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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 I now have another blog and can be found over on that blog and would love some company….

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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

 

 

 

 

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Fish Friday….Thai Squid Salad.

 

Another authentic Thai recipe…

Squid Salad

I used to hate squid with a passion…..the only squid I had ever tasted was those squid rings in batter..fried to death and tasting like a rubber tyre…that is until my son bought his Thai girlfriend home and she introduced me to this amazing salad with the softest squid I have ever tasted. Doesn’t that just look amazing?

Ingredients:

400 gm(14 oz) baby squid.

5 Spring Onions. (sliced)

5 sm shallots.( thinly sliced)

20 cherry tomatoes. ( halved)

half sm cucumber sliced and quartered.

Coriander big bunch or again to taste…I like lots…(chop)

Mint. ( optional)

1-3 birds Eye Chillies chopped( seeds optional)

2 tbsp Fish Sauce.

Half lime,  juice.

Palm Sugar ( up to 2 tbsp ) again optional I don’t use it but depends on personal preference.

Let’s Cook!

Clean the squid. Getting all membrane off and remember to pull out the plastic quill.

Cut head/parrots beak off leaving the  tentacles( best bit)

Slice squid into 3/4 to inch slices.

Heat a small amount of water in a pan and add squid,  cook until opaque less than a minute, Drain on kitchen paper and combine with other ingredients.

Again TASTE and check seasoning. You cannot taste too much. It is just getting those delicious Thai flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and salty just right for you..it took me a while so just keep tasting…

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I just love Thai food one because of the taste and also because of the ease of preparation. It takes longer to chop ingredients than to cook the dish the majority of the time. And as long as you remember to TASTE, taste and adjust seasoning to your personal taste and as you know by now I love chillies, fish sauce, coriander and mint in abundance.

Enjoy!

Serve with Sticky/ Steamed Rice or noodles.

Just in case you missed any of the previous weeks Fish Friday posts they are below:

British Fish and Chips 

Sea Bass with Lime, Ginger and Fennel

Prawns with Asparagus

My new blog link in case you want to pop over and have a look   https://myhealthyretirement.com

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Thank you for reading I do hope you have enjoyed the recipes and if you try them please let me know what you think…

 

Fish Friday…Prawns with Asparagus.

It’s that time again Fish Friday...I honestly don’t know where the days go they just fly by..when you were kids did you not think that it took so long for Christmas to come round and then, of course, there was Easter but it just seemed like forever until Easter came  now before we know they all seem to merge into one and I can certainly remember last Christmas as if it was yesterday….Is it only me or does time just fly….

Today I am giving you one of my favourite dishes  Asparagus is very plentiful here and one of my favourite stir fries are with prawns, lemongrass and lime leaves.

Very quick and easy to do once you get your ingredients together.

Ingredients:

250 gm asparagus cut in half…asparagus is very thin here but if you are using thicker asparagus then either shave the asparagus or cut into 3-inch pieces.

A small piece of ginger peeled and grated.

1 stalk of lemongrass bashed and very finely chopped.

4 lime leaves very thinly sliced

3-4 tbsp of fish sauce

1 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar

1 tbsp coconut oil

10 raw king prawns either peeled or leave the tails on.

1 shallot thinly sliced

1-2 Thai birds eye chillies finely sliced

2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped

4 spring onions cut into 2-inch pieces

Lets Cook!

Mix together the ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves, fish sauce and sugar and put to one side.

Meanwhile, heat the wok on high and when it’s really hot add the oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the king prawns and stir-fry for one to two minutes, until the prawns have gone pink with slightly golden edges. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Add the onion to the wok and stir-fry for two minutes. Add the chilli, garlic and spring onion and stir-fry for a further four minutes until the onions have softened. Add the asparagus and stir-fry for a further minute.

Finally, add the prawns, pour over the sauce which was prepared earlier, and cook until the sauce becomes sticky (around three minutes).

Serve immediately with Thai steamed rice and enjoy!

Last weeks post is here just in case you missed it…as it turned out it was a really popular recipe https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/fish-friday-thai-shrimp-cakes-and-thai-sweet-chilli-sauce-recipe/

I am very happy for you to share these recipes with your family and friends and if you do…. Thank you x

I am now off to the kitchen to cook up another Halloween treat….

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as you know laughter is FREE and one of the best medicines known to man…

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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Fish Friday…Thai shrimp cakes and Thai sweet chilli sauce recipe.

It’s Friday and as a child, we always had fish on Fridays and I know that many people in the UK still follow that tradition of fish on Fridays  …

Which made me think and  I am going to give you a fish dish on a Friday it was always battered fish and chips for us but there are so many lovely recipes using fish that I am sure I can find many varied fish dishes for you and if you have a favourite one that maybe you have eaten somewhere and don’t have a recipe..just a name or the fish and what it was cooked with then let me find that recipe for you…

Now that could be a challenge could it not???

These little fish cakes are called prawn or shrimp cakes and vary somewhat but very popular in Thailand. They are generally eaten as a starter or as part of a meal which would consist of other dishes maybe a curry, some stir-fried morning glory or mixed vegetables, maybe a whole steamed fish with herbs or crispy garlic some som tam( Papaya Salad) and always a sweet chilli dip and  sometimes as well a blow your head of chilli dip… Not all Thais like hot food as one would assume…

Let’s Cook!

Thai Shrimp Cakes.

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This makes about 20 small cakes/patties or 10 larger ones.

Ingredients:

  • 400gm of fresh prawns deveined/peeled and finely chopped.
  • 100gm chicken meat( we used half a breast) finely chopped.
  • 6/8 very finely sliced lime leaves.
  • 2/3 tsp red curry paste.
  • 2 tsp fish sauce.
  • A tiny splash of coconut milk.
  • 50 gm homemade breadcrumbs or you can crumble panko breadcrumbs.
  • Coconut oil or oil of your choice to fry the cakes.

Mix all these ingredients together with your hands..yes it’s sticky and messy but how we do it…no mods cons here in a basic Thai house.

But of course, if you want to use your food processor then that’s fine, to be honest, I don’t  get mine out if I am just making this amount…hands are easier to wash than all the food processor bits.

But if you have a food processor and want to do it that way then put all the ingredients in and blitz away until smooth.

Finally, form into cakes /patties then heat some oil in a pan and cook turning until browned both sides. Cook in batches.

Drain on some kitchen paper.

Serve as a snack or with your meal with sweet chilli sauce or with a spicy Thai dip although most restaurants here send them out with a sweet chilli dip.

Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce:

Thai sweet chilli sauce

This recipe makes about half cup of sauce which is ideal for me because if I buy a bottle I end up throwing it away either because I have had it in the fridge or cupboard so long or I have read the label.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sherry if you don’t have sherry then this article gives you replacements for sherry in cooking
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated/ minced or very finely chopped
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp dried chilli crushed ( 1 tbsp is hot) or chilli pepper flakes.
  • 1 plus 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot dissolved in 3-4 tbsp water.
  • Optional.. Sometimes I julienne a small piece of carrot or red pepper and add to the mixture during the reduction period of cooking.

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan except for the cornflour mix. Stir to combine and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to a slow rolling boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture had reduced by half. Lower the heat and add the cornflour mix, stirring until the sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust the seasoning more sugar if not sweet enough for you and if not hot enough then more chilli.

This is so quick and easy to make and far superior to shop bought sauces and without the preservatives.

Enjoy!

N.B. 

MANY RECIPES for Thai prawn/shrimp cakes do not use chicken as well, we do as it adds a bit of firmness to the cakes and the splash of coconut milk is our variation as well.

Until next Friday when I will have another fish dish for you stay safe, have a lovely weekend and laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine you can get and it’s FREE.

If you have missed any of my recipes which I have done in a collaboration with Sally from Smorgasbord Health 2017 then here is the link https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/ these are published every Wednesday and full of health benefits from Sally and recipes from our chosen theme by moi (Carol)

 

 

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Watercress More Iron than Spinach

It’s watercress this week and I hope you enjoy mine and Sally’s collaboration…It also highlights that depending on where you live your watercress my be a different variety but still watercress and delicious. I will say it is the first time I have added it to rice and it was lovely….

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Welcome to this week’s cook from scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and we are going to be looking at the health benefits of Watercress and Carol will be showing us how to incorporate into our daily diet.

First… what is so good about Watercress.

Its Latin name is Nasturtium officinale and it is part of the mustard family

Watercress history goes back over three thousand years to the Persians, Greeks and Romans. In the past it has been used as a breath freshener and palate cleanser as well as for its medicinal properties. Apparently Captain Cook included it in his sailors’ diet to combat scurvy and there are rumours that it is an aphrodisiac. But, before you all rush out to get your packet of watercress we better cover some of this lovely green vegetable’s other health benefits.

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Like all fresh fruit…

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Gluten Free Mu NamTok ( waterfall pork)

One of my favourite Thai dishes served with glutinous rice…Nam doc Moo

It is quick and easy to make for lunch and although the name glutinous rice infers it has gluten it does not… it means sticky here. The rice is gluten free.

Ingredients:

Serves 2.

200 gm Pork loin.

2 shallots sliced thinly

Hand full coriander chopped

Mint a big handfull, stripped for the stem

A tbsp of ground roasted rice

1-3 tsp dried chilli

2 cheeks of lime

1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce

2 spring onions finely sliced ( optional)

Firstly cook pork on a griddle or BBQ until just cooked allow to rest before slicing.

Thinly slice shallots.

Mix with coriander and mint leaves. Thinly slice pork and add to dish with shallots, mint and coriander. Also, add any juice from the meat. Add fish sauce, dried chillies, roasted rice and lime juice then gently combine and TASTE… Adjust seasoning if required.  Taste!

Serve with Sticky rice and a dish of washed Thai vegetables.

The meat for this dish can also be sliced thinly and cooked in a little water which a lot of Thais do…I prefer mine griddled I think it has more taste…

N.B: HOW TO DRY ROAST THE RICE.

Heat a small pan and add a handful of glutinous rice, stir to prevent it burning until the rice has coloured slightly a nice light brown, then remove from the heat and grind in pestle and mortar…Do not grind to a powder it needs to be a little coarse as it gives taste and texture to a dish. It will keep in a sealed container for about 6 weeks.

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as it is the best medicine you can get and free…