the washed quinoa in
a pot and add 2C water. Bring to the boil then leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Dice the shallots and red bell pepper and leave to the side also slice the coriander up too and do the same.
Place the shallots, red bell pepper, chickpeas, coriander and cashew nuts in a salad bowl and gentle fold them into
each other with your hands.
When the quinoa is ready let the quinoa cool down for 15 minutes

Make the dressing
you have to fold the peanut butter and agave together in a bowl then add soy sauce, red wine
vinegar, ginger, water and sesame oil until the dressing has a consistent viscosity.
After the quinoa has cooled add this to the salad mix then add the salad dressing.

Vegan Coconut Ice Cream

We are back from our trip to Thailand and thank you to everyone who had a chance to look at my posts
and also those who commented. I enjoyed sharing them with you.

I had to share this dessert as this was our favourite in the hot weather. The flavour was so good
and I will try to make it when the weather is a little hotter here as I have the recipe. I got the
recipe from the lady on the boat. Apologizes for the photo as this was the only
way I could take it.

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Land of Smiles – Maeklong Railway Market Thailand

We read about these markets on the net and had to see it for ourselves. Five times daily a train
passes through this market which is built around it. The market owners have to pack up trays of their
produce which are on small rails and slide them out of the way of the train.
It really is amazing to see !!! The market owners are not happy that is is so popular as
many of their real customers who want to buy food cannot do so because of the many happy camera snapping
tourists like us !!

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Land of Smiles – Chao Phraya River Cruise Bangkok

Here are a few trips from our river cruise on the Chao Phraya River which is the main river that runs through Bangkok.

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Land of Smiles – Bangkok Boat Trip

We went on a boat cruise along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. We saw the grand palace, temples, and local riverside side houses. It was very beautiful and also interesting to see the houses too. We were very surprised that the buffet meal they served us on the boat was 100% vegan and 100% gluten free too ! It’s the first time I have ever come across this before. Okay most of the food was fruit, however there were 10 small desserts which were baked or steamed. All of the traditional desserts here in Thailand are vegan. We tend to be so paranoid about food when we are eating out, especially when we travel and English is not the first language, but if you travel to Thailand you enjoy their desserts without worrying…
The desserts were made of soy bean, rice, sugar, coconut milk, fruit

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Land of Smiles – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

There are a few floating markets around Bangkok. These ones are the easiest to get to and if you go try to book a private tour and get there early then leave before 9am as there are traffic jams in the water channels. We bought a few things and our breakfast (we left our hotel at 630am) was a delicious vegan coconut dessert made of coconut water and fresh young coconut with some peanuts sprinkled on top. It was an interesting experience paddling along the water channels stopping at the boats and buying produce, also there were so many different fruit and vegetables that I have never seen before. Made me feel like cooking again. I miss cooking !!!
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Land of Smiles – Phi Phi Islands

Here are a few photos from our trip to the Phi Phi Islands. There are 44 islands and many of them protected as national park. Beautiful stunning white sandy beaches with lush green vegetation. The sea water was very warm roughly 30C/86F and very buoyant due to the high salt content. When I was snorkelling it was no effort staying afloat. Snorkelling for me was like swimming in a large aquarium surrounded by multicoloured vibrant coloured fish and coral.

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