My Global Food Challenge

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As much as I love to cook, when you have a career, a full-time job, all of the little part-time volunteer chores, kids with aspirations and extracurricular activities, etc., it is difficult, to say the least, to be as creative as you would like to be in the kitchen.  While it is one of life’s necessities to eat, and certainly to feed your children, the possibility of gourmet cuisine moved down the list of essential priorities, and was replaced by the easy, the quick, and sadly, the routine preparations.

Two nights homemade, two nights eat out, two nights order in and one night of leftovers became our weekly ritual, despite the fact that I tried to cook in advance on the weekends and that I watch every show on the food network channel.  (Special thanks to the chefs in the afternoon for all of their guidance and inspiration, especially for 30 minute meals, semi-homemade, ten dollar dinners, and everyday Italian).   But it was Rachel Ray’s talk show special several years ago on her most downloaded slow cooker meals that prompted me to purchase a fair-sized crock pot and experiment with those recipes as well as anything I thought could be modified as a one-pot meal.

Not only do I use it to make established slow cooker recipes, but it is handy to keep things warm while I am cooking other parts of the meal or a great starter for my homemade sauce.

Additions/Omissions: Just left out the beans

Taste Test:  Great flavor, the right amount of heat, even for the one who can’t handle anything too spicy.

Zip Facts about Thailand:

  • Originally Siam until 1949, Thailand means “land of the free (freedom)”.  It has also been called the “Land of Smiles” for its friendly, peace-loving people. Bangkok’s real name is in the Guinness Record Book – “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”
  • Siam’s culture is well-preserved, Thailand has never been colonized.  In the “land of the white elephant”, elephants represent peace and prosperity
  • Thais believe that the soul resides in the head so they don’t like to be touched on the head
  • Thailand’s major export is rice, it is one of the world’s top producers and its jasmine rice is fragrant and exceptional
  • Underwear is a must, it is illegal to leave home without wearing it, and men cannot be bare-chested in public (I will assume that goes for women as well)

Thailand Thongchai a

Thongchai Rakpathum

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